Sonita Lontoh of Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance to Speak on Innovation at Global Congress to be Opened by 44th U.S. President Barack Obama

44th US President Barack Obama, photo courtesy of Bay Ismoyo, AFP/Getty Images

As an Indonesian American female tech executive, I look for ways to increase global cross-collaborations between the U.S., especially Silicon Valley, and Southeast Asia.

The Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance (SVATA), a nonprofit dedicated to fostering global cross-collaborations between Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia, today announced that Sonita Lontoh, founding partner, will speak at the 4th Congress of Indonesian Diaspora, which will be opened by the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 1.

From the gold rush to the digital age, the spirit of innovation is alive and well in Silicon Valley. SVATA looks for concrete ways to leverage this American spirit of ingenuity to foster global entrepreneurship and innovation as tools to help emerging countries and people in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, tackle our most pressing challenges and create opportunities for the betterment of all.

Ms. Lontoh, a Silicon Valley Internet of Things Executive and an Indonesian diaspora, will speak on topics focusing on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Last summer, Ms. Lontoh was invited by the White House to speak at President Barack Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley on ways to foster more global cross-collaborations between Silicon Valley and Southeast Asia. Fittingly, this summer, Ms. Lontoh will speak on the same topic in Southeast Asia.

The Congress of Indonesian Diaspora is a biennial gathering of the global Indonesian diaspora and the Indonesian people. It is estimated that there are six to eight million Indonesian diaspora around the world. As the world is becoming more…

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