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Butet Manurung

Author of The Jungle School, Co-Founder and Director of SOKOLA
Butet Manurung Butet Manurung was born in Jakarta, in 1972 and completed degrees in anthropology and Indonesian literature from Padjajaran University, Bandung. After leading the education program for a conservation NGO in the jungles of Sumatra, her work evolved into co-founding SOKOLA, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities for marginalized people in remote areas of Indonesia.
As an educator and activist, Butet has received international recognition –  UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere Award” in 2001, TIME Magazine’s “Hero of Asia” in 2004, “Ashoka Fellow” in 2006,  “Asia Young Leader” in 2007, “Young Global Leader” in 2009 and most recently, Ernst and Young Indonesian Social
Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.
In 2011 Butet completed a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University and in 2012 a course in Leadership and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Boston.
The Jungle School is Butet’s first book. It is currently being adapted into a feature film by award winning Indonesian film makers.
As Director of SOKOLA, Butet lives mainly in Jakarta Indonesia. Married in 2010, she spends part of each year in Canberra Australia.