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ASEAN appoints AKP Mochtan from Indonesia as Deputy SecGen for Community and Corporate Affairs

The ASEAN Member States have appointed Dr. AKP Mochtan, a seasoned management and international relations expert from Indonesia, as Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs Department effective today. This morning at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, he was sworn in at the oath-taking ceremony by H.E. Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.

“I am excited about the future of ASEAN Community. I feel privileged to step into my new role and will ensure with my best efforts that the ASEAN Secretariat is prepared to assist Member States in realizing the goal of integration,” said Dr. Mochtan.

In this capacity, AKP Mochtan will assist the ASEAN Secretary-General in strengthening effective support systems, procedures and resources within the Secretariat to achieve its mission. They include core corporate functions such as human resources, finance, legal issues, public affairs and outreach programmes.

Prior to joining ASEAN, Dr. Mochtan has established a long career in international relations and management. He directed the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) which managed over US$500 million grants from the Government of Japan to support ASEAN integration and community building processes. He also served for 13 years with the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) based in Tokyo, Japan. As the APO’s Administration and Finance Director, Dr. Mochtan served as Chief Operating Officer directing day-to-day operations of the APO Secretariat and managing corporate functions covering administration, human resource management and development, finance, and IT, among others. This post also directs and oversees public outreach and information dissemination functions.

With his extensive experience, Dr. Mochtan brings to ASEAN a deep knowledge of strategic development issues in the region as well as a keen interest in directing community affairs program that will bring the organization closer to the peoples of ASEAN Member States.

Dr. Mochtan comes from a family of prominent Indonesian diplomats beginning with his late grandfather Tirtawinata who was former Indonesian Ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Sweden, and Australia. His late father R.H.B. Mochtan was former Vice Chair of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand and Romania.

DSG Mochtan obtained his PhD from the Graduate School of Public Administration, International Christian University, Tokyo.

As stated in the ASEAN Charter, the Secretary-General of ASEAN is assisted by four Deputy Secretaries-General of different nationalities from the Secretary-General and shall come from four different ASEAN Member States. Two DSGs are nominated by Member States on a rotational basis for a non-renewable term of three years while two DSGs are openly recruited based on merit for a three-year term, which may be renewed for another three years.

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