Dewi Siti Hanizar was born in Putussibau, a city in the upstream of the Kapuas River – Indonesia’s longest river. She began her public service career in 1986 under the Education and Culture Office of Putussibau Sub-District as staff member. In 1991, she went with her husband – who was furthering his study at the time – to Semarang and was assigned to work in a senior secondary school, SMA Tugu Soeharto, and later a public junior secondary school, SMPN 25 Semarang. She returned to Putussibau at the end of 1995 and moved to Pontianak in 1998, where she was assigned under the city’s Education and Culture Office. She had the chance to study in Pontianak’s Universitas Tanjung Pura, faculty of teaching and education for her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education administration. In 2006, Dewi was assigned in a non-formal and informal learning center in Pontianak and in 2016 rotated to the Center for Science, Technology, and Languages of Pontianak. She first served as the Head of the Administration Sub-Division and in October 2021 was entrusted as the Center’s chairperson ad interim. In this position, Dewi looks forward to cultivating creative ideas in science, technology, and languages to support the Center’s function.
Work aside, Dewi is a sports and arts enthusiast, enjoys poetry writing, and is excited for being involved as a judge in the Science Film Festival (SFF). For Dewi, this is a wonderful gift that nicely caps her long career in public service, as she is going to retire in 2023.
This year’s SFF also marks the fourth year of collaboration between Goethe-Institut Jakarta and the Center. Dewi hopes that this collaboration continues, as she believes that science and knowledge development offer endless discovery and exploration. Science should be studied for the benefit of the society, and that everyone should take part to do that they can while the opportunity is there.