Digital Innovation Adviser
Thilma Komaling is a tech-start up catalyst based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She started her professional journey in technology by being a national committee of Indonesia’s participation in South by Southwest, Texas for the last three years. Working with the Indonesia Creative Economy Agency for an initiative of startup ecosystem called Archipelageek, she supported 17 tech companies to enter US market through SXSW Trade Show & Festival. Several companies in the portfolio are Mycotech, Kata.ai, Nodeflux, and Qlue – a citizen reporting apps for most cities in Indonesia. At Qlue, Thilma catalysed the company to win Best M-Government Service Award by World Government Summit in February 2019. Recently she initiated (the first in the world) declaration of Smart Citizen Day on 28 March 2019 in Jakarta by leading a congregation of 35 young activists representing 34 provinces in Indonesia, a momentum to highlight public participation to actualizing good governance in smart-city concept in the country.
Thilma was the woman behind Jakarta’s Car Free Day movement from an urban ecology project to constitute Air Pollution Control Bylaw-2005 and establishing the first 5 TransJakarta massive public transportation. For over 15 years she had been working for social enterprises and activating civil society organization in advocacy with government in local and national level. She was chosen as 2015 Trustwomen Scholar from Thomson Reuters Foundation, her focus of social innovation in rising digital industry brought her to led Indonesia’s participation at World Expo Milano 2015 and World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland 2018. Thilma had spoken at the Social Global Change Film Festival in Bali (2013); Global Women in Management (GWIM) in Washington, D.C(2014).; Hosting Women of Change 2015 Award Indonesia; International Woman’s Day in New York (2018); and at 4YFN World Mobile Congress Barcelona in March this year. She supports several social causes such as opposing gender bias in tech companies, promoting women leadership and orangutan conservation among others.
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