Saur "Butet" Manurung

Founder and Director

SOKOLA Institute (Indonesia)


Saur "Butet" Manurung is the Founder and Director of SOKOLA Institute which was set up in 2003. Saur's main objective is to promote education equity for the indigenous communities and to deal with modernization challenges while maintaining their traditions. 


Saur has co-written and published two books. One being "Melawan Setan Bermata Runcing" (To fight evil with spike eyes) in 2019 which is SOKOLA's series of experience in developing education and advocacy programs for the indigenous communities in Indonesia. The second book being "The Jungle School" (Indonesia edition) in 2007 and (English edition) in 2012 which tells the story of her journey from being an anthropologist to educator to activist and provides a detiled explanation ergarding how and why she founded SOKOLA which is to bring literacy to indigenous people in areas too remote to access education - the work of her foundation and its adventurous volunteers. 


Saur has received numerous awards. Amongst them are the Asia "Nobel Prize" Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2014, Enst and Young Indonesian Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader in 2009, World Economic Forum's Asia Young Leader in 2007, Ashoka Fellow in 2006, TIME Magazine's Hero of Asia in 2004 and UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Award in 2001. 


Saur possesses a degree in Bachelor of Anthropology (1998) and Bachelor of Indonesian Literature (2002) from Padjadjaran University, Indonesia and a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (2011) from The Australian National University. She has also completed the Course on Global Leadership and Public Policy (2012) from Harvard Kennedy School in Massachusetts.



Saur will be speaking on 27th September (3.00pm - 4.00pm, GMT+8) | Future Proofing the Youth: Share To Care



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