SEALA is a not-for-profit initiative, which was launched in 2013 by the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) on the model of the regional network organisations. Indonesian business woman Metta Murdaya is on SEALA’s Board of Directors.
“I met Anand Sharma, the Founder of SEALA, trough my brother”, she said. “When he told me about SEALA, it was the first time I ever heard about it, to be honest, but he was very passionate about it and introduced me to the concept of leadership for the service of others-leadership for a greater purpose, something beyond yourself.”
This sense of leadership resonated well with Metta, who also went off the beaten path for her career. Growing up in the US, Singapore and Indonesia, Metta graduated from University of California at Barkeley in 1997 with a double degree in Cognitive Science and Architecture, and received her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business in 2002 in Finance and Management.
She came back to Indonesia to join the family business for a couple of years, but quickly realized that she wanted to go in a different direction.
“if you want to be successful, you have to do it on your own,” she said.”I always had an orientation towards merit-based success in my universe.”