ASEAN’s first Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs (DSG CCA), Mr Bagas Hapsoro, started his career as a diplomat in 1984, when he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia at the age of 26. In 1987, he was posted to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, USA as Third Secretary and Staff of Economic Affairs until 1991.
He received his Master’s of Arts in Political Science from the Graduate Programme at St. John’s University, New York, the same year he finished his post in New York. He had earlier earned his first degree in Public International Law, specialising in International Law Organisation, from the University of Indonesia in 1982.
From 1994 to 1995, he served as the First Secretary and Head of Economic Affairs at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Houston, Texas, before moving back to New York, where he served as the Counselor and Deputy for Head of Economic Affairs I until 1999. In 1999, he returned to Indonesia to assume the post of Deputy Director for Economic Cooperation Among Developing Countries at Indonesia’s Department of Foreign Affairs until 2001. In 2002, he moved to Geneva and was stationed at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia as its Minister Counsellor and Head of Economic Affairs II until 2004.
In March 2004, he returned again to Indonesia to assume the post of Secretary to the Director General of ASEAN Cooperation at the Department of Foreign Affairs. In 2006, he was appointed Director for ASEAN Dialogue Partners and Inter-Regional Cooperation, a post he served until 2007. Prior to assuming the DSG CCA post, he spent two years in Lebanon as Indonesia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the republic.
He was also the Chairman of the Working Group on ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response in 2005 and Head of the Indonesian Delegation to the negotiation of the ASEAN Convention on Counter-Terrorism in 2006. Aside from his vast experiences with ASEAN matters, he was also a negotiator for Indonesia at various WTO meetings and Head of Delegation in UN and APEC meetings. He was also involved in many other international fora and meetings, both at the regional and multilateral level, such as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), G77 and G15.
Amidst his many responsibilities, he was often a guest lecturer at various higher learning institutions, both in Indonesia and abroad, specialising in international trade, security and negotiations. His passion for writing has also led him to publish various journals on peace and international security affairs.
For his current post, he was selected by a panel comprising the Secretary-General of ASEAN and representatives of all ASEAN Member States. In October 2009 his appointment was approved by the ASEAN Coordinating Council and on 7 December he assumed office at the ASEAN Secretariat.
He assists the Secretary-General of ASEAN in managing the CCA Department of the ASEAN Secretariat to ensure that the Secretariat has the systems, procedures and resources required to fulfill its roles and mandates in building the ASEAN Community and in the implementation of the ASEAN Charter.
He is responsible for CCA Department’s performance in carrying out its core corporate support functions, such as human resource and financial management, administration and information technology. He also oversees the Department’s other supporting analytical services to operational areas, including the media and communications, outreach and legal functions.
Mr Hapsoro was born in 1958, is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and English, and is married and has two daughters.
Updated on 19 January 2010