She is the Southeast Asia Director for Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) since August 2019. Before, she was the Deputy Director of ITDP Indonesia since 2014. She has worked directly in around 10 countries and over 10 cities giving technical assistance on smart and sustainable urban mobility mainly promoting non-motorized transportation, bus rapid transit systems, Electrification and building strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders such as governments, private sectors, international financial institutions, and United Nations development agencies, including entities such as Transjakarta that is the oldest BRT in Southeast Asia, and the longest in the world at 244 km, and has more than doubled daily ridership to more than 900,000 with a series of improvements recommended by ITDP that further include improved integration with bus, metro, and light rail, major improvements to service, and last mile options with improved walking and cycling infrastructure. Working with ITDP, Transjakarta continues to add about 10 new routes every month, is integrated with the city’s new metro line, and is planning a full corridor of electric buses.
Under Faela’s leadership, these projects continue to move forward as she works to replicate these successes in the region, with ongoing work throughout Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Faela holds a Master’s degree in Transport Planning and Engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK). Prior to ITDP, she worked in transport planning and modeling at an international transport consultant firm at the Birmingham office of Mott MacDonald (UK). In this office, she developed her expertise mainly through highway and public transport modeling as well as demand forecasting. She also worked as a research assistant on road geometry design, road pavement, and public transport management at her alma mater, Gadjah Mada University. Currently she is also Member of World Economic Forum for Global Future Council on Clean Air. A dear Soul Sister who makes transport and connectivity work for All.