Desra Percaya

Dr Desra Percaya (born 20 April 1961, in Malang, East Java), is an Indonesian diplomat who, since 2020, serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom, accredited to Ireland and the International Maritime Organization.[1]

Desra Percaya
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Desra Percaya as Ambassador of Indonesia to the UK
21st Ambassador of Indonesia to the United Kingdom
Assumed office
26 October 2020
PresidentJoko Widodo
Preceded byRizal Sukma
Director-General for Asia Pacific and Africa
In office
MinisterRetno Marsudi
Personal details
Born (1961-04-20) 20 April 1961 (age 62)
Malang, East Java, Indonesia
SpouseDiana Mawarsari
ChildrenAsteya Prima Percaya
Muhammad Dwi Aditya Percaya
Alma materAirlangga University
Birmingham University
Durham University


Percaya read Social and Political Sciences at Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, graduating with a Bachelor's degree, before pursuing further studies in International Studies at Birmingham University, where he received a Master's degree (MA) in 1995. He then took the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Durham University, with a thesis entitled "Sino-Indonesian Relations: A Study of Indonesian Perceptions of China" in 2000.[2]

He was awarded the honorary degree of the Doctor of the University (DUniv) by the University of Birmingham in 2014.


Percaya was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York in February 2012. He was elected Chairman of the United Nation's First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) on 4 September 2013,[3] also serving as Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Co-Facilitator on human rights treaty bodies, Chairman of the NAM Working Group on Disarmament, Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee on Decolonization.[4]

Bintang Mahaputera

Percaya served as Director-General for Asia, Pacific, and Africa at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was previously Indonesia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. Before this he was Director of International Security and Disarmament in the Directorate of Multilateral Affairs in Jakarta between 2007 and 2009. He first joined Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in East Java on 20 April 1961 of Sundanese parentage, Percaya is married and has two children: Asteya Prima and Muhammad Dwi Aditya Percaya.

Honours and awardsEdit

  •   Bintang Mahaputera (Indonesia)
  •   Officier dans l'ordre de la Couronne (Belgium)


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  4. ^ "His Excellency Dr Desra Percaya Indonesian UN Ambassador receives honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Rizal Sukma
Ambassador of Indonesia
to the United Kingdom

2020 –
Succeeded by
in office