University Council

The University Council has final responsibility and authority for university policies and procedures; any individual may address the University Council regarding these policies and procedures. The University Council charges the President of the University with the responsibility for the institution’s governance; in turn, the President supports a structured and systematic process for decision making.

The University Council of Sampoerna University is the final institutional authority. While maintaining a general overview, the University Council entrusts the conduct of administration to the administrative officers: the President, rector, vice-rectors, and deans. University Council Bylaws

Current University Council Members

Yos Ginting


Dr. Ginting received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Tasmania in Australia. In 2000, Dr. Ginting joined PT Indah Pulp and Paper as Vice Director of E-Transformation. He later became Vice President of the Pulp and Paper Trade Alliance. In 2002, he joined HM Sampoerna as an Organizational Development Specialist. Over the next 9 years, he rose to become Director of Human Resources and then Director of Corporate Affairs. More recently, he has served on numerous boards, including the Putera Sampoerna Foundation, the Blockchain Association of Indonesia and the Indonesia Services Dialogue.

Amelia Tjendra

Vice Chair

Ms. Tjendra received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from IKIP Negri Malang, the State University of Malang, and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Cornell University in New York, U.S.A.  After four years of teaching and research in Indonesia and the U.S., she joined Citibank where she began her career in human resources and organizational development.  During her ten years at Citibank, she progressed through a variety of positions with varying degrees of responsibility.  She ultimately became the Indonesia Country HR Director responsible for the overall management of all of the business groups’ HR functions.  In 2000, she left Citibank to create her own consultancy.  As a consultant, she served a number of leading companies and other organizations in both the public and private sectors.  In 2014, Ms. Tjendra joined Sampoerna Strategic as the Head of Organizational Engineering.

Andrew Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is Associate Dean for Student Success in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston.  He most recently serves as the Associate Dean in the UH Honors College and Director of the UH Bonner Leaders Program.  He has been recognized at the department, college and university level for teaching excellence and at the national level for academic innovation.  He has published widely in evolutionary theory and biological classification, as well as on effective teaching. His most recent work in these areas can be found in The Evolution of Phylogenetic Systematics (University of California Press) and in Change magazine, as well as in From Groups to Individuals (edited by Bouchard and Huneman, MIT Press), Zookeys, and Systematics and Biodiversity.

Before coming to the University of Houston in 2012, he held appointments in the School of Life Sciences and the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, where he was also Director of the Biology Graduate Program and an Associate Director at the International Institute for Species Exploration.

Dr. Hamilton is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego, Boston College, and Berea College.

Hendra Prasetya

Hendra holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Petra Christian University. From 1980 to 2005, he served as the Director of PT HM Sampoerna Tbk, and also held a Director position in several companies within the Sampoerna Strategic Group, such as PT Sampoerna Bio Energi. As of 17 July 2013, he joined the Cooperative as a member of the Supervisory Board of KSP Sahabat Mitra Sejati

J. Michael Dinges

Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has a long career in community banking in Texas having served in executive leadership positions at several banks in the Greater Houston area. In addition, he is the founder of Lowry Bank, a community bank in Fort Bend County, Texas. He has served as Mayor of Fulshear, Texas, and has been a tireless volunteer for organizations associated with the region’s agricultural history.

Lin Neumann

AmCham Indonesia Managing Director, A. Lin Neumann has been a well-known writer, editor and communications consultant in Asia for many years. He was the founding editor of the award-winning Jakarta Globe daily newspaper in Indonesia from 2008 to 2012. His career as a journalist and editor in Asia began in the Philippines as a radio correspondent for NBC News in the 1980s. He was later the Executive Editor of the Hong Kong Standard and the Editor-in-Chief of the JoongAng Daily in Seoul. He has consulted for numerous development agencies and private companies. He also has won numerous awards for excellence as an editor and reporter and was the co-founder, in 1998, of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), a regional press advocacy NGO based in Bangkok.

He was the host of the daily “Insight Indonesia” TV talk show on BeritaSatu in Jakarta from 2011-2012

Mark Milliron

Dr. Mark Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations and government agencies across the United States and around the world. He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, a social-purpose corporation committed to using the best of data science and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. In previous roles, Dr. Milliron served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at the University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College. Milliron holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tommy Tjiptadjaja

Tommy Tjiptadjaja is Co-founder and CEO at Greenhope, a social enterprise with the mission aligned with UN SDG no 12, to help shift society’s production and consumption to be more sustainable. His past experience includes owner/managing partner of handwoven furniture and fashion brands, executive of Indonesia’s major conglomerate group The Sampoerna Strategic, management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Through his past roles he has worked in USA, Ireland, UK, Hungary, most Southeast Asian countries, and now Greenhope exists in more than 10 countries including African countries and Central America.

Tommy received an MBA with Honors from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and spent some time learning development economics in London School of Economics. Tommy is also Schwab Social Entrepreneur with the World Economic Forum and a regular contributor in the issue of turning the tide on plastic waste.  Through WEF he has also participated in scholarship program in Harvard Kennedy School on “Scaling Up Social Change for Systemic Impact”.  Tommy was selected as Top 100 Visionary Leaders by Real-Leaders magazine, and has been an Unreasonable Entrepreneur since 2018 as part of Unreasonable Goals 2018

Shirley Santoso

Shirley Santoso is an accomplished consultant and seasoned transformation expert with over 18 years of industry and consulting experience across various Asian countries and industries including working with the region’s most dynamic telecom operators, healthcare providers, large retailers, financial institutions, infrastructure players and family-owned businesses.

Shirley is based in A.T. Kearney’s Jakarta office and her current focus is primarily in the areas of strategy and organization transformation, where she has led many successful strategy, organizational effectiveness, turnaround program and large-scale transformation engagements for Indonesian and Southeast Asian clients. These include organization and operating model redesign, alignment of key stakeholders and leadership team, governance set up and change management programs.

Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, she worked at Lippo Group as part of the direct investment and asset management team.