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Rukka Sombolinggi

Secretary General


Rukka is the first female Secretary General of AMAN, the world’s largest Indigenous Peopless organization. Hailing from the Torajan community in Sulawesi, Indonesia, she is renowned for her passionate speeches and lifelong commitment to indigenous rights. Rukka’s involvement in the movement traces back to her parents hosting a pivotal meeting in 1993. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hasanuddin University and a master’s degree in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Rukka joined AMAN in 1999 after working with JAPHAMA, a network of Indigenous Peopless’ defenders. She also served as a Program Specialist for the UNDP Regional Indigenous Peopless Programme. In 2011, Rukka chaired the organizing committee of the Fourth Indigenous Peopless Congress, uniting over a thousand representatives from across Indonesia. She has been a member of the Executive Council of the Asia Indigenous Peopless Pact/AIPP, representing multiple countries. Rukka’s contributions extend to writing the Indonesian chapter of the annual global report on Indigenous Peopless, the Indigenous World.