My encounter with overseas development institute (ODI) was a timely and special one. As the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, ODI opens my pandora about international development, the area I have been always passionate about.  At the time when I was about completing my third (last) year of my PhD, I was offered a senior researcher position, which is fully matched with my PhD research topic on climate finance.

ODI excelled my persuasive writing skills and extended my policy network beyond my imagination. I learned so much from a world known climate finance expert like Smita Nakhooda to build a relevant narrative for specific policy windows. Her unparalleled knowledge about multilateral climate finance, network complements my knowledge of bilateral climate finance and quantitative skills. A warm, flexible and vibrant working environment allows for new staff members like me to learn fast on how to conduct policy research, to be result oriented and to be a productive writer in any situations. Its multidisciplinary nature expands my horizon across sectors and countries. The variety of tasks trained me to be client oriented and to know what needs to be prioritised in limited time and space. 

The first three months of my time at ODI, I was exposed to many great research projects and initiatives from which I could explore the world as well as my own country, Indonesia. I worked with Smita Nakhooda to do an evaluation of the £3.78 billion UK's International Climate Fund under a consortium of Agulhas Applied Knowledge and KPMG. In parallel, I led a review of Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund, improved the data management of Climate Funds Update, supported 10 things about climate finance 2013 and I worked with Neil Bird for a light touch study on Indonesia's climate finance mechanism. It has been my pleasure to work with amazing individuals in ODI's colleagues: Smita Nakhooda (lead), Neil Bird, Sam Barnard, Merylyn Hedger, Alice Caravani, Nella Canales Trujillo, Shelagh Withley, Marigold Norman, Charlene Watson, and lastly Will McFarland, with whom I write an opinion article in the Jakarta Post: Survival of climate action under new president. I would thank ODI and all amazing individuals above for a short but very rewarding experience. At the end of one year at ODI I had been given two options: to stay in London and continue my work a little bit more or to travel to several countries including Indonesia, my home country, for a collaborative work between Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and ODI. My call to explore the world and to learn about my home country led me to choose the latter option. It was sad to leave a great working place like ODI, I was pleased enough to know that my next step allows me for keeping in touch.