Risnawati Utami is a gender and disability rights activist since 1999. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of March, Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. She has been active in various activities related to disability issues, human rights, policy advocacy and development in Indonesia and international level. In 2006, she was awarded a Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program to accomplish Master Degree in International Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA. Risnawati is also an engaged scholar and leader. Her experience with research and policy development positions her amongst the most knowledgeable and articulate individuals working at the intersection of public health, community development, policy and disability.
Risnawati Utami has been leading OHANA, a non-profit organization in Yogyakarta focuses on disability rights advocacy and policy studies. Her experience gained from leading local, national and cross-national initiatives has allowed her to develop several projects throughout Southeast Asia, and beyond. Also, she has been leading the Indonesian Consortium for Disability Rights, a national consortium that has 45 organization members representing 8 provinces in Indonesia to advocate CRPD implementation at the local and national level. Through this consortium she actively promotes "disability inclusive development" in the Agenda 2030/Sustainable Development Goals to be compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the local, national and global level. She has been a speaker at various conferences on disability rights issues and focused on Indonesia and internationally. Since 2013 until now she has been a speaker in advocating the rights of persons with disabilities and development within the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and various UN High Level Forum in the UN HQ in New York, USA.