Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja started his new assignment as Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands since February 2016 and concurrently appointed by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia as Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Prior to his assignment, he was the ASEAN SOM - Leader of Indonesia / Director General for ASEAN Cooperation from April 2012 - February 2016. He was appointed as Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Austria, Republic of Slovenia and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna in March 2010. He was also the Governor of Indonesia for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 2011 - 2012. From 2010 to 2011, he was the Indonesian Sherpa for Nuclear Security Summit.
Mr. Puja has been involved actively in various multilateral forums throughout his diplomatic career. Prior to his assignment in Vienna, he served as Ambassador / Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN bodies, WTO and other International Organizations based in Geneva, Switzerland (2006-2009).
In addition to his work in multilateral forums, he was also involved continuously in the five-year long Aceh Peace Process (2000-2005). He was a member of the Indonesian negotiating team to the signing of the Humanitarian Pause (Geneva, 2000) and Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (Geneva, 2002) facilitated by the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, as well as the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding (2005) facilitated by the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) led by former Finnish President Martti Ahtissari.
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in 1986. His first assignment was at the Embassy/Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Vienna (1992-1996). He was a Counsellor at the Indonesian Permanent Mission in Geneva (1998-2002). He was subsequently appointed as Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia from 2002 to 2006.
He holds a bachelor degree from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta (1985) and a Master of Arts degree from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1991).
He was awarded by the President of the Republic of Indonesia: The Satya Lencana Dharma Nusa Award (2006) for his role in the Aceh Peace Process, the Satya Lencana Karya Satya 10 Years, Service Award (1997), the Satya Lencana Karya Satya 20 Years, Service Award (2007), the Bintang Jasa Utama Award (2010) for his role as member of the Indonesian negotiating team for the Aceh Agreement in 2005. He was also awarded by the Minister of Health the Ksatria Bakti Husada Arutala Award in 2011.
He was born in Bali on 11 January 1962 and is married with two sons. His hobbies include tennis, badminton, traditional Bali dances, Javanesegamelan and classical music.