Isla Winarto is an Australian, who graduated from the University of Sydney with a B.A. in Indonesian language and literature and a graduate Diploma in Education. Thereafter, she worked for 30 years in Jakarta in the field of international education. From 1985 to 1996, Isla was the Indonesian Language Coordinator at USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in Jakarta, During this time, she acted as interpreter for visiting U.S. First Lady, Hillary Clinton, wife of U.S. President Bill Clinton and was also Indonesian language instructor for the then U.S. Ambassador, Paul Wolfowitz. From 1996 until her retirement in May, 2014, she was the Indonesia Country Director of IDP Education Pty Ltd, managing ten offices across Indonesia.
In 2003, Isla’s biography, entitled Kopi Susu, was selected, out of thousands, to be published in the book Australian Expats: Stories from Abroad. Now Isla is an active member of Soroptimist International, a global organization for professional women, which seeks to advance the status of women through various community projects. She is a founding member of the Indonesian branch of that organization.