Michael-Raphael Citrasena Nareshwara Cakti Gutomo Putrawenas


Michael graduated his Master of Science in Business Administration cum laude from Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management under its Business-Society Management department. It addresses actual issues concerning interactions between businesses, society, and governments. His final thesis was on “Sustainability Challenges and Corporate Responsibility Regimes in Asia”.

Michael C. Putrawenas

Michael C. Putrawenas

Prior to that Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration with an elective in Management in just a three-year period from the same university despite his active organizational and extracurricular endeavors. Succeeding his post as a Board member of Erasmus Debating Society, he was in charge of the Indonesian Students Association in the Netherlands as its Secretary-General.

With such background, he professionally worked for TNO Innovation Policy Group in Delft in a project commissioned by European Union on Asian Growth Dynamics and now takes the post as CO2 Strategy Analyst at Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters in The Hague. Nevertheless he remains observant and critical to issues in his native Indonesia.

Behind the Names

When William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet and came up with the celebrated quote of ‘What’s in a name’, he obviously had no acquaintance with mine. There has been some awe, bewilderment, discontent, and curiosity from some crowd upon my extensive name, especially but not limited to my non-Indonesian colleagues and friends. This explanation tries to put an end to those queries.

‘Citrasena’ was the name of an imperial commander taken from the ancient scroll of Mahabharata, meanwhile ‘Nareshwara’ in Sanskrit literally means emperor, and the word ‘Çakti’ is a description of having magical and miraculous quality. Since it is not common for Javanese paternal line to inherit family name, the phrase ‘Gutomo-Putrawenas’ was added to serve as surname; ‘Gutomo’ derived from the paternal line and ‘-Putra’ is the Indonesian word for son. Adjacent to it is the word ‘Wenas’ which was adapted from the maternal family line.

In addition to the extended list of names, another gallant Christian name of Michael was officially given at the baptism ceremony in St. Therese Catholic Church, Jakarta. The same church will also witness the Confirmation Sacrament and yet another additional name of Raphael seventeen years later by His Eminence Julius Cardinal D., the Archbishop of Jakarta.

As if there is not enough of an option to choose from, I have been called with two other different names in two different communities. My first and second degree family members have always referred to me as ‘Ade’ which means little brother. This is the call name that amongst all others I have already represent the actual me, being the youngest sibling.

Another name, which I hope does not represent the actual me, is Porky – well, perhaps other than body weight. This name originated from a call sign during high school when I joined the mountaineering group where every member was given a specific yet sometimes ludicrous call name. Since then onwards, my close friends have been calling me with it.

Some people thought that having such names is uncomforting. Indeed there are times, especially form-filling periods where writing my name alone may take a minute longer than any other person. But that is exactly the case, I am not any other person and I am profoundly proud with my given names for they symbolize myself and those who care about me the most: the Big Guy, my family, and my friends.

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    Michael wearing BatikBackground information of the person behind the writings on this website is available here. Curriculum vitae and the list of activities are separated in different sections although a small part intertwines. As additional material and to answer some queries, the explanation of the perplexed names is available as well. Continue reading...