Asima Siahaan is a lecturer at the Department of Public Administration at Universitas Sumatera Utara, Indonesia. She has a Master degree in Development Studies from Monash University Australia and PhD from Massey University New Zealand. Her research interest includes Gender and governance, electronic governance, disaster management, public administration ethics, community development. Asima receives various research grants and fellowships which allows her to be visiting scholar at universities outside Indonesia. She involves in various capacity building training on gender and community development for local government officials. Her research interest is on gender and public service and disaster management. She is recently engage as co-researcher in research project ‘Joining the race: Pathways to politics for grassroots and development-sector women in Sri Lanka and Indonesia’.