Isla Winarto is Eurasian, with an Australian mother, and Indonesian father, who was one of the founding members of the AIA in Sydney in 1945. Born and raised in Sydney, for the past 38 years Isla has lived and worked in Jakarta, Indonesia.
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Isla worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Indonesian language and literature at Sydney University and Griffith University, Australia.
In Jakarta, Isla worked for 12 years at USAID, American Embassy Jakarta, in Indonesian language training, education and project management. Until her retirement, she was also the Country Director, Indonesia, of an Australian company, managing ten offices, focusing on international education and aid projects.
In her spare time, Isla is an active member and Advisor to the Board of the Indonesian Heritage Society in Jakarta, as well as the Jakarta representative of the Australia Indonesia Association of NSW. Currently she is also the Club Program/UN Liaison Officer for the Jakarta chapter of Soroptimist International, a global organization advancing the status of women. Through Soroptimist International, Isla has managed major donor funded projects in Indonesia, mainly in Aceh, Palu and Lombok.