Gary Dean

[Gary Dean photo]

This page is a brief introduction to myself, comprising those things that I consider to be informative, interesting, amusing, or revealing, about the world and myself.  YMMV.

I was born in Perth, Australia, in the pre-Sputnik era.  I have lived most of my life in Asia, and I migrated to Indonesia in 1996, which is where I now live.  I am an Indonesian citizen.

I have many attachments to children|grand-children|wives|companies|felines.  One of the cats is named Cimon (Chee-mon), who is all white, except for one yellow eye and one blue eye.  I have had Cimon for about 5.711555 years now.

My current role models are Robert Sapolsky, Siddhattha Gotama, and Pa Kettle.

Apart from my everyday business activities, I think about a few things.  This is a list of my current interests/study, with wiki links provided for unfamiliar words/terms:

If you have offers of input, collaboration, or business in these or related areas, please get in contact with me.

Below I list areas in which I have some knowledge, interest, or experience.


Sociology & Politics

  • Interest in human cultures, political systems and international relations.
  • Specialist knowledge of cultures, history and politics of Maritime Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Indonesian.
  • Substantial knowledge and understanding of political processes and governmental structures.
  • Proponent of open political systems and open technologies.
  • Proponent of secularized dharmic assumptions and practices.


  • Knowledge and understanding of socio-cultural issues in management and communication.
  • Development of culturally appropriate organisational and administrative systems.
  • Decades of experience as a business and management consultant in Asia, Indonesia most prominently.
  • Experienced in interacting with Indonesian government and bureaucracy, directly and effectively at all levels.


  • Computer applications programmer (php, SQL, bash, C).
  • Linux system administration and scripting.
  • Open Source activist providing material and moral support to individuals, groups and government for the use of open technologies, in particular open source software.


  • Knowledge of animal husbandry, in particular ruminants.
  • Interest in controlled-environment food production systems, in particular hydroponics, aquaponics and invertebrate protein production.
  • Interest in human evolutionary biology.

1996-2000 | Bachelor of Asian Studies

  • Murdoch University | Perth, Australia
    Four-year specialist degree programme in Indonesian studies minoring in politics and international relations. Including one year fulltime coursework at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, in Indonesian, with one semester in the Faculty of Economics, and one in the Faculty of Social and Political Science.

1995-1996 | Diploma of Social Science

1983-1984 | Associate Diploma of Agricultural Technology

1981-1982 | Certificates in Animal Technology and Animal Nursing

  • Bentley Technical College | Perth, Australia
    Husbandary of many various species used in medical research, and management of animal laboratories.