As a Principal Engineer at the Agency for Assessment & Application of Technology (BPPT) of Indonesia, Finarya’s expertise is to develop science & technology (S&T) communication program, as well as S&T in socio culture development. During her work at the Ministry of Research & Technology in 2000-2011, she held many positions dealt with promoting the importance of S&T, bridging the gaps between R&D and industry, as well as promoting mutual S&T cooperation among countries. In 2012-2016 Finarya is BPPT’s Coordinator Program for the Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility (TCF), a 5-year consortium program for implementing the Indonesia - EU project.
Finarya has produced many papers related to S&T policy, environment and room acoustics, science and technology communication, and gifted in science and technology. She is also an Associate Professor lecturing at the University of Pelita Harapan as well as at the University of Indonesia, in the Sustainable Development and Building Physics fields. The PhD degree in Room Acoustics was gained from the University of Salford – UK in 1994. Her professional awards among others: the First Female Indonesia Scientist in Architectural Acoustics, awarded by the Museum of Records of Indonesia – MURI in 2008; the Lee Kimche McGrath Worldwide Award by the Association of Science-Technology Centers of US (ASTC) in 2009 at ASTC Annual Conference at Fort Worth – Texas; the Satya Lencana Karya Satya XXX (30 Years of Career Development Award) from the Government of Indonesia in 2012.
Since she was the Executive Director for Science & Technology Center (PP-IPTEK) in 2007-2011, Finarya has actively promoted gifted in science as well as S&T communication. This brings her as one of the editors for the APEC Youth Scientist Journal; the Indonesia Focal Point / Committee for: APEC Mentoring Center for Gifted in Science, APEC Forum for Science Talented, ASEAN+3 Center for Gifted in Science, World Creativity Festival, and the Director for Junior Science Odyssey. Since 2016, she is appointed as the Vice Chairman for AASSA (the Association of Academics and Societies of Sciences in Asia) Special Committee on SHARE Communication (Science, Health, Agriculture, Risk and Environment).