Ambassador Tobing is the Indonesian Representative to the Advisory Board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR). Previous to this, she was the Indonesian Representative to the Governing Council of ASEAN-IPR from 2017-2021 and also the Indonesian Representative to the Advisory Board of ASEAN-IPR (2014-2017). She also served as the Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam from January 2004 until February 2007. She was awarded the Medal for Friendship from Vietnam Union Friendship Organization, Hanoi, Vietnam (6 February 2007).
After returning from Vietnam, she served as the Head of the Policy Planning Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia until her retirement in 2010.
After her retirement, she served as the Executive Secretary to the Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, Dr. N. Hassan Wirajuda from March 2011 until October 2014. She also served as the Eminent Person’s Group representing Indonesia to the Indian Ocean Dialogue in 2015.
In addition to being a diplomat, Ambassador Tobing also lectured at the graduate program on ASEAN Diplomacy at the Paramadina University from 2014 until 2017 and also at Pelita Harapan University for the international program. She has also been involved in mentoring Senior Level Diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Educational Training Institute since 2015.
Born in Jakarta, Ambassador Tobing earned a Degree in English Literature from the University of Indonesia in 1976 and was awarded the Fulbright & Hayes Scholarship for her Master’s degree in American Studies at the George Washington University in Washington DC from September 1976 – June 1978.
Ambassador Tobing started her career as a diplomat at the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in 1981 and was posted at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Geneva from August 1984 – August 1988, the Indonesian Mission to the EU in Brussels from August 1992 – August 1996 and also at the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa from June 1999 – July 2002 the Indonesian Embassy in Ottawa. At Headquarters, she was also assigned in the Office of Directorate General for Political Affairs, ASEAN Department and the Policy Planning Department.