Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana was born in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia in July 1966.
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (MFA) in 1993. Since then, he has assumed responsibilities in various divisions of the MFA, including Head of the Secretariat for Special Envoys of the President (2004 – 2006).
His first diplomatic posting was at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN in New York (2000 – 2004). The second posting was also at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN in New York, serving as the Political Coordinator of the Indonesian Team to the UN Security Council (2007 – 2008). He then served at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore as the Coordinator of Information, Social and Cultural Affairs, also as the Spokesperson of the Embassy (2009 – 2010). Returning from Singapore, he served as Assistant to the Special Staff of the President for International Relations at the Office of the President (2010 – 2014).
Between June 2012 and June 2013, he was also serving as an expert to the Indonesian National Committee on the Vision of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
During his career at the MFA, he has participated as Indonesian delegate to the meetings and conferences of the AAPP, APEC, APPF, ASEM, ASEAN, ASIA-AFRICA Summit, Developing 8 (D8), East Asia Summit, ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, G-77, G20, ILO, IPU, NAM, NPT Review Conference, Nuclear Security Summit, OIC, Review Conference of the Ottawa (Anti-land Mines) Convention, Open Government Partnership, UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN Commission for Social Development, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Committee on Information, UN Committee on Indigenous People, UN General Assembly and its Main Committees, UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, UN Security Council, UN Human Rights Council, UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, World Culture Forum, World Economic Forum, World Economic Forum on East Asia, and WTO.
He graduated cum laude from University of Padjadjaran, Department of International Relations (1992); pursued in the US two master programmes under the Fulbright scholarship (1996 – 1998) at Ohio University and a doctoral programme (2000 – 2004) at Madison University majoring political science, IR and public administration.
He was a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University, USA (Spring 2003 – Spring 2004); the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies (Fall 2009 – Spring 2010), City University of New York; and Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School for International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (Fall 2010 – Fall 2014).
He was awarded the International Affairs Karen D. Jenkins King Award by the Ohio University, USA (1998); was a Class Valedictorian of the Junior-Level (1993) as well as Mid-Career (2005) Diplomatic Training Programme at the Centre for Education and Training, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He completed his Senior-Level Diplomatic Training Programme in 2011.
He was also an Alumnus of the Clingendael Advanced Diplomatic Studies Programme, Den Haag, the Joint Programme SIPA Columbia University-UNITAR POCI on UN Studies, New York, and the Peace Operations and Conflict Resolutions Programme of the Institute of World Affairs, Washington, DC.
He was a regular speaker and resource person on foreign policy, diplomacy and public speaking at the MFA Education and Training Center and State Secretariat Training Center, as well as a visiting professor at the Department of International Relations, Padjadjaran University, Bandung (2010 – 2014).
He is a contributor to various journals and newspapers, including the Jakarta Post and the Jakarta Globe.
He is married to Irene Irjayanti Mulyana, and blessed with one son.