Who will lead the PAIR research team?

Introducing the Senior Fellows of the Australia-Indonesia Centre, who will form the backbone of the PAIR research team.

Each represents one of our 11 partner universities. So far, we have confirmed ten Senior Fellows, and are in the process of confirming a Senior Fellow from Monash University.


Dr Christrijogo Sumartono

Universitas Airlangga

Dr Christrijogo Sumartono is a lecturer and anaesthetist at Universitas Airlangga, within the Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation. He is also the head of Ksatria Medika Airlangga Foundation which carries out humanitarian work in natural disasters, such as during the earthquake in Palu, Sulawesi in 2018. He holds a Masters in anesthesiology and a PhD from Universitas Airlangga. His areas of expertise include regional anesthesia, disaster management, traumatology, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery.


Professor Siti Malkhamah

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Professor Siti Malkhamah is Professor in Civil Engineering at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She is also currently the Dean of the Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada. Previously, she was the Vice Director of Post Graduate Programmes in the Faculty of Engineering at UGM, where she coordinated all Masters and PhD programmes. She also assists the Ministry of Transport to develop human resources within the ministry, including cooperation with international institutions. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Transport Planning and Engineering from Leeds University. Her research interests include transportation engineering, safety, railroads, transportation systems and transport planning and management.


Dr Sudirman Nasir

Universitas Hasanuddin

Dr Nasir is senior lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Hasanuddin in Makassar. He has conducted research on various issues related to drug use and HIV-AIDS in Indonesia. He has been involved in drug use and HIV prevention programs in Indonesia since the mid-1990s. He also serves as a vice president of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI), and is a 2019 Eisenhower Global Fellow. On top of this, Dr Nasir was involved in the REACHOUT Consortium research on community health workers.He also led AIC-funded project examining the sustainability and profitability of cocoa-based farming in Sulawesi.

He has a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from Universitas Hasanuddin, and a master’s degree and PhD from The University of Melbourne.


Dr Reni Suwarso

Universitas Indonesia

Reni Suwarso has been a faculty member at the Department of Political Science, University of Indonesia (UI) in Jakarta since 1992. She is now head of Democracy and Citizenship Research Cluster UI (2019-2020) and head of Urban Water Research Cluster UI, responsible of Water Governance (2017-2020). Besides this, she is also director of the Institute for Democracy, Defence and Strategic Issues. Previously, she was Director of Centre for Elections and Political Party UI (2014-2018).

For her doctoral thesis at Victoria University in Melbourne, she worked on a project called ‘Indonesian Democracy: The Impact of Electoral Systems on Political Parties, 1955-2009’. Prior to that she did her masters at the University of Sydney where she published ‘Indonesia under the Wahid Government: Consultative Democracy?’ and also her bachelor at UI.


Dr Sebastian Thomas

The University of Melbourne

Dr Sebastian Thomas is a Lecturer in Sustainability and Leadership at the University of Melbourne. He is a transdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy, environmental management, and sustainability economics and policy. In the context of global change issues – including technology, climate and environment, new economic forces, social movements and conflicts, and resource constraints – he investigates how communities can connect to global economic and policy frameworks to achieve resilient and prosperous sustainability outcomes.

His research interests include vulnerability and resilience, ‘blue carbon’ in coastal ecosystems and its role in sustainable development, ocean governance, energy transitions, and the role of strategic business innovation in adapting to global challenges. He has extensive experience working in the Asia-Pacific as a business leader and research scientist.


Professor Nunung Nuryartono

Institut Pertanian Bogor

Dr Nunung Nuryartono is the Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management at Institut Pertanian Bogor and Secretary to the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council (Wantimpres), Professor Sri Adiningsih. He has also been appointed to the National Research Council between 2019-2022. Previously, he served as the Director of the International Center for Applied Finance and Economics at Institut Pertanian Bogor and head of Economics postgraduate program. He holds a Master of Science from Bogor Agricultural Institute and a PhD from the University of Goettingen in Germany.

His areas of expertise include development economics, microfinance, and public policy.


Dr Scott Waldron

The University of Queensland

Scott grew up on a cattle property in western Queensland, has degrees in international business and Asian studies and a PhD in agricultural economics. At UQ he has conducted 25 agricultural development projects in China, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He has worked in a wide range of agricultural systems and mostly on ruminant livestock. His role in the projects is to improve farm incomes, value chain functioning, policy settings and rural development outcomes. Scott has published nine scholarly books, more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and numerous reports. In addition to an Honours degree in Asian Studies, Scott studied Chinese in China for three years, graduated from the Nanjing-Hopkins Centre for Chinese and American Studies, and speaks fluent Chinese. His countries of focus include: China especially Western China; Southeast Asia especially Indonesia and East Timor; the Pacific especially Vanuatu.

Scott’s areas of interest include agricultural research methodologies – farm management, value chain analysis, policy analysis, participatory and action research – and international agricultural development – macro developments in demographics, food supply and human development; micro developments in farm intensification, commercialisation and technological change.

Dr Wilmar Salim

Institut Teknologi Bandung

Dr Wilmar Salim is the head of the Research Center for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Regional and City Planning at Institut Teknologi Bandung. He holds a Masters in Regional Development from The University of Queensland, and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii. His areas of expertise include sustainable development, local governance, urban and regional planning, poverty analysis and capacity building.


Professor Nyoman Pujawan

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

Professor Nyoman Pujawan is a Professor of Supply Chain Engineering at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, and also the president of the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) and the Indonesian Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (ISLI). He holds a Master of Industrial Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Management Science from Lancaster University. His areas of expertise include: supply chain management, manufacturing, logistics, inventory management and purchasing management.


Professor Anu Rammohan

The University of Western Australia

Professor Anu Rammohan is Professor of Economics and the Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education at the University of Western Australia. Her research focus is on understanding household-level socio-economic factors that can influence maternal and child health outcomes, gender and food security issues in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and more recently in Myanmar. Her areas of expertise include development economics, maternal and child health, food security, migration, and gender.


We’ll update this post as soon as our final Senior Fellow has been confirmed.