Speaker Profile

Prof. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, Ph.D.

Prof. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, Ph.D.

Former Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Ambassador of Indonesia to The USA in 1998

Indonesia top economist, Professor (Emeritus) Dr. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti was born on 25 November 1939 in Banten, West Java. He was Coordination Minister for the Economy and Finance in Indonesia during the Megawati Sukarnoputri administration of 2001-2004.

Previously, Kuntjoro-Jakti was Indonesia’s Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to the United States from 1998 up to mid-2001. During the same period, he also served as Indonesia’s Ambassador to Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean.

Kuntjoro-Jakti was born in Banten. After completing his doctorandus in economics at the University of Indonesia in 1964, majoring in monetary economics and public finance, he continued his education with a Ford Foundation scholarship at the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained his MA in Financial Administration (1966) and returned much later to complete his Ph.D in political economy in 1980. His long career as a researcher and lecturer brought him to the position of Senior Research Associate and Director of Research, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as well as Professor in Economics in the 1980s-1990s, and finally Dean of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia for the period of 1994-1997

Outside Indonesia, Dorodjatun has for served for a long time as a member of the Regional Security Study Programme (RSSP) of ISEAS (Institute for SEA Study), Singapore, as advisor of the Foundation of Asian Management Development (FAMD), Tokyo, as a Country Member of the Institute for Fiscal & Monetary Policy of the Ministry of Finance, Japan, and as a member of the ASEAN-Japan Dialog, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). He was also a founding member of the World Agriculture Forum of St. Louis, USA.

Dr. Dorodjatun is not only an economist but also a language watchdog. He was a keynote speaker at the Festival Budaya Melayu Dunia (FBMD) on the effort of “Realizing the Malay Language as the Official Language of the United Nations”.

Together with well-known linguist Gorys Keraf, Dorodjatun was once in the committee to prepare the Exam paper on Indonesian language subject for UMPTN (Ujian Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri) test, the State Universities Entrance Test.

He is now back to the University of Indonesia as Professor of Economics and Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Economics.

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