Yuri Octavian Thamrin is a senior Indonesian diplomat with more than 30 years of experience representing his country, both in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. Born in Jambi, October 31st 1961, in 2016 he was appointed by Jokowi to represent Indonesia as the Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union for the 2016-2020 period.
He completed his education at Universitas Indonesia (UI), majoring in International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, class of 1979. He later continued his education at the Australian National University and obtained a Master of Arts in International Relations.
Yuri Octavian Thamrin hisself is not new to the world of diplomacy. Previously, Yuri represented Indonesia in many international forums for security diplomacy or international arms control at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 2000 to 2003.
In addition, Yuri O. Thamrin also represented Indonesia as the Leader of the APEC Senior Office Meeting (SOM), when former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired APEC in 2013. He also played an important role as chairman of the SOM and made substantive preparations for the summit chaired by President Joko Widodo commemorating 60 years of the Asian-African Conference in April 2015.
In the context of diplomacy throughout the Indian Ocean Rim, Yuri O. Thamrin also made an important contribution when he led the SOM preparations for the IORA Ministerial Meeting in Padang, Indonesia in October 2015. This Ministerial Meeting then endorsed the idea of holding the first IORA. Summit for the 20th anniversary of the IORA, leading to the adoption of The Jakarta Concord on the Indian Ocean Rim Association: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean in 2016.
At the end of his term of office, Yuri Octavian Thamrin claimed to have always applied the message of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who expected all heads of representatives to become marketers with an emphasis on down-to-earth economic diplomacy and the benefits of the people.
This was conveyed by the Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union Yuri Octavian Thamrin when he was approaching his retirement from carrying out official state duties.
Sukardi Rinakit was born in Madiun, June 5, 1963. He is a political observer and writer. Currently he is serving as President Joko Widodo’s Special Staff in politics. This is the second time Jokowi has entrusted Sukardi with this position. Sukardi is an intellectual figure who is capable and experienced in political affairs.
Sukardi completed his undergraduate education at the University of Indonesia, majoring in Criminology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. He continued his education and obtained a master’s degree at the National University of Singapore, Department of Southeast Asian Studies.
In addition, he has also worked as a research staff at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and has served as Executive Director of the Soegeng Sarjadi Syndicate.
Sukardi used his experience working as a special staff who was often very close to the President to write a book about President Jokowi. The book was titled The Corner of the Palace and was published in 2018. In addition, he also created a popular work entitled The Indonesian Military After the New Order (Copenhagen, Singapore, 2004).
Tuti Wahyuningsih Irman graduated from the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, class of 1985. Currently she is the Indonesian Consul General in Vancouver, Canada. Previously, she has also served as Counselor for Political-Economic Affairs at the Permanent Representative Office of Indonesia to the United Nations.
As a Senior TV Producer, Patsy Widakuswarai leads the news production at VOA. Patsy started her journalism career at the age of 19 as a radio show host for M97 FM Prambors Group Jakarta, when she was still studying at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. When she was in college, she was also the co-founder of the first English debate group in Indonesia, the English Debating Society at Universitas Indonesia, and went on to win several national and international titles.
Patsy continued her career at several Indonesian television stations including ANTV and Metro TV. In 2001 Patsy received a Chevening scholarship for a Masters degree in TV Journalism at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She then worked on documentary films for Channel 4 and the BBC. From London, Patsy moved to Washington, DC and joined VOA in 2003
Patsy menjadi sorotan usai dibebastugaskan dari liputan di Gedung Putih oleh Direktur VOA, Robert Reilly dan wakilnya, Elizabeth Robbins; setelah mengajukan pertanyaan kepada Menteri Luar Negeri AS era Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, yang dinilai tak etis. Namun, setelah 10 hari dibebastugaskan, saat ini Patsy telah kembali ditugaskan meliput di Gedung Putih.
Patsy came into the spotlight after being relieved of her White House coverage duty by VOA Director Robert Reilly and his deputy, Elizabeth Robbins; after asking questions which were deemed unethical to the Donald Trump-era US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. However, after 10 days of discharge, Patsy is now back in charge of covering the White House.
Agung Suprio has started his career since he was still studying at the University of Indonesia (UI) Political Science undergraduate program. After the 1999 elections, Agung became a member of the Center for Electoral Reform (Cetro) Workers’ Agency from 2000 to 2001.
His next work was to establish Vilters (Center for Civil Military Studies) with his colleagues from UI in 2001. Vilters is the result of his obsession to realize his thesis in the field of Political Science on civilian-military relations in a new era. As a result, Vilters published a book on the shift in civilian-military relations in 2001, using a qualitative research model in twenty second-tier regions in Indonesia.
Agung continued his education at the Universitas Indonesia Political Science postgraduate program, which led to Agung being appointed as Chair of Universitas Indonesia’s Political Science Postgraduate Student and Alumni Association. In 2015, he served as executive director of the Indonesia Public Policy Institute (IPPI). In 2016, Agung was selected as an Indonesian National Television (TVRI) guest announcer on the program Meeting Point (Titik Temu).
Pada tahun 2016, Agung terpilih menjadi komisioner Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia (KPI) Pusat periode 2016-2019 dengan amanah sebagai Koordinator bidang Pengelolaan Struktur dan Sistem Penyiaran. Pada periode selanjutnya, Dia mendapatkan kepercayaan menjadi Ketua KPI Pusat 2019-2022.
In 2016, Agung was elected as a commissioner of the Central Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) for the 2016-2019 period, serving as Coordinator of the Management of Broadcasting Structure and Systems. In the next period, he was entrusted to become the 2019-2022 Chairman of KPI.