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).