Prodita Kusuma Sabarini

I’m the CEO and Publisher of The Conversation Indonesia, a not-for-profit independent online media that brings expert analysis from academics to the general public.  Between 2017 to 2022, I was its Executive Editor, serving as editor-in-chief, fundraiser, and operations director.  

My work with The Conversation Indonesia aims to strengthen and improve our information ecosystem through amplifying trusted expert voices and building Indonesia’s researchers capacity in becoming leaders and public scholars so their knowledge can be utilized to improve our lives and the health of our planet.

In 2015, with journalist friends in Jakarta, I initiated Ingat65, a digital storytelling movement for young people of Indonesia to reflect about the legacy of Indonesia’s history, especially post 1965 anticommunist purges.

I started my career in journalism with Indonesia’s beloved English daily, The Jakarta Post, in 2005. My first beat was the Jakarta police. In my seven years with The Post, I reported on various issues, but my personal interests were stories about people fighting against injustice and oppression. In 2013/2014 I had the opportunity to audit classes at MIT, Harvard and Tufts University, wrote columns for The Boston Globe and did an internship at The New York Times as IWMF’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. In 2019, I was part of the Obama Foundation: Asia Pacific Leaders Program.