Indonesia Forum 2021 — Day 2, Panel 3 & 4


About Indonesia Forum

This Forum explores how Indonesia, as a country, had changed over the last twenty years and highlights the prospects and challenges faced by the country as it progresses into the post-pandemic era. Two decades of decentralisation in Indonesia has aided in promoting regional development through the enhancement of sub-national governments’ capacity, however, it has also created unanticipated problems, such as coordination issues between the central and regional governments, corruption, and the uneven quality of public service delivery. Moreover, Indonesia is also facing its first multidimensional crisis since the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic had greatly disrupted various aspects of life and it had challenged governments to rethink their priorities, forced businesses to adapt and innovate, and compelled workers and students to adopt new work and learning patterns. This Forum, therefore, provides the opportunity to hear from various experts on their perspectives towards Indonesia’s transformation over the last twenty years and how the country can manoeuvre through the impacts of Covid-19 crisis in both the political, economic, and social arena.

Click here for more information about the Forum.


Panel 3: Economics and Business — 9.30 AM–10.45 AM SGT / 8.30 AM–09.45 AM WIB

This session will focus on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the economy. It will examine the effectiveness of government policy measures in mitigating the crisis as well as the challenges/prospects of Indonesia’s economic recovery in the post Covid-19 era.

Panel 4 : Islam and Society — 11.00 AM –12.15 PM SGT / 10.00 AM–11.15 AM WIB

This session will focus on the Muslim community in Indonesia post-New Order, covering themes such as the impacts of decentralization on the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA), the management of terrorism and radical groups in Indonesia as well as the impacts of new leaderships in mainstream Islamic organisations.

Panel 3 Speakers


Dr Suahasil Nazara
Deputy Minister of Finance of Indonesia
Ms Shirley Tan
Chief Executive Officer, Rajawali Property Group (RPG)
Ms Tirza R. Munusamy
Director of Central Public Affairs
Grab Indonesia
Dr Siwage Dharma Negara
Co-coordinator, Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Panel 4 Speakers


Dr Muhammad Adlin Sila
Research Professor at the Research and Development Agency in the Ministry of Religious Affairs
Dr Noorhaidi Hasan
Professor in Islam and Politics, UIN Sunan Kalijaga; Dean, Faculty of Islamic Studies, UIII
Dr Ahmad Najib Burhani
Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute; Research Professor, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Dr Norshahril Saat
Coordinator, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.

You can also register for Panel 1 and Panel 2 of the Forum.

Limited spaces only, register early to avoid disappointment.

To join the webinar,
1. Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.
2. Click on the unique link in your email.

If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


Jul 08 2021


9:30 am - 12:15 pm