The Role of the Nahdlatul Ulama in the 2019 Indonesian Elections


About the Seminar

As Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) has a strong influence in the country’s politics. Besides already having a record number of members in cabinet, NU would probably have more control in the government, especially after President Joko Widodo appointed Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in the 2019 Presidential Election. Arguably, the current political situation similar to Indonesia under President Abdurrahman Wahid. This seminar examines how the involvement of NU in politics affects its activities in education, pesantren and other educational institutions? It discusses how important is the alliance of NU and the government in shaping Islam in Indonesia. And how the NU accommodates and collaborates with other Islamic component in the country after they become an integral part of the government.

About the Speaker

Yenny Zannuba Wahid is Director of Wahid Foundation. She is a social and political activist who works to promote peace and tolerance in the world. Her sphere of influence within Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the biggest Muslim organization, with around 80 million members, enables her to work effectively on the grassroots level. Her work experiences include working as reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age Melbourne, working as special staff for President Susilo Yudhoyono, and worked as secretary general for the biggest Moslem party in Indonesia, PKB. As a member of a prominent political dynasty in Indonesia–her great grandfather founded NU and remained loved to this day, her grandfather was a minister in President Soekarno’s cabinet, and her father, President Wahid, was the 4th President of Indonesia—Yenny is expected to follow on the footstep one day. At the moment, the Harvard graduate prefers to focus on her work on the grassroots, trying to empower many marginalized women through her foundation, the Wahid Institute.

For registration

For registration, please fill in this form and email to by 22 February 2019.


Feb 25 2019


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2