TETEN MASDUKI

COUNTRY

Indonesia

ORGANIZATION

Indonesia Corruption Watch / Transparency International Indonesia

CAUSE

Corruption

For over six decades, the potential and image of resource-rich Indonesia have been blighted by corruption. While corruption is considered a norm by much of Indonesian society, some citizens, like Teten Masduki, have chosen to fight back against it.

A high school teacher, Teten1 became a labor rights activist after witnessing gross injustices to workers. In 1998, just after President Suharto stepped down, Teten founded the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW). Under his leadership, ICW became a clearing house for whistle-blowing on corruption, cronyism, and nepotism, making its mark with several high-profile corruption cases.

In 2009, Teten joined Transparency International (TI) as secretary-general of its Indonesian chapter, where he went beyond individual casework to focus on the larger picture of the processes, regulations, and education needed to fight corruption.

In 2012, inspired by the rise of good, clean leaders such as Joko Widodo, Teten made the decision to enter politics. Today, he is the presidential chief of staff in the Indonesian government, taking his fight against corruption to a whole new level.

BRIEF FACTS


TETEN MASDUKI

1963

Born in Garut, West Java, Indonesia to Javanese parents

1978

Staff researcher, Center for Information and Human Right Study (INSAN), until 1989

1982

Student, Institute of Education and Teacher Training, Bandung; became President of the Students Union

1987

Teacher, Family’s Wealth Middle School, Tangerang, until 1990

1989

Head, Research and Development, Independent Solidarity Labor Union, until 1990

1990

Head, Labor Division, Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), until 2000

1991

Coordinator, Labor Solidarity Forum, until 1993

1995

Married Suzana Ramadhani, a labor rights worker

1996

Coordinator, Labor Law Reform Consortium, until 1998

1998

Founded Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), was coordinator until 2008

2000

Member, National Ombudsman

2009

Secretary-General, Transparency International Indonesia (TII), until 2012

2012

Ran for vice-governor position in the West Java elections

2013

Joined National Home (Rumah Kebangsaan)

2015

Appointed Special Staff to Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto in charge of governance reforms and subsequently Presidential Chief of Staff by President Jokowi

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

1999

Suardi Tasrif Award

2000

London Training College Alumni Achievement

2004

BusinessWeek’s Opinion Shaper, Asian Stars

2005

Ramon Magsaysay Award

 

END NOTES

  1. In deference to the convention in Indonesia, we have used the name they are often referred to formally and in the media. This often is the first (and sometimes only) name. Until recently, most Indonesians did not have family names and their “surname” was just another personal name. Thus Teten Masduki is often referred to as “Teten” (his first name) rather than “Masduki” (his family name). “Masduki is my father,” said Teten when he explained this Indonesian custom to the authors