A woman with earrings in a suit - Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Expertise: International relations, human rights, public policy

Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar straddles the world of academia, political activism and government. She is a Research Professor at the Research Center for Politics-National Research and Innovation Agency (PR Politik-BRIN) formerly known as P2P-LIPI. She is an Academic of the Social Science Commission-Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Habibie Center (THC), and co-founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI). She served as the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities- Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) from 2001 to 2010. She was the Kippenberger Visiting Chair at Victoria University, Wellington from 1st October to 30th November 2018. Between August 2017 and August 2018, she was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the RSIS, NTU, Singapore. From October 2010 to February 2017 Dewi first served as Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs and then Deputy for Government Policy Support to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. She has written widely on Indonesia’s foreign policy, Indonesia’s democratization as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues. Dewi sits and has sat in a number of national and international advisory boards. She is currently a member of the Foundation Board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and an Advisory Board member of the UWA Public Policy Institute, University of Western Australia. She was a Governing Board member of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in 2010-2020 and a Board Member of Shift Project based in New York in 2014-2020. She served as a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC) in 2004-2008, and a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters in 2008-2012. She obtained her PhD from Monash University, Melbourne in 1990, while her M.A. and B.A. (Hons) were from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 1982 and 1981 respectively.


In the media

It’s two years since Myanmar’s military seized power in the country. Refugees from the heavily persecuted Rohingya minority are once again on the move, attempting dangerous sea journeys in large numbers during 2022.