Residency: April 28 – May 28, 2008
As part of the GPS 20th Anniversary Celebration, Muhammad Hikam provided the keynote luncheon address discussing the current state of Indonesian politics. He also served as a guest lecturer in classes and meet with a variety of student groups as well as faculty at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology and leaders at San Diego State University.
Muhammad Hikam was a senior advisor of a Jakarta-based consulting firm, Kiroyan Kuhon Partners, specializing in the fields of government affairs, security issues, strategic communications and legislations on political reforms and security issues. He has held key government positions in Indonesia, including state minister for research and technology (1999 – 2001), chair of the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (1999 – 2001), and member of the House of Representatives (2004 – 2007). He was a senior research fellow at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences’ Center for Economics and Development. He was also the chair of the National Research Council (DRN) of the Eastern Indonesian Development Council (DKTI). Currently. he is an active member of the National Atomic Energy Board’s Expert Group for Nuclear Energy (KATN-BATAN). He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a M.A. in communications, an M.A. in political science and a Ph.D. in political science. His published works include “Democracy and Civil Society,” (1997) and “Islam, Democratization and Civil Society Empowerment,” (2000).