Study Advisory Group

Firman Witoelar Kartaadipoetra

Development/health economics, Australia National University (Academic)

Firman Witoelar joined the Indonesia Project, Crawford School of Public Policy, in November 2018. Previously he was the research director of SurveyMeter, a research organization based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Before that he was a research economist at the development economics research group (DECRG) at the World Bank, Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Michigan State University and was a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
Since 2000, Firman has been involved with the development and implementation of Indonesia Family Life Survey including as one of the Co-Principal Investigators of IFLS4 (2007) and IFLS5 (2014).
Firman is a faculty affiliate at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at CPC Learning Network, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

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Kharisma Nugroho

Indonesian Non-Government Organization with Academic background (Policy)

Kharisma Nugroho is an accountant and sociologist, passionate about using the Socratic questioning method in generating strategic information to inform policymaking and adaptive programming.
Kharisma was the Programme Lead at the Australia-Indonesia Knowledge Sector Initiative from 2015 to 2017 when he managed the knowledge production and intermediary division, working with 16 Indonesian policy research institutes to address the problems constraining effective knowledge-to-policy processes. He co-authored a book on knowledge to policy (Policy Press University of Bristol UK, 2018) and co-edited a book on Knowledge, Politics and Policymaking in Indonesia (Springer, 2018). Through his research and advisory work, Kharisma is an active promoter and advocate for fair-minded international research collaboration between international and national research institutes.
Specific development sectors of his interest include knowledge sector, public health, and anti-corruption initiatives.

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Dra. Lucky Slamet

Dra Lucky Slamet is a pharmacist from the University of Indonesia and she achieved Master of Science specialized in Community Health and Pharmaco‐Epidemiology studies from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada in 1991. From 1999 until 2000, she served as Head of Directorate of Drug Control at the Directorate General of Drug and Food Control (DFC) Ministry of Health and then as Director for Drug and Medical Devices Control in the Directorate General of DFC Ministry of Health from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 until 2012, she was appointed as Deputy Head for Therapeutic Products and Narcotics, Psychotropics, and Hazardous Substances in the National Agency of Food and Drug Control (NAFDC) Indonesia. She subsequently served as Head of the NAFDC until her retirement in July 2013. Now, She serves as the adviser/technical consultant to the Head of NADFC, Indonesia as well as an expert/resource person in several meeting in the World Health Organization.
During her career of more than 30 years, she has accumulated extensive professional experience in the national and international scope as well as active participation in the World Health Organization, such as she has been member of ECBS (Expert Committee of Biological Standardization) since 2009, and member of ECSPP (Expert Committee on Specification for Pharmaceutical Preparations) since 2010. She also was appointed as Vice Chairperson of Inter‐Governmental Working Group on Counterfeit Medical Products representing South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) from 2010 to 2012. In 2006 until 2009, she also served as the Chairperson of Developing Country Vaccine Regulator Network (DCVRN). From 1999 to 2013, she was head of Indonesian delegation in many meeting of ASEAN Working Group on Pharmaceutical.
Since 1998 until now, she has been a lecturer for master program majoring in National Drug Policy and Pharmaco‐Epidemiology in leading national Indonesian university, such as Faculty of Pharmacy University of Indonesia; Faculty of Pharmacy and Study Center for Clinical Pharmacology and Drug Policy in University of Gajah Mada, Indonesia.

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Michael Deats

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford.

Michael Deats became an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in tropical medicine with the Medicine Quality Research Group of IDDO in 2020. His areas of research encompass medicine quality, improving regulatory oversight and the prevention, detection and response to substandard and falsified medical products. Prior to that he headed the WHO global programme, and established the global surveillance and monitoring system, for substandard and falsified medical products (2011-2019).
Michael was the head of enforcement at the Medicine and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (2006-2011), he was the author of the first MHRA falsified medicine and enforcement strategies and led the investigation into the largest case of falsified medicines in Europe (2007-10). Michael was the originator of Operation Pangea tackling the illegal online supply of medicine, an operation now in its 12th year, involving over 100 Countries and led by INTERPOL.
Michael was a Police Officer for 30 years (1975-2005) specialising in serious and organised crime, and cybercrime, retiring in the rank of Detective Superintendent. He has worked in over 60 countries.

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Raffaella Ravinetto

Pharmacist/Ethicist, Infectious Disease Data Observatory (Policy & Academic).

Dr Raffaella Ravinetto, PharmD, PhD, with long term experience in commercial and non-commercial clinical research, humanitarian organizations, and research ethics review, holds a University Master Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Torino, Italy; a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medical Biology from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium; and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the KU Leuven, Belgium. Following experience as Clinical Research Scientist in the private pharmaceutical sector, she worked as a pharmacist in emergency and development programs run by different NGOs in the Balkans and in Africa. In 2002 she joined Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), where she held different positions, focusing on access to essential medicines and on quality of medicines, while performing regular field assessments, mainly in Africa and Latin America. From 2006 to 2016, she was the head of the Clinical Trials Unit of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) Antwerp, as well as the coordinator of the Switching the Poles Clinical Research Network, and the scientific coordinator of QUAMED (Quality Medicines for All).
She is currently a senior researcher and policy advisor at the Public Health Department of the ITM, in charge of a portfolio of research, policy support, networking, education and advocacy in pharmaceutical public health. She is the chairperson of the ITM Institutional Review Board; the chairperson of the MSF Ethics Review Board; an extraordinary professor at the School of Public Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and an associated editor of BMC Medical Ethics. Her main areas of interest include pharmaceutical policies and access to quality-assured medicines, with a particular focus on the context of low- and middle-income countries; and research ethics, particularly in relation to resource-constrained settings and vulnerable populations. She was president of MSF Italy from 2007 to 2011.

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Selma Siahaan

Research and Development Center, Ministry of Health

Selma is a researcher who focuses on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, access to health care services, and health policy. She studied pharmacy at Gadjah Mada University and post-graduated in health administration at UNSW Sydney-Australia.
Selma used to work as a researcher at the National Institution of Health Research and Development (2003 to 2022) and as a hospital manager at Tarakan general public hospital in Jakarta as well as a pharmacist (1990 – 2003). Starting from March 2022, She is working as a researcher at Health Organization – National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN-Indonesia). Aside from the role at BRIN, She is also a Lecturer at Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Tujuh Belas Agustus 45, Jakarta. Her publications are mostly about access to medicines and AMR.

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Val Snewinan

Head of Global Health Research Partnerships at UK Department of Health

Val Snewin is currently working in the UK Department of Health as a specialist (Grade 6) as part of a small team developing and managing a £400M portfolio of global health research. This is a new venture for the Department of Health and an opportunity to shape a Global Health strategy working with the strengths of the National Institute of Health Research and in partnerships with other funders and key stakeholders across Whitehall. As Director of Middle Distance Consulting, She broadened her experience working in dynamic academic, non-profit and commercial environments with links to international development and medical research, expanding my track record in philanthropic advising, research and global health.
Previously over 15 years She was an effective and experienced senior manager at the Wellcome Trust. In 2005, She was on secondment as a Health Advisor in the UK Department for International Development and prior to that I was a member of the Wellcome Trust Strategic Planning and Policy Unit.

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Virginia Wiseman

Head of Global Health Research Partnerships at UK Department of Health

Virginia has researched and published widely in the fields of health economics and health systems, primarily in low- and middle-income countries. She is Professor of Health Economics and Health Systems at the Kirby Institute (Faculty of Medicine, UNSW) and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Department of Global Health and Development). She leads the Health Economics Research Network (HERN) at UNSW, a cross-Faculty Initiative for generating, reviewing, and disseminating evidence and information on health economics. Virginia leads major studies in two key areas: (1) impact evaluations of complex public health interventions in the areas of malaria, HIV and STIs, TB, Hepatitis C and antimicrobial resistance; and (2) the evaluation of health financing systems to support universal health coverage. She is co-chief editor of Health Policy and Planning and on the board of the International Health Economics Association. Virginia has continuing involvement in supporting capacity development in health economics and health systems in low and middle income country universities and research institutions.

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Yodi Mahendradhata

Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata is currently the Vice Dean for Research and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada. He is a medical doctor by training and he obtained a Master degree in International Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Charite Medical Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Dr Mahendradhata completed his Doctorate in Medical Science at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium and Ghent University, Belgium. He is currently leading the South East Asia Regional Training Center for Health Research supported by WHO-TDR. He has led developments of national strategy for implementation research, national strategy for tuberculosis control and country proposals to the Global fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. His research interests are in the fields of global health, implementation science, disease control, health policy and health program management. Dr Mahendradhata was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation visiting scholar at the Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University, Germany. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer reviewed articles published in reputable international journals. He has been awarded the Scopus Young Scientist Award by the United Nations University, Elsevier and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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