Soedradjad Djiwandono

Former Governor of Bank Indonesia

J. Soedradjad Djiwandono is an Indonesian economist who was Governor of Bank Indonesia, the nation’s central bank, from 1993 to 1998. He is also a Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, a Graduate School of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, a Emeritus Professor of Economics, the University of Indonesia.

Before joining RSIS, he was a senior visiting scholar at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He worked as a Development Associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and was a Visiting Scholar, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1998-2000. While remaining in his post as professor at UI, he worked in the Government of Indonesia in different capacities, including State Minister of Trade (1988-1993) and Governor of Bank Indonesia, the central bank of Indonesia (1993-1998). He was dismissed from the last post shortly before completing the term, due to policy differences with President Soeharto during the financial crisis of 1997/1998.

Professor Djiwandono authored several books on trade and development, monetary and banking in Indonesia. He co-chaired with Binhadi a team of writers of a six-volume book, The History of Bank Indonesia, published in Bahasa Indonesia. A shortened English version was published, Bank Indonesia: Its Journey through Indonesia’s Development, 1953-2003, Jakarta: Bank Indonesia, 2009. He contributed chapters in a number of books as well as articles in journals, newspapers and news magazines on issues in monetary and banking, international trade and economic development of Indonesia.