Goenawan Mohamad is an Indonesian poet and man of letters born in Batang, Central Java. He is the founder and editor of Tempo (“Time”) magazine in Indonesia, which was twice forcibly closed by the Suharto’s New Order administration because of its vocal criticism of the authoritarian regime. In 1999, Mohamad was named International Editor of the Year by World Press Review magazine. In 1998, he was one of four winners of the CPJ International Press Freedom Awards, and in 2006 he received the Dan David Prize award.
Haidar Bagir is an Indonesian entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, lecturer, and the president director of the Mizan Group which he founded in 1982. Bagir teaches at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS)/Sadra Institute in Jakarta, is the chairman of the Lazuardi Hayati Foundation for Education (an umbrella organization of a network of pre-K to K- 12 schools in several cities in Indonesia), Founder of YASMIN (a foundation for philanthropic works on community education and health in Jakarta), and chairman of IIMaN Center for the Development of Positive Sufism.
As part of his preparation to be a catholic priest, Petrus Canisius Suwandi Sandiwan Brata studied philosophy and got his BA from Driyarkara Institute of Philosophy, Jakarta, Indonesia, and then his MA from Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1987. He studied theology at Wedhabakti Pontifical Institute of Theology, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and graduated in 1990.
She changed her career in 1999 from banking sector to education as manager of Education & Training Institution (LPP) as well as lecturer at one of private university in Bandung. In 2004 she has started to manage family publishing house & printing company, PT Remaja Rosdakarya, as deputy director and promoted to be President Director in 2014. In 2004 she was appointed as Head of Book Promotion Division at Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI) chapter West Java then promoted to be treasurer of Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI) in 2006.
Laura Prinsloo is the Managing Director of Kesaint Blanc, a publishing and printing house in Indonesia. Laura is the Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Committee for the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce. She is also the Head of the International Book Exhibition for the Indonesian Publishers Association. In 2016, she was appointed as the Head of the National Book Committee for Indonesia.
Sari Meutia started her career as an editor at Mizan Pustaka, one of the largest publishing houses in Indonesia, in 1997. Now she is CEO of both Mizan Publishing House and Pelangi Mizan-another company under Mizan Group, and Literary Promotion & International Fair Coordinator of the National Book Committee.
Anton Kurnia is Translation Funding Program Coordinator of the National Book Committee. He is also a writer, translator, editor and publisher. For several years he worked as Editor in Chief of Serambi, a prominent publisher in Indonesia. Currently he is CEO and owner of Baca, an emerging publisher in Jakarta.