Key speakers

We have key speakers from Indonesia, Greece, Australia, and China who will trigger some discussion on the tension of the East and the West in various aspects.

Dr. Aji Dedi Mulawarman

A.D. Mulawarman is the founder of Yayasan Rumah Peneleh and Yayasan Peneleh Jang Oetama. He is also currently a lecturer of Universitas Brawaijaya. His books are amongst which: “Jang Oetama Jejak dan Perjuangan HOS Tjokroaminoto” (Best Seller, 2015), “2024: Hijrah untuk Negeri” (2017), and “Akuntansi Pertanian a Prophetic Legacy” (2019). He is also the head of Islamic Business and Economics Lecturers Forum (, member of national presidium of Indonesian Multiparadigm Accounting Society (, as well as Alliance of Indonesian Economics and Business Journal Manager ( He is well known amongst the Indonesian youths as he strives to continuously instill religious and nationality spirit through Peneleh Foundation activities.

Dr. F. Budi Hardiman

F. Budi Hardiman introduced Jurgen Habermas’s critical thinking into Indonesian society through his two books, “Kritik Ideologi” and “Menuju Masyarakat Komunikatif”. After publishing both of his works he studied philosophy in Munich Germany to examine the Theory of Discourse formulated by Habermas. He is an active writer as he produced many books such as “Demokrasi Deliberatif”, “Humanisme dan Sesudahnya” (2012), Alam Moncong Oligarki (2013), Seni Memahami (2015). He is currently a lecturer in Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Driyarkara, Jakarta.

Prof. Evangelos Afendras

E. A. Afendras is the international ambassador of Peneleh in Greece. Afendras graduated from The John Hopkins University, majoring in humanities-linguistics (1961-1968). With teaching experience going back to 1966 and spanning many countries (Albukhary International University Malaysia, Kasetsart University Thailand, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, etc), Afendras has developed a deep interest and a personal perspective on learning. As a teacher or trainer, he emphasises the empowerment of learners through negotiation of objectives and content, through the joint choice of projects and problems from a platform of enquiry-based learning. Having entered the Pacific and Asian region in 1970 through multicultural Hawaii, he likes to tease some of my Asian students that though a Greek, he has lived in Asia much longer than they have. He hopes to continue putting his experience to use in areas such as education for refugees, poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Dr. Steve Bakalis

S. Bakalis’ academic background is in the area of international economics education and management, which includes Innovation and capability development in higher education. He has played a key role in the development and coordination of international business courses in Malaysia, China, and Thailand. Bakalis was a Programme Director in the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman (2006-08) where he led the establishment of a School of International Business, educator and researcher in Victoria University Melbourne, Australia (1990-2012), Visiting Research Fellow in University of Adelaide, Australia (2012-2016), and more recently international strategy advisor in Central University of Finance and Economics Beijing, China. He is curently living in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Sun Jin

Sun is an UCLA visiting scholar, Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United Nations & WTO International Trade Center coordinator for Trade Finance Department. She completed her doctoral degree in Renmin University of China specializing in International Economics, School of Economics (focus on Macroeconomics). She has also completed Elite Training from Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE). Sun has obtained European Studies Certificate from Xiamen University of China. Some of her publications are “Logical Evolution and Diversified Features of China’s Characteristic Economic Development Mode” (April 2016); “The Summary of the 1st Forum for Geopolitical Economy” (Jan. 2016), and “Measuring the Trade Costs between China and Other ‘Belt and Road’ Countries and Analyzing their Influential Factors” (2016). Currently Sun is an associate professor from the Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing- China.