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Diding Sakri

 Diding Sakri

Diding Sakri is a full-time PhD student at King’s Department of International Development  sponsored by Indonesia Education Endowment Fund through its Indonesia Presidential Scholarship Program. He is conducting his PhD research on the topic of Economic Mobility in the Age of High Inequality under supervision of Dr. Andy Sumner (primary supervisor) and Dr. Arief Anshory Yusuf (subsidiary supervisor).  He holds a Joint European Master of Arts (MA) on Comparative Local Development from Trento University (Italy) and Regensburg University (Germany) where he completed in 2011 with Summa cum Laude, under the European Union Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. He has also a Sarjana Teknik (Bachelor of Engineering) degree on Urban and Regional Planning, from Institute Technology of Bandung (graduated in 2001).

Prior to his being a full time PhD student, he worked for the World Bank as Research Analyst (June 2011-October 2014) in the unit of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM), and then in the Governance Global Practice (GGP) until June 2015. Throughout his professional life since 2001, he has also provided consultancy service for central and local government of Indonesia (e.g. Bandung Municipality and Bappenas), international NGOs (e.g. The Asia Foundation), international research institute (e.g. RTI), and international development agency (e.g. AusAid/DFAT).

In addition to his academic and professional life, Diding Sakri maintains to have an active role in public and organizational life. He was a Senator of ITB Student Association (1998), a Chairperson of Pangriptaloka Student Association in ITB (1999), a founder (in 2004) of Perkumpulan Inisiatif, a research based advocacy NGO working in the issues of decentralization, budgeting and public policy, and a founder (in 2014) of an internet and mobile based platform for citizen participation in policy monitoring and evaluation. Last but not least, he is an active 5-aside football player at KCL Be Active.


Diding can be reached at


Andy Sumner (primary), Arief Yusuf (secondary)

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