Position: Co-Director of the Center for Child Protection at the University of Indonesia
Background: Santi Kusumaningrum is a development and child protection specialist with more than a decade of experience on Indonesian legislation, policy, welfare and the justice system. Prior to pioneering the establishment and co-directing the Center on Child Protection at UI, Santi had worked for over 6 years managing UNICEF’s Policy, Legal and Justice for Children program in Indonesia at the national level, and overseeing those in more than 10 provinces and districts. Santi provides ongoing technical advise for a number of nat ional initiatives to the Ministry of Planning; the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights; and the Ministry of Social Affairs. She championed a significant change in Supreme Court’s legal aid system to better reach the most disadvantaged, after supported the creation of the pro bono legal aid unit and services in the Indonesian Bar Association. University of Indonesia where Center on Child Protection is operating is a familiar place to Santi as she spent the first 5 years of her professional life as Assistant Lecturer and Researcher in the Criminology Department.