Chief of Staff Moeldoko appointed five deputies of the Executive Office of the President (KSP) at Bina Graha Building in Jakarta on June 22, 2020. The appointment was mandated under the Presidential Decree No. 45/2020 dated June 15, 2020. The five deputies serve in the No. 2 spot at the KSP as the expert staff providing knowledge and hands-on experience on various issues ranging from infrastructure, energy, investment, human development, economy, public communication, law, politics and human rights to assist the Chief of Staff in filling out vital day-to-day operations roles.
Further, the five deputies are also expected to be the KSP pillars in quickly tackling the nation’s crises through the President’s national priority programs. The Chief of Staff Moeldoko in his speech during the inaugural ceremony said that the five deputies were chosen following a rigorous selection process and a long consideration.
“I want to build a good tradition at the Office where anyone has an equal chance to become a deputy, ensuring a great periodical regeneration in KSP,” Moeldoko said. “There’s no subjective point of view, it has never been based on like or dislike opinion,”.
According to Moeldoko, the five deputies are especially needed during the pandemic situation where they are tasked to focus on matters of medicines procurement and to conduct COVID-19 precaution through extensive testing and contact-tracing. They are also tasked to monitor the implementation of several social programs, especially in ensuring the disbursement of social assistance, controlling the poverty rate and maintaining consumers’ purchasing power.
“We must be able to maintain national food security and economic stability, while ensuring micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) and investment to keep on rolling. So that the economy continues to move and grow amid the current pandemic crisis,” Moeldoko added.
“A deputy must be able to create a creative and innovative work environment, so that his team will productively give out creative inputs,”.
The five deputies to the Chief of Staff appointed by KSP include Febry Calvin Tetelepta at Infrastructure, Energy and Investment; Abetnego Panca Putra Tarigan at Human Development; Panutan S Sulendrakusuma at Economy; Juri Ardiantoro at Information and Political Communication; and Jaleswari Pramodhawardani at Politics, Law, Defense, Security and Human Rights.
Febry Calvin Tetelepta
Febry was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Infrastructure, Energy and Investment of KSP on June 22, 2020. Born in Ambon, Maluku, on February 14, 1969, Febry obtained his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Christian University of Indonesia in Ambon, Maluku. He then continued his graduate study and obtained his master’s degree in Law from the Christian University of Indonesia in Jakarta. Prior to his current position, Febry was a Senior Advisor of KSP who focused on matters of infrastructure and transportation since 2015. He was also the deputy of the Film Censorship Institute (LSF) and served as a commissioner of a private company.
Abetnego Panca Putra Tarigan
Abetnego, who is known as an environmental activist, was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Development. He was born in Pematang Siantar, North Sumatra on June 1, 1976. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economy from the Nusantara Business Institute (IBN) in Jakarta. Abetnego, who served as the chairman of an environmental NGO Sawit Watch in 2001 and the Executive Director of The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) from 2012 until 2016, is currently a graduate student majoring in Environment at University of Indonesia. Bringing his passion and expertise, Abetnego had been named a senior advisor on environment issues to the KSP since 2016.
Panutan S Sulendrakusuma
Prior to his KSP career, Panutan was named the rector of Kalbe Institute of Technology and Business (ITBK) - a private institute owned and managed by pharmaceutical company KALBE. Having expertise in economics, Panutan obtained his master’s degree in finance from the University of Indonesia. In addition, he also acquired another master’s degree from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in engineering and industrial management. In fact, he also managed to finish his undergraduate study with double degrees in economics from Padjadjaran University and in law majoring at ITB. Born in Tasikmalaya, West Java, on October 17, 1967, Panutan was appointed to the helm position of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Economy at KSP.
Getting his Doctorate degree in Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia, Juri Ardiantor is formerly known as an expert of public election. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Teachers' Training Institute (IKIP) in Jakarta and a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Indonesia. Juri, who was born in Brebes, Central Java, on April 6, 1973, was a former chairman of the General Elections Commission (KPU) from 2016 until 2017. In addition, he currently serves as one of the executive board of the country’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in Jakarta. His expertise brought him to KSP where he was chosen to be a senior advisor in 2018. Later on, the KSP named him Deputy Chief of Staff for Information and Political Communication on June 22.
Jaleswari Pramodhawardani, a senior researcher of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), is known for her expertise in military, defense and security issues. Jaleswari, the only woman deputy in the office, was born in Surabaya, East Java, on August 11, 1964. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social and Political Studies at the University of August 17 (UNTAG) in Jakarta. Afterwards, she pursued a master’s degree in women studies at the University of Indonesia. Jaleswari was previously named Deputy Chief of Staff for Politics, Law, Defense, Security and Human Rights at KSP from 2016 until 2019 or during President Joko Widodo’s first term. Her excellent track record was the reason for her re-election to helm the same post starting June 22, 2021.