H. Anies Rasyid Baswedan, S.E., M.P.P., Ph.D.

H. Anies Rasyid Baswedan, S.E., M.P.P., Ph.D.

H. Anies Rasyid Baswedan, S.E., M.P.P., Ph.D. (born 7 May 1969) is an Indonesian academic, activist, and politician who currently serves as the Governor of Jakarta.

A student activist and political analyst before entering public service, he served as rector of Paramadina University before being appointed to be Minister of Education and Culture in Joko Widodo administration. He is the founder of Indonesia Mengajar, a program that selects, trains, and assign university graduates to serve in a one-year teaching mission across the country.

On May 2007, Baswedan was appointed as rector (equivalent of president) of Paramadina University, a private university in Jakarta. He succeeded Nurcholish Madjid, a prominent liberal Muslim intellectual who had served as rector since its founding in 1998. As rector, Baswedan established Paramadina Fellowship and included anti-corruption education in the core curriculum, first of its kind in the country.

Baswedan rose to national prominence in 2009 when he initiated Indonesia Mengajar, a nationwide program that selects, trains, and assign university graduates to serve in a one-year teaching mission across the country. The program was established in response of unequal quality of education in Indonesia, particularly in the poor and rural parts of the archipelago. Baswedan remained in the leadership until 2013, when he resigned in order to pursue his political career.