Father Prof. Dr. Franz Magnis-Suseno SJ, best know as Romo Magnis, is a Catholic priest, an Indonesian cultural expert and above all a philosopher. He was born in 1936 in Germany and had been granted an Indonesian citizenship since 1977. He studied philosophy, theology and political theories in Pullach, Yogyakarta and München. He earned a doctoral degree in philosophy in 1973 from the University of München. Since 1969 he worked as a permanent lecturer and now a professor emiritus at the Driyarkara School of Philosophy Jakarta. Between 1987 and 1998 Prof. Magnis was the Rector of Driyarkara School of Philosophy; in 2008-2017 he acted as the Head Board of Driyarkara Education Foundation. Since 1976 he teached at Universitas Indonesia and teached at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan Bandung for nine years. Prof. Magnis has been also a visiting lecturer at a number of universities in the Europe.
As a national intellectual and humanitarian activist Romo Magnis has been granted a number of awards. These awards including, in 2002 he received a h.c. (honoris causae) doctorate award in theology from Universitas Luzern in Swis. In 2001 he received the highest award from the Republic of Germany Federation. In 2007 he turned down the Bakrie Award as he stanced against Bakrie corporation the incident of Sidoarjo mud flow. He received a Habibie award for interfaith dialogue. In 2015 he was awarded Bintang Mahaputera Utama award from the President of Indonesia. Prof. Magnis has written extensively; forty one books and over seven hundreds populer and academic articles in the fields of philosophy, ethics, political philosophy and Javanese thought.
Dr Nadirsyah Hosen has been working as a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Monash University since 20 July 2015. Prior to this role, Nadir was an Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Wollongong. He has a Bachelors degree (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta), a Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies, and Master of Arts with Honours (University of New England), as well as a Master of Laws in Comparative Law (Charkes Darwin University). He completed his first PhD (Law) at the University of Wollongong and a second PhD (Islamic Law) at the National University of Singapore. Nadir is internationally known for his expertise on Shari'a and Indonesian law.
His articles have been published in internationally recognised and refereed journals such as the Nordic Journal of International Law (Lund University), Asia Pacific Law Review (City University of Hong Kong), Australian Journal of Asian Law (University of Melbourne), European Journal of Law Reform (Indiana University), Asia Pacific Journals on Human Rights and the Law (Murdoch University), Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford University), and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Cambridge University). He is the author of Human Rights, Politics and Corruption in Indonesia: A Critical Reflection on the Post Soeharto Era, (Republic of Letters Publishing, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2010); Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007); a co-editor (with Joseph Liow) of Islam in Southeast Asia, 4 volumes, (Routledge, London, 2010); and a co-editor (with Richard Mohr) of Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate (Routledge, London, 2011 and 2013).
His recent book (co-written with Ann Black and Hossein Esmaeili) is Modern Perspectives on Islamic Law (Edward Elgar, UK, 2013 and 2015). He is currently editing a Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society (under contract with Edward Elgar, UK, forthcoming).
Charris Zubair is an national intellectual and a cultural thinker and proponent, especially at Kotagede, Yogyakarta. He was born and grew up in Yogyakarta. He studied philosophy at Universitas Gadjah mada. He had worked at the Faculty of Philosophy of UGM since 1980 to his retirement. He teached ethics, Pancasila ethics, and method of philosophical inquiry. He was also teached ethics at the Faculty of Ushuluddin State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga. He initiated the Kotagede Documentatio Center (Pusat Dokumentasi Kotagede). Charris Zubair wrote Nilai-Budaya Masyarakat Jawa di Kotagede Sebagai Landasan Etika Lingkungan Hidup (1988).
He has been written extensively including: “Mencari Konsep Manusia Indonesia Seutuhnya” in Butir-Butir Pemikiran Filsafati Prof. Dr. Mr. Notonagoro, Yayasan Fakultas Filsafat UGM, 1981 “Asas-Asas Pembangunan Nasional” in the Seminar Dewan Pertahanan Keamanan Nasional-Universitas Gadjahmada di Yogyakarta, 1982. “Universitas dan Relativitas Norma Moral” in Forum Diskusi Dosen Fakultas Filsafat UGM, 1983; “Metode Kefilsafatan Indonesia” in Forum Diskusi Dosen Fakultas Filsafat UGM, 1985. His main book entitled Kuliah Etika, Penerbit Rajawali, Jakarta, 1987. He also wrote “Strategi Etik dalam Pembangunan Nasional”, in Forum Diskusi Balairung UGM, 1988, “Konsep Moral Pancasila Dalam Pembangunan Berwawasan Lingkungan”, in Seminar Bersama Mahasiswa UGM, 1988.
Zaid Ahmad is currently Professor of Philosophy and Civilization Studies at the Department of Government and Civilization Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Zaid Ahmad was the Dean of the Faculty of Human Ecology 2011-2016 and Head of the Department of Government and Civilization Studies 2003-2011. Since 1987 he has taught, supervised and lectured in various subjects and key areas of humanities, social sciences and civilization including history and society, philosophy, politics and government, Islamic thoughts and contemporary issues, aspects of Islamic civilization, Islamic philosophy, ethics, history of the Muslim World and Islam in Southeast Asia. Zaid had delivered keynotes, lectures, seminars and had to date clocked his lecturing circuit in more than 20 countries worldwide including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Japan, India, the Philippine, South Africa, Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, Spain, Iran, Laos, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
He published, The Epistemology of Ibn Khaldun with Routledge Curzon (Taylor and Francis), London (simultaneously published in the USA and Canada) 2003, republished 2007 and 2010. Apart from that he has also published more than a hundred publications including books, journals, chapters and proceedings. Zaid is a resource person for International Institute of Islamic Thoughts (IIIT) Asia Pacific on Islamic epistemology, civilization and education reform. Since 2014 Zaid is a resource person for the Series of Kyoto Next-Generation Global Workshop, Kyoto University Asian Studies, University of Kyoto.
Zaid is also the Chairperson of the National Committee on the Implementation of Islamic and Asian Civilization (TITAS), Ministry of Higher Education since 2009. From February to June 2003, Zaid was appointed a visiting scholar at The Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In April 2006 Zaid received invitation from the Centre for Research on Multiculturalism and Islam and Muslims, al-Maktoum Institute, Scotland to speak on the issues of multiculturalism in the International Symposium on Multiculturalism in Dundee, Scotland. In June 2006 Zaid received invitation from the Ministre de Culture, Algeria to deliver a lecture on Ibn Khaldun in the Colloque International Figures D’ibn Khaldûn in conjunction with VIe Centenaire De La Mort D’ibn Khaldûn 1406-2006. In 2009, Zaid represented Malaysia in the UNESCO High Level Meeting on the Teaching of Philosophy in Asia and Pacific Region held in Manila, the Philippines.