Beringin Kusuma

Biography:
Growing up in Bali and Jakarta but spent his high school years in Yogyakarta, Beringin has been exposed to different cultures since early age. He was raised in a multicultural, multiethnic and multireligious family with a strong belief that diversity is a strength that must be embraced. His interests in culture and its relations to politics brought him to study political science where he wrote a final thesis about punk rock music as a form of protest against Thatcher’s policies in England. After graduating, Beringin further deepens his passion to travel and experience other cultures by doing immersive social research in poor areas across Indonesia where he lived with people in their homes to learn and understand their daily lives. He then went on to pursue his craft in political communications by joining and leading the 2019 national elections field campaign team of a young legislative candidate from North Kalimantan, one of the most remote and underdeveloped provinces, before joining Kiroyan Partners.

Experience:
Beringin has been involved in multiple organisations and committees during his university years at the Political Science Student Association and committees at FISIP UI. He was then tasked by Garuda Indonesia Air Crew’s Union (IKAGI) to assemble an independent third-party team for their general elections and assembly.

He started his career an associate researcher for Reality Check Approach+ (RCA+), a project under Palladium International that focuses on development and poverty issues emphasizing on human-centred research. By living-in with the informants in their own home, with their family, and minimising the power gap, he gained the opportunity to learn and experience other people’s lives. Beringin was involved in studies on adolescent’s nutrition and physical activities and about children’s perspectives on government social protection programs, both of which are now published.

Prior to joining Kiroyan Partners as a consultant, Beringin moved to North Kalimantan as a full-time legislative candidate’s chief field campaign officer for 8 months. There, he honed his political communication and analysis, project management, and writing skills. This direct involvement in a political process gave him a valuable insight into real politics both at the grass-root and elite levels.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Comparative Politics, Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Political and Social Science, University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia (2013).

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