Dr. Moch. Ali bin Dachlan (PhD in Social Science) is the advisory head and Founder of Ali Dachlan Center. He is a social activist, researcher and lecturer in several universities in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Barat including Gunung Rinjani University, a university he founded in 1997. His research concerns Sasak and Badui culture and adat, economy, peace studies, political behavior, education and government. He has been Bupati (Regent) of East Lombok district for two periods 2003-2008 and 2013-2018.
Dr. Saipul Hamdi is the current Director of Ali Dachlan Center (2017 - 2022). He has a Ph.D. in Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gadjah Mada University. His research focuses on de-radicalization, terrorism, socio-religious conflict, pesantren, peace studies, religious organizations, Islamic transnational movements, Islamic feminism, migration and local politics in Indonesia. He lectures in universities in Kalimantan and Lombok and has held Visiting Fellowships at National University of Singapore (2009), Ateneo de Manila University (2008), Sasakawa Foundation Japan (2008), and Monash University, Australia (2010). His academic research has been published in national and international journals and his books include Nadhlatul Wathan di Era Reformasi: Agama, Konflik Komunal dan Peta Rekonsiliasi (Nadhlatul Wathan in the Reformation Era: Religion, Communal Conflict and Reconciliation in Lombok, Indonesia, 2014) and Pesantren dan Gerakan Feminisme di Indonesia (Pesantren and Feminism in Indonesia, 2017). Hamdi's articles also feature regularly in local newspapers in Lombok.
M. Zaki Pahrul Hadi is the current Secretary of Ali Dachlan Center. He has a Masters in Linguistics from Semarang State University, Indonesia and is the Founder and CEO of ETRA, a private English Institute located in Mataram, Lombok. He is also a lecturer at Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Bahasa Asing Bumigora Mataram, Lombok. His research focuses on education, language, and Sasak culture.
Dr. Ferry Muhammadsyah Siregar received his Ph.D from the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) at Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta Indonesia (2014). He is lecturer in several universities across Indonesia including STP Pontianak and Moestopo University Jakarta. He served as expert staff of the House of Representative of Republic of Indonesia (Komite III DPD-RI 2016). He was Editor and Author of the UGM Graduate School Press (2007-2015). He was also one of editorial team for the Kawistara Jurnal Sosial dan Humaniora, Jurnal Teknosains, and Jurnal Ketahanan Nasional of the UGM Graduate School. He was Fulbright’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2017), SEASREP’s Posdoctoral Fellow (2015), an exchange student of CRCS at Temple University, USA (2005) and Graduate fellow at Asia Research Institute NUS Singapore (2008 and 2009). His research interest is on Religious and cultural Studies, Islamic Studies, Tafsir Ta'wil and Quranic Hermeneutic, Islamic Classical Text, Indonesian Pesantrens and Madrasahs, Islamic movements and Globalization, Religious Leader and Charismatic Leadership, the Anthropology and Sociology of Islam and Muslim Cultures.
Dr. Bianca Smith is a Senior Research Fellow and Leader of the Gender & Minorities Program. She lectures in local universities & facilitates training in academic writing and research methodology throughout Indonesia. Bianca has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Monash University specialising in gender and local forms of Sufi spirituality. She has been professionally engaged with Indonesia for more than thirteen years working as a field anthropologist and academic in universities and communities in Java, Lombok and Kalimantan Borneo. She is co-editor of Gender and Power in Indonesian Islam: Leaders, Feminists, Sufis and Pesantren Selves (Routledge 2014) and Indonesian Islam in a New Era: How Women Negotiate their Muslim Identities (Monash University Press 2008). Her ethnographic articles have been published in academic journals including The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Anthropological Forum, Journal of International Women's Studies, Indonesia and the Malay World, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Bianca also works with local non-government organisations for community development programs with a focus on gender mainstreaming, gender in disaster management, environment, and women's and girls' education in Islamic schools. Current research interests include Sufism, shamanism, female leadership, and menstruality in Lombok and Kalimantan.