Born in 1962, since 1998 I have been the head of the postgraduate programme in nutrition at the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2000 to 2001 I was the director of the school of public health at the University of Gadjah Mada, the largest school of public health in Indonesia, with 400-500 new graduate students annually. The school until now has several master programes including nutrition, epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, hospital management, health service management, maternal and child health, health finance management, and health information systems.
Between 2001 and 2004 I was the vice dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Gadjah Mada, the largest faculty of medicine in Indonesia, with not less than 5,000 students. In 2003 I and colleagues developed a school of nutrition within the faculty of medicine which is the first school of nutrition in Indonesia. There are now more than 25 schools of nutrition in Indonesia.
Since 2003 I have been the chairman of the Indonesian Association of School Nutrition. With colleagues I am redefining nutrition competences and curricula of different levels of higher nutrition education. The competences are developed in accordance to the Indonesian Qualification Framework.
I was the director of the centre for health and human nutrition at the University of Gadjah Mada between 2000 and 2009. The centre provides technical assistance in the development of regional and national policies on nutrition interventions. At this moment we are conducting a national survey on nutrition services both in hospitals and communities. Results of this survey are supposed to be the basis for the development of a national standard of nutrition services.
For most of my career, I have worked at the University of Gadjah Mada as a lecturer, involved in the lecture and research activities. I got my full professorship in public health and nutrition in 2004. I have been chief editor of the Indonesian Journal of Clinical Nutrition since 2000.
I have been rector of the University of Alma Ata since 2009. Recently, I and colleagues have been conducting a study on behaviour and food consumption/ dietary practices amongst children under 5, elementary school children, pregnant women and lactating women, in East Nusa Tenggara. We also have been doing research on the role of television food advertisements on the dramatic increase of overweight and obesity amongst Indonesian children and adolescents.