5 questions with Fadjar Wibowo
Name: Mochammad Fadjar Wibowo
Degree: from KI (including graduation year): 2015
Current role (Company and position): Outreach and Partnership Manager – Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives
What does a day in your professional life typically look like?
As Outreach and Partnership Manager of a Civil Society Organization that serves health policy advocacy and implementation, my daily routine varies from directing strategic communications, conducting advocacy research, speaking at forums and conferences, writing opinion editorials, providing consultancies to partnering government, private and civil organizations, think-tanks and media.
What is most exciting about my position is that it allows me to apply the thorough skillset that I obtained during my MD and Masters degree training and at the same time applying my business acumen. This skillset includes program evaluation, policy analysis and advocacy, business negotiation, public speaking and digital marketing. Every now and then, I’m also asked to help in drafting speeches for Health Minister, Health Advocacy Leaders and other Indonesian Delegates to be presented in global fora such as Asia Pacific Food Forum, Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health and the Unite Nations General Assembly. I found them both exciting and rewarding.
How did you decide to study at KI? What is your background/education experience?
When I left for Stockholm I had just completed my MD training in Indonesia that I self-financed through my business in ICT marketing. Throughout medical school I also worked extensively for different public health research projects. From the beginning I was so sure I wanted to study Global Health at KI for at least two reasons: the reputation of the program and Karolinska Institutet and the fact that it is located in a country with advanced healthcare system and social protection. When I got admitted, I withdrew my application to other Master’s degree programs in Singapore and the US.
How has your education at KI helped you?
Taking the Master in Global Health in Sweden has equipped me with broad knowledge of the overarching health system and strong research skill and aptitude which are applicable in various aspects of working within Global Health. The program’s reputation also helped me to seamlessly expand my network and engage with high level individuals in the global health ecosystem. Most importantly, my exposure to leading global health experts and practitioners at KI changed my view of the world, especially how I identify challenges and face opportunities.
What are your future aspirations?
I have enjoyed solving health system problems through data-driven decision making. Therefore, I would like to gain more experience in the nexus between public and private health systems at the regional and international levels, so that I can subsequently take part in an initiative that serves bigger public interest. To get there, if possible, I wish to continue working with institutions in close collaboration with actors in public and private sector global health systems.
What is your advice to current students?
While keeping your eyes open to new learning curves and networking, along with your strength and your weakness, identify your short term and long-term interest early on. This will help you shape the way you would spend your time and allocate your energy to stay focused on your goal during the master program and get the best out of it.