Indonesia is one of our nearest neighbours, yet despite many Australians making a regular pilgrimage to Bali, the country is something of a blank. Distinguished Indonesian columnist, broadcaster and journalist Desi Anwar talks to ABC’s Emma Alberici about her remarkable homeland. The author of several books, including Being Indonesian, Desi offers a unique perspective on life at the top of Indonesian journalism and offers insights into the country’s labyrinthine national politics.

Supported by Macquarie University

Desi Anwar (International)

Desi Anwar is an Indonesian columnist, senior anchor, journalist and the host of Insight with Desi Anwar on CNN Indonesia. She started her television career as a reporter, anchor and producer with IndonesiaÕs first commercial television channel and pioneered the countryÕs leading primetime news program, Seputar Indonesia. She also hosted her own show, Face2Face with Desi Anwar, giving her the opportunity to interview international figures. She is the author of several books featuring her writing, photography and philosophical musings in both English and Indonesian, including Being Indonesian - Life, Strife and the Pursuit of Democracy and Faces and Places, a collection of essays on travel.

Emma Alberici (Australian)

Emma Alberici

Emma Alberici is the Chief Economics Correspondent at the ABC. Prior to taking up her latest role, Emma spent six years as the presenter of ABC TV’s evening news and analysis program, Lateline. Before that Emma was based in the UK as the ABC’s Europe Correspondent. She arrived in London just as Lehmann Bros was collapsing and as the world began questioning every accepted orthodoxy attaching to global financial markets. For someone who had spent most of the previous two decades as a business and finance journalist, it was a case of right place, right time. Emma worked at the Nine Network and did her cadetship at News Limited's Herald Sun Newspaper in Melbourne. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. Emma is a prolific writer and has been widely published in the Sun Herald and ABC’s The Drum. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.