Short bio


Damar Harsanto is a digital media trainer, journalist, editor, corporate communications specialist, blogger and community campaigner.


Graduated from Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, he works for Indonesia’s leading English publishers The Jakarta Post. He attended various journalistic courses, including a fellowship with the Asia Journalism Fellowship at the Institute of Public Policy of the Singapore National University, the Seoul National University in South Korea under the LG Sangnam-SNU program. He also got a journalistic fellowship from the Swedish government when he attended a fall course with the Fojo Media Institute in the Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden.

He fell in love with digital technology after attending intensive winter and summer courses with the International Institute for Journalism, through fellowships awarded by the German government.  

He keeps honing his digital skills through best practice application and experiments when he was assigned to spearhead a digital news desk to prepare for digital arm of The Jakarta Post, along with developing social media strategies.

Interviewing Vice President Jusuf Kalla in Washington DC
Some of his pieces have become reference in various books and journals, including: Mnemonic Practices of Architecture and Urban Form in Indonesia (Abidin Kusno, 2010), State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future, The Multicultural Dilemma: Migration, Ethnic Politics, and State Intermediation (Michelle Hale Williams (Ed), Al-Qaida After Ten Years of War: A Global Perspective of Successes, Failures (Norman Cigar, Stephanie E. Kramer), Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta, Volume 18 (2006),Durga's Mosque: Cosmology, Conversion and Community in Central Javanese Islam (Stephen Cavana Headley, 2004), Radical Islam's Rules: The Worldwide Spread of Extreme Shari'a Law (Paul Marshall Ed., 2005), Traumascapes: The Power and Fate of Places Transformed by Tragedy (Maria M. Tumarkin, 2005), The Indonesian Parliament and Democratization (Patrick Ziegenhain, 2008), Tionghoa dalam Pusaran Politik (Benny G. Setiyono), Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy (Roland Rich, 2007), Neither Wolf, Nor Lamb: Embracing Civil Society in the Aceh Conflict (Shane Barter, 2004), Harga yang harus dibayar: sketsa pergulatan etnis Cina di Indonesia (I. Wibowo, 2000), Securitization of Transnational Crime Small Arms and Light Weapons & Drug Trafficking in Indonesia (Riefqi Muna).

with Indonesia's finance minister Sri Mulyani at Finance Ministry office
Aside from journalistic training, he also enjoyed an exposure on communications strategy in international labor issues following his fellowship at the International Training Centre- International Labor Organization in Turin, Italy.

Damar also got a corporate exposure while working for several years as an Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications Head, at PT Bank United Overseas Bank Indonesia, handling various assignments.

Currently, Damar is actively involved in conducting digital media training, English writing, online journalism for students and general public, including those with Australian Consortium for in-Country Indonesian Studies, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Sampoerna University in Jakarta, Bank ANZ Indonesia, St. Ursula School in Jakarta, London School of Public Relations in Jakarta, Ukrida in Jakarta and Social and Political Sciences Insitute (IISIP) of Jakarta.

He is also running a hyperlocal project to champion the use of digital tools for community building, RT/RW Digital. He played a part in mentoring Indonesia's leading community publisher InfoGading Group in its digital newsroom convergence.
Digital convergence workshop for hyperlocal newsroom InfoGading Group, July 2017

His love of photography also brings him to assist in training and web development of 48,000 members photography club Gallery Photography Indonesia


Speaking on Digital Media in ASEAN during a Symposium at Gajah Mada University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies



Speaking during a journalistic photography training organized by Gallery Photography Indonesia for Papua General Elections Commission