Executive Director


Cut Dewi works in the area of architectural and urban heritage studies. She finished her bachelor at Department of Architecture, Syiah Kuala University, did her master at Groningen University, the Netherlands in the field Environmental and Infrastructure Planning and SAPPK, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). In 2015, she finished her PhD at the Australian National University with the thesis Iconic Architectural Heritage in Banda Aceh: Remembering and Conservation in post-disasyter contexts. She is a member of Association for Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS). She is a reviewer of International Journal of Heritage Studies (Routledge) and some international and national conferences and an editor of Jurnal Ilmiah Mahasiswa (JIM) Department of Architecture and Planning. She has taught architecture at Syiah Kuala University since 2002 until now.

Progam Manager

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Arfiansyah is currently a Ph.D. student in Anthropology of Islamic Law at Leiden Institute for Area Studies of Leiden University, Netherland, and expected to submit his research on the Islamic Triangle: The Relationship of Adat, Sharia Law, and Civil Law. He obtained his M.A from McGill University in 2010. His publication includes Syariat Islam, Politik, dan Perempuan di Aceh published by UIN Ar-Raniry, 2013 and Politicization of Sharia law: Behind the Implementation of Sharia Law in Aceh, Article journal published by Media Sharia in 2011.

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Teuku Zulfikar earned a Ph.D. degree from Monash University, Australia in Pedagogy and Cultural Studies (2011). He completed two master degrees, one from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA in Educational Administration (2006) with Fulbright Scholarship, and the other one from Monash University in Leadership, Policy, and Change in Education (2003) with AusAID Scholarship. He has been teaching both at undergraduate and graduate level classes at UIN Ar-Raniry and Syiah Kuala University, and at Imam Bonjol Islamic State Institute (IAIN Imam Bonjol), Indonesia. His research interest includes Education Governance, Education Management and Leadership, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and also Ethnographic Studies. He has published widely in the field of education, and one of his recent publication is “researching my own backyard: an inquiry into an ethnographic study. He is involved in a number of organization: ICAIOS, LPSDM, IISIDP, and TEFLIN.
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Anton Widyanto obtained his BA from The State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh. His master’s degree obtained from The State Institute of Islamic Studies IAIN Walisongo, Semarang, and Florida State University, USA, while his Ph.D. in contemporary fiqh obtained from IAIN Ar-Raniry. His research interests are in Islamic education and Islamic Law. Beside as a lecturer of UIN Ar-Raniry, he is also President of East-West Center Alumni Association-Aceh Chapter since 2008; Editor in Chief of Didaktika Journal of Tarbiyah  Faculty and Teacher Training, UIN Ar-Raniry; and Managing Editor of Islam Futura Journal of Graduate Program of UIN Ar-Raniry.

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Saiful Mahdi is a faculty member in Statistics at Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh. Saiful is a Fulbright scholar with a master degree in Statistics from the University of Vermont, Burlington, and finished his Ph.D. program in Regional Science at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He is also the co-founder and first executive director of The Aceh Institute, Banda Aceh. His research interests include discourses in social capital, demography, regional economics and planning, and the use of quantitative methods in social sciences and policy analysis

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Syaifullah Muhammad is Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh. He got M.Eng degree and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University of Technology Western Australia which is focused on nano particle technology and wastewater treatment. He is also a Senior researcher at ICAIOS, Chief of Executive Board of A for Aceh (AFA), Head of Research and Development Forum Bangun Aceh (FBA) and Executive Director of Centre for Creative Industry of Syiah Kuala University (CCIS) Banda Aceh. His research interests include nanoparticle technology and Advance Oxidation Processes for Wastewater Treatment. Syaifullah is experienced in conducting training of leadership, organization, communication, learning and teaching methodology

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Muhammad Riza Nurdin (Riza) obtained his BA in Islamic Studies and Arabic from Al-Azhar University, Egypt and then completed a Master Degree in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Passau, Germany. His research interests are in Sociology and Anthropology of religion, Islamic and the West, social/religious movements and Political Islam. Riza ahs some working experiences with international organizations during post-tsunami programs in Aceh such as the British Red Cross and the American Red Cross.

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Although he has a passion in research works and academic writings, Afridal Darmi is better known among his colleagues as a human rights advocate. Graduated from the Syiah Kuala Law School in 1997 and obtained his legal practice license in the following year, Afridal has spent 12 years of his professional life providing free legal services for the poor and disadvantages, mainly through the Banda Aceh Legal Aid Institute or LBH Banda Aceh. Afridal got his Master of Laws in the field of International Human Rights Law from the Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, USA, in 2005. His research focuses include discourses in law and human rights with strong interests in politics and democracy, sociology, psycho-social, and environmental issues.

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Ibnu Mundzir obtained his MA in Community Psychology and Social Change from Pennsylvania State University (2011) with a full scholarship from Fulbright Tsunami Initiative Program. He completed a bachelor degree in psychology at Universitas Indonesia (2004). His research interest includes disaster management, particularly on disaster risks reduction, post-disaster/conflict mental health, post-disaster social changes, and program evaluation. Mundzir teaches Disaster Management and Peace Psychology in psychology undergraduate program in Aceh. He has been working on post-conflict psychosocial support, disaster emergency response, disaster risks reduction, and HIV/AIDS programs with various national and international organizations in Aceh, North Moluccas, Poso, and Jakarta. Since 2014, he has been the research manager of the Aftermath of Aid, an Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and ICAIOS research collaboration assessing the effectiveness and sustainability of post-tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction in five different sectors: demographic, disaster risks reduction, governance and civil society, housing, and livelihood.  

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Saiful Akmal earned his bachelor degree from English Department, Ar-Raniry State Islamic Institute in 2005. He received his master degree from The University of Liverpool, the United Kingdom in 2007 focusing on the applied linguistics, specializing in critical/political discourse analysis on the language of power and justification in political speech. Saiful analyzed views of the Iraq War in Obama, Bush, Galloway and Blair political remarks in the media prior to the Iraq War. He holds a doctoral degree in Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Language and Culture from the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany researching the language of politics and the political rhetoric of ex-combatants leaders in post-conflict electioneering in the newspapers and portal news, intertwining his multi-discipline interest in language, politics and the media.  He has been teaching since 2006 at Ar-Raniry State Islamic Institute, particularly in Discourse Analysis and (Applied) Linguistics at the Teacher Training and Education Faculty. He also teaches Political Communication and Public Opinion at the Communication and Social and Political Science at the same university.

Program Officer

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Asrul Sidiq holds an M.Sc in Regional and Rural Development Planning from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (2013). He completed a bachelor degree in Regional and City Planning at Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung (2010). His research interests are in regional and rural development planning, community development, economic geography, and disaster management. Asrul has some working experiences with the government organizations such as Aceh Public Works Department (Dinas Cipta Karya) and Aceh Development Planning Agency (Bappeda).

Program Assistant


Pratitou Arafat holds a Master of Landscape Architecture, from Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Australia in 2015. He completed her bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture at Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Bogor in 2010. His research interests are city management including city landscape planning, area management, and urban heritage. Titou has some national and international working experiences with non-government institutions and some experiences in entrepreneurship such Mandiri jaya Flora Nursery (Bogor), Old Westbury Garden, Old Westbury, New York, US, and Designer and owner of Local brand souvenir "Temurui clothing line" Aceh. 

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Fahmi Yunus has ten years experience in communication, media development, peace building, and collaboration as an activist, NGO leader, trainer, lecturer, and researcher. He also produced forward-looking inter-sectoral studies within the framework of “economic development, disaster risk reduction, conflict resolution, communication and education and a founder of research NGO, non-formal education institution for the children.

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Rizanna Rosemary is a faculty member in Communication Department at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Syiah Kuala University. She completed her master degree in Health Communication from the Media and Communication Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia. Besides teaching, she is currently an active researcher for the Center of Tobacco Control Studies (CTCS) in Aceh and Indonesia Tobacco Research Alliances (ITRA) which are affiliated with the Tobacco Control Support Center (TCSC-IAKMI) and Indonesia Tobacco Control Network (ITCN), and also an active researcher at the International Centre for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS).

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Munawar is a statistics lecturer at Statistics Department of Science Faculty of Syiah Kuala University Banda Aceh. He has worked for some institutions, agencies, and companies such as Unilever Indonesia and UNIFEM (now UNWomen) holding various positions. Munawar is an Aceh Government scholar with a master degree in applied statistics from Economics and Administration Faculty of the University of Malaya – Kuala Lumpur.   He did his B.Sc in Mathematics at Mathematics Department of Science Faculty of Syiah Kuala University. His research interests include Biostatistics, Demography, Econometrics, and statistical methods. As a statistics trainer, he works with a statistical package like SPSS, SAS, S-Plus, Minitab, E-view etc.

Program Assistant

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Faishal Zakaria is a tenured faculty member at the Department of English, School of Teacher Training & Education of the Ar-Raniry State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN Ar-Raniry) Darussalam – Banda Aceh. He earned his MA in TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA in 2008. Besides teaching at his alma mater, Faishal has also served as a teacher trainer for the British Council Indonesia. With the supports from the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of US Embassy Jakarta and the International Language Center of the University of Indonesia’s School of Humanities, he is currently running the Microscholarship Access Program in Banda Aceh. His professional and academic interests include teacher professional development, identity and language learning and teaching, post method language pedagogy, and second language writing pedagogy.

 Finance Manager

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Cut Dian Fitri has a BA and master degree in Accounting from Syiah Kuala University, one of the best accounting program in the country. She has worked and had extensive experience in Finance and Accounting with international organizations. 

Finance Manager

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Administrative and Office Manager

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IT Manager

Adri graduated from Mathematics Department, Mathematics and Science Faculty (FMIPA), Syiah Kuala University at 2016 and obtained his Bachelor degree. His research interest are in Applied Mathematics, Numerical Method, and Numerical Model. Adri joined ICAIOS "Internasional of Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies" at May 2016 as IT Guy.

IT Manager

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Intan Maghfirah completed her Master study at Institute of Information Systems and Applications, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2014). She obtained her Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Science Faculty (FMIPA), Syiah Kuala University. Her research interests are in multimedia, cloud computing, and database. Before pursuing her Master degree, She was a volunteer at ICAIOS conference III.

IT Person


Maria Umran graduated from Software Engineering Department, Information Technology Faculty, Budi Luhur University Jakarta, in 2008. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Fachhochschule Fulda, Germany, majoring in Electronic Business. During her bachelor studies, she gained experiences as a web administrator assistant. Maria had also engaged in some student organizations. For instance, she served as a treasurer for the Acehnese Student Association in Germany in 2011. In 2012 she did the internship at the Center for Good Governance under the support of CIM (Centrum für Internationale Migration und Entwicklung) in Banda Aceh.


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Evi started his profession as a librarian as a volunteer in the library IAIN Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh, with a focus on users service and circulation. Ever as a school librarian at senior hight school in Aceh Besar for a year, focusing on the processing and cataloging. She had joined with orphans in Aceh Besar supported by the Muslim-AID Malaysia in developing the library for boarding school. In 2009, Evi joined ARTI (Aceh research training Institute) as a librarian in charge of documentation at the library. In 2010 Evi joined ICAIOS as well as librarians

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