Dr Syarif is Commissioner for Indonesia Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) (2015-2019). Before he joined the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (Corruption Eradication Commission), Syarif was a Senior Lecturer at Hasanuddin University, Faculty of Law, Makassar, Indonesia. He taught Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, and developed Anti-Corruption and Environmental Law Clinics in several Law Schools in Indonesia. He also served as one of the principal trainers of the Supreme Court of Indonesia in the area of Environmental Law and Judicial Code of Conduct since early 2000.
Syarif spent seven years living in Australia as he pursued his graduate education. Under an Australia Awards Scholarship (formerly the Australian Development Scholarships), he obtained his Master in Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, and later his PhD in Law at the University of Sydney.
“My educational experience at QUT and the University of Sydney Law School have influenced my career both as an academic, and as an environmental and anti-corruption activist,” said Syarif, adding that he met many experts from other parts of the world at the two institutions.
When it comes to Australian collaboration, the KPK has already worked closely with the Australian Federal Police and Attorney General’s Office. And thanks to his strong Australian connection, Syarif is very keen to bring the cooperation between the two countries even closer.
He has also previously worked in one of Australia’s leading centres for environmental law research and teaching, the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law.
His experience in the academic field includes researching and teaching at his alma mater, Universitas Hasanuddin, in Indonesia’s eastern port city of Makassar, and teaching as a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School, National University of Singapore Law School, and Cebu University Law School.
He was recognised in 2018 by the Australia Awards in Indonesia for Alumni of the Year. The objective of Australia Awards in Indonesia is to enhance Indonesia’s development.