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 Indonesia’s first commercial television channel and pioneered the country’s 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 has been a host of Lateline since 2012. Before that, she spent four years as the Europe Correspondent for the ABC based in the UK. Emma was previously the finance editor of 7.30. Before joining the ABC, she spent nine years at the Nine Network and before that did her cadetship at The Herald Sun. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.