Professor Fasli Jalal is a former Indonesia’s Vice Minister of National Education. Prior to being appointed the role, he was the Director General of Higher Education. In 2005 he was appointed as Director General of Quality Improvement for Teachers and Education Personnel. He started his career as an academician and a Professor in Clinical Nutrition at Andalas University, West Sumatra.
Professor Fasli Jalal started his career in the government in 1991 as Head of the Department of Nutrition, Bureau of Health and Nutrition, National Planning and Development Agency. Following his exceptional performance in the agency, he was appointed by the Minister of National Education to become an Expert in Educational Resources. In 2001, he was appointed as Director General of Non-Formal Education and Youth.
During his professional career, Fasli Jalal has worked with international organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a consultant. Currently, he is still an active counsellor at the Indonesia-Canada World Youth Exchange Alumni.
Up to recent, he still writes and edits articles, journals and books. His special interests include education, early childhood education and nutrition. Collaborating with the World Bank he published a monograph on teachers’ education. Fasli Jalal has an avid interest in youth education development and always gives a warm welcome to youth organizations that need advice or direction to develop their organization.
Fasli Jalal has received The Most Outstanding Alumni Award (2001) from the Canada World Youth in Montreal and the Henry-Kauffman Prize (2010) for his contribution to the development of education especially for Eastern Indonesia. He was the first person to receive this award. He earned his medical degree from Andalas University and Ph.D. in Nutrition from Cornell University, USA.