Dr. Erawan has made many important contributions to his native Indonesia since attending graduate school at OSU as a Fulbright scholarship recipient then at NIU as a Henry Luce Award and graduate assistantship recipient.
In 2005-2009 he was the Director of Graduate Program of Political Science at one of Indonesia’s most prestigious universities, Gadjah Mada University. He is also a very active scholar and researcher. He is engaged with numerous institutions that work tirelessly to make a positive impact on the country’s democratization processes. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Australia and Indonesia Governance Research Partnership and consultant for the World Bank, World Bank Institute, UNDP and various Indonesian agencies.
In 2007 Dr. Erawan was appointed to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Indonesia as a core member of the team which designed and revised Laws on Politics affecting elections and political parties.
Most recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs appointed Dr. Erawan as the Executive Director of a newly formed Institute for Peace and Democracy launched by the President of Indonesia. IPD is a truly international institute with ties to Asian countries and comparable institutions in Australia, Europe and the U.S. Dr. Erawan is also the Special Advisor for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
All of his appointments at the relatively young age of 44 years are all the more impressive.