Saskia E Wieringa is an honorary Professor at the University of Amsterdam, holding the Chair on Women’s Same-Sex Relations Crossculturally. From 2005 till 2012, Wieringa was the Director of Aletta, Institute for Women’s History in Amsterdam. She is also the co-founder of the Kartini Asia Network. Since the late 1970s, Wieringa has conducted research on women’s movements, sexual politics, and same-sex relations in many parts of the world, particularly in Indonesia. Wieringa worked at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, where she contributed to the Women and Development program’s construction in the early 1980s and led a comparative research project on women’s movements around the world. She helped set up women’s studies programs in the Caribbean, Namibia, Sudan, and Bangladesh. She has also lectured widely, for instance, in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and South Africa.

Her recent research projects focus on women’s same-sex relations from a historical perspective in Indonesia and on the post-1965 violence in East Java. In 2013, observing the ongoing impunity concerning human rights abuses committed in Indonesia, Wieringa helped set up the Foundation of the International People’s Tribunal 1965 (IPT 65), for Crimes against Humanity committed under the New Order of the Suharto regime. She has published regularly about Indonesia, among which “the Crocodile Hole” and “Sexual Politics in Indonesia”.  Recently, together with Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, she published “Propaganda and the Genocide in Indonesia”, a monograph on the military’s propaganda campaign that incited the genocide in Indonesia.

Serina Rahman teaches environmental politics at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, NUS. Her research encompasses (un)sustainable development, rural politics, climate change impacts on coastal communities, and political ecology. The rest of her life is taken up by Kelab Alami, a community organisation that she co–founded in 2008 to help the people of Mukim Tg Kupang, Johor, participate in and benefit from urbanisation. Trained as a conservation scientist, her practice is in community empowerment for habitat conservation, the study of marine human–habitat interactions, and sustainable fisheries management. She has a PhD in Science from UiTM (Malaysia) and a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Serina is an Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Award Winner for Environmental Protection, and was highlighted by Channel News Asia as an Asian Climate Warrior.