About Saksara

Saksara is all about changing lives, changing the future, and contributing towards Indonesia's sustainable development. We believe that research, education and knowledge is one of the most critical ingredients to achieving this. We don't seek to define education into the future, but will strive to interpret it, organise it, and reinvent it in order to improve the human condition in a dynamic and changing world.

As consultants, we work with some of the world's leading universities, agencies and organisations to support and establish bilateral research collaborations to solve some of the biggest challenges for humankind. We work with students and parents to counsel and advise on global higher education opportunities. We work with research candidates and university professors to ensure high quality supervision and high impact research outcomes. We work with graduates and leading corporations to provide Indonesia with globally exposed and globally aware workforce talent.

 We have three clusters of focus. These somewhat intertwine each other with significant interrelationships. The clusters (divisions) are:  Saksara Research, Saksara Education, and Saksara Careers.


About the Name

Saksara is an ancient Sanskrit word that means "one who is conversant with literature... or well read". In modern Bahasa Indonesia, its derivative word 'aksara' has survived and translates to English as 'script'. The name Saksara reflects what our organisation's endeavours are all about. 


Corporate and Social Responsibility

Saksara is a relatively small organisation, however we take our responsibility to be leaders in corporate, social and environmental responsibility seriously. Some of our initiatives in this area include the following:

 Anti-Corruption Policy - Saksara is committed to playings its part in eradicating graft and corruption in Indonesia. Corruption impedes Indonesia's development and diminishes the capacity for democracy, and the rule of law to deliver justice and stability to Indonesia. All Saksara staff undertake training and professional development regarding corruption and sign a contract committing them to Saksara Anti-Corruption Policy.

Clients and partners of Saksara can download and read Saksara Anti-Corruption Policy here

Environmental Responsibility - Saksara has designed and planned its offices with the highest rating of energy efficiency. Our head office is located in the EpiWalk building in Kawasan EpiCentrum, Kuningan, Jakarta. One of the compelling reasons for selecting this location was its environmental credentials. It is located in one of the very few pedestrian districts within Jakarta, and has pedestrian or free public shuttle access to numerous residential building within its CBD location. Saksara has also planned other significant energy initiatives within our office. We have installed the latest low energy iMac computers throughout the offices. They have an idle/full CPU consumption rating of 38W/91W, amongst the lowest on the market. Likewise, our ultra bright LED lighting design provides us with over 20 individual office lights for a total output of less than 60W. Our office has individually installed and low energy inverter air-conditioning and is not connected to the building system. We have also implemented a paperless office environment and utilise smart technologies to minimise energy and consumables. Overall, we have the highest level of office energy rating and play a small but important role in minimising our environmental footprint. 

The people behind Saksara

Shaun Wellbourne-Wood (Managing Director) ✉️

Shaun has almost 20 years experience within international education. Prior to launching Saksara, Shaun was the International Development Manager for the Sciences at the University of Western Australia (2005-2013). Between 2010-2013 he was also Director of the International Science for our Future Festival, an initiative involving Nobel laureate, Professor Barry Marshall, Former WA Premier and Federal Health Minister, Professor Carmen Lawrence, renowned biomedical physicist and winner of the Clunies Ross Science Award, Professor Tim St Pierre, and Order of Australia Medal recipient for his services to Agricultural Science, Professor Kadambot Siddique. The festival promoted scientific literacy and research to students throughout Asia, with thousands of students attending events in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. 

Prior to returning to Australia, Shaun was based in the Seychelles and Botswana, where he was teaching into UN and World Bank funded programs in science and technology education, and researching international development issues related to technology for a PhD in Education. Shaun was also formally a secondary school teacher of science, technology and design, and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Education.  

Shaun has studied, lived and worked in Australia, UK, France, Botswana, Seychelles and Indonesia, and has now travelled to more than 100 countries throughout the world. Other than working, Shaun loves to play music, read and travel to new and undiscovered parts of the planet. 

Arlina Suryani (Director) ✉️

After a graduate career with international consulting and auditing firm Arthur Andersen, Arlina began her long career within international education. She has worked extensively in both Indonesia and Australia. 

Arlina assisted in the establishment of Jakarta International College, the Indonesian provider of Monash College and Monash Foundation Year. She was the manager of marketing and admission from 2002-2007. Arlina then moved into the education agency aspect of international education, becoming general manager of the Sri Lankan operations for one of India’s largest education agencies, with more than 17 branches. After returning to Indonesia, Arlina became the Director and Co-Owner of an education agency based in Bandung. 

Arlina joined The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2011 as the coordinator of the International Science for our Future Festival for Singapore and Indonesia before moving to international admissions in the UWA International Office. Arlina has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Masters in Marketing. She is a avid reader of English literature and a fan of good food.