Group picture of the DAAD Indonesia Research Ambassadors 2019

Research Ambassadors are senior academicians and scientists who have a long-standing relationship with Germany. As DAAD or Germany alumni, they have studied or carried out research in Germany and know the German higher education system through their own experience.

Research Ambassadors are interested in promoting research in Germany among peers and students. They act as the contact person at their university for advanced students and academics interested in doing research in Germany, hold information events and can provide you with up-to-date information materials.

Feel free to get in touch with one of our Research Ambassadors to get insights into the German research landscape.

Prof. Dr. Faizal Arya Samman (Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar)

Prof. Dr. Faizal Arya Samman

Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Hasanuddin Makassar



Research Interests: multiprocessor system-on-chip, network-on-chip, power electronics applications in renewable energy systems and in electric vehicles.

University/Research Institution in Germany: Technische Universitӓt Darmstadt (2006-2010), Fraunhofer Institut LBF, Darmstadt (2010-2012).

Faizal Arya Samman is a Full Professor in the field of electronics and digital systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar. He finished his doctoral degree in 2010 at Technische Universität Darmstadt. After finishing his PhD, he was appointed to be research fellow (2010-2012) at Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) in Darmstadt. He has been a member of several engineering associations, including IEET – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2009-2012), IET –Institution of Engineering and Technology (2009-2010), and VDI – Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (2008-2013). Faizal has been assigned as reviewer for international journals published by IEEE, IET, ACM, and Elsevier.

Faizal is currently supervising several bachelor, master and PhD students at Universitas Hasanuddin. Please feel free to contact him if you wish to know more about research and study opportunities in Germany, especially concerning the study of integrated electronic systems, embedded systems, renewable energy systems and power electronics.

Dr. Edwin Setiawan (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November, Surabaya)

Edwin Setiawan

Lecturer, Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS), Surabaya



Research Interests: Taxonomy, Systematics and Biodiversity of Indonesian Sponges.

University/Research Institution in Germany: LMU Munich (2010-2015).

Edwin Setiawan is an assistant professor at the Biology Department of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS), Surabaya. He finished his doctoral studies at the Molecular Palaeobiology Lab, LMU Munich in 2015, supported with a DAAD scholarship. His research focus is on the biodiversity of Indonesian sponges and the taxonomy and systematics of marine invertebrates. During and after his doctoral studies, Edwin has collaborated with several research centers, including Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NII) in Leiden, The Netherlands. Edwin was awarded a Martin Fellowship in 2013 and a Temminck Fellowship in 2017.

He is currently supervising bachelor and master students in the Department of Biology of ITS Surabaya and, as an external supervisor, at the Department of Environmental and Life Science at the University Brunei Darussalam (UBD) from 2018-2019. For the period 2018-2021, Edwin has been appointed as member of the Academic Committee of the China-ASEAN Smart Ocean Center of Tianjin University, China. Please feel free to contact him concerning study and research opportunities in the field of biology and life sciences in Germany

Dr. Muksin Umar (Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh)

Dr. Muksin Umar

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh.



Research interests: Earthquake sciences and active fault structure, earthquake risk reduction, use of seismic imaging techniques to study geological resources.

University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Potsdam (2011-2014), German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam (2010-2015).

Dr. Muksin Umar is an associate professor in geophysics with a focus on seismology at Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh. He received his master’s degree in 2010 in the Research School of Earth Sciences at Australian National University, funded by an Australian Partnership Scholarship. He continued his study at the University of Potsdam and worked as a researcher at the German Research Center for Geosciences in Potsdam.

After finishing his PhD studies in Germany, Muksin Umar joined Syiah Kuala University and has been working at the Department of Physics as well as the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center. Muksin Umar also advises the provincial government of Aceh in questions of earthquake risks.