Country: Indonesia
Organizations: People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia
Expertise: Islam, Islamic Law, Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Studies Focus area: Governmental Religious affiliation: Islam

Vice Chairman, People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia

Dr. Wahid is currently Vice Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (MPR RI) since 2014. In his political career, he has held various leadership positions in the Indonesian Parliament. In his first period as a Member of Parliament in 2004, he was elected as the Chairman of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly until 2009. Then he was elected as Chairman of the Committee for Inter-parliamentary Cooperation as well as Chairman of the Faction of the Prosperous Justice Party in the Indonesian Parliament in 2009-2014.

Dr. Wahid is also a member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League besides actively leads some organizations at the regional and national level. Wahid has completed his Lc, MA, and doctorate degree in the Islamic University of Madinah in 1992. He has been lecturer in the Post-graduate School of State Islamic University in Jakarta and other respected universities in Indonesia. Currently, he still routinely delivers khutbah during the Friday prayer at the Istiqlal National Mosque. He frequently appears on various television channels, not only in his capacity as a politician but also as a Muslim scholar who delivers public lecture on subjects such as religion and nationhood, dialogue among religions and civilizations, Islamic political philosophy, religious practices in pluralistic nations.