Drs. Matheos V. Messakh MA
(MA, Nottingham Trent Univ, UK; Drs. Leiden University)

Key Profiles:
  • Journalist with more than five years of experience working under constant deadlines at Indonesia’s largest English-language daily newspaper. Assigned to several desks
    including National, City, Features, Business, Online and Sports. Steady progress from reporter to deputy editor to editor.
  • Produced media campaigns including newsletters, brochures, press releases for NGOs, managed website and social media for specific communities, including blogs,
    and Facebook.
  • Extensive network of contacts spanning government ministers, senior officials, high-level executives, NGOs, churches community and the general public.
  • Detailed on-the-ground knowledge of East Timor politics, culture and history as editor of UN commissioned report on human right violation in East Timor.
  • Communication manager with more than four years experience of preparing and running of media for advocacy groups. Led team of 5 to run local campaigns.
  • Experience of creating educational modules and training for adults in advocacy issues such as civics, human rights, and natural resources management.
  • Fluent in Indonesian and English, Kupang Malay, and intermediate Timorese traditional language.          Coverage large-scale, group reporting for multi-sporting events
    such as the South East Asian Games (SEA Games) and the Asian Games.

  • Drs (Dutch) in History, Leiden University, Netherlands 2013. (Distinction)
  • MA in Newspaper Journalism, The Nottingham Trent University, UK. (2005)
  • Bachelor in Theology, Artha Wacana Christian University, Indonesia (1997)

Selected trainings
  • Professional Fellow in the Seoul National University-LG Press Fellowship Program Institute of Communication Research, Seoul        National University and LG Sangnam
    Press Foundation Seoul, Aug. -Sept. 2009
  • Leadership training for social Justice - Ford Foundation International        Utrecht, Aug. 2004
  • Alternative media workshop        PACT-Indonesia        Yogjakarta, Dec. 2000
  • Media workshop Publications and International Relations Division of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI)        Jakarta, Oct. 1999

  • Leiden University Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship (2002-2004)
  • Winner, ISAI Award for alternative media in 2001 (Udik magazine).
  • Second prize award in journalist writing competition in 2008 for COREMAP (Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program) Indonesia’s program for Natuna.
    “Natuna fishermen work to preserve coral reef”, The Jakarta Post, Sept. 23, 2008. http://bit.ly/w4cgGE
  • Best print article for the 2010 Djarum Indonesia Open Super Series badminton tournament “Shuttlers travel for hope and glory” The Jakarta Post, June 30, 2010. http://bit.

Selected paper/articles.
  • Drs (Dutch) Thesis in History at Leiden University (2013): The Battle of Penfui, 9 November 1749: Cultural and social influences on the outcome of the event that changed
    the history of Timor
  • As researcher and editor: Komunitas Membaca and Membaca Komunitas: Study Partisipatif Sistim Sosial dan Sistim Budaya di Mollo, Timor Tengah Selatan, NTT. A
    commission research by PIKUL NTT published in Journal of NTT Development Studies http://bit.ly/v1zhhE.
  • As co-writer: Industrialisasi Sopi di NTT Yang Berkelanjutan (Towards the sustainability of NTT Sopi). Policy Brief No 001, January 2013, of the Research and analysis from
    the Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change (IRGSC) http://irgsc.org/pubs/pb/IRGSCbrief-001.pdf
  • BA Thesis : Agama dan Sikap Politik: Suatu Analisis Tentang Sikap Politik Warga GMIT Perkotaan Menurut Pandangan Max Weber (Religion and Politics: An Analysis of  
    Political Attitudes of Urban members of GMIT Congregation according to Max Weber’s Perspective)

  • As writer and editor: Violence Against Women in Refugee Camps in West Timor, [Perempuan di/Bawah Laki-laki yang Kalah: Kekerasan terhadap Perempuan dalam
    Kamp Pengungsi Timor- Timur di Timor Barat, Jogjakarta: JKPIT and TKTB, 2001]. Sponsored by Novib and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad.
  • As editor: Gender and Natural Resources Management: A Practical Guide [Gender dan Pengelolaan Sumber Daya Alam, Sebuah Panduan Pengorganisasian, Yayasan
    PIKUL, 1999]. Sponsored by Oxfam Australia.

Professional Career
  • IRGSC, an NTT think tank - Research fellow in NTT History [Since 2013]
  • Satutimor.com Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara  - Founder, Editor-in-chief        Sept. 2013 - today
  • The Jakarta Post Jakarta, Indonesia [Last position editor for Indonesia’s largest English language daily newspaper [Sept. 11, 2006 – Aug. 2012
  • The Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) Dili, East Timor [Co-editor, editor        Jan. 2005 – Jan. 2006]
  • Xtreme Information Ltd, London, UK - Freelance translator for TV advertisements -  Nov. 2004-Jan. 2005
  • Lincolnshire Echo,  Lincoln, UK - Work placement at daily newspaper as part of Master course- July 2004
  • Sulat Timor - Kupang, NTT, Indonesia Co-founder and chief editor of church advocacy magazine- 2002-2003
  • Canadian Human Rights (CHRF) Indonesia Office Human rights education facilitator for Bali, West and East Nusa Tenggara regions  2001-2002
  • Udik magazine Kupang, NTT, Indonesia Co-founder and chief editor of human rights advocacy magazine [Won the 2001 ISAI Award for Indonesian alternative media.        
  • Centre for People’s Information and Advocacy (PIAR) Kupang, NTT, Indonesia [Head of information division disseminating information on indigenous people, human
    rights and East Timor.
  • Facilitator for voter education for 1999 Indonesian general election. 1999-2002