A delegation of Indonesian academics and diplomats visited King’s College London on 4th April 2017 for an academic roundtable held in the Old Committee Room. The discussion’s theme was ‘Is Indonesian Islam Losing its Smile? Challenges to Plurality’ and it focused on the current situation regarding religious diversity in Indonesia. This visit was an initiative of the Leimena Institute in Indonesia.
The Indonesian delegation was comprised of Prof. Alwi Shihab, Prof. Azyumardi Azra, H. E. Jakob Tobing, and Mr. Matius Ho. They were met by representatives of King’s, including Prof. ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Prof. Raphael Woolf, Prof. Paul Joyce, Dr. Carool Kersten, Prof. Ben Quash, Dr. Katherine Swancutt, and Dr. Tania Lima. Also in attendance were Mr. Charles Humphrey CMG (former ambassador to Indonesia), Prof. Paul Marshall (Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University), and Simon Rufus Isaacs (Marquess of Reading).
The Indonesian delegation was accompanied by representatives of Fieldstead and Company, including Ralph Veerman and Steven Ferguson who organised the event, and Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, the patrons of Fieldstead and Company.