• Achmad Reza Widjaja, Ph. D. memulai karir akademis sebagai Assistant Professor di United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Bapak Achmad Reza memiliki keterkaitan yang sangat erat dengan Universitas Bakrie selain menjadi staf pengajar di Universitas Bakrie untuk program S1 dari tahun 2008 beliau juga mengajar di Program Pasca Sarjana Magister Manajemen Universitas Bakrie dari tahun 2013, Bapak Achmad Reza menancapkan karir profesionalnya sebagai Ahli Ekonomi di PT. Bumi Resources, Tbk salah satu perusahaan yang merupakan bagian dari Kelompok Usaha Bakrie sejak 2008 hingga saat ini.
    Ph.D.- Economics, 2004
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC- USA
    Specialization : International Economics and Econometrics
    Second Fields : Economic Development and Macroeconomics
    Dissertation : Reexamining Forward Market Unbiasedness Hypothesis and
    Contagion Effects in the East Asian Currencies

    M.S. - Economics, 1997
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA- USA
    Field : Economic Policy and Planning
    Second Field : Regional Economic Development

    B.S.- Economics, 1994
    Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung - Indonesia
    Concentration : Regional Economics

    Academic and Professional Experience

    Economist- March 2008- present
    PT. Bumi Resources, Tbk
    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Assistant Professor- September 2004- January 2008
    Department of Economics and Finance
    College of Business and Economics
    United Arab Emirates University
    AI Ain, UAE

    Courses Taught: Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, International
    Finance, Money and Banking, Project Economics and Economics of Industry

    Visiting Economist- June 2006- August 2006
    Investment Coordination Board, Republic of Indonesia
    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Main Duties: conducted economic research and analysis related to Foreign Direct
    Investments (FDI) and Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Indonesia, gave policy
    recommendations to the board executives.

    Assistant to Marketing Manager- 1997-1998
    P.T. Betamix, a ready-mixed concrete company
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Main Duties: managed the marketing division, maintained high level of sales during
    the booming period of building and residential constructions, conducted market
    research, coordinated salespersons, maintained customer relationship

    Awards and Fellowships
    Graduate Assistantship- 1999- 2003
    Department of Economics, University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC- USA

    Courses Taught and Tutored:
    • Principles of Macroeconomics (undergraduate)
    • Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate)
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics (undergraduate)
    • International Trade (MBA program)
    • Managerial Economics (EMBA program)

    Project and Research Involved:
    • South Carolina Economic Outlook
    • South Carolina Leading Indicator Forecast
    • Survey of USC Economics Graduates

    Research Interests

    Exchange Rates, Political Aspects of International Economy and Business,
    Globalization, Applied Time-series Econometrics and Forecasting, Southeast Asian
    Economics, Economic Impact Studies

    Teaching Interests

    Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Managerial Economics, Money and Banking,
    International Economics, International Financial Management, Globalization.

    Publication in Refereed Journals

    "Revamping the Value Chain in Exhibition Facilities: the Case of Dubai Exhibition
    Industry," (with Colin Butler, Yahia Bassiouni and Mohammed El Adly), Facilities,
    Volume 25: Number 11/12 (2007): 419-436.

    Papers Submitted

    "Forward Rate Unbiasedness in the Case of Financial Crisis: A Re-examination",
    The International Journal of Business and Finance Research.

    Work in Progress

    "The Effects of Political Turmoil and Its Contagion on the Exchange Rate Volatility:
    Some Evidence from Major East Asian Currencies."

    "The Importance of Tourism Activities in Maintaining a Sustainable Growth:
    Evidence from a new emerging city"

    "Exchange-rate Pass-through in GCC Countries and its Impacts on Adopting
    The Single Currency"

    Grants and Contracts

    UAE University Team Project: "Dubai Exhibition Industry Study," Funded by the
    Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai, 2005.


    "Re-examining Forward Rate Unbiasedness Hypothesis in the Case of Asian
    Financial Crisis," presented at Singapore Economic Review Conference,
    Singapore, August 2-4, 2007.

    Session Chair, Developing the Regional Special Economic Zones: Opportunities
    for Partnership and Investment, Indonesia Regional Investment Forum, Jakarta,
    Indonesia, November 1-2, 2006.

    "An Analysis of Political Contagion in Currency Movements: the Case of East Asian
    Countries," presented at INFINITI Conference on International Finance, Dublin,
    Ireland, June 11-12, 2006.

    Session Chair, Emerging Markets Contagion, INFINITI Conference on International
    Finance, Dublin, Ireland, June 11-12,2006.

    "Dubai Exhibition Industry," (with Yahia Bassiouni, Colin Butler and Mohammed El
    Adly) presented at the Seventh Annual Research Conference, United Arab
    Emirates University, AI Ain, UAE, April 22-24, 2006.

    "A Retrospective on the Asian Currency Crisis" presented at Brown Bag Seminar
    Department of Economics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC - USA,
    November 17, 2001.

    UAE University Service

    College Committees and Activities:

    • Strategic Planning Committee to the Executive MBA Program- Member, 2007
    • Strategic Planning Steering Committee- Member, 2005
    • Dubai Exhibition Industry Project- Research Team Member, 2005
    • Sulfur-concrete Initial Feasibility Study Project- Research Team Member, 2006

    Department Committees and Activities:
    • Student Affairs Committee- Coordinator, 2006-2007
    • Curriculum Content and Evaluation Committee- Member, 2006-2007
    • Faculty Recruitment Committee- Member 2007
    • Academic Performance Improvement Committee- Member, 2005-2006
    • Instructional Resources and Technology Committee- Member 2005-2006
    • Faculty Recruitment Committee- Member 2006
    • Academic Performance Improvement Committee, Member 2004-2005
    • Instructional Resources and Technology Committee- Member 2004-2005
    • Steering Committee- Economics Week 2007
    • Econ Club (Economics Student Association)
    • Department of Economics and Finance, CBE- UAE University
    • Instructor- Business Plan Workshop, December 2005
    • Department of Economics, CBE- UAE University

    Professional Service

    American Economic Association
    International Trade and Finance Society
    Southern Regional Science Association
    Indonesian Economists Association
    Indonesian Finance Association

    Indonesian Editor, Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA)