Sudarno Sumarto is the Team Leader for the RISE Indonesia team based at the SMERU Research Institute where he served as the first Director. He is an economist and currently serves as a Policy Adviser for the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, which shows his strong connection to Indonesian policymakers. He is also a former head of the Statistic Society Forum in Indonesia. He holds a PhD and an MA from Vanderbilt University, both in economics. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) at Stanford University. He has extensive experience in leading large-scale research projects, including a study on teacher absenteeism. He has published a series of refereed articles, books, working papers, and research reports related to education policies, poverty, and social protection. His work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.