Syaikhu Usman is a Senior Researcher on the RISE Indonesia team and Senior Research Fellow at SMERU. He has a doctorate in development sociology and a master’s degree in rural sociology, both from Cornell University in the USA. Prior to joining SMERU, he worked as a researcher and consultant for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Centre for Policy and Implementation Studies, and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. He has also worked as a lecturer and researcher at Sriwijaya University, Indonesia. His research experience in education includes "Teacher Absenteeism and Early Childhood Development (ECD) Strategy Study". He has also conducted various research projects on poverty alleviation, including "The Development of Poverty Alleviation Toolkit: Promoting Poverty Mainstreaming into Practice"; and "Monitoring the Sustainable Livelihood Pilot under the Master Plan for Acceleration and Expansion of Poverty Reduction (MP3KI)".