Before joining ICG as Indonesia Project Director, Sidney Jones was executive director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch from 1989 to 2002. An Indonesia specialist with twenty years' experience working in and on the country, she also served as director of the Human Rights Office of the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor from December 1999 to July 2000.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Ms. Jones was the Indonesia and Philippines researcher at Amnesty International in London. From 1977 to 1984, she was a program officer with the Ford Foundation, first in Jakarta, later in New York. During this time, she also studied Islam and politics in Indonesia, living in a traditional Muslim boarding school in East Java. She holds degrees in Oriental Studies and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and spent a year at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran. Ms. Jones has written extensively on human rights in Asia with a particular focus on Indonesia and East Timor. She appears frequently as a television and radio commentator on Asian issues.