Elizabeth Pisani asks questions for a living. She first turned her interest to Indonesia as a correspondent for Reuters and The Economist from 1988 to 1991. Then she studied epidemiology and returned to work with Indonesia’s Ministry of Health from 2001 to 2005, researching HIV among sex workers, drug injectors, and gay men in the country’s major cities. Her book about the global AIDS industry, The Wisdom of Whores (Granta, 2008) draws on that experience.
Elizabeth spent 2012 travelling the archipelago out of sheer curiousity. She has degrees in Classical Chinese, Medical Demography and Infectious Disease Epidemiology and speaks several languages, including Indonesian.