Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti was graduated in 1964 from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia and holds a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 1980. He began his career as a teaching assistant and research assistant at LPEM FEBUI (1961-1962). Later on, he was appointed subsequently as the Deputy Head of Research, Head of the Laboratory of Computational University of Indonesia (1973-1974), Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (1989-1991 and 1992-1994), and as Professor of University of Indonesia in the field of Economic Planning (1993). He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia (1994-997).
In 1998, Dorodjatun appointed as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Indonesia for the United States. He also serves as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador for Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and St. Lucia & Grenada Republic, which are located in the Caribbean Sea region.
During the leadership of Abdurrahman Wahid, Dorodjatun was offered a job to become Minister for Economic Affairs, which he later refused. In 2001, he was offered the job again, and finally accepted and was appointed by President Megawati Sukarnoputri as the Coordinating Minister for the Economy in August 2001. His appointment as Minister for Economic Affairs was greeted positively by the market. In fact, because of his popularity, Cabinet Gotong Royong’s economic team led by him was called by others as ‘The Dream Team’. Dorodjatun focus on three major national economic recovery program: decreasing foreign debt, promoting regional decentralization, and dealing with unemployment.
In 2005, he was appointed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the Co-Chair of ‘Panel 45’ to formulate the position of Indonesia in the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations (2005). He served as a member of the Advisory Board LEMHANNAS RI (2006-2010). He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Economics in University of Indonesia.