Ia mengepakkan kedua sayapnya berkelana di alam bebas. Sesekali ia menukik ke sungai melepas dahaga, syukur-syukur ada ikan di permukaan sekedar untuk mengisi perut yang kosong. Ia tak pernah menimbun makanan, apalagi menyiapkannya untuk anak-cucu tujuh turunan. Kapan pun hendak melepas penat, ia bebas memilih dahan yang dihinggapi. Tak terbayangnya olehnya hidup di sangkar, walau sangkar emas sekalipun.
Faisal Basri is currently senior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia and Chief of Advisory Board of Indonesia Research & Strategic Analysis (IRSA). His area of expertise and discipline covers Economics, Political Economy, and Economic Development.
His prior engagement includes Economic Adviser to the President of Republic of Indonesia on economic affairs (2000); Head of the Department of Economics and Development Studies, Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia (1995-98); and Director of Institute for Economic and Social Research at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia (1993-1995), the Commissioner of the Supervisory Commission for Business Competition (2000-2006); Rector, Perbanas Business School (1999-2003).
He was the founder of the National Mandate Party where he was served in the Party as the first Secretary General and then the Deputy Chairman responsible for research and development. He quit the Party in January 2001. He has actively been involved in several NGOs, among others is The Indonesian Movement.
Faisal Basri was educated at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia where he received his BA in 1985 and graduated with an MA in economics from Vanderbilt University, USA, in 1988.