Dewi was a deputy chairwoman for oil and gas at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kadin as well as a shareholder in a company in the sector. Her academic qualifications are impressive. She is also a talented singer. She is now a commissioner at MNC Group. This year, she was reinstated as a member of parliament to replace Damayanti Wisnu Putranti, who was accused of corruption by the KPK.
Aviliani Economist Aviliani, 55, is an economist recognized for her independent perspective on affairs. She is also a member of the supervisory body of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kadin. A journalist with Tempo magazine from , it was a significant career jump for the alumna of Padjajaran School of Journalism. Her role as Communications Officer at Bank Bumiputera taught helped her in dealing in matters related to the public.
She is cautious in speaksing to the media to avoid misniterpretation. Itjih Nursalim Entrepreneur Itjih Nursalim is a formidable businesswoman, running the Gadjah Tunggal corporate empire with her husband Sjamsul Nursalim.
Starting from tire manufacturing, she has expanded the business to become one of the largest retail operators in Indonesia with brands such as Starbucks, Zara, Sogo and many others.
The couple also run significant operations in China. Daughter Cherie is involved in numerous conservation efforts including an eco-development in Bali. Armida Alisjahbana Economist, former head of Bappenas Armida, 55, is the daughter of former foreign minister Prof. Mochtar Kusumaatmadja. She is an alumnus of the University of Indonesia and has post-graduate degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Washington, with qualifications in public finance, human resources economics, education and micro-econometrics.
During her term at the National Development Planning Board Bappenas , she was a strong proponent of the need to build strategic infrastructure.
The group operates a range of businesses in construction, energy, manufacturing, building materials and property as well as the original core focus of car dealerships.
In her hands the car dealership network has won more than 40 awards from Toyota Group for its strong performance in eastern Indonesia. The group has a MW power plant in Poso, Central Sulawesi and opened a cocoa factory to produce cocoa powder amid soaring demand for chocolate. She has helped many students with scholarships to attend Bakrie University and short courses on leadership and management.
Shinta Kamdani Advisor to vice president and vice chair of Kadin and Apindo Shinta is known for her views about entrepreneurship and her knowledge of world and economic trends. She has appeared in various international forums as a leading spokeswoman for the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kadin and has established a reputation for tirelessly encouraging women to be more active in business. Along with friends she set up the Angel Fund that helps mentor businesswomen and she is also active in Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia.
Anita Tanjung Chairman of CT Foundation The wife of prominent businessman Chairul Tanjung, Anita is the founder and head of the CT Foundation, which provides scholarships for talented children from disadvantaged families. Like her husband, she is a dentistry graduate from the University of Indonesia. Their daughter, Putri Tanjung, is also active in supporting entrepreneurship education at a school in Batu, East Java.
Meanwhile Putri has her own event organizing business. She holds a BSc from the University of Pennsylvania and formerly worked in the merger and acquisition division and real estate operations of Chase Securities in New York.
The company operates a range of landmark properties in Surabaya and Jakarta. Yanti Sukamdani Chairman of hotel restaurants association Yanti Sukamdani is the daughter of veteran businessman Sukamdani Sahid Gitosardjono, and is active in a number of business organizations, including the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kadin. Yanti is a prominent partner of the Ministry of Tourism, especially in seeking ways to boost the number of tourist arrivals in Indonesia. Svida Alisjahbana Media entrepreneur Femina Group is one of the most established media groups in Indonesia, where Svida has been instrumental in growing the business amid fierce competition, at the same time managing the shift from print to digital.
She took over from her aunt Mirta Kartohadiprodjo and her partners. The family also operates printing company Pustaka Rakyat. At Femina one of her initiatives was the creation of the post of chief community officer CCO , helping readers be more active in business. Before returning to Indonesia she spent four years with GE Capital in Connecticut as corporate finance manager. While minister, she became known for her insistence that national prosperity should be shared between high-capital corporations and low-capital entrepreneurs.
She pushed for closer ASEAN cooperation in building airport infrastructure, providing online visa facilities and promoting trade and investment. Mari, 59, studied at the Australian National University and then earned her doctorate in economics from the University of California at Davis in She was made a professor at the University of Indonesia last year.
She and husband Adi Harsono have two children, Raymond and Arya. This year Mari spoke at the World Economic Forum for ASEAN, pointing out that in the changing technological landscape, regulators and policymakers are stuck in the old world whereas business is already in the new world.
Since then she has stacked up 18 years of experience in the financial and capital market industry, 10 of them at Bahana Securities. She has been responsible for several high-profile transactions, such as privatizations of state-owned enterprises, landmark equity ventures, fixed income offerings, and advisory projects ranging from local corporations to the Indonesian government.
Tinah Bingei Tanoto Tanoto Foundation Undeterred by controversy over allegations that the Royal Golden Eagle RGE is still misusing peat land on its plantations, Tinah Bingei Tanoto, the wife of Sukanto Tanoto, is pushing ahead with the humanitarian activities of the Tanoto Foundation that she founded along with her husband and other members of the family.
Focusing mainly on education and community development programs, the foundation also stresses the generation of new leadership for the future by providing scholarships for students for academic studies and courses to sharpen their capabilities and vision as future leaders.
The foundation also backs cancer research in collaboration with National University of Singapore. Kartini Muljadi Entrepreneur People respect Kartini both as a successful businesswoman and for her contribution to business and corporate law. As a lawyer she advises many local and international business organizations including the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.
As a businesswoman her Tempo Scan Group has grown into a diversified business that has branched out from its initial focus on pharmaceuticals into the food and beverage and lifestyle business. Tantri Onny Bianti Natasha Skincare owner Tantri is tireless in improving her knowledge of skin and facial care, making her Natasha Skin Care a leader in the business of specialist skin and beauty clinics.
With husband Freddy Setyawan, who started out as a doctor as a public health center, her Natasha Skin Care now operates more than beauty clinics throughout Indonesia. She has a small interest in O-Smile, a dental clinic, as well as interests in restaurant and life style business in major cities. The group has also branched out into other areas of medical speciality, including kidney treatment.
Dewi Fortuna Anwar Vice presidential, Adviser, scholar Dewi, 58, plays a strong role in the office of Vice President Jusuf Kalla based on her deep grounding in international and regional politics, civil and military relationships as well as current political affairs.
Born into an academic family, Dewi has a strong interest in research that has made her a prominent figure at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences LIPI , where she is a professor of social science.
She is also director of research at the Habibie Institute. She regularly attends international discussions and seminars on politics, dialogue and other social and political issues.
Harlina Tjandinegara Commissioner Barito Pacific Group Harlina has been a major force in helping her husband Prajogo Pangestu build their company from scratch, then resuscitate it after the crash of its world-beating plywood business, with Barito Pacific re-emerging as a major force in petrochemicals.
She has been active in the company for more than 32 years and has nurtured her children to play a major role in the business. Harlina is active in social work, assisting less fortunate people across the country. She also works alongside fellow businesswomen including optician Lily Kasoem through their Titian Foundation to help empower people in remote areas of Indonesia. Noni Purnomo Blue Bird Group owner Noni become the most responsible person early this year as everybody point their fingers to her as she was alleged to sponsor taxi drivers strike to protest on line taxi applications.
As vice president and Blue Bird spoke person, Noni has to neutralize the allegations and successful to do her job. Noni has a special passion for human resource development, recognizing the significance of employees as a vital ingredient of growth.
As vice president of the Blue Bird Group she is also responsible for strategic planning for future business directions. Another new direction is property, with a resort in Lombok. This year, Noni is targeting new growth despite the clouded economic landscape.
Her daughter Danti Indriastuty Purnamasari is now at the helm of her companies, which include toll road operator PT Citra Marga Nusaphala and a number of investment vehicles. Tutut is known to have extensive business interests both in Indonesia and abroad, although she and the other children of the late President Suharto mostly prefer to remain low-profile.
Rieke Diah Pitaloka Politician, labor activist An outspoken labor movement activist, she has proven her mettle in the game of politics, a change of sorts from her original career as a comedy actress. The party recently moved her to Commission VI overseeing industry. She has also helped State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soewandi to restructure the state-owned sector to become more competitive.
She started her career as a lecturer at the University of Indonesia and has worked at Citibank and as an advisor on economics to the British Embassy in Jakarta. Another brother, Hilmi, has now taken over control of the oil and gas firm, the most prominent private company in its sector in the country, while Yani is a commissioner at Medco Energi and heads a number of subsidiaries.
Last year she was seeking applicants willing to work for a modern rice estate project in Merauke, apparently oblivious of criticism that indigenous people have been victimized.
Bhindawati Gunawan Director of Bank Panin Bhindawati is a senior executive at the Panin Group, a leading financial services company operating in banking, insurance, multi-finance and investment banking. While she is active in many social causes, she rarely appears in the public spotlight. She graduated from the University of San Francisco. Felia Salim Social activist, former banker Felia has had a long and successful career in the banking industry.
From there she returned home to work for Citibank, where she rose to vice president, and then moved to Jardine Fleming Nusantara. Recently Felia has been busy documenting local wisdom in Papua, Sulawesi and Maluku. She started her own law firm in and the global publication Financial Law Review lists it as a top-tier law firm in financial and corporate law.
The brand that she built is still a strong contender in the manufacture and distribution of beauty products and traditional herbal medicines for women, offering a wide range of health, cosmetics, and other services for both domestic and export markets. Married to Prof. Tilaar, their four children now manage the company. She was closely involved in the production of the film of his life, Love and Faith, which hit cinemas early this year. The story of the man brought to Indonesia from China as a baby delighted cinema-goers.
The movie provided insights into the early world of business in Indonesia, where Karmaka built NISP into a strong bank based on a single asset: trust.
Schooled in the arts and etiquette of the royal family, she also learned about herbal medicine and traditional cosmetics. Recently she was awarded the Adiputra Mahapradana Star by President Joko Widodo for her contribution to the community. Tri Mumpuni Social entrepreneur Tri, 51, is executive director of the People-Centered Business and Economic Institute IBEKA , an NGO that works to produce electricity for rural areas, utilizing a microhydro power system that is a renewable, indigenous and non-polluting resource for small-scale energy generation.
The system can typically produce kW of power, which villagers can use to boost their local economies. According to Tri, the sustainability of the project depends heavily upon community ownership of the system.
From Aceh to Kalimantan, Tri has been harnessing power to develop remote areas. Tri also serves as expert staff at the Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources ESDM , initiating the Patriot Energi program which is aimed at recruiting young people to help find ways for remote areas to generate power. She has focused on changing the management, culture and organization of the company and strengthening its domination of the national coffee market.
Karolin, the daughter of West Kalimantan Governor Cornelis MH, earned the backing on her own merits, having demonstrated her political acumen.
She blamed political opponents for spreading the video, which she denied was of her. Feny Djoko Susanto President Alfamart Feny has successfully transformed Alfamart into a modern retail company and now has taken it into the digital era with Alfacart, an e-commerce company with a unique business model.
Profits have doubled and the number of AlfaMart outlets has grown dramatically, with the company now expanding to Malaysia and the Philippines. She served as president director of the company from until and was then appointed president commissioner. Feny gained a bachelor degree in business administration from Ohio State University in , followed by a masters from Cleveland State University. Dian Siswarini President XL-Axiata Dian has fought hard to keep XL-Axiata in the top ranks of the Indonesian mobile telco market and has managed to take the operator into second position after Telkomsel.
The graduate in electrical engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology ITB started out at XL as a radio engineer, working on base transceiver stations.
She held various key positions in network and engineering prior to her appointment as CEO of XL Axiata, including a spell with Axiata in Malaysia as group chief of marketing and operations.
Throughout her career she has believed in the virtues of hard work and the need to accept any kind of challenge. Working in a bank to pay her way through her studies at the Bandung Institute of Technology ITB , on graduation she moved to state-owned PT Rekayasa Industri, a company providing engineering, procurement and construction services.
As a project control engineer, she spent much of her time in the field, with spells in Palembang in South Sumatra, Lhokseumawe in Aceh and Cilegon in Banten, as well as a period in Malaysia. Moving to Jakarta, she handled project management, corporate management, human resources and finance management for the firm. In she was appointed vice president of the corporate strategy unit and in business director.
Rakhee Punjabi with Yenny Rachman. Rakhee Punjabi Entrepreneur Rakhee has long been the power behind the throne of husband Raam Punjabi, with the couple enjoying success in the entertainment business for more than 30 years with a run of soap operas on domestic TV channels through their Multivision Plus production house, which is now setting out in the film business. These days Rakhee has handed her part in the business over to her children to run and dedicates her time to helping the poor through the Art of Living Foundation.
She began work at Metropolitan Kentjana and followed on with a variety of positions across the Ciputra Group of companies. She has been the main driver in Ciputra Surya, a group investment holding company operating in eastern Indonesia. Rina is married to Budiarsa Sastrawinata and the couple has two daughters: Anindya and Lalitya Sastrawinata. She continues to be a staunch advocate for the empowerment of women. Intan made it possible for the state-owned hotel chain to compete with private sector chains.
Along with other colleagues at the DPD, she has struggled to give the institution a stronger voice in governing the country. She also has a strong reputation as a fighter for gender equality and pluralism.
This year, she proposed establishment of a team to look into the recent arrest of DPD chairman Irman Gusman on alleged bribery charges. Many elements of the royal family have rebelled at the idea of a female sultan and her future remains cloudy.
Married to Prince Haryo Wironegoro, the princess is active in several social and wildlife conservation organizations. She also serves as a director of Yogyakarta Tobacco, a company established to provide jobs for the people of Yogyakarta.
She was chosen as the chairwomen of the Yogyakarta Chamber of Commerce in , and works for the development of an economically advanced Yogyakarta. Catherine, with siblings Irene, Peggy, Tonny and Aileen, has developed Ciptadana into a diversified business with interests in petrochemicals and the plastic industry through Dynaplast. The family also has interests in groups including Wings Group, Lippo Group, Mulia and other big names. APEC dan Indonesia. Kompas, 30 September.
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