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Mari Elka Pangestu

Bachelor of Economics (Hons) ANU 1979
Master of Economics ANU 1981

Career highlights

  • Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia,2011-present
  • Trade Minister, Republic of Indonesia, (one of four women in Cabinet) (2004-current)
  • Co-Chairperson, with Jeffrey Sachs, UN Millennium Project on Poverty (2003-2005)
  • Member of Global Leaders for Tomorrow, World Economic Forum(1999-2003)
  • Activist in economic deregulation and reform movement, Indonesia(1986-2004)
  • Selected as one of 100 Potential Leaders in Asia, "Business Week" (1998)
  • First Indonesian female to obtain a PhD in Economics, University of California, Davis (1986)

Career philosophy

"Leadership requires a belief in what is right, the courage to take risks and lead the way to achieve this belief. Leadership also requires humility to admit and correct mistakes, as well as to continuously seek inputs."

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