GlobeAsia Lists / October 2016
1. Megawati Sukarnoputri
Ruling party chief, former president
Megawati, 68, is still undisputedly the country’s most powerful woman. She served three years as president from 2001-2004 and as the chairwoman of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) she is seen as the driving force of her party’s strong coalition with other political parties to form the Great Indonesia Coalition (KIH) which supports the government in parliament. Although she is often criticized for meddling too much in the appointments of the current administration, Megawati has reiterated that she is not interfering with the president’s policies. This year she inaugurated a leadership school aimed at promoting the leadership capabilities of PDI-P cadres.
2. Iriana Joko Widodo
Iriana has played her role well as First Lady to cement the success of her husband, Joko Widodo. Like President Jokowi a native of Solo, Central Java, Iriana was born on October 1, 1963. She studied economics at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, where she met the young Joko, who was studying forestry. They married in 1986 and moved to Aceh, where Joko worked for PT Kraft Aceh. The couple has three children: Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Kahiyang Ayu and Kaesang Pangarep, who have worked hard to stay out of the spotlight. With her soft approach Iriana is very popular among women of the administration and among Javanese women, who regard her as a symbol of simplicity, beauty, dedication and wisdom. She regularly accompanies her husband on foreign trips, which this year included the G20 conference and ASEAN summit.
3. Mufidah Miad Saad
Wife of VP Jusuf Kalla
As the wife of Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Mufidah Miad Saad is active in accompanying her husband in carrying out various state affairs. Before she became the nation’s ‘second lady’, Mufidah headed social foundations such as the Athirah Teaching Foundation (Yayasan Perguruan Athirah), which was established by her family and which has strong links to the Muhammadiyah school system. A member of West Sumatra’s Minangkabau ethnic group, she was born in the North Sumatran port city of Sibolga on February 12, 1943. She married Jusuf in 1967 and they have five children – Muchlisa, Muswirah, Imelda, Solichin and Chaerani.
4. Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Sri Mulyani, 54, returned to Indonesia to take up the post of finance minister after serving in the high-profile position of World Bank managing director. The tough-talking minister immediately set to work to slice large cuts off the state budget. Her return to Indonesia was welcomed by a jump in market sentiment and President Joko Widodo has pinned his hopes on her adding to the credibility of his administration. Sri Mulyani was born in Tanjung Karang, Lampung on August 26, 1962. She is the seventh child of university lecturers Prof. Satmoko and Retno Sriningsih. She obtained her first degree in economics from the University of Indonesia in 1986 and then a master’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is married to economist Tony Sumartono, with whom she has three children.
5. Rini Soemarno
Rini Soemarno, 57, is a powerful minister who leads Indonesia’s state-owned enterprises. Although her many political rivals pushed for her ouster in the last cabinet reshuffle, she remains in the post with a strong grip on the strategic position. A former CEO of PT Astra International and minister of trade and industry in Megawati’s 2001-2004 cabinet, she has been on the board of the Jakarta Stock Exchange and operated cable TV and motorcycle businesses. Rini was born and educated in the US and is the daughter of Sukarno-era Bank Indonesia governor and finance minister Soemarno. Rini is now overseeing the formation of SOE holding companies aimed at boosting performance in the sector. She has conducted major reforms in many companies, especially those involved in building infrastructure.
6. Puan Maharani
The daughter of former President Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of Sukarno, Indonesia’s founding president, Puan Maharani, 45, is the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture. She is a former faction chief of the powerful Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in the House of Representatives. Although analysts say there have been few ‘breakthrough’ policies, Puan remains unchallenged in her present position. In the PDI-P hierarchy she is the second most powerful politician after Megawati and is generally considered to be Megawati’s successor, although many doubt she has the resilience of her mother.
7. Retno Marsudi
Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi is Indonesia’s first female foreign minister. Born on November 27, 1962 she is a career diplomat who has served as ambassador to the Netherlands and to Norway and Iceland. Born in Semarang, Central Java, Retno graduated in international relations from Gadjah Mada University in 1985. She then gained a master’s degree in European law and policy from The Hague University of Applied Science and followed the Foreign Ministry training program at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. Retno has been implementing a “pro-people” diplomacy, a shift in focus from former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s principle of a “thousand friends, zero enemies.” The new policy is intended to pave the way for more economic opportunities for Indonesia abroad.
8. Tri Rismaharini
Award-winning Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, 56, has made herself a reputation as a tough leader who has done much to change the face of Indonesia’s second city, decorating it with new parks and cleaning up traditional markets. She has provided homes for the under-privileged and rid the city of the annual floods that hurt its economy for so long. Her iconic achievement was to close the notorious Dolly red-light district. Tri’s achievements have earned both national and international praise for promoting the stature of Surabaya as the gateway to East Java. She has refused offers of higher political positions, saying she wants to stay close to the people of Surabaya. But this year, due to her popularity, she is under pressure to run against incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in the upcoming election for Jakarta governor on behalf of her Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.
9. Khofifah I. Parawangsa
NU politician, Social Affairs Minister
Khofifah Indar Parawansa, 51, is Social Affairs Minister in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet. This year she is making sure that the government’s social assistance funding of around Rp8.9 trillion for less developed regions will be properly distributed, among others to Papua, West Papua, Maluku and North Maluku. Khofifah is one of East Java’s leading politicians and an activist who retains considerable influence as head of the women’s movement of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). She was minister for women’s empowerment during the administration of former President Abdurrahman Wahid, and then headed House of Representatives Commission V on trade. She played an important role in Joko Widodo’s victory during the last presidential election.
10. Susi Pudjiastuti
Susi Pudjiastuti is the Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet. She made her name as an entrepreneur through PT ASI Pudjiastuti Marine Products, an exporter of fisheries products, and as the founder of PT ASI Pudjiastuti Aviation, which operates airline Susi Air. She established the airline in 2004, operating from airports in Medan, Kendari, Cilacap, Balikpapan and Jayapura. Twice married and twice divorced, Susi has three children. She has made a name for herself as the country’s most outspoken minister and has made significant breakthroughs in the fisheries sector. Her most daring move has been to sink foreign fishing vessels for operating illegally in Indonesian waters. She is one of the most popular ministers in the cabinet.
11. Hendri Saparini
Presidential adviser and Commissioner of Telkom
Hendri has been president commissioner at Indonesia’s largest telco player PT Telkom since 2015 and has overseen a boost in company revenue to Rp102 trillion at the end of 2015. An economist, Hendri is involved with the Econit Advisory Group and Indonesia Center for Reform on Economics (CORE), two think-tanks that have produced comprehensive studies and reviews on political economics and public policy. She has been critical of the government for failing to prepare properly for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Hendri earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Gadjah Mada University and her masters and doctorate from Tsukuba University in Japan. She has been outspoken since her high school days and established Econit in 1994, together with former minister Rizal Ramli.
12. Yenny Wahid
Zannuba Ariffah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid, more generally known as Yenny Wahid, jumped into politics when her father Abdurrahman Wahid became president in 1999. Before that she worked as a journalist, winning accolades for her work as a correspondent in East Timor and Aceh for Australia’s Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The Harvard University Kennedy School of Government alumnus is married to Dhohir Farisi, a politician from Prabowo Subianto’s Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra). Now 42, Yenny is the director of the Wahid Institute, where she propagates her father’s thinking and the Nahdatul Ulama’s (NU) ideal of moderate Islam and respect for pluralism and peace.
13. Rita Widyasari
Regent Kutai Kartanegara
Rita Widyasari PhD, 42, is the regent of Kutai Kertanegara in East Kalimantan, one of the richest regions in Indonesia. She is the daughter of Syaukani HR, an influential and powerful Golkar Party stalwart whom Rita succeeded in office at the regional election in 2009. Her father passed away last July. The regency has prospered under Rita. Coal-rich, the region is also home to vast palm oil plantations and huge reserves of oil and gas. Rita won re-election last year and is considered the most powerful woman in East Kalimantan. President Joko Widodo awarded her the Satya Lemcana medal, one of the country’s highest honors, last August for her achievements in developing the regency.
14. Eva Kusuma Sundari
Top PDI-P politician
Well-educated and outspoken, Eva Kusuma Sundari, 52, has raised the standard for women politicians in Indonesia. She has a master’s degrees in development studies from not just one but two noted institutions, the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and Britain’s Nottingham University. Eva is a vocal supporter of minority rights, religious freedom and gender equality. While she has often attracted controversy, her opinions resonate with many ordinary Indonesians. Before entering politics, Eva was active with the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (Fitra). She works closely with top party officials within the Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle (PDI-P). She lost her seat as a member of the House of Representatives in the 2014 polls and then served as the party’s spokeswoman until she was reinstated at the House to replace Pramono Anung when he was appointed Cabinet Secretary.
15. Nila F. Moeloek
Professor Nila. F. Moeloek, 66, is the Minister of Health. She earned her medical degree in ophthalmology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia (UI) and became a specialist consultant in ophthalmology in 1998. She then devoted herself to pursuing her PhD, and earned a cum laude degree in 2003. In 2007 she earned her full professorship at UI. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers and five scientific books. Nila Moeloek leads a number of high-profile organizations, including the Indonesian Eye Doctors Association and the Indonesian Cancer Foundation. Her husband is former health minister Faried Anfasa Moeloek. Together they have three children: Muhammad Reiza Moeloek, Puti Alifa Moeloek, and Puti Annisa Moeloek.
16. Petahana Yohana Yembise
Minister for Women Affairs
Yohana Susana Yembise was born in Manokwari, West Papua on October 1, 1958. As the Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, she is the first Papuan woman to have served in an Indonesian cabinet. Before being selected as a minister, she was a professor at Cenderawasih University In Jayapura, Papua, where she gained her undergraduate degree and started her working life as an assistant lecturer. Yohana also studied at the Regional Language Center (RELC), SEAMEO Singapore and earned her master’s degree at Simon Fraser University in Canada. She then earned her PhD from Newcastle University in Australia in 2006. Yohana, married to Leo Danomira, has three children: Marcia, Dina Maria and Bernie. This year she is implementing priority programs aimed at reducing the number of child abuse cases and preventing human trafficking.
17. Veronica Tan Purnama
Veronica Tan, 37, is the wife of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. She is accustomed to supporting her husband’s career in public service, starting from his time as regent of East Belitung. The couple has three children: Nicholas Sean, Natania and Daud. A native of Medan in North Sumatra, Veronica is active in the civil servants’ women’s welfare movement, women’s training programs, the cancer foundation and various charity foundations. She is also active in efforts to promote the arts and the conservation of national heritage.
18. Yenny Andayani
Pertamina Renewable Energy Director
Yenni Andayani has held a series of high-powered positions at state-owned energy company Pertamina, culminating in her appointment in November last year as director of new and renewable energy. Now 50, she is a graduate in law from Parahyangan University in Bandung. She began her career at Pertamina in 1991 and has served in positions including president director of PT Nusantara Gas Company Services in Osaka, Japan, president director of PT Donggi-Senoro LNG from 2009 to 2012 and then as senior vice president for gas and power.
19. Nurhayati Assegaf
Democratic Party deputy chief
The daughter of seasoned politician Ali Assegaf, Nurhayati inherited her father’s prodigious political skills. Now 53, she is currently deputy chairwoman of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party. She was a driving force behind the once-powerful ruling party. Before becoming a lawmaker, she worked as a business and financial consultant for a network of companies from Britain, Canada and Singapore. She also owned PT Srikandi Murni Mandiri, a trading firm which imported asphalt. Nurhayati is known as a smooth communicator within the party and a staunch champion of party unity.
20. Dwikorita Karnawati
Rector Gadjah Mada University
Professor Dwikorita Karnawati became the first woman to hold the position of rector at Gajah Mada University. She was elected in 2014 after she finished her term as vice rector. The prestigious positions the professor of engineering and environmental geology at the university has occupied are numerous. She was Fulbright Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University in the US from 2011 to 2012. In 2003 she was the Leverhulme Professor at the Institute of Advanced Study at Bristol University in Britain. She was also Hitachi Fellowship Researcher in agriculture and technology at Tokyo University in 1997. She commands wide respect, especially among alumni of Gajah Mada University.
21. Airin Rachmi Diany
Mayor South Tangerang
Airin Rachmi Diany Wardana has led South Tangerang since 2011 and won re-election last year with strong support from the Golkar Party. Born in Banjar in West Java on August 28, 1976, she studied at Parahyangan Catholic University where she earned her law degree. Airin, who has a passion for cycling, is an award-winning mayor who has successfully developed South Tangerang to become a sprawling business area and a center of manufacturing as well as a residential area. The region has seen significant economic growth during her term of office although local residents continue to grumble about the state of the roads. She has two children.
Nurhaida, 57, plays a strong role in Indonesia’s financial markets as head of the Indonesian Capital Market and Financial Supervisory Board (Bapepam–LK). As executive director at the institution, Nurhaida has control of all companies and related organizations listed on the capital markets, making sure they obey all rules and regulations governing the financial industry. She is also a member of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) supervisory board. Nurhaida is a seasoned veteran of the Ministry of Finance, which she joined after graduating from the Bandung Institute of Technology in 1989. She also has a MBA from Indiana University.
23. Friderica Widyasari Dewi
Frederica Widyasari Dewi is now a director of Indonesian Central Securities Depository PT Kustodian Sentral Efek Indonesia (KSEI). She was previously a director of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX). Kiki, as she is known, is a former model who became a popular figure in capital market circles. Now she heads the research and financial business development division at KSEI. She will be responsible for coordination between users of KSEI services, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) outside parties and stakeholders in meeting the demands of today’s dynamic capital market.
24. Niken Widyastuti
Director General Kominfo
Rosarita Niken Widyastuti is the former executive director of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) and is now the Director General of Public Information and Communication at the Ministry of Communication and Informatics. Born in Yogyakarta on October 30, 1960, she graduated from Gajah Mada University where she earned both her bachelor and master degrees in social and political science. She has spent most of her career at RRI. This year, Niken received a United Nations Women award for her successful programs in education and empowerment of Indonesian women.
25. Basaria Panjaitan
Commissioner of KPK
Basaria Panjaitan, 57, is the first female commissioner to be appointed to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Her appointment to the KPK tops a long career in law enforcement. The two-star police general is a 1984 alumni of the Police Academy School of Law and she earned her master’s degree in economic law from the University of Indonesia. Her police career included spells as the head of the narcotics division in both Bali and West Java, and as lead investigator for the special crimes directorate of the Criminal Investigation Division of the National Police.
26. Dewi Aryani
Top PDI-P MP, Commissioner MNC Land
Dewi Aryani, 45, possesses strong communication skills and has been outspoken on energy policy at the House of Representatives. She has been a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) since 2008, and has headed both the party’s women’s affairs department and its business department. 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 studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2011 and the following year was awarded a PhD in public policy from the University of Indonesia. 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, 55, is an economist recognized for her independent perspective on affairs. Born in Malang in East Java, she holds a PhD from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) and is an advisor to the Indonesian Governors’ Association as well as an independent commissioner at state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia. She is also a member of the supervisory body of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin). She continues to teach at Paramadina University and banking institute STIE Perbanas, as well as being a prominent TV talk show host. Lately, the economist at the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) has been critical of the government’s economic policy reform program, saying it will not have a significant impact on the current state of the economy.
28. Yuyuk Andriati Iskak
Yuyuk Andriati Iskak is the head of the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) public relations department and is also the spokesperson of the Commission. A journalist with Tempo magazine from 2000-2004, it was a significant career jump for the alumna of Padjajaran School of Journalism. She earned her master’s degree from Trisakti University. Her role as Communications Officer at Bank Bumiputera taught helped her in dealing in matters related to the public. Yuyuk believes good communication skills are needed to provide information especially on the KPK’s performance and findings of corruption investigations. She is cautious in speaksing to the media to avoid misniterpretation. Yuyuk is the first woman ever to be the KPK’s spokesperson.
29. Itjih Nursalim
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.
30. 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. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the Asian Development Bank, AusAID and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). During her term at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), she was a strong proponent of the need to build strategic infrastructure.
31. Fatimah Kalla
Entrepreneur, Kalla Group
Fatimah Kalla became the CEO of the Hadji Kalla business empire in 2004 when her brother Jusuf began his first term as vice president. 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. Fatimah has clear authority to drive the company’s future and is also involved in the family’s social and philanthropic activities in education, healthcare and development initiatives in areas where the group operates. 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 200-MW power plant in Poso, Central Sulawesi and opened a cocoa factory to produce cocoa powder amid soaring demand for chocolate.
32. Tatty Bakrie
Tatty is the wife of the former chairman of Golkar Party, Aburizal Bakrie. She is most active in the family’s social activities, providing funding and encouragement to develop the education sector. Philanthropic vehicles include the Tatty Bakrie Fellowship, Bakrie Education Foundation and Bakrie for the Nation Foundation. She has helped many students with scholarships to attend Bakrie University and short courses on leadership and management. Tatty was Aburizal’s junior at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). The couple has three children: Anindya Novyan Bakrie, Anindhita Anestya Bakrie and Anindra Ardiansyah Bakrie, who are all active in managing the diversified Bakrie Group.
33. 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. She is also active in the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), the Indonesian World Wide Fund and the Young Presidents Organization. Along with friends she set up the Angel Fund that helps mentor businesswomen and she is also active in Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia. She manages Johnny Widjaja’s family business under the Sintesa Group, with interests in property, energy, hospitality and agribusiness.
34. 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. The foundation also works with Bank Mega in the “Mega Berbagi” program, which encourages customers to share their profits for educational and development activities. Other partners include a variety of international organizations such as Family Health International, USAID, UNESCO and Plan International, working on programs including HIV/AIDS and drug eradication initiatives. 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.
35. Irene Tedja
Owner Pakuwon Jati
Irene Tedja, 40, is the daughter of Pakuwon Jati founder Alexander Tedja and who now serves as director at listed PT Pakuwon Jati Tbk., one of Indonesia’s top property management and development companies, based in Surabaya, East Java. 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. She oversees investor relations for the family’s business units in offices, shopping centers, residential real estate and hospitality. The company operates a range of landmark properties in Surabaya and Jakarta. Irene is married to Prajna Murdaya, the eldest son of Murdaya Poo and Siti Hartati Murdaya. This year, Irene is overseeing the operation of Tunjungan Plaza V, Four Points Hotel at Tunjungan City superblock, Ascott serviced apartments at Pakuwon Indah Supermall and Sheraton Hotel at Gandaria City.
36. 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). She studied at Cornell University and is now best known for her work for the hotel industry as president of the Indonesian Hotels & Restaurants Association, the ASEAN Tourism Association for Indonesia and the Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI). Apart from helping with the family’s Sahid Group of hotels, she runs her own business as master franchisee of US fast-food chain Johnny Rockets via her company PT Rianti Investama Internasional. Yanti is a prominent partner of the Ministry of Tourism, especially in seeking ways to boost the number of tourist arrivals in Indonesia.
37. Svida Alisjahbana
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. She graduated in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1998 and went on to gain a MBA from Columbia University in New York. Before returning to Indonesia she spent four years with GE Capital in Connecticut as corporate finance manager. At home in Jakarta, she is a senior member of the business community and is active in women’s empowerment group the Angel Fund.
38. Mari Elka Pangestu
Former Trade Minister
Former Minister of Tourism & Creative Economy Industry Mari Elka Pangestu continues to shine as a national figure well known in both domestic and international business circles. 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 1986. 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.
39. Novita Lubis
CEO Bahana Securities
A graduate of the University of Indonesia Faculty of Economics in 1997, Novita began her career as auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in assurance and business advisory services. 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. She is one of the recipients of the prestigious 2016 Indonesian Women’s Award (API) by the Indonesia-Asia Institute-Ideku Group.
40. Tinah Bingei Tanoto
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. Its activities cover RGE’s geographical spread across the world, including in China, Brazil, Europe and other Asian countries. Tinah was born into the family of cigarette-maker Sumatra Tobacco Trading Company in Binjai, North Sumatra.
41. Kartini Muljadi
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. Her contribution to business law through her law firm Kartini Mulyadi & Rekan has helped improve standards of governance and acted as a driver of sound business regulation. 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.
42. 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 110 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. The strength of the couple’s companies is attributed to the ownership of group properties.
43. 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. Dewi graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and obtained her doctorate from Monash University in Australia. She regularly attends international discussions and seminars on politics, dialogue and other social and political issues.
44. 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. Agus Salim Pangestu now runs the group’s sprawling business activities in petrochemicals, energy, plantations and property and daughter Nancy Pangestu is also active in the business. Harlina is active in social work, assisting less fortunate people across the country.
45. Roosniati Salihin
Deputy President of Bank Panin and Founder Titian Foundation
A veteran banker, Roosniati has helped reshape the Indonesia banking industry and has been a major presence at Panin Bank. She has played a pivotal role in making the bank the sixth largest domestic bank in terms of assets and helped to arrange the partnership with Australia’s ANZ Bank, still a major shareholder. Working as vice president at Panin since 1997, Roosniati survived the tough times of the financial crisis in 1998 and helped to resuscitate Indonesia’s banking industry. She also works alongside fellow businesswomen including optician Lily Kasoem through their Titian Foundation to help empower people in remote areas of Indonesia.
46. 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 is responsible for the management of thousands of drivers and a huge fleet of vehicles as part of her job of making sure the Blue Bird Group, the country’s and Asia’s largest integrated taxi service and logistic business, runs smoothly. 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. The group now partners with Germany’s Ziegler, producing state-of-the-art firefighting vehicles and has its own coach-building operation. Another new direction is property, with a resort in Lombok. This year, Noni is targeting new growth despite the clouded economic landscape.
47. Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana
Entrepreneur, CMNP owner
Tutut, as she’s best known, is running her business from the background and has been busy providing assistance to the poor. 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. Her long-running battle with Hary Tanoesoedibjo saw the Supreme Court rule this year that she was the rightful owner of PT Cipta Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia (CTPI) but it remains unclear whether she can claim back what used to be the TPI television broadcaster, now an integral part of Hary’s MNC TV.
48. 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. She gained her bachelor’s degree in Dutch literature and has a second undergraduate degree from Driyakarya School of Philosophy and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Indonesia, which she completed in 2007. Her dissertation became the book “State Violence Infects the Public” (Kekerasan Negara Menular ke Masyarakat). She is a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which she has represented in the House of Representatives since 2009. The party recently moved her to Commission VI overseeing industry.
49. Destry Damayanti
Economist, ministerial advisor
After successfully heading the selection panel for new leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) last year, Destry Damanty was appointed a member of the board of commissioners of the Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS). Before joined LPS, Destry was an economist at Bank Mandiri and led the Mandiri Institute, an advisory body set up by the major state-owned bank. 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.
50. Yani Panigoro
Yani developed expertise in the empowerment of small and medium enterprises through a venture capital operation before she joined her brother Arifin’s Medco Group in 1994. 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. She graduated in electrical engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology in 1975 and received a master’s degree in management from the Bandung Graduate School of Management in 1997. 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. This year, as a director of Medco’s holding company, Yani called on employees to apply budget efficiency, improve human resources and be more creative and innovative in order to compete.
51. 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. After a career at a number of international banks, the daughter of Panin Group founder Mu’min Ali Gunawan now occupies a number of important positions in the group. Currently she is vice president at both Asuransi Multi Artha Guna (MAG) and at publicly listed Panin Financial. While she is active in many social causes, she rarely appears in the public spotlight. She graduated from the University of San Francisco.
52. Felia Salim
Social activist, former banker
Felia has had a long and successful career in the banking industry. Earning a bachelor of economics and a master’s degree in politics from Carleton University in Canada, Felia began her career at the United Nations. From there she returned home to work for Citibank, where she rose to vice president, and then moved to Jardine Fleming Nusantara. In 1999, she was appointed a director of the then-Jakarta Stock Exchange, and then as chairwoman of the secretariat of the Committee on Financial Sector Policy (KKSK). That was followed by a posting as deputy chair of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA). Her last position in banking was vice president of Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI). Felia is the daughter of Ferdy Salim, a former top Indonesian diplomat, and grand-daughter of former foreign minister Haji Agus Salim. Recently Felia has been busy documenting local wisdom in Papua, Sulawesi and Maluku.
53. Melli Darsa
Founder Melli Darsa Law, Head of ILUNI FHUI
Melli is a member of the top ranks of Indonesia’s lawyers, specializing in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate finance, litigation and dispute resolution. Elected as head of alumni at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) Law Faculty from 2012-2015, she is a regular speaker at forums on the law and business. Melli gained her first degree in law from UI in 1990 and went on to earn her master’s degree from Harvard Law School in 1994. She has been practicing as a lawyer for more than 25 years with law firms such as Makarim & Taira S and Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington DC. She started her own law firm in 2002 and the global publication Financial Law Review lists it as a top-tier law firm in financial and corporate law. Melli works pro bono at the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Jakarta.
54. Martha Tilaar
Born Martha Handana in Kebumen, Central Java on November 4, 1937, Martha continues to actively promote social entrepreneurship for women. 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. H.A.R. Tilaar, their four children now manage the company. She was recently honored by President Joko Widodo with the Parama Dharma Medal for her contribution to Indonesian culture.
55. Parwati Surjaudaja
Parwati has been president director of Bank OCBC NISP since 2008 and has dedicated her career to promoting the values that her father Karmaka Surjaudaja established during his rise from modest beginnings to control one of the country’s most successful mid-size banks. 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. Parwati continues to head the bank, after selling a majority stake to Singapore’s OCBC so that it could expand. She earned a science degree from the University of San Francisco in 1985, followed by an MBA in 1987.
56. Mooryati Soedibjo
As one of the granddaughters of Sri Susuhunan Pakoeboewono X, Mooryati was raised in the traditions of the palace of Surakarta in Central Java. Schooled in the arts and etiquette of the royal family, she also learned about herbal medicine and traditional cosmetics. This knowledge became her starting capital when she decided to go into business, founding Mustika Ratu, also known as “The Royal Heritage.” Now 88, she is still actively promoting her business and she continues to manage the annual Miss Indonesia beauty pageant. Moving into politics, she served as a deputy chair of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) for the 2004-2009 period. Recently she was awarded the Adiputra Mahapradana Star by President Joko Widodo for her contribution to the community.
57. Tri Mumpuni
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 5-100 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.
58. Ihsan Mulia Putri
Owner Kapal Api
Ihsan Mulia Putri was vice president at JP Morgan Chase Bank in Singapore when she was called back to Indonesia by her family in 2009 to become CEO of the Kapal Api Group. She is the third generation to lead the family-owned business but has been given the task of transforming it into a professional company with multinational standards. She has focused on changing the management, culture and organization of the company and strengthening its domination of the national coffee market. She has expanded the group’s Excelso café outlets and exported them overseas to cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei.
59. Karolin Margret
Karoline has shown strong capabilities as a politician. Karolin earned the distinction of winning the most votes at the 2014 election, with 397,481 voters backing her to retain her seat at the House of Representatives (DPR) for the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Karolin, the daughter of West Kalimantan Governor Cornelis MH, earned the backing on her own merits, having demonstrated her political acumen. A graduate in medicine from Jakarta’s Atmajaya University, the 34-year-old has learned that politics can be a dirty business, with a saucy video that circulated on the internet becoming the subject of an ethics inquiry at the House. She blamed political opponents for spreading the video, which she denied was of her. Karolin’s fans remained loyal, and she was recently elected chairwoman of Catholic Youth (Pemuda Katolik) at its congress in Batam.
60. Feny Djoko Susanto
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. As chair of the board of Indonesia’s biggest chain of mini-market retail outlets, Feny’s contribution has helped PT Sumber Alfaria Trijaya grow exponentially over the past few years. 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 2012 until 2014 and was then appointed president commissioner. Feny gained a bachelor degree in business administration from Ohio State University in 1997, followed by a masters from Cleveland State University.
61. Dian Siswarini
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. She has successfully restructured dollar-based debt taken on when XL was bought up by Malaysia’s Axiata Group. The 1991 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. She is a 2013 graduate of the executive program at the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
62. Nicke Widyawati
Director of PLN
Nicke has shown her leadership capabilities in the state-owned sector. 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 2007 she was appointed vice president of the corporate strategy unit and in 2010 business director. In early 2014 she left Rekayasa Industri to become president director of PT Mega Eltra, a subsidiary of fertilizer producer PT Pupuk Indonesia but before the year was out she was appointed a director at PT PLN.
63. Rakhee Punjabi
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. Many figures in Indonesia’s entertainment world credit her as a major role as their mentor. 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.
64. Rina Ciputra
Filling the footsteps of the country’s pioneering property developer, Ciputra, was never going to be east but his eldest daughter Rina has shown her own leadership skills to lead Ciputra Group, a major property player both in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia. She credits her parents’ guidance as the foundation of her talents and she has worked her way to the top. Now 61, she joined the company in 1981 after gaining an MBA from Claremont Graduate School in Los Angeles. 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. Both are being groomed to play a role in the business group’s activities.
65. Meutia Hatta
Presidential Advisor Education and Culture
Meutia Hatta, 69, was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council (Wantimpres under former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, tasked with concentrating on education and culture. The daughter of Indonesia’s first vice president, Mohammad Hatta, she has been involved in education since 1984 as a lecturer in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Indonesia (UI), later becoming the head of the diploma program. In 2003 she became the deputy minister of culture and tourism and a year later was appointed minister of women’s empowerment. She continues to be a staunch advocate for the empowerment of women.
66. Intan Abdams Katoppo
President PT Hotels Indonesia
Intan is the former president director of state-owned hotel chain PT Hotel Indonesia Natour. She worked to rebuild the reputation of the company’s properties, refurbishing existing properties and building a number of new ones. The landmark Inna Hotel in Bali was the venue for the APEC conference in 2013 and there are now 12 properties in the Inna portfolio. Intan made it possible for the state-owned hotel chain to compete with private sector chains. She earlier worked at Bimantara Group, the Jakarta Stock Exchange and Bank BNI. This year, following a shareholders’ meeting, Intan was replaced by Iswandi Said.
67. Kanjeng Ratu Hemas
Politician, Yogyakarta Sultan’s wife
Kanjeng Ratu Hemas has been in the spotlight for many years through her position as the wife of Sultan Hamengkubawana X, ruler of Yogyakarta. She is also in politics as a member of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), where she is the deputy chair. 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.
68. Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Mangkubumi
Crown Princess of Yogyakarta
Born Gusti Raden Ajeng Nurmalita Sari on February 24, 1972, the eldest daughter of the Sultan of Yogyakarta has found herself the subject of heated controversy after she was named her father’s successor. 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 2015, and works for the development of an economically advanced Yogyakarta.
69. Catherine Hambali
Catherine, the president director of the Ciptadana Group, is a strong presence in Indonesia’s financial services industry. She played an important role in the financial industry’s evolution, supporting the growth of business in Indonesia. 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. Ciptadana Group is involved in a wide range of financial market activities, including securities, brokerage and underwriting as well as asset management. Ciptadana’s units have won many awards over the past two decades.
70. Putri Kuswisnu Wardani
CEO Mustika Ratu
Putri is the daughter of Mooryati Soedibjo, a pioneer of the women’s healthcare products industry, and has demonstrated her business acumen in pushing Mustika Ratu to become a modern business organization. Now 57, she has been working at the company since 1988 and took full control from her mother in 2011. She is very active in professional organizations. She is chairwoman of the Indonesia Brand Association (AMIN), the Small Traders Association (APPSI) and is deputy chair of the Indonesian Jamu Association (GP JAMU). She also oversees the creative economy department of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) and is deputy chair of the traditional industry department at the Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Kadin). Putri earned her MBA from National University in Inglewood, California. Putri has also demonstrated a commitment to politics, backing Joko Widodo’s run for the presidency in 2014.
71. Susiawati Hutomo
Susy Hutomo is the daughter of Matahari department store founder Harry Darmawan. She controls retail businesses through her PT Tozy Bontang Sentosa, operating The Body Shop franchise and the middle-class focused Centro department stores. She also runs the Pacific Place branch of Jakarta’s famed KemChicks supermarket in a joint venture with the heirs of the late supermarket entrepreneur Bob Sadino. Known as both an entrepreneur and social activist, Susy incorporates the principles of culture and care for the environment in her business activities and also campaigns against human trafficking. Susy is married to Hutomo Mugi Santoso.
72. Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal
Banda Aceh Mayor
The first female mayor of Banda Aceh, Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal is also the first woman to become a local government leader in the patriarchal society of Aceh. A Banda Aceh native born on December 31, 1973, she was originally elected as deputy mayor, but became acting mayor when Mawardy Nurdin died on February 8 due to kidney failure and heart disease. She was inaugurated as the mayor in June 2014 and will serve until 2017. Currently she is securing support to run for re-election from political parties. She is no supporter of women’s rights: she condemned a fashion show last February when models wore tank tops, mini-skirts and other tight clothes and did not wear the mandatory headscarves on the catwalk. Illiza had the event cancelled and declared it not in line with Islamic principles.
73. Catharina Widjaja
Executive Gajah Tunggal
An already seasoned businesswoman before joining Gajah Tunggal Group, the country’s leading tire maker, she has worked with multinational companies including HSBC and Deutsche Bank. She received a MSc in control engineering from the University of Bradford in 1986, a year after graduating from a course in mathematics and its applications at Sheffield Polytechnic. She also has a post-graduate diploma in mathematics, statistics and computer studies from Leeds Polytechnic. Her contributions have led Gajah Tunggal to enjoy significant growth despite the current lack-luster market.
74. Liliana Tanoesoedibjo
Commissioner RCTI, Miss World Organization
The wife of media conglomerate and Indonesian United Party (Perindo) founder Hary Tanoesoedibjo has been the great woman behind the man for 15 years. Born in Surabaya on March 15, 1967, the graduate of Canada’s Carleton University holds senior positions within the MNC Group of companies including TV broadcaster RCTI, PT Global Land Development, PT Star Media Nusantara, PT MNC Pictures, PT Global Star Harvest and PT Media Persahabatan Indonesia. With her husband’s venture into the world of politics, she is again backing him as the founder of the party’s women’s wing, Kartini Perindo. She is the founder of the Miss Indonesia Foundation.
75. Bernadette Ruth Setiady
President Kalbe Farma Group
Ruth has been at the center of the transformation of the Kalbe Farma group since she took up the position in 2008. By consolidating the scattered family businesses into a single holding company, the group has now grown beyond its roots as a pharmaceutical producer to become a consumer goods company and is now expanding into ASEAN with its hundreds of product lines. She earned her masters from Cornell University in food science. The company seems to have been unaffected by the economic downturn this year. Kalbe owns more than 20 subsidiaries and employs 17.000 people.
76. Fathema Djan Rachmat
CEO Pelni Hospital
Dr. Fathema Djan Rachmat is the woman behind the rebirth of Pelni Hospital, realizing her vision to make the hospital a cutting-edge healthcare provider. She is the former head of the surgery department at the University of Indonesia Faculty of Medicine. She has served as head surgeon at Cipto Manungkusumo Hospital and as a commissioner of the Jakarta Heart Center. She had extensive training in hospital management at Singapore Management University. She is one of several recipients of the Indonesian Women’s Award (API).
77. Elizabeth Sindoro
Elizabeth Sindoro is the second generation of the family behind the Dan Liris textile business. She is leading the company’s expansion and driving its transformation into a modern company. She is currently developing 550 hectares of land at Bumi Serpong Damai on the southwestern border of Jakarta. Elisabeth has solid experience in business and leadership after initially becoming president director at PT Netlink Indonesia and vice president of the national network division at the former Lippo Bank. She is president commissioner at Paramount Group, a property developer responsible for the Paramount Skyline Complex, Bethsaida Hospital and Hotel Fame in Serpong and which is now expanding to Semarang. She continues to manage the family textile business and keeps busy with philanthropic work at the Rotary Club.
78. Elza Syarief
Lawyer, politician, businesswoman
Elza gained attention as a lawyer when she became the defense lawyer for the late President Suharto’s son ‘Tommy’ Hutomo Mandala Putra. She was mentored by another famous lawyer; O.C. Kaligis, before deciding to open her own law firm. She has a master’s degree and PhD in law from Bandung’s Padjajaran University and is married to former senior Navy officer H. Yuswaji. She and her family have concessions to mine iron sand and andesite in Sumatra and West Nusa Tenggara. Now 59, she is still active as a lawyer and represents several well-known public figures.
79. Metta Murdaya
Metta is the daughter of tycoon Murdaya Poo and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and New York University. Her father asked her to return home to help with the family business, but she decided to go her own way. Along with friends Jill Sung, Tammy Chuang and Yoshiko Roth, she launched the ‘Juara’ brand of skin care products targeting well-heeled customers. The brand combines the traditional herbal remedy (jamu) of Indonesia with modern skin care techniques. She currently is working with an angel investment network to fund and educate new entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.
80. Janti Komadjaja
President Total Bangun Persada
Janti joined Total Bangun Persada as an estimator in 1992 and worked her way up to the position of associate director from 2001 to 2003 after participation in various projects. She was appointed president director in 2009. The University of Southern California graduate holds a master of science in construction management and is known to be undaunted by projects of any size. Her reputation led to cooperation between her company and PT Lippo Karawaci in the Global Smart City-Millennium Village project. Her acumen in business has helped the company to continue to grow despite the slow economy.
81. Wiwiek Dianawati Santoso
President Astra toll road company
Wiwiek Dianawati Santoso is president director of PT Marga Mandalasakti (MMS), founded by the Astra Group in 1989. The company operates several toll roads, including the 72.45-km road starting from West Tangerang on Jakarta’s western outskirts to Merak, Java’s port on the Sunda Strait. MMS has handled projects such as the Kertosono-Mojokerto and Kunciran-Serpong toll roads. With the current government keen to boost infrastructure, she is confident that the target of building 1,000 km of toll roads by 2019 is feasible, starting with the Rp48 trillion, 434-km Trans-Sumatra toll.
82. Wendy Yap
Owner, Sari Roti
Wendy began her career as president of her father’s real estate business in the US after she earned her bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Melbourne. The experience motivated her and in 1995 she co-founded PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo. The business now produces over 4.2 million pieces of Sari Roti bread per day in 10 factories across Indonesia and has grown its revenue faster than most companies in Asia. Today the company continues to enjoy a flourishing business under Wendy’s stewardship.
83. Tience Sumartini
Born in Sukabumi on August 1, 1954, Tience’s passion for flying led her to open the groundbreaking Bali International Flight Academy (BIFA), a flying school which garnered almost overnight success with its ability to deliver a much-needed supply of qualified pilots in Indonesia. In addition to running BIFA, Tience is also an angel investor along with other powerful women grouped in ANGIN, the female-oriented angel network fund run by the Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI). The network is currently looking for new avenues for investment, and working to assist small start-up business ventures by women.
84. Ivy Kamadjaja
Hand-in-hand with brother Ivan at Kamadjaja Logistic, Ivy has built the company into a significant player in the industry as one of the most integrated businesses in its field. Modern information and technology systems are at the core of the operation to ensure efficiency. Early this year the company moved to develop a bonded zone warehouse that creates a one-stop service for industry for goods that earlier had to be sourced at higher prices from Malaysia or Singapore. Ivy graduated in marketing and management from the University of Technology, Sydney and then went to work for Bank Central Asia, where she stayed until her parents called on her to help grow the family business.
85. Medina Latief-Harjani
CEO Pasar Raya
The 46-year-old has excelled in the retail business since she was appointed by her father, former manpower minister Abdul Latief, as president director of Pasaraya in 2011. She has introduced a range of changes at what was a flagging property, turning it into a family lifestyle experience. Although happy to sell international brands, Medina’s primary focus is on local products. She believes that there is still plenty of room for retail space to grow in Indonesia, despite what appears to be a crowded market. Medina holds an economics degree from Trisakti University and an MBA from San Francisco’s Lincoln University. Before joining her father’s firm she worked as internal audit, securities, and retail banking manager with HSBC.
86. Junita Ciputra
A daughter of property tycoon Ciputra, Junita joined his Ciputra Group as finance manager soon after she received a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, building on her bachelor degree earned at the University of San Francisco. From 1990 to 1996 she worked as a director of PT Ciputra Development Tbk., and since 2002 she has been a director of PT Ciputra Surya Tbk. She has also been active in the group’s CSR program. Her recent ventures have been focused on creating initiatives for new entrepreneurs and start-up business. Recently she and Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama inaugurated the Integrated Child-Friendly Public Space (RPATRA).
87. Shinta Dhanuwardoyo
Shinta founded the Bubu.com digital agency in 1996 when the internet was still in its infancy. She went on to organize the nation’s first web design/digital campaign awards, the Bubu Awards. She hosted Indonesia’s largest ever digital event, the IDBYTE, inviting speakers from Facebook, Amazon, Google, LinkedIn, eBay and RIM on one stage. Angel investing is her current passion, equipping fresh talent not just with funding but also connections to Silicon Valley. Last year, Shinta and her team went on a four-city tour to Yogyakarta, Malang, Bandung and Jakarta to scout for the brightest start-up talents worthy of the Bubu Awards. She is currently head of the permanent committee for online at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and co-chair of the Indonesian Mobile Marketing Association. Her own company has evolved into Indonesia’s leading digital media agency.
88. Carmelita Hartoto
Owner of Andhika Lines
Born in Surabaya, Carmelita is the chairwomen of the Indonesia National Shipowners Association (INSA) and vice chairman for transportation at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). She joined the family’s shipping business PT Andhika Group after her father Hartoto Hardikusumo passed away in 1994, just after she returned to Indonesia after post-graduate studies in finance in London. Starting off as commissioner, she shined in the male-dominated industry and in 2005 she became the company’s CEO. In 2011 she was elected chairwoman of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association. She is currently working with President Joko Widodo on his plans to improve the country’s maritime logistics infrastructure.
89. Rita Subowo
Adviser SEA Games
Rita Sri Wahyusih Subowo, born on June 27, 1948 in Yogyakarta, is the former president of the Indonesian Olympics Committee. After completing a maximum term in the position, she was replaced in that role last year by Erick Thohir, the president of Inter Milan Football Club. She has long been a powerful figure in the Indonesian sporting world, heading the National Sports Committee (KONI) from 2007 to 2011. Her prominent role has at times brought criticism, such as after Indonesia’s failure in the last Asian Games in Singapore. Her long experience in sports organizations and her membership of the executive board of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) nevertheless led her to be nominated by the minister of youth and sports as a senior adviser for the upcoming SEA Games which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.
90. Lily Widjaja
Lily, 59, was a commissioner of the Indonesian Stock Exchange in the early 2000s, and chairwoman of the Association of Indonesian Securities Companies (APEI) between 2005 and 2014. She has also worked with PT Merrill Lynch Indonesia. Lily holds a degree in business, specializing in accounting, from Tamkang University in Taipei, and worked at Barito Pacific Group before starting her career in the capital markets with Baring Securities Indonesia in 1991.
91. Mira Lesmana
Her name has been synonymous with the Indonesian film industry for close to two decades. Her movies have never failed to draw crowds. The daughter of famed musician Jack Lesmana and sister to jazz pianist Indra Lesmana was an avid movie-goer in her youth, She then studied at Jakarta Art Institute earning her degree in directing in 1985. Her film debut, a directing role in the 1998 movie Kuldesak, and her second Petualangan Sherina (Sherina’s Adventure - 2000) established her reputation as a director of note. Her latest film production is Athirah, a biopic about Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s mother.
92. Nita Yudi
President Business Women’s Association
Born Diyah Anita Prihapsari on 22 June 1964, she is a businesswoman and leader of the Indonesian Business Women’s Association (IWAPI). Nita holds a degree in landscape architecture and environment from Trisakti University. Her business acumen was nurtured from the time she was a college student. She now owns diversified businesses, including advertising, food and beverages operations and a general contractor business with a staff of all women. Through IWAPI she empowers over 40,000 members, the majority of them operators of SMEs, with skills such as management training and access to financial and business networks.
93. Denise Tjokrosaputro
Media, hotel, lifestyle entrepreneur
Denise is the eldest child of the late Handiman Tjokorsaputro and Liza Sindoro, the owners of Batik Keris, one of the largest batik-makers in the country. After five years working in the family’s garment business, she set out to make her own mark in the business world and set up publishing company Milestone Pacific Group (MPG). MPG Media now manages 16 publications, divided into three categories: luxury, lifestyle, and home and design. Denise and husband Julius Ruslan also own the MaxOne hotel chain, Level 8 advertising and a modelling agency. Denise has a bachelor’s degree in textiles from Philadelphia University and a masters in finance from George Washington University. This year, she launched the local franchise of Virgin Radio, aimed at the 18-35 age group.
94. Connie Rahakundini Bakrie
Entrepreneur, military analyst
Connie is a rare intellectual woman who has strong passion and knowledge about defense and military. She has been one of the the most quoted sources to get a comprehensive view on Indonesia’s military potential. Trained in art and design at Billy Blue College, Sydney, she studied politics and later become a specialist in military and defense. Connie was a researcher at Institute of National Security Studies (INNS) based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She also teaches at Indonesian universities. She speaks regularly at international forums in the field of military and defense. Connis’s father Dr Bakrie Arbie was a famous scientist who promoted nuclear power energy. Connie got her master’s degree from Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
95. Veronica Colondam
Veronica has made the Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation (YCAB) a prestigious social organization, ranking 49th in the Top NGO Awards from Swiss-based NGO Advisor Geneva this year. The foundation concentrates on empowerment of woman through assistance with microfinance. According to its annual report YCAB has provided soft skill training for more than 2 million young people, provided micro loans for more than 60,000 women, developed more than 66 learning centers and engaged in other social activities that give both direct and indirect impacts to the community. She is helped by husband Peter Tanuri, a businessman who operates publicly listed PT Multi Strada Sarana. She graduated from Imperial College London and the Executive Education program at Harvard University in 2009.
96. Anna Sophanah
Anna, 58, is the regent of Indramayu and former head of the Regional Representatives Council of Indramayu. She is the wife of the former regent of Indramayu, Irianto MS Syafiuddin, and while he was running the regency she took charge of the Family Welfare Movement in Indramayu. Backed for election by the Golkar Party, she recently switched her allegiance to the National Democrat Party (Nasdem). This year, Anna received the Indonesian Inspiring Women 2016 award for her role in eradicating prostitution in the coastal regency of Indramayu.
97. Betty Alisjahbana
Betty started her career at IBM as a management trainee and climbed the ladder of success to a prominent position within the company. She was general manager for IBM ASEAN and South Asia from 1996-1998, and between 2000-2008 she became the CEO of IBM Indonesia - the first woman in the Asia-Pacific region to become country manager for the technology company. After 24 years, she left the company in 2008 and founded QB International, which focuses on the creative industry. She was appointed a member of the Corruption Eradication Committee’s (KPK) leadership selection committee in 2015. Betty holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Bandung Institute of Technology.
98. Christina Liem
Owner Harita Securities
Christina is a member of the Lim family, controllers of the Harita Group, with core businesses in the natural resources sector, including nickel and bauxite mining, palm oil plantations, shipping, timber and coal. Christina operates Harita Securities, which she developed from a small brokerage to achieve the Best Securities Company award in the asset category from Investor magazine. In 2012 she was named head of investor relations at Bumitama Agri Ltd., the family’s oil plantation company, which is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
99. Liliyana Natsir
Athlete, Olympic Gold Winner
Liliyana Natsir or popularly known as Butet achieved her dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil this year. Butet with her partner Ahmad Tontowi won the title after beating Malaysian team Chang Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying. Butet has won different competitions since started her professional career at the badminton training center PB Tangkas. Born in Manado North Sulawesi, 31 year old Butet previously won a silver medal at the London Olympics also with Tontowi.
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