GlobeAsia Lists / October 2018
Agnes Monica Muljoto, who has adopted the stage name Agnez Mo, has become known internationally as a singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Jakarta on July 1, 1986, she made her entertainment industry debut with a children's album in 1992. She has since evolved from a cheery girl into a confident, energetic young woman who burst onto the global music scene in 2013. She has been at the center of the public's attention following her latest album "Overdose" – a collaboration with American rapper Chris Brown. Agnes appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine following her success in the United States.
Maulidia Octavia, who goes by the stage name Via Vallen, is currently Indonesia's top dangdut singer. She gained prominence after singing the official 2018 Asian Games theme song, "Meraih Bintang" ("Reaching for the Stars"), which caught the attention of millions. Via has taken the music genre to another level. She kicked off her music career in 2015, at age 15, with the release of her first single, "Selingkuh" ("Love Affair"). Another single, "Sayang" ("My Dearest"), is her most popular song, with the official video having attracted more than 100 million views on YouTube, making it the second-most-viewed Indonesian music video of 2017.
The former presenter of the Mandarin-language news program Xinwen on Metro TV has shifted her career to the cinema industry. She became corporate secretary of Indonesia's biggest movie theater franchise, Cinema XXI, in 2011. Catherine graduated from Atma Jaya Catholic University in Jakarta, majoring in English literature. She is an 11-year veteran of the journalism world.
Putri Indahsari Tanjung
Despite being the daughter of tycoon Chairul Tanjung, one of Indonesia's most prominent business figures, Putri Indahsari Tanjung has not been idle. She has been building her own event-organizer business since graduating in 2011. Numerous businesses initially rejected her unique concept of combining talk shows with social events, but the 22-year-old's tenacity finally paid off when she successfully hosted Mandiri Creativepreneur, a talk show for aspiring young entrepreneurs.
Sonia Fergina Citra
Putri Indonesia 2018, Sonia Fergina Citra, will represent the country at Miss Universe 2018, scheduled to take place in Bangkok on Dec. 17, after winning this year's Putri Indonesia beauty pageant. Born in Tanjung Pandan, Bangka-Belitung, on April 27, 1993, she is the youngest of six siblings. She ventured into the modeling industry in 2005 when she won the Bangka Belitung Youth Model Faces competition. Her passion for social causes and nature conservation has led her to spend much of her time focusing on social programs.
Miss Indonesia 2018, Alya Nurshabrina, will represent the country at Miss World 2018, scheduled to take place in Sanya, China, on Dec. 8. The Parahyangan Catholic University graduate previously won the 2014 Femina Face contest. She showed her academic prowess during her college days, earning the title of her alma mater's most outstanding student. Aside from modeling, she is also a painter, with her work having featured in several art shows in Bandung, West Java. The 22-year-old is also actively involved in social work as a volunteer at Sahabat Peduli Indonesia (Friends That Care Indonesia) where she teaches art and recycling.
Anggun Cipta Sasmi, who left Indonesia for France in 1994 to pursue an international career, is the first artist from the archipelago to achieve success in European and American record charts. Born in Jakarta on April 29, 1974, she began performing at the age of 7 and recorded a children's album two years later. Anggun released her first rock-influenced studio album, "Dunia Aku Punya" ("The World I Have") in 1986, with the help of Indonesian producer Ian Antono. She gained fame with her song, "Mimpi" ("Dream"), which Rolling Stone magazine has listed as one of the 150 greatest Indonesian rock songs. Anggun's dedication to her craft has seen her become the Asian artist with the highest album sales outside Asia, with releases certified in gold and platinum.
Rini Sugianto is a freelance animator who has made great strides in the film animation industry. She is known for her work in the movies, "The Adventures of Tintin," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "The Desolation of Smaug," and most recently, "Ready Player One." She qualified as an architect at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, West Java. She also studied digital 3-D technology before moving to animation and continuing her postgraduate studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has worked for New Zealand-based Weta Workshop, which belongs to film director Peter Jackson, and participated in the making of "The Avengers," "Iron Man 3" and "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Najwa Shihab is a veteran journalist who is in her element when tackling tough topics. Born in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sept. 16, 1977, she is famous as an award-winning talk-show host at Metro TV. Najwa is the daughter of prominent Arab-Indonesian Muslim scholar M. Quraish Shihab, a former religious affairs minister. She graduated from the University of Indonesia's law faculty and is married to Ibrahim Assegaf. She has received various prestigious awards, including the Panasonic Gobel Award for Best Talk Show in 2015 and 2017.
Mira Lesmana, the daughter of famed musician Jack Lesmana, was an avid moviegoer during her childhood. She is the sister of Indra Lesmana, a jazz musician, composer and producer. Her passion for cinema has led her to become one of Indonesia's most successful filmmakers. After obtaining a degree in directing from the Jakarta Art Institute in 1985, she made her debut in 1998 with "Kuldesak" ("Dead-End Street"). This film and her second, "Petualangan Sherina" ("Sherina's Adventure") in 2000, established her as a director of note. Mira was recently in the news after her short film, "Kado," ("Gift"), co-directed by Riri Reza, won the Best Short Film award at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival.
Liliana Tanaja Tanoesoedibjo is the wife of media magnate Hary Tanoesoedibjo, founder of the Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo). Born in Surabaya, East Java, on March 15, 1967, she is a successful businesswoman in her own right. The graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa occupies senior positions in several subsidiaries of her husband's MNC Group, including TV broadcaster PT Rajawali Citra Television Indonesia (RCTI), PT Global Land Development, PT Star Media Nusantara, PT MNC Pictures, PT Global Star Harvest and PT Media Persahabatan Indonesia. She founded Perindo's women's wing, Kartini Perindo, to match her husband's political aspirations. She is also the founder of the Miss Indonesia Foundation.
Rakhee Punjabi has played as critical a role as her husband, Raam Punjabi, in the success of their production house, PT Tripar Multivision Plus. She has co-produced the core of the film company's long-running TV soap operas. Many figures in the Indonesian entertainment industry credit Rakhee as their mentor. Together, Rakhee and Raam have had more than 30 years of success in the industry, but she has now handed her part in the running of the business to her children, so she can dedicate more time to helping the poor through the Art of Living Foundation.
Dewi Alice Lydia Gontha, the daughter of prominent businessman Peter F. Gontha, is now at the helm of the prestigious annual Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, founded by her father in 2005. Born in Leidschendam in the Netherlands on Feb. 27, 1974, she is also a promotor of several other well-known Indonesian music festivals. Dewi's passion for music and her business acumen have taken Java Jazz to new heights. She graduated from Boston University before pursuing a career as a promoter.
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