Luncheon with Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy

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March, 15th 2013

Minister Pangestu has been the force behind Indonesia's development of tourism and a creative economy since being appointed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2012.  Prior to that, Dr. Pangestu was the Minister of Trade during the President's first and second terms.

Dr. Pangestu is also a candidate for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), where she would bring a broad background in trade policy and economic development. 

With a career of more than 25 years spanning government service, academia, and various international organizations, Dr. Pangestu is one of the country's leading economic thinkers and leaders.

Breakfast Discussion with Head of the Fiscal Policy Office in the Ministry of Finance Prof. Dr. Bambang Brodjonegoro

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March, 1 2013

As one of the most senior technocrats in the Ministry of Finance, and reporting directly to the Minister, Professor Dr. Bambang Brodjonegoro has broad responsibility for Indonesia’s fiscal and revenue policy.  He is one of the key policymakers regarding Government efforts to raise revenue and manage the deficit.

Professor Brodjonegoro is a prominent economist, having obtained his PhD and MA from the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Indonesia. Previously he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics at UI and Head of Research for the Islamic Development Bank, based in Saudi Arabia.

It was a pleasure and enlightening discussion with one of Indonesia’s key economic policymakers.

Breakfast Discussion with Ted Osius and Ernie Bower - The Politics of Indonesia Trade Policy in Washington/

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February, 26 2013

Ted Osius, former Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Jakarta, is one of the most outstanding senior U.S. Foreign Service Officers of his generation.  He is currently a Senior State Department Fellow in the Southeast Asia and India programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.  

Ernie Bower is the Senior Advisor and Chair of Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS, CEO of Bower Group Asia, and former President of the US-ASEAN Business Council.

Ted and Ernie shared their insights on US trade policy towards Indonesia, with a special emphasis on how Indonesian trade policy and the investment climate are perceived by policymakers in Washington

Luncheon with Marty Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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February, 19th 2013

Mr. Marty Natalegawa is career diplomat with previous postings in New York and London who has been a stable and steady representative of Indonesia.

With Indonesia hosting APEC this year, Mr. Marty Natalegawa has more than usual on his plate; nevertheless he is willing to share his views on Indonesia-U.S. relations with AmCham Indonesia

Breakfast with Prof. dr. Hasbullah Thabrany, MPH, Dr.PH

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February, 11 2013

Prof. dr. Hasbullah Thabrany, MPH, Dr.PH is a professor and former Dean of the School of Public Health at University of Indonesia. He had a Medical Degree from University of Indonesia, a MPH and Dr.PH degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He had work with Rand Corporation, a leading research corporation in the USA while he was studying in the USA. After returning to Indonesia in 1995, he served as Director of Finance and Administration of the Graduate School at University of Indonesia. He teaches health insurance, social security, and health policy. He was Secretary General of the Indonesian Medical Association (1997-2000).

Realizing that there had been severe shortage of professionals knowledgeable with health insurance and social security, he established PAMJAKI (Association of Health Insurance Professionals of Indonesia) in 1998, since then he had been the chairman of the organization until October 2010. He had been one of the key persons in reforming health care and social security in Indonesia after the crisis of 1998. He was a member of the Task Force for Social Security Reform established by the President Megawati.

During 2004-2008 he was selected as the Dean of the School of Public Health University of Indonesia. He is currently the President of SEAPHEIN (South East Asia Public Health Education Institutes Network) serving 14 countries and 54 institutions in Asia. In addition to teaching he has been serving as a consultant in the field of public health and services for various national and international organization such as the ADB, WHO, and GTZ. He assisted the Government of Aceh to establish universal coverage in health care implemented in 2010. He has published four books, on health system reform, health financing, and health insurance. He had edited three books in tobacco control. He had also published more than 80 national and international journal articles.

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