Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu

Minister of Trade
Republic of Indonesia

Dr. Mari Pangestu received her Bachelor and Master of Economics from the Australian National University and her Ph.D in Economics from University of California, Davis, USA. Dr Pangestu specialises in international trade and finance, with a regional focus on ASEAN, China, and the Asia Pacific.

Dr. Pangestu is a Member of the Network of Global Agenda Councils. The Councils represent the world’s leading integrated ‘intelligence’ network of innovative thinking and idea exchange on global issues. She is also the founding member of the Advisory Board on Global Competitiveness World Economic Forum (WEF).

A key Indonesian negotiator at World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Chair of Group 33, a group of developing countries at WTO that is championing the concept of SPs & SSM in the Doha Development Agenda of WTO.

Dr. Pangestu was the Commissioner General of the Indonesia Pavilion at the World Expo Shanghai 2010 and in 2004, established Yayasan Sejati, a foundation that supports initiatives in the socio-cultural and environmental area.

Dr Pangestu continues to be an active member of international seminars and a regular participant at the World Economic Forum. She has also written and co-authored over 7 books on the subjects of trade reform, regionalisation and poverty.