Mari Elka Pangestu. Source: screenshot youtube Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Former of the minister of trade Mari Elka Pangestu won the trust of the World Bank to be the Managing Director, Development and Partnership Policy. The World Bank assesses that Mari Pangestu has exceptional policy and management expertise based on her experience as Indonesian Minister of Trade 2004 to 2011 and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 to October 2014. Her appointment will be effective from March 1, 2020.

In this new role, Mari will lead and monitor the work of the World Bank’s program, the Global Practice Group. In addition, she also led the World Bank’s data and research division as well as the external and corporate relations division. “It is a great honor to be able to join the World Bank on a vital mission. I look forward to the opportunity to work with this strong team on the pressing challenges facing World Bank members,” Mari said.

Mari is currently Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC. She is also active as an advisor to the Global Geopolitical Commission on Energy Transformation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi. In addition, Mari was also a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), co-chair of the expert group for the High Level Panel for Sustainable Marine Economics, a panel of WHO health initiatives and the Equal Access Initiative, commissioner for Indonesia’s Low Carbon Development Initiative, and executive board members of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Mari Pangestu has also worked with Jeffrey Sahcs at the UN Secretary General of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review (2003-2005), Chair-33 of the WTO Group (2005-2011), nominated as a candidate for Director General of the WTO (2013), providing leadership (1987 – 2003) in regional cooperation for the Asia Pacific Cooperation Council (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Previously, President Joko Widodo nominated the minister of the government era of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to sit under the leadership of the World Bank. This was revealed by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. “Nominating Ms. Mari Pangestu to become Indonesia’s representative at the World Bank,” said Luhut, Friday (11/10/2019). “Now it is being processed. We pray that in the near future there will be an announcement about that, “he continued.


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