Who's Who

Abdul Rahman Saleh
Attorney General - United Indonesia Cabinet
Born in Pekalongan, Central Java, on April 1, 1941, Abdul Rachman obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from the Gadjah Mada University in 1967, and started his career as a journalist with the Nusantara daily in 1968. He most recently came into the national spotlight as the only Supreme Court judge to submit a dissenting opinion in the appeal trial of Golkar Party leader Akbar Tandjung, who had been convicted of graft by lower courts. Four other justices agreed to accept Akbar’s appeal.

Aburizal Bakrie
Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare - United Indonesia Cabinet
Born in Jakarta on Nov. 15, 1946, Bakrie holds a degree in electrical engineeringfrom the Bandung Institute of Technology. He waselected president of the ASEAN Business Forum for two consecutive periods from 1991 to 1995. Bakrie was elected chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) for two consecutive terms from 1994 to 2004. He is a noted businessman known for making PT Bakrie and Brothers into one of the most successful firms in the country.

Adhyaksa Dault
State Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
Born in Donggala, Central Sulawesi, on June 7, 1963, Adhyaksa is studying for his Ph.D. in the Maritime Affairs Department at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture. He was chairman of the Indonesian Youth Association (KNPI) from 1999 to 2002 and headed the Indonesian Advocates Union (IPHI) from 1999 to 2004. Adhyaksa, the husband of Mirah Arismunandar and father of Umar Putra Adhyaksa, 8, and Fakhira Putri Maryam Adhyaksa, 4, said his ministry would work with the National Sports Council (KONI) to professionalize sport

Alwi Abdurrahman Shihab
Special presidential envoy for Middle East cooperation
Born in Rappang, South Sulawesi, on Aug. 19, 1946, Alwi earned a Ph.D in philosophy from the Ain Syams University in Egypt in 1990 and a Ph.D from Temple University in the United States in 1995. He is currently National Awakening Party leader (2002-2007). He was an assistant to professors at Temple University (1993-1995) and Harvard University (1998), the U.S. He also served as minister of foreign affairs in the Abdurrahman Wahid administration.

Andung Nitimiharja
Minister of Industry
Andung has been an expert staff of the investment and regional autonomy department with the Office of State Minister of State Enterprises since 2003. Born on April 4, 1950, he was also deputy chairman of the national business development department at the Capital Investment Coordinating Body during the chairmanship of Theo F. Toemion from 2000 to 2001. A graduate of engineering from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Andung pursued a doctorate in development studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Anton Apriyanto
Minister of Agriculture
Born on Oct. 5, 1959 in Serang, Banten, Anton obtained his bachelors and masters degree from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB). He later received his doctorate in food chemistry at Reading University in Britain. He is currently a full-time lecturer of food and nutrient technology at IPB, and a guest lecturer with the National University of Singapore. Anton claimed he did not know President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono personally or professionally,although the latter recently obtained his doctorate from IPB.