M. Maftuh BasyuniMinister of Religious Affairs - United Indonesia Cabinet
Born in Rembang, Central Java, on Nov. 4, 1939, Maftuh graduated from the Madinah Islamic University in Saudi Arabia in 1968. The last position he holds now is Indonesian ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Maftuh was a personal secretary of the Indonesian ambassador to Saudi Arabia between 1976 and 1979. He was the chairman of the Indonesian delegation in the 2004 ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Jeddah. He was state secretary in the Abdurrahman Wahid administration.
M. Yusuf Asyâ€™ariState Minister of Public Housing - United Indonesia Cabinet
Born in Magelang, Central Java province, on Oct. 21, 1945, Yusuf received his masters from the School of Administrative Science of Muhammadiyah University in Jakarta. He started his career as a civil servant at the Ministry of Finance in 1977. Eight years later he joined conglomerate Bimantara Group. Yusuf was director of internal affairs at private television company PT Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI) (2001-2002). He joined the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) that supported Susilo.
Malam Sambat KabanMinister of Forestry - United Indonesia Cabinet
Born in North Sumatra on Aug. 5, 1958, Kaban gained a masters degree at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture in 1990. He later became secretarygeneral of the Islamic-oriented Crescent Star Party (PBB). Kaban regularly lectures in several universities in Jakarta and Bogor. However, he has no specific educational background in forestry. Kaban was active in a number of Islamic organizations before joining PBB, which only gained two seats in the House of Representatives in the April 4, 2004 legislative elections.
Marie Elka PangestuMinister of Trade - United Indonesia Cabinet
Born on Oct. 23, 1956 in Jakarta, Marie is the only Cabinet member of ethnic Chinese descent. Marie gained a doctoral degree from the University of California in 1986 in international trade, finance and monetary affairs. Currently, Marie is a director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is involved in numerous economic studies in Shanghai, China. As a noted economist, Marie has earned acknowledgement from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank
Meutia Farida Hatta SwasonoState Minister for Women’s Empowerment - United Indonesia Cabinet
Born in Yogyakarta on March 21, 1947, Meutia earned a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Indonesia in 1991. She has been working as a lecturer at the University of Indonesia’s School of Anthropology (1984-present). Meutia is the daughter of the late Muhammad Hatta, the respected first vice president of Indonesia. She has been a senior official at the Office of the State Minister of Tourism and Culture since Dec. 23, 2003. She is also chairwoman of the Hatta Foundation (2002-2005).