Mari Pangestu is the Former Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries for the Republic of Indonesia. She is the first female Chinese Indonesian to hold a cabinet position in Indonesia. She is also a member of the  International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, the UNCTAD Secretary General’s Panel of Eminent Persons, the Advisory Board of the Global Competitiveness Forum (WEF), and the Network of Global Agenda Councils.

Born in Jakarta, Pangestu obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Australian National University, and her Doctorate in economics from the University of California at Davis, United States, in 1986. She served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011. Prior to this she was active in various trade forums such as PECC and is one of the foremost economics experts in Indonesia. She was an instructor in the Faculty of Economics in the University of Indonesia.

As an economist, she is widely published in the Indonesian and international media. She serves on the Board of External Editors of the Asian Journal of Business (University of Michigan) and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (Australian National University). She has also served as the co-coordinator of the Task Force on Poverty and Development for the United Nations Millennium Project from 2002 to 2004.