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This friendly figure, a man of integrity, always strives for best. Slowly but surely, Ignasius Jonan has climbed the career ladder with passion, love, and a sincere devotion to his beloved home country.

Mr Jonan has been the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) since October 14, 2016. He was also former Indonesian Minister of Transportation for the period from October 27, 2014 to July 27, 2016. This friendly figure, a man of integrity, always strives for the best. Slowly but surely, Ignasius Jonan has climbed the career ladder with passion, love and a sincere devotion to his beloved home country.

Being at the top in the Ministry of ESDM is undoubtedly a very strategic position because Mr Jonan must deal with the management of Indonesia’s abundant natural resources. He certainly needs to handle both the pressure of the job as well as the interests of many different groups in society.

However, when pressed on this point, Mr Jonan responds casually: “I do not feel any pressure. A position is a form of trust; therefore, my focus is always to work based on the direction of the president and the prevailing regulations. I like to keep it simple—I refuse to be bothered by any interests, pressure and others,” he adds.

With his strong work ethic, Mr Jonan finds it easy to remain unencumbered in carrying out his duties and establishing new policies.

“I have zero personal interest,” he says. “Everything is intended for the prosperity and welfare of the people.”

Ignasius Jonan, born in Singapore on June 21, 1963, is an alumnus of the Faculty of Economics and Business at Airlangga University, Surabaya. After graduating, he pursued his Master’s Degree at The Fletcher School  of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in the US.

His career began to soar when he served as Director of Private Equity at Citigroup from 1999 to 2001. After that, he continued his career as Managing Director at PT Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia until 2006 and then returned to Citigroup as Managing Director of Investment Banking until 2009.

His professional credentials and skills led him to be the President Director of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) from February 2009 to October 2014. During his six-year tenure as President Director of PT Kereta Api Indonesia, Mr Jonan successfully revamped its negative image, turning it into one of a forward-thinking company offering public transportation that is safe, comfortable and modern.

In 2009, he also turned the company’s fortunes around by almost 180 degrees from a Rp83.5 billion financial deficit to a Rp154.8 billion profit—all in just one year. His positive performance prompted President Joko Widodo to appoint Ignasius as the Indonesian Minister of Transportation.

And while he got reshuffled out of the working cabinet of the government on October 14, 2016, President Joko Widodo again entrusted him to become the Minister of ESDM along with Deputy Minister Arcandra Tahar.

This story appears in the June 2017 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstands, or subscribe here.

(Text by: Novanto Huntua; Photo: Irwan Kurnia)

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