Generation T is an initiative we are proud to be launching this year. With this initiative, we shine a spotlight on the nation's brightest young innovators, creatives, connectors and disruptive talents under the age of 40. Through the 2017 Generation T list, we choose 50 talented individuals who are shaping their industries and setting the trends we’ll all be following for years to come.
It took a group of discerning individuals from different fields and backgrounds to decide which bright young minds should make our list this year. Among them were Tatler editors, but also members of what we call the Tatler Tribe: an influential group of industry experts and leaders, and also members of our 500 List with an eye for recognising talent.
With this panel of industry insiders and power players, we were able to choose the list that makes up our inaugural Generation T list. The membership of this year's Generation T will be revealed this month, and we'll be throwing an exclusive party to bring our class of 2017 together. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, take a closer look at the Tatler Tribe Members, here:
Shinta is the go-to person for the digital industry in Indonesia. Before start-ups were a familiar concept in Indonesia, Shinta established Bubu.com, originally a web design firm, in 1996. Five years later, she initiated the Bubu Award to recognise burgeoning talents in the digital industry. Then, in 2011, she launched ID-Byte, a regular digital conference that has become a sought-after event by many working in digital media and services. ID-Byte has had many memorable speakers attending, including Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg. She is also one of the country’s links to Silicon Valley: Shinta co-founded the Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance, a non-profit organisation aimed at enhancing collaborative work between Indonesia and Silicon Valley.
Erik Meijer, CEO of TelkomTelstra
Dutchman Erik has had a long and illustrious career in Indonesia’s telecommunications industry. He jump-started his career at Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel), a large mobile phone operator where he served for 11 years. He then held leadership positions at media company Visi Media Asia before returning to the telecommunications industry by adopting key roles at Bakrie Telecom and what is now Indosat Ooredoo. After serving for more than a year at national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, he returned to telecommunications as the head of TelkomTelstra. Erik, whose fluency in Bahasa Indonesia is unquestionable, is also a familiar face in the start-up industry having been a mentor at a start-up launcher programme in Jakarta.
Arbain Rambey, Photo Editor of Kompas Daily
Arbain is a highly respected figure in the world of photography. He started his career in journalism as a journalist on Kompas, the highly regarded daily, in 1990. However, his love for photography led him to delve into photojournalism with the 1991 Southeast Asia (SEA) Games in Manila being one of his first assignments. Arbain has won multiple national and international awards besides serving as a jury member for photography competitions. In 2005, he released his book Indonesia: In the Mists of Time, which features breathtaking photos from across the country. He has also participated in myriad photo exhibitions, the latest being “Unpublished”, which showcased photographs that were unreleased by Kompas.
Manoj Punjabi, Film Producer of MD Pictures
Under Manoj, MD Entertainment, a major production studio in Indonesia, has released numerous star-studded movies that have become box-office hits on top of winning awards. Habibie & Ainun, for example, became the best-selling movie of its year. His other movie, Rudy Habibie, won best sound at a national film awards thanks to MD Entertainment’s collaboration with a Hollywood-based studio. In 2017, the studio has scheduled the release of movies that cover a wide range of genres from comedy to horror.
Catharina Wijaya, Director of Gajah Tunggal
Catharina has led Gajah Tunggal, the largest integrated tyre manufacturer in Southeast Asia, as director since 2004. She has had extensive experience working in prestigious financial institutions in the city. Last year, the company created a park after having built a child-friendly public space for Jakartans to enjoy. Her company has placed strong importance on supporting sustainable development goals through care for the environment.
Sebastian Gunawan, fashion designer
Sebastian Gunawan is one of Indonesia’s leading fashion designers and has been recognised as an “Asian Couturier Extraordinaire” by the Asian Couture Federation. Sebastian studied at the Susan Budihardjo Institute of Design and then continued his fashion studies at Los Angeles and Milan. He established his first label, Sebastian Gunawan, in 1993. Together with his wife, Cristina Panarese, Sebastian established several other labels, including VOTUM, SEBASTIANred and SEBASTIANsposa. His signature couture gowns feature elegant and grand designs encrusted with beads, crystals, sequins and semiprecious stones.
Gilles Marx, Chef Founder of AMUZ Gourmet Restaurant
Gilles Marx, the Chef Founder of AMUZ Gourmet Restaurant, Jakarta, is an internationally acclaimed chef who has been awarded and recognised globally for his culinary skills and innovations. He has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, Australia and Southeast Asia and recently received an accolade at the Sunrice Global Chef Award 2017 in Singapore. As a successful restaurateur, he has been running the AMUZ kitchen since 2010. Under his baton, AMUZ has been frequently acknowledged as the best French restaurant in Jakarta by various media.
Anthony Akili, Group President and CEO of Smailing Tour and Travel
Anthony Akili is the Group President and CEO of Smailing Tour and Travel Management Company, one of Indonesia’s leading travel agents. Smailing Tour itself was established in 1976 by his father, Rudy Akili, and last year Smailing Tour celebrated its 40th anniversary. Continuing his father’s footsteps, Anthony joined the company in 1997. Anthony has also been the president and CEO of Garuda Indonesia Holidays, a wholesale arm of Garuda Indonesia Airlines. During his free time, Anthony enjoys gourmet cuisine and fine wine, as well as collecting paintings.
Edward 'Edo' Hutabarat, fashion designer
Edward Hutabarat is a leading Indonesian fashion designer who is greatly known for his modern takes on Indonesian textiles, especially the country’s invaluable batik heritage. Since the beginning of his career in the early 1980s, Edo has been consistent in exploring Indonesia's cultural riches. Having spent around 36 years in the fashion industry, the Tarutung-born 57-year-old designer is truly a man with a vision of keeping batik and other traditional fabrics alive. At a time when few people paid proper attention to kebaya, Edo had already introduced various styles and designs of modern kebaya by 1996. And with the aim of taking batik to new levels, in 2006 he also established his second line label, Part One.
More on Generation T:
- Get Ready For Generation T 2017
- Generation T: The Who, What And Why
- Generation T: Isyana Sarasvati, The Voice Of Today
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