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Rizal Ramli, who was born in Padang, West Sumatra, is a widely known economist and politician with a strong people-centric vision and sense of nationalism. Rizal Ramli is the current Coordinating Minister for Maritime and National Resources. Previously, he was Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs (2000-2001). He earned his Doctorate degree in economy at Boston University in the US in 1990 and was one of the founders of the ECONIT Advisory Group, an organisation that houses economists known for their critical views and for their objectives in promoting prosperity for all people.