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President Joko Widodo; Lilik Oetama, CEO of Kompas Gramedia; William Tanuwijaya, co-founder and CEO of Tokopedia; Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance; Warih Andang Tjahjono, president director of Indofood Sukses Makmur; and Diajeng Lestari, founder and CEO of Hijup: these are just a handful of notable speakers and attendees from across many industries whom we spotted alongside this month’s cover star, Dewinta Pringgodani, during the 2019 Kompas100 CEO Forum.
For those in the know, her name carries clout where business and politics intersect, especially when it comes to legal and national security affairs. As the director of a family business in mining, Dewinta is no stranger to the cutthroat competition for precious natural resources in this country. She then combined this family legacy with her own passion for all things legal by studying law. “I started studying law because its presence can be felt in almost all aspects of our lives as a legal subject, which is why I decided to further study about business law for my master’s degree, and then the criminal law for my doctorate,” she said.

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Combining these different yet intertwined circles, Dewinta became the trusted friend of many figures who later on rose to Indonesia’s higher police echelon, and herself earned a name as a keen observer of political, legal, and security affairs. With these figures Dewinta often discussed national security and learned even more than she could imagine. “We have admired Tito Karnavian ever since he was in the police force and now that he’s the Minister of Home Affairs,” she said. “He’s a smart person and a leader who takes in many ideas and opinions into consideration before making a sound decision.”
Besides Tito Karnavian, Dewinta is also friends with the current Police General Idham Azis. “He’s one of my discussion partners. We talk a lot about politics and national security, especially during the last presidential election period where there was a lot of fake news circulating around.”

This story appears in the January 2020 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstand, or subscribe here.