President of the Republic of Indonesia
Ir. H. Joko Widodo
Ir. H. Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was born in Surakarta, Central Java, on 21 June 1961. In the direct presidential election in Indonesia on 9 July 2014, Joko Widodo was elected as the 7th President of the Republic of Indonesia, gaining more than 53% of the vote over his opponent, Prabowo Subianto. After some controversy about the result of the election, Jokowi was named as president-elect on 22 July 2014 and inaugurated as the President of the Republic of Indonesia on 20 October 2014.
President Joko Widodo graduated from the Forestry Faculty of Gadjah Mada University and was a businessman before starting his political career. He was the Mayor of Surakarta from July 2005 to October 2012 and successfully led many progressive breakthroughs which became widely praised nationally. His interaction-oriented approach quickly raised his prominence at the national level. He was nominated by his party, the Indonesian Democratic Party–Struggle (PDI-P), to run in the 2012 Governor of Jakarta election and was elected governor of Jakarta on 20 September 2012, after a second round run-off election in which he defeated the incumbent governor Fauzi Bowo.
President Joko Widodo is known for his hands-on style and the practice (known as blusukan) of regularly arranging well-publicized visits to local communities, often in quite poor areas to learn about difficulties faced by local communities.
In 2008, President Joko Widodo was listed by Tempo Magazine as one of the Top 10 Indonesian Mayors of 2008. He was awarded the Bintang Jasa Utama (civilian medal awarded to Indonesians who have outstanding contribution to Indonesia) by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2011. President Joko Widodo also received 3rd place of the 2012 World Mayor Prize for transforming a crime-ridden city into a regional center for art and culture and an attractive city to tourists and was listed as one of the Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 in Foreign Policy. In February 2013, he was nominated as the global mayor of the month by the The City Mayors Foundation based in London. In 2014, he was listed by Fortune as one of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and was on the cover of Time on October 18, 2014.
President Joko Widodo is married to Iriana and has two sons, Gibran Rakabuming Raka and Kaesang Pangarep, and a daughter, Kahiyang Ayu.
Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia
Drs. M. Jusuf Kalla
Mr. Kalla was born in Watampone, South Sulawesi on 15 May 1942. He is the 11th Vice President of Indonesia, after winning the 2014 presidential election together with President Joko Widodo.
Kalla is a businessman and politician. He graduated from the Economics Faculty at Hasanuddin University in 1967 and INSEAD, an international business school in Fontainebleau, south of Paris in 1977. Jusuf Kalla received several honorary degrees from several universities, including University of Malaya (Malaysia) in 2007, Soka University (Japan) in 2009, Indonesia University of Education, Hasanuddin University, Syiah Kuala University, Brawijaya University in 2011 and University of Indonesia in 2013.
From 1985 to 1998, he was the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) in South Sulawesi and was coordinator for KADIN in eastern Indonesia. In 1987, he was appointed to the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) as a regional representative for South Sulawesi. He was re-appointed to the MPR in 1992, 1997, and 1999. In 1999, Kalla was appointed as Minister of Industry and Trade in former President Abdurrahman Wahid’s cabinet. Following the removal of Abdurrahman Wahid from the presidency in 2001, President Megawati Sukarnoputri appointed Mr. Kalla as Coordinating Minister of People’s Welfare.
Kalla contributed significantly in solving the inter-religious conflict in Poso on his native island of Sulawesi. Kalla facilitated the negotiation which resulted in the signing of the Malino II Accord on 20 December 2001 and end to the conflict which had gone on for three years. Two months later, Kalla helped solve another conflict in Sulawesi. On 12 February 2002, Kalla, together with Coordinating Minister of Politics and Society Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, managed to solve a similar conflict on Ambon and Molucca through the second Malino Declaration.
From 2004-2009, Kalla was the 10th Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia after winning the run-off with 60.1% of the vote with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential election. On 22 December 2009, he was elected as chairman of Indonesian Red Cross Society.