Pertamina CEO, Finance Minister among world’s Most Powerful Women

by BERNAMA / pic credit: Nicke Widyawati IG

JAKARTA – Indonesia’s state energy firm PT Pertamina chief executive officer (CEO) Nicke Widyawati (picture) and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati have made it to the Forbes’ list of 2021’s 100 “Most Powerful Women” in the world.

The list includes Queen Elizabeth II and United States vice-president Kamala Harris.

International business magazine Forbes said these women represent the driving thesis behind the compilation of the list.

“It’s not just enough to have money, or a position of power. A person must do something with their fortune, voice or public platform,” it said.

As the second female-director, Nicke’s employment is contingent on the decisions of the Indonesian government.

In June 2020, a cabinet member told the local press that she is “still the best” for the role and is “able to carry out any task assigned to her.”

In 2020, she tempered investor expectations by revealing that she expected a 45 per cent coronavirus disease-related hit to company revenue.

Meanwhile, Sri Mulyani returned to her role as finance minister after serving as managing director and chief operating officer of the World Bank.

As minister, she increases state revenue through tax reforms that will expand e-filing services and boost taxpayer compliance.

Last year, she received the Best Minister award at the World Government Summit for her efforts to implement reforms, while at the World Bank, she used her platform to promote gender equality.

Indrawati served as Indonesia’s finance minister from 2005 to 2010, helping to guide the country’s transition from autocracy to democracy, Forbes said.