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Nadiem Makarim
Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia


H.E. Mr. Nadiem Makarim, B.A, M.B.A

Nadiem Anwar Makarim, B.A., M.B.A. (born 4 July 1984) is the current Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. He founded Gojek in 2010, a transportation network company and logistic startup company that became Indonesia’s first startup valued over US$10 billion. He was appointed as Minister of Education and Culture by President Joko Widodo on his second term’s cabinet and subsequently resigned from his post at Gojek.

  • Chief Executive Officer at Gojek (2010-2019)
  • Chief Innovation Officer at Kartuku (2013-2014)
  • Co-Founder and Managing Director at Zalora (2011-2012)
  • Consultant at Mc Kinsey & Company (2006-2009)
Education and Degrees
  • Master of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, United States of America
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relation, Brown University, United States of America
Awards and Honors
  • In 2016, received The Straits Times Asian of the Year award, and was the first Indonesian to receive the award since it was first established in 2012. The Asian of the Year award is given to an individuals or groups that has significantly contributed to increasing the welfare of people in their countries or Asia at large. Some previous recipients include the founder of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar President Thein Sein. The award came as the company focuses on increasing the welfare of the informal sector. At the same time, it can help provide a livelihood for Indonesians by changing the traditional business market and model.
  • In 2017, Gojek made it to Fortune’s Top 50 Companies That Changed The World,] ranking 17th worldwide. In 2019 Gojek once again made it to Fortune’s Top 50 Companies That Changed The World, and was the only Southeast Asian company to have been included twice in the list – this year leaping to number 11 out of 52 global companies.
  • In 2018, made it to Bloomberg 50 annual list of innovators. Bloomberg assessed that there was no other technology platform (app) that changed the lives of Indonesian as fast and as integrated as Gojek. Gojek app was launched in 2015 with a focus on two-wheel ride-hailing, and developed into a platform to pay bills, order food, and book cleaning services. “The Bloomberg 50” includes prominent figures in the business, entertainment, finance, politics, science and technology world.
  • In May 2019, the youngest figure from Asia to receive the 24th Nikkei Asia Prize for economic and business innovation.
  • In November 2019, the only Indonesian to be included on 100 Next list for Leaders category by the Time magazine. Time’s 100 Next list this year is to recognize the influence of rising starts who are shaping the future in their respective fields.