Jack Widagdo: Forging A Better Future

Originally published on Indonesia Design  With over 17 years of experience under his belt, Jack Widagdo has taken pivotal positions in the luxury hotel world that spans four countries, including the Four Seasons in Thailand; the Signature Resorts of Voyages Hotel Group in Australia; Kempinski Haitang Bay Sanya in China; Mandapa, Ritz Carlton Reserve in Ubud, Bali. The Indonesian national who spent most of his life in Down Under was recently installed as the new General Manager of Alila Solo. … [Read more...]

Crushing the Stones

Words: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in J Plus (The Jakarta Post), June 25, 2016. Quick and painless wave therapy to break up kidney stones. Advanced medical technology has paved the way for more efficient treatments, which require smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less pain and quicker recoveries. By the same token, people with kidney stones can take advantage of lithotripsy, a medical procedure to treat stones in kidney and other organs such as gallbladder and … [Read more...]

A Glimpse of Makassar

Words & photos: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in JPlus (the Jakarta Post) on June 11, 2016. A cultural trip to the capital of South Sulawesi to raise funds for local communities. A cultural trip to the capital of South Sulawesi to raise funds for local communities. Early on a Tuesday morning, a group of socialites gathered at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport dressed in sarongs that hinted of South Sulawesi. They were joining a cultural trip to Makassar that was organized … [Read more...]

Surakarta culinary finds, a blend of tradition and history

By Ruth Ninajanty. Published in The Jakarta Post, May 7, 2016. Tradition and heritage are two words that describe a visit to Surakarta, a city in Central Java known for its batik. Exploring the richness of the city’s tradition and heritage is not complete without a quest for culinary authenticity. Indeed, many of the local recipes are passed down through generations, preserving authenticity while trying to blend in with the city’s transformation. Nasi liwet, among dishes that come to … [Read more...]

Neeltje Sutandjati: Managing teachers for a better future

By Ruth Ninajanty. Published in The Jakarta Post. Childhood educator Neeltje Sutandjati puts emphasis on teacher development to improve her schools. Early childhood education is more than just teaching young children about words and numbers but also introducing them to every aspect of life. When School Director Neeltje Sutandjati started iSmile in 2007, she wanted the school to make a difference for society and the nation. '€œSetting up a school should be founded foremost on a passion … [Read more...]

Mantosh Malhotra: Driven by passion,led by innovation

By Sondang Grace Sirait. Published in The Jakarta Post. Business executive Mantosh Malhotra leads with encouragement to make a difference in the world of IT. Mantosh Malhotra has the quintessential portfolio of a telecom executive. Educated in electronics and telecommunications engineering, with an MBA from a prestigious business school, he has had a stellar career in the industry he passionately embraces. '€œI'€™ve always been in this telecom industry. This is all I know, I guess,'€ h … [Read more...]

Hans Leo: People are key to company’s growth

By Sudibyo M. Wiradji. Published in The Jakarta Post. Logistics company executive Hans Leo believes in the power of people engagement in growing a logistics company. Hans Leo believes that a one-man show was not an appropriate managerial style, especially when operating a large company with an expanded network, given that a CEO had limitations in terms of expertise and time. The president director and CEO of Linc Group disclosed that engaging more people with their respective expertise … [Read more...]

Prasoon Mukherjee: Leading with an ‘absolute localization’ approach

Text & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar. Published in The Jakarta Post. Businessman Prasoon Mukherjee empowers his staff with social integration to grow the business.   Prasoon Mukherjee, the founder and chairman of Universal Success Enterprises (USE) Group is enjoying the success of his corporate giant, with booming businesses spanning six countries. Headquartered in Singapore with operations in India and Southeast Asia, the group focuses on hospitality, industrial parks, townships, power … [Read more...]

Redmer Schukken: Informality stimulates creativity and innovation

By Sudibyo M. Wiradji. Published in The Jakarta Post. Redmer Schukken, CEO of Ice House, adopts participatory management in a fun and informal working environment. An office on the third floor of a building in Jakarta has an open-air space where people can view some of the city'€™s skyscrapers and also the traffic flow below. On certain days, people gather there to take a break from spending hours facing their respective laptop screens. '€œThis evening we are having a barbecue par … [Read more...]

Ng Chee Soon: Painting a clear picture

By Prasiddha Gustanto. Originally published in The Jakarta Post, Dec. 6, 2014. Sennheiser Asia president and managing director Ng Chee Soon is a strong believer in the values that passion can bring to leading a company, especially one as deeply involved in emotion-driven industries as Sennheiser. Every CEO of a company expects his or her employees to perform their best. How they approach their employees differs from one CEO to another, with regard to the line of business they are engaged … [Read more...]