Fortune favours the bold

Blessed with the right leadership savvy, mobile telecommunications veteran Hasnul Suhaimi tells Aulia Rachmat he’s confident of taking the company he leads to the next level. With a youthful appearance, people often assume he’s a lot younger than his 51 years. Don’t be fooled by appearances, though, for soft-spoken, easygoing Hasnul Suhaimi is the mastermind behind an aggressive business strategy currently being rolled out by PT Exelcomindo Pratama (XL), the third-largest cellular phone opera … [Read more...]

My Jakarta-Deborah Iskandar

Deborah Iskandar is an American who has lived in Jakarta for more than 17 years. Having been a representative for an auction house for 12 years and took a much deserved a year break, she was recruited in July 2008 by Sotheby’s, one of the world’s oldest auction houses, to establish its presence in Indonesia and take incumbency as a consultant for Sotheby’s Hong Kong. WHY DO YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN JAKARTA?
I find the city a fascinating place to live as there are so many opportunities despite some co … [Read more...]

Working at the sharp end

Optimism for the future of Indonesia’s financial sector has motivated Rizal Satar to work for one of the world’s largest professional services firms. Aulia Rachmat reports. While breaking the fast at his state-of-the-art office in Jakarta during Ramadhan, PT PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) FAS president director Rizal Satar confided that he was reading a biography of US presidential candidate Barack Obama. He added that he would not be surprised to see him sitting in the White House Oval Office s … [Read more...]

My Jakarta-Wahyudi Rahardja

Wahyudi Rahardja is owner of Emilie Restaurant, an upscale authentic traditional French cuisine eatery in southern Jakarta prime area. The restaurant is indeed his first venture, but this determined young entrepreneur has been staying on track in running his business. Opened in August 2006, the restaurant is the first and only one in town to receive the Award of Excellence 2007 from an American wine magazine, Wine Spectator. WHY DO YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN JAKARTA? Everything from the city’s d … [Read more...]

When oil and music combine

For risk-taking businessman-cum-guitarist Hilmi Panigoro, nothing is impossible. He tells Aulia Rachmat about the risks he encountered while growing his oil and gas company. While welcoming The Peak to his comfortable office in Jakarta’s prime business district, PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk chairman and president commissioner Hilmi Panigoro explains, with an avuncular smile, that his company is due to move to larger premises quite soon. Construction of a brand-new office block close b … [Read more...]

Silver-screen success

With no previous experience and background in entertainment industry, David Hilman has successfully led his Cineplex business to capture the market rapidly within two years of operation. He shares with Aulia Rachmat the recipe for success. Having a chat with the Chief Executive Officer of Blitz Megaplex in a southern Jakarta’s fine-dining eatery put a relaxing evening in a jovial mood. Rather laid-back in style, David is indeed an ambitious entrepreneur when it comes to innovating new i … [Read more...]

Faysal Gouia: ‘Globalization should be seen as opportunity’

Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, the north African country of Tunisia with its age-old blend of Eastern and Western civilization has succeeded in achieving not only a diversified modern refinement but also a paradigm of economic development. The country's success in trade stems back to ancient times, when it was the breadbasket for much of the Roman empire. By the same token, Tunisia has been boosting its international trade since gaining independence from France in 1956. In fact, … [Read more...]

Patrick Perez: ‘Arts and traditional culture should be cultivated’

Traditional culture is an intermingle of skills, arts, beliefs and customs of a group of people, which has been passing on from one generation to another. It has set attitudes, behavior and value that characterize one group of company, ethnic, region and nation. Indonesia’s ethnic diversity has given birth to many traditional cultures, and its people should utilize such diversity to discover the essentially rich national culture.Patrick Perez, director of Centre Culturel de Francaise, shared his … [Read more...]