Is President Jokowi Turning Indonesia Around? - Hosted by Government & Regional Affairs Committee

Adam Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Group Advisors

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : April 29, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

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Home to 255 million people and with enormous upside growth potential, Indonesia has been slowed by a decade of inconsistent policy and missed opportunities in infrastructure development and bureaucratic reform.  After 18 months in office and the introduction of some promising economic policy adjustments, is President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally on the road to becoming the transformational leader that many expected?  Will the transformation result in a more favorable investment climate for domestic and foreign business alike?  Will Indonesia become ASEAN's engine of growth?

Adam Schwarz, one of the most prominent contemporary experts on modern Indonesia, will answer these questions and more.
  We hope you will join us for his timely and in-depth analysis of current developments and emerging trends in ASEAN's anchor economy.

About the Speaker

Adam Schwarz
Chief Executive Officer
Asia Group Advisors

Adam is Co-Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Asia, for The Asia Group, LLC, a strategic advisory and investment group. The Asia Group, with offices in Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok, serves global, regional and national clients on issues ranging from market-entry strategies, investment partnerships, government relations, strategic communications, and risk assessment.

From 2001 to 2013, Adam worked for McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia serving private-sector, public-sector and state-owned-enterprise clients in the energy, telecom, agribusiness, and financial sectors. He advised clients on issues ranging from strategy, corporate transformation, talent management, board governance, strategic communications, and regional economic integration. He was one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, supporting clients on issues related to green business opportunities, renewable energy, sustainability standards and climate change policy.

Based in Southeast Asia since 1987, Adam has a deep set of relationships with business, political and civil-society leaders across the region, and is considered a leading international authority on Indonesia. He has served as advisor to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, the World Bank and the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and the United States. He was one of two foreigners selected as members of the Chairman’s Advisory Committee at Indonesia’s National REDD Task Force. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, and serves on the Board of Advisors of the US-Indonesia Society.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Adam worked as correspondent and bureau chief in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam for the Far Eastern Economic Review, a weekly news magazine. He has written extensively on Indonesia and Southeast Asia, including A Nation in Waiting, a highly acclaimed work on contemporary Indonesian history. He was awarded a Luce Scholar fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation, and was the 1997-98 recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He holds an MBA degree in International Business from Columbia University, where he was awarded a University Fellowship for Professional Achievement.

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