Mari Pangestu obtained her Bachelor and Master of Economics from the Australian
National University and her Ph.D in Economics from University of California, Davis.
Her fields of specialization are international trade and finance, with a regional focus
on China, ASEAN and the Asia Pacific.
Prior to assuming the responsibility as the Minister of Trade in October 2004, Dr.
Pangestu was a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Strategic and
International Studies, Jakarta.
From 2002 to 2004, she was the co-coordinator of the Task Force on Poverty and
Development for the United Nations Millennium Project established by the UN
She also had been actively involved as the Program Coordinator in the Trade Forum
of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a private networking
organization comprising of 23 member economies in the Asia Pacific region.
She was an external lecturer in International Economics at the University of
Indonesia, Jakarta, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Australia Japan Research
Centre, the Australian National University, Canberra.
She was an active part of the international seminar circle, including being part of the
World Economic Forum, Global Leaders for Tomorrow during 1999-2003.
Some of her recent publications include "Regional Trading Arrangements in Asia
Pacific: where are they taking us?" (Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore,
2005); with Jeffrey Sachs, An Enhanced Strategy for Reducing Extreme Poverty by
the Year 2015, Interim Report of the Millennium Project Task Force on Poverty and
Economic Development (March 2004); “China’s Trade Policy: post WTO and
experimenting in regionalism” in Ross Garnaut and Ligang Song, China Update 2004,
Asia Pacific Press (2004); “Foreign Direct Investment and Development: the
Indonesian Experience” in Shujiro Urata, Fukunari Kimura, and Chia Siow Yue (eds.),
Foreign Direct Investment and Development: Lessons from East Asian Experience
(World Bank, forthcoming); with Chia Siow Yue, “The Rise of East Asian Regionalism”
forthcoming in the PAFTAD 20 Volume Series; and editor with William Martin, Options
for a Global Trade Reform: A View from the Asia-Pacific, (Cambridge University
Press, 2002). She has also published in various media.
Dr. Mari Pangestu is married to Adi Harsono and has two sons, Raymond Bima
Harsono and Arya Alexander Harsono.