Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, the Republic of Indonesia (nominated by Japan)
Susi Pudjiastuti serves as Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in President Joko Widodo’s Cabinet, a position she assumed in 2014. As the Commander in Chief of Presidential Task Force for combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF), Ms. Pudjiastuti continuously shows Indonesia’s commitment to the world in handling and combatting fishery crime at sea. Her persistence to combat IUUF in Indonesia has been widely recognized both at national and international level.
Ms. Pudjiastuti is also a self-made entrepreneur who owns PT ASI Pudjiastuti Marine Product, a company that runs in the seafood export industry, and PT ASI Pudjiastuti Aviation, which operates Susi Air. Previously, she served as Commander in Chief of the Presidential Task Force for Combatting IUUF, as well as the Head of Committee of SMEs Development of Trade and Commerce.
Ms. Pudjiastuti has received numerous awards and several honorary degrees for her pioneering work and inspirational leadership both as a Minister and a businesswoman. These include the Peter Benchley Ocean Award, the Leaders for Living Planet Award by the WWF, the NET TV Creative and Innovative Person of The Year Award, and the APEC Award for Innovative Achievements, Extraordinary Leadership and Significant Contributions to the Economy. In 2017 she was named one of BBC’s Women of the year.
As an expert and long-time environmental activist, Ms. Pudjiastuti is a sought-after speaker at many events and conferences, such as UNODC’s 3rd International Symposium on Fisheries Crime, the Economist’s World Ocean Summit, the UN Ocean Conference, and many other prestigious events. She has held general lectures at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as well as several major Indonesian universities.