Anniesa Desvitasari Hasibuan. Age: 30, married
Anniesa Desvitasari Hasibuan, 30, is on this list because she is the first designer to present a Muslim-wear collection at the prestigious New York Fashion Week (NYFW). She did this last September in New York, and received a standing ovation after her presentation to the 1,500 attendees. She followed up that achievement in February, with another presentation of Muslim wear and used only immigrant models to wear them, making a political statement against the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the Trump administration.
Catherine Hindra Sutjahyo
A graduate of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Catherine started her career as a consultant at McKinsey in Singapore. Then she moved to an IT company in India and the U.S. In 2012, she returned to Indonesia and co-founded online retailer Zalora Indonesia together with Hadi Wenas, on behalf of Germany’s Rocket Internet. Hadi Wenas went on to run Mataharimall.com, the new e-commerce site from the Lippo group.
Christine Ay Tjoe. Age: 44
Bandung based artist Christine Ay Tjoe, 44, is currently Indonesia’s most prominent female contemporary artist, and is currently the only female contemporary Indonesian artist whose works can be found in international art auctions. Her painting ”When I See It Is the Only Home #1” was sold for $256,410 at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sale in October 2016.
Destry Damayanti. Age: 54, married, 3 children
Commissioner, Indonesian Deposit Insurance (LPS)
Destry Damayanti, 54, is a rare woman who has reached the upper heights of the financial services industry. She is so highly respected that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo handpicked her to be the chairwoman of the selection committee for the Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK) in May 2015, leading a group of eight women who chose the new leaders of the KPK.
Faye Simanjuntak. Age: 15
Co-Founder of Rumah Faye
Faye Hasian Simanjuntak, 15, is often misjudged by others because of her young age; plus her grandfather is Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs. Yet Faye has a wisdom beyond her years, irrespective of her family, and at age 13 even gave a TED talk, entitled “Am I too young?” A few years later, she appeared—by herself—as a guest on several talk shows. Faye’s main passion is being the co-founder of Rumah Faye, an organization fighting child sexual abuse and trafficking.