"Indonesia: A Black Swan?"
Chairman of Ancora International
Michael J. Green
Senior Adviser and Japan Chair, CSIS
Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Gita Irawan Wirjawan is Chairman of Ancora International, a Jakarta-based private equity fund. The Harvard-educated investment banker has held key appointments in Goldman Sachs and most recently JPMorgan. He is currently also senior advisor to JPMorgan for Southeast Asia, a Commissioner of state owned Pertamina and an Independent Board Director of Telekom Malaysia International. He has been involved in advising the government and private sector in many Asian countries with respect to corporate restructuring, M&A and strategic sales. He has concluded several high profile transactions. Outside the world of business, his passion lies in philanthropy, education, golf and music. As a philanthropist, he has endowed scholarships for Indonesians to attend the best universities in the world, including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and the Nanyang Technological University. He is also in the process of establishing 1,000 preschools throughout Indonesia. An avid golfer, he has set up a prominent academy to groom future Indonesian golfers. And through Omega Pacific Production, he has produced a range of albums that has been critically acclaimed. Gita is a member of the dean’s leadership council for both the Harvard Kennedy School and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at NTU.