The CSIS Indonesia Initiative featuring Rachmat Gobel
The CSIS Chair for Southeast Asia Studies will hosted businessman Rachmat Gobel Tuesday, October 23, for the second public event under the CSIS Indonesia Initiative. He addressed the challenges Indonesia faces from climate change and the innovative solutions his country has developed to tackle the issue. A copy of the speech is available for download here. His speech was followed by a panel of Indonesian journalists:
- Wahyu Muryadi, TEMPO magazine
- Zulfiani Lubis, ANTV
- Rikard Bagun, Kompas
Mr. Gobel is the chairman of the Gobel Group of companies which has operations in manufacturing, trading, services, integrated logistics management, food and hospitality, and industrial catering. Gobel Group is the Indonesian joint venture partner of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., a global leader in electronics and electrical goods marketed under the Panasonic brand name. Mr. Gobel also serves as vice president of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mr. Gobel graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Trade from Chuo University in Tokyo in 1987 and was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree from Takushoku University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2002. Mr. Gobel is also actively involved in numerous social activities, including the Indonesian Olympic Committee and the Indonesian Red Cross.
The CSIS Indonesia Initiative seeks to enhance understanding of Indonesia. It is a forum for cultivating discussion of important policy questions relating to Indonesia’s foreign policy, security and political posture, trade and investment, and social development. Visit the Initiative's website for information on upcoming programs and copies of speeches.