There is no stopping or slowing down Shinta Kamdani when she puts her mind to getting something done. Her boundless energy often takes her to the highest echelons of Indonesian society but also to its farthest and most isolated corners.
This hard-driving attitude was ingrained in her early in life by a family that was never satisfied with just cruising along. From an early age, she was told that she would have to carve her own niche, both in her family as well as in the wider world.
Not only does Shinta manage the day-to-day operations of her family’s Sintesa Group, which has more than 17 companies, the 44-year old mother of four is involved in a range of activities that would stretch any normal person. Her energy and drive, she says, come from wanting to improve Indonesia and to contribute to society in a positive way.
This January, for example, she was one of 13 Indonesians chosen to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington to discuss the launch of a new initiative to promote entrepreneurship in developing countries.