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Anindya Bakrie

Anindya Bakrie

International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

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Anindya Novyan Bakrie heads VIVA, an Indonesian media investment holding which owns two national networks – one that focuses on news and sports (‘tvOne’) and the other on lifestyle/entertainment (‘antv’) - with 170 million viewers.Besides this, VIVA also invests in several new media/internet platforms, from news portals (‘vivanews’), to social networking to e-commerce. Anindya is also CEO of Bakrie Telecom, the largest publicly-listed CDMA wireless operator in Indonesia with over 13 million customers and has taken the lead in consolidating the Indonesian telecom industry.

Anindya is no stranger to the world of business, being born into one of Indonesia’s oldest and most successful conglomerates. He is the eldest male of the third generation of the Bakrie family business empire which controls a range of public-listed companies in Indonesia. With businesses in mining, oil & gas, plantations, telecommunications, media, property and infrastructure.  Bakrie Group has a combined market capitalization of about USD 15 billion and a daily trading volume of 30 percent of Indonesia’s Stock Exchange.

A philanthropist at heart, Anindya established the Bakrie Center Foundation (BCF). The BCF has been instrumental in establishing links with top universities at home and abroad to allow young Indonesian scholars to pursue higher education. The foundation has also set up Chairs in Southeast Asian Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

After earning his MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern, Anindya cut his teeth in investment banking with the Salomon Brothers in New York before returning to Indonesia to join the family business. Besides spearheading the Bakrie Group’s foray into the different ICT initiatives, he is also the Principal and Director of the Group's private equity fund, Capital Managers Asia. He is the Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and presidentially-appointed as Indonesian envoy for APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), since 31st December 2009.

Anindya writes regularly on issues that concern Southeast Asia. He has monthly columns in the Jakarta Globe, and writes occasionally for the Jakarta Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is currently working on a book on the challenges facing ASEAN in the post-Cold War era.

 

 

By Date

 

2012

December 19, 2011

"As It Pivots Toward Asia, America Brings an Undefined Era to a Close"

Op-Ed, Jakarta Globe

By Anindya Bakrie, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

On the strategic front, Indonesia is not, and will not be, a part of any attempt to contain China, writes Anindya Bakrie. At the same time, he says, Indonesia cannot have its options constrained in dealing with the United States, Japan, India or any other country: "This is true not only of Indonesia but of Asean in general. No country in Asean wants to be forced by either the United States or China to choose between the two. Indonesia, as Southeast Asia’s pivotal country, must continue to pursue a free and independent foreign policy that welcomes extra-regional powers without becoming a part of any exclusive agenda they might have."

 

2011

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July 11, 2011

"The Ballad of Fukushima: In the Wake of Disaster, Japan’s True Character Emerges"

Op-Ed, Jakarta Globe

By Anindya Bakrie, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

“The Ballad of Narayama” comes to mind, writes Belfer Center International Council member Anindya Bakrie, upon hearing how elderly engineers, along with other specialists, offered to work in the crippled Fukushima plant so that younger Japanese could avoid exposure to radiation hazards that could leave them childless or even kill them.

 

 

June 27, 2011

"Global Village: Finding a Way to Live Between Two Giants"

Op-Ed, Jakarta Globe

By Anindya Bakrie, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

China and India's simultaneous rise weighs closely on the destiny of Southeast Asia, writes Belfer Center International Council member Anindya Barkie. Their cooperation would benefit all surrounding neighbors; their contensions could tear the region apart.

 

 

(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

June 2, 2011

"Indonesia Takes the Stage"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By Anindya Bakrie, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Since assuming the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) earlier this year, Indonesia has made its leadership felt on multiple fronts, revealing the political weight of Southeast Asia's most populous country. The new mood in Jakarta contrasts sharply with the defensiveness that marked Indonesian foreign policy in the long and chaotic aftermath of President Suharto's fall from power in 1998.

 

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