Retno Marsudi

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Retno Marsudi
Retno L. P. Marshudi minister official portrait (2021).jpg
Official portrait, 2021
17th Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
27 October 2014
PresidentJoko Widodo
Vice Minister
Preceded byMarty Natalegawa
Ambassador of Indonesia to the Netherlands
In office
21 December 2011 – 16 January 2015
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Joko Widodo
Preceded byJunus Effendi Habibie
Succeeded byI Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja
Ambassador of Indonesia to Norway
In office
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded byHatanto Reksodiputro
Succeeded byEsti Andayani
Personal details
Retno Lestari Priansari

(1962-11-27) 27 November 1962 (age 60)
Semarang, Indonesia
Political partyNon-partisan
Spouse(s)Agus Marsudi
ChildrenDyota Marsudi
Bagas Marsudi
Alma materGadjah Mada University (S.I.P.)
The Hague University of Applied Sciences (LL.M.)

Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi (born 27 November 1962) is an Indonesian diplomat. She has been Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet of Joko Widodo since 2014. She is the first female minister in that post.[1] She was the Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands from 2012 to 2014. She was also Ambassador to Iceland and Norway from 2005 to 2008.[2]

Early life and education[change | change source]

Marsudi was born in Semarang. She graduated from SMAN 3 Semarang. She graduated from Gadjah Mada University in 1985 in International Relations. She then earned a Master's degree in International European Law & Policy at The Hague University of Applied Science. She also followed the Foreign Ministry training program at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.[3]

Career in the diplomatic service[change | change source]

Marsudi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after university. Between 1997 and 2001, Marsudi was First Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2001, she became Director of Europe and America Affairs.[4] Marsudi was promoted to Director of West Europe Affairs in 2003.[5]

In 2005, Marsudi became the Indonesian Ambassador to Norway and Iceland.[4] She was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in December 2011. Marsudi was the first Indonesian to receive the award.[6] She also studied human rights for a short time at the University of Oslo. Marsudi returned to Jakarta and became Director General for European and American Affairs.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made Marsudi Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2011.[7] She has also led negotiations and meetings with the EU, ASEM, and FEALAC.[4]

Political career[change | change source]

Retno Marsudi in Washington, D.C., 2017.

On 27 October 2014, President Joko Widodo made Marsudi Minister of Foreign Affairs.[8]

In 2021, Marsudi was became co-chair – with Karina Gould and Lia Tadesse – of the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) Engagement Group.[9]

Honors[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Joko Widodo appoints Indonesia's first female foreign minister, Retno Marsudi". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. "Ambassador Retno Marsudi to Strengthen Indonesia-Netherlands Special Ties". Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, The Hague. 13 January 2012. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. "RI, Dutch extend diplomatic training to 2016". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Priyambodo RH, ed. (26 October 2014). "Retno Marsudi named foreign affairs minister". Antara News. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  5. "Menlu Retno Marsudi Sudah Siapkan Program Kerja". Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  6. "Retno Marsudi, Menlu Perempuan Pertama Indonesia". Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  7. Ade P Marboen, ed. (21 December 2011). "President installs 26 RI ambassadors". Antara News. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  8. "Delapan "Srikandi" di Kabinet Kerja Diapresiasi". 27 October 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  9. Statement by International Development Minister on Appointment to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment Engagement Group Global Affairs Canada, press releas of January 15, 2021.
  10. "Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Receives Malalai Medal from Afghanistan Government". 1 March 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  11. "Marsudi receives medal of merit from Peru - ANTARA News". Antara News. Retrieved 25 May 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)