Mari Pangestu is Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia, Senior Fellow at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Board Member of Indonesia Bureau of Economic Research (IBER) and on the Board of Trustees, Centre for Strategic and International Studies Foundation, Jakarta.  She currently serves on a number of boards such as the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); Member of the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices; Distinguished Fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong; Board Member to Australia Indonesia Council; Member of Editorial Board of Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, ANU; Member of the Global Future Council on Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum; and President of the United in Diversity (UID) Foundation, Jakarta.

Professor Mari Pangestu is also President Commissioner at Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN) in Indonesia and President Commissioner at PT Mitra Adiperkasa, Tbk; sits as Chairperson of Board of Trustees of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC; and is also active as advisor to other various social and business organizations, such as the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu Dhabi; Geopolitical International Advisory Board of McLarty Associates, Washington DC; and Board Member of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris.

She served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014.  As Minister of Trade she led international trade negotiations and cooperation for Indonesia. Professor Pangestu worked with Jeffrey Sachs on the UN Secretary General Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review (2003-2005), was the WTO Group-33 Chairperson (2005-2011), and was nominated as candidate for the WTO Director General (2013).  In March 2018, she received the 2018 Distinguished Fellow Award by Eisenhower Fellowships. Mari Pangestu was also Independent Commissioner at PT Astra International (2015-2017). Pangestu obtained her BA and MA from the Australian National University (ANU), and her PhD from the University of California Davis.