His Excellency Mr. Jusuf Kalla
Vice President of Indonesia
An Indonesian politician who was the 10th Vice President of Indonesia from 2004 to 2009 and Chairman of the Golkar Party during the same period.
Jusuf Kalla attended Hasanuddin University in Makassar. During university period, he became active in the Indonesian Student Action Front (KAMI), a student organisation which supported General Suharto in his bid to gain power from president Sukarno.
Aside from his business career, Kalla has been active in numerous well-known organisations. He was chairman of the Indonesian Economics Graduates Association (ISEI) in Makassar (known as Ujung Pandang at the time) and continues to be an adviser for ISEI. Kalla was extensively involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN).
From 1985 to 1998 he was chairman for KADIN in South Sulawesi and was coordinator for KADIN in eastern Indonesia. In addition, Kalla is on the board of trustees for three universities in Makassar. Kalla has contributed socially by building the Al Markaz Mosque and beco chairman of its Islamic centre.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has recently appointed Kalla as a special envoy to Myanmar to solve the conflict between Buddhists and Islamic Rohingya.