Ambassador Muhammad Lutfi
Muhammad Lutfi was sworn in as the 20th Indonesian Ambassador to the United States of America on September 14th, 2020 by H.E. President Joko Widodo and shortly presented his Letter of Credentials to President Donald J. Trump, on September 17th, 2020.
Prior to this assignment, Ambassador Lutfi has held several leadership positions in the Indonesian government. He served as the Minister of Trade (2014), Ambassador to Japan (2010-2013) and Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) (2005-2009).
Born in Jakarta, August 16th, 1969, Ambassador Lutfi started his career journey as an entrepreneur. His true passion in nurturing young Indonesian entrepreneurs led him to become the Chairman of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (2001-2004).
He first joined the government in 2005 as the Chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) where he secured a number of high-profile investment projects and spearheaded several direct investment policy reforms. Among others, his brainchild includes one stop shop for investment licensing and the new Investment Law of 2007. He later received global recognition when the World Economic Forum (WEF) named him one of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) in 2008.
His keen interest in diplomacy and world affairs was demonstrated during his tenure as the Indonesian Ambassador to Japan since 2010. Under his leadership, he navigated the bilateral relationship between the two countries and multiplied Japan’s direct investment to Indonesia by almost seven folds.
He stretched another milestone as the Minister of Trade in 2014 during which he was able to maintain inflation and boosted national export on the backdrop of global oil price dynamics. In the same year, finally he received the Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana award, one of the highest civilian honors from the Government of Indonesia, for his dedication and legacies.
As the Ambassador to the United States, he is committed to step up the bilateral relation and seek to have mutual cooperation in education, innovation, and technology.
Ambassador Lutfi studied Economics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He is married with one daughter. While he is an enthusiastic golfer, he also enjoys basketball, swimming and reading.