Retno Marsudi
Secretary Tillerson Shakes Hands With Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi Before Their Meeting in Washington (34290251502) (cropped).jpg
17th Foreign Minister of Indonesia
Assumed office
27 October 2014
PresidentJoko Widodo
Preceded byMarty Natalegawa
Ambassador of Indonesia to the Netherlands
In office
13 January 2012 – 16 January 2015
PresidentJoko Widodo
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded byJunus Effendy Habibie
Succeeded byI Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja
Ambassador of Indonesia to Iceland & Norway
In office
PresidentSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded byHatanto Reksodiputro
Succeeded byEsti Andayani
Personal details
Retno Lestari Priansari

(1962-11-27) 27 November 1962 (age 59)
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 who has been serving as the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet of Joko Widodo since 2014. She is the first female minister appointed to the post.[1] She was previously the Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands from 2012 to 2014, as well as Ambassador to Iceland and Norway from 2005 to 2008.[2]

Early life and education

Born in Semarang, Marsudi graduated from SMAN 3 Semarang and continued her study in International Relations, to which she graduated from Gadjah Mada University in 1985. She then pursued a Master's degree in International European Law & Policy at The Hague University of Applied Science and followed the Foreign Ministry training program at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.[3]

Career in the diplomatic service

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

In 2005, Marsudi was appointed as the Indonesian Ambassador to Norway and Iceland.[4] During her tenure, she was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in December 2011, the first Indonesian to receive the award.[6] She also briefly took up study of human rights at the University of Oslo. Marsudi returned to Jakarta and was appointed Director General for European and American Affairs.

Marsudi was appointed as Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2012.[4] She has also led various multilateral negotiations and bilateral consultations with the EU, ASEM, and FEALAC.[4]

Political career

Retno Marsudi in 2021
Retno Marsudi in 2021

On 27 October 2014, Marsudi was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Joko Widodo in his Working Cabinet.[7]

In 2021, Marsudi was appointed co-chair – alongside Karina Gould and Lia Tadesse – of the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) Engagement Group; the AMC is a financing instrument established to support the participation of 92 lower-middle and low-income economies in the COVAX Facility and ensure their access to COVID-19 vaccines.[8]




See also


  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. ^ a b c d "Retno Marsudi named foreign affairs minister". 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. ^ "Delapan "Srikandi" di Kabinet Kerja Diapresiasi". 27 October 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  8. ^ Statement by International Development Minister on Appointment to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment Engagement Group Global Affairs Canada, press releas of January 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Marsudi receives medal of merit from Peru - ANTARA News". Antara News. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
Political offices Preceded byMarty Natalegawa Minister of Foreign Affairs 2014–present Incumbent