Dahlan Iskan

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Dahlan Iskan ( born August 17, 1951 in Magetan) is the former CEO of Indonesian newspaper publisher, Jawa Pos Group. He was the CEO of Indonesia's State Electricity Company, (PLN) from December 23, 2009 to October, 2011.[1] He was Indonesia's minister for State-owned enterprises in the period October 2011 to October 2014.

Dahlan Iskan in 2013

Dahlan is known for his unorthodox, often personalised, approach to solving internal bureaucratic problems and inefficiencies within stated-owned enterprises (SOEs). Over time, he came to have been seen as a somewhat controversial figure. His style as a minister sometimes attracted criticism from members of the Indonesian parliament (MPs).[2] He responded vigorously to criticisms from parliamentarians by threatening to expose details of payments allegedly made by SOEs in order to be able to meet MPs in parliamentary commission hearings. He also supported the Indonesian development of an environmentally friendly car, one of which he often drove himself. However, in a much-publicised incident, he crashed one of the electric cars.[3]

Dahlan Iskan is also the author of No such thing as Can't, the biography of Karmaka Surjaudaja, the founder of bank OCBC NISP in Indonesia which has close links with OCBC (Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation).[4]

After completing his term as minister for State Owned Enterprises, he is now traveling to some countries to harvest ideas on the area of his interest such as sustainable energy while reporting his observation and analysis in JPNN.


  1. ^ Suharmoko, Aditya; Alfian (2009-12-23). "Dahlan Iskan named to lead state power utility PLN". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  2. ^ Amahl S, Azwar, 'Politics: Lawmakers target Dahlan and his antics', The Jakarta Post, 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ Kusumasari Ayuningtyas and Wahyoe Boediwardhana, 'Dahlan rams local sports car into mountain slope', The Jakarta Post, 5 January 2013.
  4. ^ Donny Syofan, 'Dahlan vs House lawmakers replicates David vs Goliath duel?', The Jakarta Post, 4 November 2012.

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