Sonita Lontoh

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Sonita Lontoh
Sonita Lontoh - World Economic Forum 2015 Agenda.jpg
Sonita Lontoh from the World Economic Forum 2015 Agenda
Residence San Francisco, California, United States[1]
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northwestern University
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Internet of Things Executive
Known for - Head of Global Marketing and Corporate Strategy Trilliant Inc., Silicon Valley, United States
- Founder Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance
- Chairman, IDF
Spouse(s) Adam Skarsgard

Sonita Lontoh is a technology executive[2] focusing on Internet of Things (IoT), 'smart' connected energy/devices, and green technology.[3] In particular, she focuses on societal benefits and global cross-border collaborations on innovation, human capital and leadership development. [4] She was of Minahasa and Minangkabau descent from Indonesia.[5]

Career and achievement[edit]

She is an executive at Siemens, the global industrial conglomerate.[6] Formerly, she was an executive at Trilliant, a venture-backed technology company in Silicon Valley.[7] [8] Prior to this, she was a leader at PG&E Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company in San Francisco, serving approximately 20 million customers in California. Earlier in her career, Lontoh was a management consultant at the strategy consulting firm Bain & Company and spent a few years as a technology entrepreneur.[9][10][11]

Lontoh is a professional mentor and selection committee member for the TechWomen program, a United States Department of State women-in-technology initiative spearheaded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to implement President Barack Obama’s vision for greater collaboration between the United States and emerging leaders in global communities.[12]

Lontoh is a co-founder and chairman of the board of the Indonesian Diaspora Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering Indonesian diaspora worldwide and help with Indonesian-American relations.[13] She is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance, a nonprofit focusing on increasing global cross-collaborations between Silicon Valley and the technology and business communities in emerging Asia. [14] Lontoh was invited by the White House to speak on the US-ASEAN Connect Initiative and Internet of Things at President Barack Obama's 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University.[15]

Lontoh is a member of 85 Broads, a global network for professional women originally founded in 1997 as a network for current and former Goldman Sachs employees who worked at the firm's headquarters at 85 Broad Street, NYC, and at other Goldman Sachs offices worldwide. On May 15, 2013, the New York Times reported that Sallie L. Krawcheck, a former executive of Bank of America and Citigroup, had agreed to buy 85 Broads.[16]

Lontoh received the Diaspora Entrepreneurship and Corporate Excellence award from the Government of Indonesia[17] and was named a Global Emerging Leader Under 40.[18] She was invited to the White House to attend an event to honor AAPI Women Champions of Change.[19]

Lontoh received her Master of Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California Berkeley. [20]


  • 2016, April 27, Wall Street Journal - The Power of Positive Thinking
  • 2016, April 20, World Economic Forum - How Much is the Internet of Things Worth to the Global Economy?
  • 2015, April 20, CNN Indonesia - Connecting Emerging Asia and Silicon Valley
  • 2015, April 17, NBC Universal - Asia Pacific America Welcomes IDF
  • 2014, December 21, The Huffington Post - 9 Successful People Explains What That Actually Means
  • 2014, December 8, CBS San Francisco - Career Paths Based on Three Things
  • 2014, July 10, TIME - Everyday Money, Travel
  • 2014, July 10, Reuters - US Travel, Airlines
  • 2014, June, FORBES Asia - Can Emerging Markets Re-Create Silicon Valley?
  • 2013, December 6, Reuters - IDF Chairman to Educate Audience on Harnessing Technology Disruption
  • 2013, July 18, CNN Money - Face to Face
  • 2013, May 6, San Francisco Chronicle - White House to Honor AAPI Women as Champions of Change
  • 2012, November 15, FORBES - Have a Mentor? How about Being a Mentor?
  • 2012, September 24, San Francisco Chronicle - Sonita Lontoh Receives the Global Emerging Leader award


  1. ^ The Power of Positive Thinking Wall Street Journal, April 2016
  2. ^ The Power of Positive Thinking Wall Street Journal, April 2016
  3. ^ Can Emerging Markets Re-Create Silicon Valley? Forbes, June 2014
  4. ^ Green Hero. Asian Fortune News, January 11, 2014
  5. ^ Lontoh: Srikandi Indonesia di Lembah Silicon
  6. ^ Reprints, Katie Morell. "Five Executives on How They Unplug". Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  7. ^ Everyday Money Travel. TIME, July 10, 2014
  8. ^ US Travel Airlines Reuters, July 10, 2014
  9. ^ Green Advocate Tatler, January 2013
  10. ^ Money and Investing BBC Capital, April 2014
  11. ^ Internet of Things The Peggy Smedley Show, June 2014
  12. ^ Have a Mentor. Forbes, November 15, 2012[non-primary source needed]
  13. ^ IDF Chairman Educates Audience on Technology Disruption. Reuters, December 6, 2013
  14. ^ This Organization Gives Indonesia a Chance to Catch Up with Silicon Valley. Tech in Asia, October 28, 2014
  15. ^ "Svata Indonesian Founder to Speak at US Global Entrepreneurship Summit | Jakarta Globe". Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  16. ^ Krawcheck Agrees to Buy 85 Broads. New York Times, May 15, 2013
  17. ^ Trilliant Executive Receives Diaspora Award. Marketwatch, July 31, 2012
  18. ^ Green Technology Expert. The Jakarta Globe, August 22, 2012
  19. ^ White House to Honor AAPI Women as Champions of Change. San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2013
  20. ^ Champion of Change. Prestige, February 2014