Former President of Indonesia
Chairman, Green Growth Institute


Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

Special Address | 9.35 am - 9.50 am

Prof. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – commonly known by his acronym “SBY” – was the sixth President of the Republic of Indonesia, and also the country’s first directly-elected President. He assumed the Presidency after winning the 2004 elections, making him the first Indonesian President directly elected by voters (previous Presidents were voted by Parliamentarians). In 2009, he was re-elected to a second term after winning the majority of votes (60.80%) in the first run-off in a 3-candidate Presidential race. President Yudhoyono was re-elected in 2009 by a greater number of popular votes than he received at the 2004 elections.

Born in Pacitan, East Java, on September 9, 1949, President Yudhoyono has assumed a number of self-transformations: from student to soldier, soldier to reformist general, 4-star general to cabinet Minister, Minister to politician, and politician to President. He graduated from the Military Academy in 1973 at the top of his class. He served a distinguished military career, which included a tour as chief of the United Nations Military Observer in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH), and retired from service in 1999 when he was appointed as Minister of Mining and Energy. He then served as Coordinating Minister for Political, Social, and Security Affairs in the National Unity Cabinet under President Abdurrahman Wahid (2000-2001). He was re-appointed as Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs under President Megawati Soekarnoputri (2001-2004).

President Yudhoyono has an extensive academic background. While joining the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, he completed his Master Degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, US in 1991. In addition, in the midst of running his Presidential campaign, he completed his Doctorate Degree in Agricultural Economics from Bogor Institute of Agriculture in 2004. On June 12, 2014, the Indonesian National Defence University conferred upon President Yudhoyono a professorship in peace and security studies.