Shinta Widjaja Kamdani Awarded “Women Entrepreneur of the Year” 2014

Jakarta, 15 August 2014

For the sixth time, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) bestows outstanding awards to numerous Indonesia business leaders. These awards are a form of appreciation and recognition to these leaders in promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Indonesia

This year, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, CEO of Sintesa Group receives the prestigious Special Achievement Award as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. After tedious selection process which involves qualitative and quantitative assessment, the APEA panel agreed that Shinta is the perfect individual for this Award.

Shinta hopes that similar Award can also be given to Small and Medium Enterprise entrepreneurs because to further promote its development in Indonesia while at the same time improving economic growth.

“I really appreciate this Award, but I also hope that similar Award can be given to Small and Medium Enterprise entrepreneurs to increase their entrepreneurial spirit and to further promote its development in Indonesia. Today, entrepreneurs in Indonesia only consists of 1.56 % from the total population where the minimum percentage should be 2%. This percentage is still below the numbers of entrepreneurs in Malaysia and Singapore with 5% and 7% consecutively,” explained Shinta.

Shinta also adds that year 2015 which marks the new era of ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) is just around the corner. Entrepreneurs in Indonesia, especially SMEs entrepreneurs, must be able to increase their competitiveness. “AFTA is just around the corner away, therefore Indonesia business people must increase their competitiveness, especially the SMEs entrepreneurs. They must not be stagnant and complacent, or they will pay the price,” added Shinta. Indonesia SMEs entrepreneurs must be able to cope with this challenge because in their hands rest also the economic growth of Indonesia.

For that reason, Shinta encourages established business people to give mentor and to facilitate SMEs entrepreneurs to increase their competitiveness. Shinta herself with her initiative called ANGIN (Angel Investor Network Indonesia) has given supports to women entrepreneurs who would like to start a business. This initiative is a part of Global Entreprenenurship Program Indonesia (GEPI) where Shinta is also one of the Founders.

Specifically, Shinta gives more attention to women entrepreneurs since there are a lot of unexplored potentials due to a number of challenges: lack of business skill and knowledge, limited mentoring facility, lack of networking opportunities to share experiences, un-enabling social condition for women to do business and, probably the biggest challenge, lack of access to funding.

Through ANGIN, Shinta can give mentoring for the woman entrepreneurs starting from the preliminary stage to the business realization. After much efforts, today the ANGIN initiative has successfully supported numerous women entrepreneurs to start their business in catering, cosmetics, and snacks. For the long run, it is hoped that entrepreneurship can give independence and wider economic participation for Indonesian women.

In the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) which held in JW Marriot Hotel on Friday night, 15 August 2014, besides Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, there are selected Indonesia business leaders who are also being honored, namely Director of PT. KAI (Indonesia Railway Company), Ignasius Jonan and CEO of PT. Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar who both received Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award is given by Enterprise Asia, a non-government organization in the Asia Pacific that supports the development of the business world and entrepreneurship. Previously, several prominent Indonesia business leaders and outstanding government officials such as Franky Oesman Widjaja (Chairman & CEO, PT. SMART, Tbk) awarded as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, Noni Sri Ayati Purnomo (Vice President, Blue Bird Group) awarded as Outstanding Entrepreneurship, and Muhammad Jusuf Kalla who received Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 as an acknowledgement to his great service and dedication to Indonesian Red Cross.


Photo Caption: (left – right) Prominent Indonesia Business Leaders who receives the honor at Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, Friday night, 15 August 2014, JW Marriot Hotel, Jakarta.

Deputy Group Managing Director PT. Elabram Systems, Sunny Yaw
Dirut PT. Kereta Api Indonesia, Ignasius Jonan
CEO PT. Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk., Emirsyah Satar
CEO Sintesa Group, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
CEO PT Bukit Asam (Persero) Tbk., Milawarma

Sintesa Health, Solusi Kesehatan Masa Kini

Sintesa Health, Solusi Kesehatan Masa Kini ::
December 10, 2013 15:13:01

Lebih baik mencegah daripada mengobati. Itulah jargon kesehatan yang sering didengungkan. Daripada terlanjur menderita suatu penyakit lebih baik mengonsumsi makanan dan multivitamin sehat serta berolahraga. Menyediakan solusi kesehatan bagi masyarakat Sintesa Group meluncurkan Sintesa Health yang fokus dalam mengembangkan produk-produk kesehatan dengan bahan alam. Dibentuk pada Januari 2013, Sintesa Health telah memasarkan produk jadi yang semuanya sudah melalui uji klinis dan mempunyai izin POM. Sintesa Health memperkenalkan produk dengan standar kualitas Eropa dan diimpor langsung dari perusahaan Catalysis, Spanyol. Tak usah meragukan khasiatnya karena obat-obat yang dipasarkan sudah melalui uji klinis terpercaya dan sudah dipasarkan di berbagai negara, kurang lebih 88 Negara. Selain itu, kualitas produk tersebut juga sudah menerima pengakuan internasional dan telah dipublikasikan di BMJ (British Medical Journal), WJG (World Journal of Gastroenterology). Produk-produknya termasuk 3 produk Nutraceutical: ViusidPowder & Solution, Diasulin Capsule dan Oncoxin Capsule & Solution. Terdapat juga 3 produkCosmeceutical, yaitu: Blue-CapCream & Spray, GlizigenSpray dan GranexSpray yang mengobati penyakit-penyakit kosmetis seperti penyakit kulit, herpes, dan lain-lain. Bahkan produk Blue-Cap dapat juga digunakan untuk membasmi ketombe yang membandel. Harga yang ditawarkan beragam mulai dari Rp 239.000 – Rp 1.269.000. Anda bisa mendapatkan tawaran harga yang lebih ekonomis sebesar potongan 10-15% jika menggunakan layanan member. Tak hanya itu saja, Sentosa Health juga mengadakan Customer Sharing Experiences yaitu sebuah lomba berbagi pengalaman bagi konsumen yang sudah memakai produk Sintesa Health. Kompetisi yang diadakan mulai tanggal 21 Oktober – 31 Desember 2013 menawarkan hadiah utama sebesar Rp 40 juta, info lebih lanjut di Jangan khawatir kompetisi terbuka untuk umum sehingga bisa diikuti oleh Anda semua.

Indonesia-US to Build Solar Power Plants in Four Airports

Date Published : 08 October 2013 Author : Admin

Nusa Dua, APEC 2013 – The government of Indonesia and the government of the United States of America have agreed to utilize solar power by building Solar Power Plants in four airports in Bali, Surabaya, Makassar and Balikpapan. The agreement on the Solar Power Plants that will be implemented by PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) together with Sintesa Group-SunEdison Energy will start at the end of 2014. “The constructions of the Solar Power Plants are necessary to create an eco- airport,” President Director of Angkasa Pura I, Tommy Soetomo, said during a Memorandum of Understanding between Indonesia and the US at a Green Technology Signing Ceremony, as a series of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2013, at the Grand Nikko Hotel, in Nusa Dua Bali, on Tuesday (8/10). The utilization of Solar Power Plants with the capacity of 15 Mega Watts prioritizes the needs of Air Conditioners (AC). As explained, airport Solar Power Plants have been built in other countries, such as Malaysia and Singapore with an investment of US$35 million. The Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia passed the SKEP (decree) 124/VI/2009 of the guidelines on eco -airports followed by instruction of the Director General of Air Transport through a document numbered AU.105/1/4/DRJU-232 on 5 March 2012. The document instructs all airport management in Indonesia to implement this environmental friendly concept in the international airport that it runs. The implementation of this concept is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (Co2) produced by the aviation sector that contributes to 2% of the climate change. President Director of SunEdison Energy India Pvt Ltd Pashupatty Gopaian explained that Indonesia needs to reduce fossil-based fuel (BBM). This is beneficial particularly to reduce the State Budget (APBN) and to allocate the budget to more important expenditures, such as the development of infrastructure and education budget. Meanwhile the CEO of the Sintesa Group Shinta Widjaja Kamdani said that the utilization of Solar Power Plants prioritizes sustainable development principles. (eka yonavilbia)

GEPI hopes number of Indonesian female entrepreneurs up

Wed, June 5 2013 12:00 | 410 Views

The data show the gap between entrepreneur-man and entrepreneur-women in range 30 percent in last decade." Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI) has channeled US$30,000 in fund to Wangsa Jelita Entrepreneurs group in effort to help increase the number of female entrepreneurs in the country.
"The fund is submitted in three stages," GEPI founder Shinta Widjaja Kamdani said here on Tuesday, adding that the lending channeling program is called Angin Women Angel Fund

According to her, the number of women as entrepreneurs in Indonesia is less than men.

"The data show the gap between entrepreneur-man and entrepreneur-women in range 30 percent in last decade," Shinta said

In 2000 the gap was 26 percent, 2002 (36 percent), 2004 (37 percent), 2006 (38 percent), 2008 (32 percent) and 2010 (34 percent).

Angin Women Angel Fund is the tools for women to help their business growth by its funding, mentoring, networking and business expansion
One of Wangsa Jelita product is soap. It is composed by rose from flower farmer in Lembang sub-district, province of W Java.

Nadya Saiq, one of Wangsa Jelita founders, said his business not only for their profit but also encourage the living standard of local farmers.

"We saw some local farmers can`t sent their children to study in university caused their rose prize so cheap. So, we have tried to boost their rose prize to be more valuable," she said.

Angin Women Angel Fund is the GEPI`s program to facilitate and accelerate the business growth.

In developed countries, the similar program like angel investment is common. The angel investment has encouraged the people`s will to build their-own business.

Some examples of success angel investment are Google, Apple, Starbucks and Subway.

(Reporting by Anom Prihantoro/A061/B003)
Editor: Priyambodo RH

G10 Inspiring Women: Shinta Kamdani

Category: Inspiring Women
By : Ulisari Eslita
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Date : Monday, April 15, 2013 - 21:12:10

Since 1999, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani has been the chief executive of the Sintesa group. Her business career, however, started much earlier. At 13, she was selling books door-to-door. She is also surrounded by a family of entrepreneurs. She is married to businessman Irwan Kamdani, whose family owns IT company PT Datascript. Her family is Johnny Widjaja, who is a second generation business tycoon and who ran the Tigaraksa conglomerate. With roots going back to 1919, the Tigaraksa group was later absorbed by the Sintesa group, which is controlled under PT Widjajatunggal Sejahtera, the family’s holding company.

Growing up, Shinta remembers few normal holidays. Each time the school holiday started, Shinta spent most of the time by working, either in her family business or at other private companies. Then, when she finally took the reins in 1999, it was hardly an auspicious time for the country. A year earlier the Asia financial crisis had struck and the former strongman regime of Suharto has finally ended. The outlook for Indonesia was uncertain, with numerous family businesses going bankrupt or struggling with major debts. Yet Shinta rolled up her sleeves and set to work. She had two goals. One was to ensure Sintesa’s long-term success as a sustainable business—a major goal given the business climate at the time. Second, the group had centralized management in the founder and then the son. As the third generation to take the reins, Shinta was determined to turn Sintesa into a more professionally managed business, while still keeping it under family control (only two of the 17 Sintesa group companies are publicly listed). For her success as an entrepreneur, Shinta qualifies to be named as one of ten inspiring women for this year’s list.

Mengonsolidasikan Perusahaan Keluarga Menjadi Grup Sintesa

Posted on March 25, 2013
by Rosa Sekar Mangalandum

Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, anak sulung pasangan Johnny Widjaja dan Martina Widjaja, mulai terjun ke bisnis keluarga setelah menyelesaikan pendidikan di Amerika Serikat. Meski anak pemilik perusahaan, toh Shinta merintis karier dari bawah, hingga akhirnya memegang posisi tertinggi: Direktur Pengelola. Di bawah kepemimpinan Shinta, perusahaan keluarga ditransformasikan menjadi perusahaan yang dikelola oleh manajemen profesional, dan dikonsolidasikan dalam Grup Sintesa. Bagaimana lika-liku Shinta terjun ke perusahaan keluarganya, semua dituturkan kepada Rosa Sekar Mangalandum: Biasanya anak pemilik perusahaan sudah pisah dari orang tua sejak kecil untuk bersekolah di luar negeri. Bagaimana Anda menghadapi tantangan ini? Waktu SMA, saya dikirim orang tua ke luar negeri, tepatnya di sekolah di tengah kota yang tak ada apa-apanya, semua siswanya perempuan. Benar-benar seperti penjara. Saya tidak punya siapa-siapa. Saya didrop dengan kemampuan bahasa Inggris pas-pasan, padahal orang Asia di sekolah itu hanya ada satu. Benar-benar belajar jadi survivor dengan segala dinamika sekolah, termasuk bullying. Perasaan Anda saat itu? Saya sempat kecewa karena dipindahkan terlalu cepat oleh orang tua. Walaupun demikian, sekarang saya bisa melihat hasilnya, yaitu bisa bertahan di lingkungan yang tidak mudah. Apalagi sebagian besar lulusan luar negeri kurang mengerti dan menguasai keadaan negerinya sendiri, bahkan mungkin sampai sekarang. Kalau saya bekerja di bank setelah lulus, mungkin saya tidak akan belajar cukup tentang bisnis dalam negeri. Tetapi karena harus berpromosi dan marketing ke berbagai daerah, saya berinteraksi langsung dengan orang-orang di lapangan. Dan pengalaman ini membawa perubahan besar dalam karier dan hidup saya. Saya jadi lebih mengenal Indonesia.

Sintesa Group to Build 1,000-MW Plants by 2020

December 13, 2012.

The Sintesa Group, a conglomerate group led by businesswoman Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, plans to build power plants with capacity at 1,000 megawatts by 2020 to help meet the energy needs of the country as the economy continues to grow.“As we all know, every 100 percent increase in GDP [gross domestic product] results in a 200 percent increase in energy demand,” said Shinta, chief executive of the Sintesa Group, at a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday. “We want to build 200 megawatt capacity facilities per year until 2020.” She said that the company’s long-term target will support the government’s plan to provide electricity to the nation’s 240 million people. State electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara is tasked with providing power to the country.

Sintesa is expanding its capacity in its gas-fired power plant in Gunung Megang, Muara Enim in South Sumatra to 110 megawatts from 80 megawatts, Shinta said, adding that all of the power generated from the plant will be sold to PLN. The group secured a $100 million loan from Bank Internasional Indonesia on Tuesday to help finance the expansion. The capacity increase requires a $120 million investment, according to Shinta. PLN said in 2007 that an additional 10,000 MW would be produced, with private investors accounting for most of the projects, by 2013. The country’s total capacity is about 30,000 MW, as of the end of last year.

Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli, president director of BII, said on Wednesday that the bank is focusing much of its attention to the energy sector to help support the government program. Citing data from PLN, the lender said that the state utility has only been able to reach 45 percent of its 10,000-MW target so far. “Indonesia is facing a crisis of electricity supply. Active participation like Sintesa Group’s should be supported,” Khairussaleh said. Rahardja Alimhamzah, director of global wholesale banking at BII, said that loans to the energy sector make up 12 percent of BII’s wholesale loans, which stood at Rp 27.8 trillion ($2.9 billion) as of Sept. 30.

Aside from the gas-fired plant in Sumatra, Shinta is looking at other parts of the country for energy projects. The company is negotiating a power purchase agreement with PLN for a 110 MW geothermal plant in Banten Province, in which Sintesa will invest $350 million. “We are also looking at a location close to Manado in North Sulawesi, but it is still in the very early stages” she said, adding that it would be a geothermal plant with a capacity of 30 to 50 MW. She said the company will continue to focus on environmentally friendly power sources like geothermal. “Indonesia has the geothermal potential in abundance, so this is a very good opportunity for us,” Shinta said.

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