Shoeb Kagda

Indonesian Economic Forum

Shoeb Kagda is an Indonesia-based media consultant specializing in co-creating content. He started his career in Journalism in 1988 as a reporter for the Singapore Business Times where he covered politics, economics, trade unions and commodities. He moved to Jakarta in 1998 to cover the Asian financial crisis for Business Times during which time he wrote widely on the fall of President Suharto; Indonesia’s political transition and emergence as one of the most resilient economies in the region.

In 2007, he launched Globe Asia, Indonesia’s first English language magazine, which annually publishes the 150 Richest Indonesians and the 100 Top Groups lists. The magazine today has a circulation of 60,000 and is the only Indonesia-based publication that is distributed regionally.

After serving as the Group Editor in Chief for BeritaSatu Media Holdings (which includes Globe Asia, the Jakarta Globe, Investor Daily) for three years, Shoeb started his own media and political consulting firm Synthesis Indonesia in 2013.

In 2014, he launched the Indonesia Economic Forum (IEF), a platform that allows business, government, civil society and academic leaders to come together and discuss new ideas to take Indonesia forward. The IEF has grown to become Indonesia’s premier business and economic conference at which top government and business leaders have spoken.

Over his 19 years of working experience in Indonesia, Shoeb has built an extensive network consisting of senior government officials, business leaders, top bankers, entrepreneurs and policy makers.

Shoeb earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, graduating with a double major in Journalism and Political Science.