Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the sixth President of the Republic of Indonesia, and also the country’s first directly elected President. President Yudhoyono has assumed a number of self-transformation: from student to soldier, soldier to reformist general, four-star general to Cabinet Minister, Minister to Politician, and politician to President.
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. He completed his Doctorate Degree in Agricultural Economics from Bogor lnstitute of Agriculture in 2004.
President Yudhoyono is also a recipient of several international awards. ln 2011, the United Nations named him as the “Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction”; in 2010, he received the Gold Standard Award and was named Asia’s Top Political Communicator by Public Affairs Asia, based in Hong Kong; and in the same year, he received the “Global Home Tree Award”. He was also the recipient of the UNEP Award.
Other Global Awards:
- In 2011, the UNDRR named him the Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction
- In January 2005 he created the Askeskin Program (which has since evolved into Jamkesmas), allowing poor people to have access to healthcare
- Yudhoyono is one of Time Magazine’s 100 World’s Most Influential People
- In February 2007, Yudhoyono added welfare to UKP3R’s tasks by ordering them to also put focus on the abolition of poverty, the direct cash assistance, public service as well as assisting programs in health and education.