In the lead up to the 16th ABLA, the CNBC Exchange series will explore current topics of interest to business leaders in different countries. Open to a select group of c-level and senior executives, each Exchange features a highly-engaging morning debate with discussion and is followed by a networking session over lunch.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 10am - 2pm
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

Banking on Growth

Indonesia's banking industry is at a crossroads.

While lending activity is slowly picking up, years of sluggish growth and weak commodity prices have pushed up the number of bad loans in the sector. Rating agency S&P estimates that weak loans are now around 11 percent of the total credit in Indonesia; among the highest in Asia. At the same time, emergence of Fintech companies is intensifying competition in the consumer banking space.

How can Indonesia's banking sector cope with the challenges? Is the country able to achieve its target of offering financial services to three-quarters of its population by 2019? We'll assess the state of the banking industry in Southeast Asia's largest economy with our panel of guests.


Martin Soong

Martin Soong

Anchor, CNBC

Martin Soong is the co-anchor of CNBC's Street Signs, based in Singapore. The programme follows the day's biggest moves to provide viewers with actionable, real-time insights. From the anchor desk to the trading desk, the show helps you to capitalize on the plays of the day.

Part of the CNBC Asia team since 1993, Soong is one of the founding anchors of the network, and has played a key role in helping shape its identity and development.

A 20-year broadcast veteran, Soong has dominated business television in Asia for two decades. He covered the Asian financial crisis, and has also reported widely, from APEC and ASEAN summits, to post-conflict zones like East Timor.


Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, CEO, Bank Mandiri

Kartika Wirjoatmodjo

Chief Executive Officer, Bank Mandiri

Kartika Wirjoatmodjo (Tiko), is President Director and CEO of PT Bank Mandiri. Previously he served as Chief Financial Officer of PT Bank Mandiri. Prior joining Bank Mandiri, he served as CEO and member of Board of Commissioner of Indonesia Deposit Insurance Corporation until March 2015.

He also served as CEO of PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance until December 2013. Previously he was appointed Managing Director at PT Mandiri Sekuritas (2008-2011), Senior Vice President at PT Bank Mandiri (2005 – 2008).

He obtained bachelor degree in Accounting from University of Indonesia in 1996, and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands in 2001.

Vera Eve Lim, CFO & Director, Bank Danamon

Vera Eve Lim

CFO & Director, Bank Danamon

Vera Eve Lim is the Chief Financial Officer of Danamon since October 2003 and was appointed as a Director of Danamon in June 2006. Lim graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Tarumanegara University. She has completed executive program in Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2008, Leadership Program in Haggai Institute, Maui Hawaii, Pacific Rim Bankers Program and Insead Executive Program. She currently serves as Commissioner of PT Adira Dinamika Multi Finance and served as Vice President Commissioner of PT Asuransi Adira Dinamika until 2014. She is also the Chairperson of IT Steering Committee, Alternate Chairman of ALCO, member of HR Committee and member of Risk Committee at Danamon.

Fauzi Ichsan, CEO, Indonesian Deposit Insurance Corporation (IDIC)

Fauzi Ichsan

Chief Executive Officer, Indonesian Deposit Insurance Corporation (IDIC)

Fauzi Ichsan is Chief Executive Officer at the Indonesian Deposit Insurance Corporation (IDIC), appointed by presidential decree in September 2015. A prominent Indonesian economist, Ichsan initially joined IDIC as a Member of Board of Commissioners. Together with Ministry of Finance, Indonesia Financial Services Authority, and Bank Indonesia, Ichsan led IDIC in the issuance of Law on Prevention and Management of Financial System Crisis (PPKSK Law) – once called as Law of Financial Safety Net.

Adrian A Gunadi, Co-Founder & CEO, Investree

Adrian A Gunadi

Co-Founder & CEO, Investree

Adrian completed his bachelor degree in Faculty of Economics in University of Indonesia and MBA at Rotterdam School of Management.

His last role was Director of Retail Banking at Bank Muamalat Indonesia – managing SME, consumer, micro, liabilities, and e-banking across 400 branches.

Trained as banker since the beginning, Adrian was all too aware with the difficulties of getting financial access from formal institution, he knew that there must be a better way. By creating Investree, he's putting all his banking experience to digitalize financial inclusion in Indones and help businesses and individuals.