Outgoing Pertamina Chief to Be Researcher at Harvard Kennedy School

By Jakarta Globe on 09:43 pm Aug 22, 2014
Category Education, News
Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Pertamina president-director Karen Agustiawan. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Jakarta. Outgoing Pertaminia president director Karen Agustiawan will be a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on energy-related issues.

Karen will become a senior visiting fellow at the Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative (AESI), a research-based collaboration among the School’s Ash Center, Belfer Center, and the Sustainability Science Program, said Daniel Harsha, an associate director for communications and government relations of Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

“As a Senior Visiting Fellow, Ms. Agustiawan will conduct research relating to the intersection of innovation, energy policy and technology, and environmental outcomes in Asia,” Harsha said in an e-mail to the Jakarta Globe on Friday.

A visiting fellow position usually lasts for a year, but Harsha did not say how long Karen would stay at Harvard.

Aside from research, AESI also hosts trainings for top executives at state-owned energy enterprises from across the Asian region.

Karen will step down from Pertamina on Oct. 1. She has been president director of the energy company since February 2009.