Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa was appointed as the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia on 22 October 2009. Prior to his appointment as Foreign Minister, he served as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations in New York (2007 – 2009).
Among his recent responsibilities as the Permanent Representative of Indonesia was as the President of the Security Council in November 2007 and Chairman of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2007–2008 (Indonesia served as an elected member of the Security Council in 2007–2008); Chairman of the Asia Group in October 2008; Co-Facilitator of the President of the General Assembly for the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in December 2008; and Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) for 2008 and 2009. He also led Indonesia’s delegation at various multilateral negotiations and participated actively at various academic fora on the subject of the United Nations.
Between 2005 – 2007 and prior to his assignment as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, he served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Court of St. James’s and Ireland. In this capacity, he sought to elevate and rejuvenate Indonesia – United Kingdom bilateral relations to a higher level as inter alia evidenced in the visit of Prime Minister Blair to Indonesia in March 2006 and the establishment of Indonesia – United Kingdom Partnership Forum. While serving in the United Kingdom, he presented papers on Indonesia, ASEAN, East Asia, counter terrorism and other international issues at various universities, including Cambridge University, Oxford University and the London School of Economics, as well as business forums.
In the years 2002–2005, he consecutively served as the Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and as the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation in the Department of Foreign Affairs. While serving in the aforementioned posts, he concurrently served the position of Spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs. His term as Director General for ASEAN Cooperation coincided with Indonesia’s chairmanship of ASEAN; a period marked by intensive effort to promote the idea of an ASEAN Community which was formally endorsed by the member countries through the 2003 Bali Concord II. Also during the same period, he saw through the convening of the first East Asia Summit (EAS) reflecting Indonesia’s vision of an inclusive EAS, and ASEAN as the driving force.
As Spokesperson, he experienced first hand the increased expectations of the public on foreign policy matters within the new democratic setting in Indonesia and also faced a number of difficult issues, including the effort to address the threat of terrorism. On 14 December 2004 he received the First Public Relations Society Award from the PR Society of Indonesia.
Dr. Marty Natalegawa also inter alia served as Director for International Organizations at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
He served at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN between 1994 and 1999, including during Indonesia’s membership of the Security Council in 1996-1997.
He began his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in 1986.
Dr. Natalegawa obtained a Doctor of Philosophy at the ANU in 1993; a Master of Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge in 1985; and a BSc (Hons) at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1984. He also attended the Ellesmere College and Concord College in the UK between 1976-1981.
Dr. Natalegawa is married and has three children.