Indonesia's Mari Pangestu
Easygoing and amiable, 41-year-old Mari Pangestu doesn't act like a revolutionary. Yet she was a key player in the overthrow of the Suharto regime. As executive director of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Indonesia's most independent think tank, Pangestu analyzed for the World Bank the way Suharto-linked monopolies hobbled the economy. Her research heavily influenced the International Monetary Fund's decision to call for an end to these monopolies as a precondition for extending aid. Suharto's failure to implement that package led to economic chaos, popular upheaval, and his own resignation. And even when the army sent hundreds of youths to demonstrate outside the center last February, Pangestu never stopped arguing publicly for Suharto's ouster.
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