Economist and former vice president director at PT Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Felia Salim has helped bring new innovations to the bank as a way to achieve it’s long-term goal to become a regional player. Felia’s own path to success is based on her deep experience in financial services. After getting a master’s degree at Carleton University in Canada, she started her career as a vice president at Citibank Indonesia before she became a director at the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 1994 (when it was still known as the Jakarta Stock Exchange). After five years, she became the executive secretary to the Financial Sector Policy Committee before moving to the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) in 2001 as deputy chairman where she was in charge of monitoring banks under IBRA’s control. Her last position before becoming vice president director was as an independent commissioner at BNI. She is also involved in philanthropy by working with the Tifa Foundation, which promotes an open society in Indonesia.