Chris Kanter is a Founder and Chairman of Sigma Sembada Group, a business group that is known as major player in turn-key contractor, transportation, and logistic. He is one of businessmen who stands at the forefront of national economic reform agenda in Indonesia. He is currently serves as Vice Chairman for Trade and International Relations of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). In his previous role, he served as Vice President of KADIN from 1994 to 2010.
Besides KADIN, he also sits in several important positions such as Member of Board of Commissioner of PT. Indosat Tbk., Chairman of Board of Founders of Swiss German University (SGU), Vice President of International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), Secretary Board of Founders of The Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO), Chairman of Board of Founders of Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia, Chairman of Board of Founders of Indonesia Services Dialogue (ISD), Chairman of Advisory Board of Indonesian Forwarders Association (INFA/GAFEKSI), Vice President Commissioner of PT. Bank BNP Paribas Indonesia, and Senior Advisor of Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia. From 2007 to 2009, he served as President of German Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID).
In addition to these responsibilities, Chris is also appointed by the Government of Indonesia as Economic Advisor to the President in National Economic Council (KEN) and as member of Investment Coordination Board Committee (BKPM) since 2010. He was a member of Monitoring Team for Inpres (Presidential Instruction) on The Policy Package for Improving Investment Climate in Indonesia and has been appointed by the government to chair several prominent events such as Indonesia Infrastructure Conference & Exhibitions I & II, Presidential Lectures Featuring Bill Gates, Global Entrepreneurship Summit Featuring Hillary Clinton, and some other forums. The father of three children was once serving as member of People Consultative Congress (MPR) Republic of Indonesia (1998—2002).
In the midst of his tight schedule, he also manages to participate as panelist, speaker, and moderator in conference/seminar in high level regional meetings in the Asia Pacific.