Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesia
Wishnutama Kusubandio (born in 1970) is a former Indonesian journalist. He was co-founder and also CEO of NET. Mediatama Television, founded on 18 May 2013 until his resignation on 22 October 2019. He served as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy under Joko Widodo between 23 October 2019 and 22 December 2020.
On 2 November 2017, Wishnutama officially became a Commissioner for Kumparan along with Budiono Darsono, Hugo Diba, Ine Yordenaya, Heru Tjatur, and Yusuf Arifin.
On 23 October 2019, Wishnutama was elected as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy by Joko Widodo. He was replaced by Sandiaga Uno on 22 December 2020.
During nearly 20 years of work, he has won several awards, including the Asian Television Award and Panasonic Awards. He was chosen as the Best CEO in Indonesia 2010 by SWA magazine. In 2015, Wishnutama received an award of Indonesia Marketing Champion 2015 for the Broadcast, TV Pay & Media Sector by MarkPlus Conference. This award is given to 18 people who excel in 18 industrial sectors. A year later, he was ranked 149th in the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the world according to Richtopia.com.
He was also named the Best Chief Strategy Execution Officer in the category of Best Execution Leaders by the (SPEx2) Awards in 2016. On 27 September 2017, Wishnutama received an award in Best Digital Talent category for the sub category of Digital Business Leader by Bubu Awards. NET. CJ’s official website was listed as a nominee in Best Website category for the sub category News and Entertainment. He was selected to receive an award from Ideafest 2017 x Samsung Galaxy Note8 for Indonesia’s Influential Person in Creative Industry (October 2017).