Sonita Lontoh

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Sonita Lontoh
Sonita Lontoh - World Economic Forum 2015 Agenda.jpg
Sonita Lontoh from the World Economic Forum 2015 Agenda
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, United States[1]
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Northwestern University
University of California, Berkeley
OccupationInternet of Things executive
Known forExecutive at HP, Inc.[citation needed]

Former executive at Siemens Founder of Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance

Chairman of IDF
Spouse(s)Adam Skarsgard (married 2001-present) [2]
AwardsMIT Notable Women Alumni [3] Asian American Hall of Fame [4]

Sonita Lontoh is a technology executive[5] focusing on Internet of Things (IoT), 'smart' connected energy/devices, and green technology.[6] In particular, she focuses on societal benefits and global cross-border collaborations on innovation, human capital and leadership development.[7] She is of Minahasa and Minangkabau descent from Indonesia.[8]

Career and achievement[edit]

Lontoh is an executive at HP, Inc., the global technology company.[9] Formerly, she was an executive at Siemens, the global industrial conglomerate[10] and Trilliant, a venture-backed technology company in Silicon Valley.[11][12] Prior to this, she was a leader at PG&E Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company in San Francisco, serving approximately 20 million customers in California. Earlier in her career, Lontoh was a management consultant at the strategy consulting firm Bain & Company and spent a few years as a technology entrepreneur.[13][14][15]

Lontoh is a professional mentor and selection committee member for the TechWomen program, a United States Department of State women-in-technology initiative spearheaded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to implement President Barack Obama’s vision for greater collaboration between the United States and emerging leaders in global communities.[citation needed]

Lontoh is a co-founder and chairman of the board of the Indonesian Diaspora Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering Indonesian diaspora worldwide and help with Indonesian-American relations.[16] She is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Asia Technology Alliance, a nonprofit focusing on increasing global cross-collaborations between Silicon Valley and the technology and business communities in emerging Asia.[17]

Lontoh was invited by the White House to speak on the US-ASEAN Connect Initiative and Internet of Things at President Barack Obama's 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University,[18] and to attend an event to honor AAPI Women Champions of Change.[19] Lontoh received the Diaspora Entrepreneurship and Corporate Excellence award from the Government of Indonesia[20] and was named a Global Emerging Leader Under 40. In February 2017, the Robert Chinn Foundation named Lontoh as an inductee to the national Asian Hall of Fame.[21] Other inductees included Johnny Damon, Daniel Dae-Kim, Bruce Lee, Kristi Yamaguchi, Connie Chung, Norman Mineta, Gary Locke, Nathan Adrian, and Apolo Ohno.

Lontoh is a member of 85 Broads, a global network for professional women founded in 1997 as a network for current and former Goldman Sachs employees who worked at the firm's headquarters at 85 Broad Street, NYC, and at other Goldman Sachs offices worldwide. On May 15, 2013, the New York Times reported that Sallie L. Krawcheck, a former executive of Bank of America and Citigroup, had agreed to buy 85 Broads.[22]

Lontoh received her Master of Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California Berkeley.[23] The Massachusetts Institute of Technology listed Lontoh as one of its Notable Women Alumni.[24]


  1. ^ The Power of Positive Thinking Wall Street Journal, April 2016
  2. ^ [1] CNN Money, July 2013
  3. ^ [2] MIT Admissions, March 2017
  4. ^ [3] Asian American Press, February 2017
  5. ^ Shellenbarger, Sue (2016-04-26). "Having a Bad Week? Tricks for Turning It Around". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  6. ^ Can Emerging Markets Re-Create Silicon Valley? Forbes, June 2014
  7. ^ Green Hero. Asian Fortune News, January 11, 2014
  8. ^ Sonita Lontoh: Srikandi Indonesia di Lembah Silicon
  9. ^ Zimmerman, Kaytie. "Here's How To Avoid An Impersonal Hiring Process". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  10. ^ Reprints, Katie Morell. "Five Executives on How They Unplug". Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  11. ^ Everyday Money Travel. TIME, July 10, 2014
  12. ^ US Travel Airlines Reuters, July 10, 2014
  13. ^ Green Advocate Tatler, January 2013
  14. ^ Money and Investing BBC Capital, April 2014
  15. ^ Internet of Things The Peggy Smedley Show, June 2014
  16. ^ IDF Chairman Educates Audience on Technology Disruption. Reuters, December 6, 2013
  17. ^ This Organization Gives Indonesia a Chance to Catch Up with Silicon Valley. Tech in Asia, October 28, 2014
  18. ^ "Svata Indonesian Founder to Speak at US Global Entrepreneurship Summit | Jakarta Globe". Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  19. ^ White House to Honor AAPI Women as Champions of Change. San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2013
  20. ^ Trilliant Executive Receives Diaspora Award. Marketwatch, July 31, 2012
  21. ^ "Asian Hall of Fame 2017 inductees announced". Asian American Press. 2017-02-18. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  22. ^ Krawcheck Agrees to Buy 85 Broads. New York Times, May 15, 2013
  23. ^ Champion of Change. Prestige, February 2014
  24. ^ "Notable Women Alumni - MITAdmissions Wiki". Retrieved 2017-03-04.