Professor Dr Emil Salim, (born in Lahat, South Sumatra, Indonesia, 8 June 1930) is an economist and former Minister of Indonesia. Born of Minangkabau parents, both from the village of Koto Gedang in West Sumatra. His uncle is Agus Salim, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of Indonesia and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the early 1950s.
Professor Salim graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia in 1959. He then obtained a PhD degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and returned to Indonesia to a teaching position at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Indonesia in 1964. In 1977 he appointed the position Professor of Economic Development.
Professor Salim has held a number of governmental positions, including:
- 1966: member of the team of economic advisers to President Suharto
- 1967-68: member of the team of advisers to the Minister of Manpower.
- 1967-1969: Chairman of the technical team of the Council for Economic Stability and a member of the Gotong Royong Parliament.
- 1969: Vice Chairman of Bappenas (the National Development Planning Agency)
- 1971: Minister of State for the Improvement of the State Apparatus.
- 1973-1978: Minister of Communication
- 1978-1983: Minister of State for Development Supervision and the Environment
- 1983-1993: Minister of State for Population and the Environment.
- 2007-present: Member of the Advisory Council to President Yudhoyono, as the adviser for environment and sustainable development issues.
Professor Salim has chaired the Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Kehati Foundation, and co-chaired the United States-Indonesia Society. He is a member of the Association of Indonesian Moslem Intellectuals.