Prof. Dr. Ir. Alex S.W. Retraubun M.Sc. completed his undergraduate education majoring in Fisheries Management at Pattimura University, Ambon, and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at Newcastle University, England. He spent some period as a lecturer at Pattimura University before joining Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in 2000 where he reached the peak of his professional career.
Positions he has held at the ministry include Director of Small Islands Affairs and Director General at the Directorate General of Marine, Coastal and Small Islands Affairs, before ultimately being appointed as Vice Minister of Industry by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the period of 2010-2014. Prof. Dr. Ir. Alex S.W. Retraubun M.Sc. is a recipient of the Satya Lencana Karya Satya 20 Tahun and the Bintang Mahaputra Utama medals from the Indonesian government.