Jakarta-born Pauline Suharno began her career in the travel industry on the operational side of things. Having done work in tours and ticketing, Suharno is keenly aware of the needs of travellers and industry members alike. These ground-level experiences eventually helped to propel her through the ranks among local associations.
Her organisational career with PT Elok Tour began in 1997 when she started as a commissioner and branch manager. In 2011, she was promoted to the position of commissioner and director within the same company. She started to be involved with the travel association in 2008. Most of her colleagues are older than her, but these seniors saw her potential and led her to be the next leader. Suharno was appointed as Secretary General of Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations (term 2018-2019) and Deputy Director of World Travel Agents Association Alliance (term 2018-2020).
She further demonstrated her trade expertise when she was invited as a speaker in some international events. Recently she was invited as panellist at World Tourism Alliance Conference in Hangzhou.
Suharno is one of the key persons behind the successful ASTINDO Travel Fair. First held in Jakarta in 2010, the fair has now grown to four editions across Jakarta, Surabaya, Palembang and Bali this year.