||Born in Yogyakarta on 21st March 1947, Meutia earned a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Indonesia in 1991. She has been working as a lecturer at the University of Indonesia's School of Anthropology (1984-present). Meutia is the daughter of the late Muhammad Hatta, the respected first vice president of Indonesia. She has been a senior official at the Office of the State Minister of Tourism and Culture since 23rd December 2003. She is also chairwoman of the Hatta Foundation (2002-2005) and chairwoman of the Ministry of Social Affairs' People's Welfare Consultation Forum.