Soemadi joined DBS Indonesia in February 2006. He has had a very long and distinguished career in Indonesia’s Foreign Services. He has been with the Foreign Affairs Department of the Republic of Indonesia since 1965. He was Ambassador to Japan and Federated States of Micronesia from 1998 to 2002 and Ambassador to the United States from 2002 to 2005. He was the Director General of Foreign Economic Relations in Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995 to 1998. Previously he was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as Director for Multilateral Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1988 to 1991. Prior to that, in 1982 to 1984 he was the Deputy Director of Directorate of Multilateral Economic Cooperation of the Foreign Affairs Department, then he was the Minister Counselor of Indonesian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1984 until 1988.
He started his career as Head of Section of Directorate of Information in Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1965 to 1971, and moved up in 1971 to 1975 as the First/Second Secretary of Indonesian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium which also accredited to Luxemburg and to the European Community. He was the first diplomat to lead the Indonesian embassy in Washington over 30 years, regarded as one of the most important of all ambassadors. Soemadi graduated with Bachelor Degree in Diplomacy from Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta (1965) and a Diploma in Diplomacy from the Institute Internationale d’Administration Publique, Paris (1969). He was awarded Officer de l’Order de Leopold from Belgium, Groot Officer in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau from Netherlands. He also awarded with Satya Lencana Karya Satya 20 Tahun, Satya Lencana Karya Satya 30 Tahun and Bintang Jasa Utama from Indonesian government.