Appointed as Commissioner of Indika Energy in April 2016, after previously serving as a Director of Indika Energy from May 2009 and Independent Director since 2013 until 2014. He appointed as a member of Risk and Investment Committee of MBSS in 2016. Richard Bruce Ness initially joined Indika Energy as a Director in 2009 as recorded in Deed Number 123 dated 28 May 2009. Currently he also serves as President Commissioner of PT Petrosea Tbk. (since 2010). He has been actively involved in the energy, resources and mining sectors for more than 30 years. Previously he also served as Commissioner of MBSS (2010–2011), as President Director of various affiliates and subsidiaries of Newmont, as mining consultant at PT Clinton Indonesia and as Vice President of PT Freeport Indonesia. He also holds the position of Chairman of Mining for the American Chamber of Commerce, Indonesia.
He earned a Bachelor degree in Mechanics from Moorhead Technical Institute, Minnesota, USA, in 1969 and attended Moorhead State University, Minnesota, USA, for additional studies in post-secondary education until 1979. Richard Bruce Ness also completed a Professional Management program at Harvard Business School, USA, in 1992.