SOLVE EDUCATION! TEAM

We are a team of innovators, technologists, and educators who want to take a stand to solve one of the world’s biggest problems:  education inequality. We have more than 45 years of combined experience in our fields, and we’re just getting started!

TEAM MEMBERS

JANINE TEO
JANINE TEO
CEO (Global)

I currently eat, breathe, dream Solve Education!, an education technology not-for-profit with the mission of delivering quality education to everyone, focussing on the BOP (Bottom of Pyramid) demographic. As CEO, I am particularly passionate about leveraging technology to solve social problems in a systemic, scalable and sustainable way.

Education is the key to solve the many challenges we face in the world today, and because of this, I am an avid speaker on topics like education, edtech, gender equality and poverty alleviation. I also try to contribute wherever I can, as a board member and as a mentor.

I have been privileged to be the first Asian to receive the International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award 2018 by Mensa International. I am also a fellow of University of Pennsylvania – Global Social Impact House, 2019.

Here are some other recognitions I have received:
– “51 Most Impactful Social Innovators” 2019 by World CSR Day
– Women Super Achievers Award 2019 by World HRD Congress
– Education Leader award 2017 by the World Education Congress.

Prior to this, I did create some businesses and also had a crazy ride in the corporate world, You can find out more here: janineteo.com

TALITHA AMALIA
TALITHA AMALIA
Director of Programme Operations

Talitha Amalia heads the product and impact research efforts at Solve Education!. She works with researchers in and outside the organisation to provide the best learning experience for Solve Education!’s beneficiaries.

It is her dream to offer disadvantaged youth a chance at a better life because she too came from poverty. Growing up in a small industrial village in West Java, Indonesia, Amalia was expected to be a factory worker just like the other girls in her town. Yet, Amalia had bigger dreams for herself. She left her hometown and moved to Bandung, Indonesia, where she worked while studying. With hard work and perseverance, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the Indonesia University of Education in Bandung, Indonesia, and a master’s degree in Education and International Development from the University College London in Bloomsbury, London. She also received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach the Indonesian language at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii.

ZHANG ZHIYONG, MELVIN
ZHANG ZHIYONG, MELVIN
Research Engineer (Digital Learning)

Melvin is an avid programmer who enjoys designing and implementing novel algorithms. He received his B. Comp (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the National University of Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of combinatorial optimization, adversarial search, and machine teaching. He is also the maintainer of MagArena, an open source single player card game.

Prior to joining SE!, Melvin has worked in Voice over IP, Logistics, and Mobile sensing. After five years of consulting for large companies, Melvin found out about SE! and started helping out during his vacation break. The experience led Melvin to join SE! to improve its systems and apply computing research to solve its challenges.

SAPHIRA SUWANTO
SAPHIRA SUWANTO
Director of Product Management

Saphira was born in Bandung and raised in Bekasi. She had experiences visiting elderly houses and orphanages with the neighbourhood young Catholic people since middle school. Through them, she felt the happiness gained through spreading happiness to others and thus decided to make use of her knowledge and skills for the happiness of others when she grew up.

She gained a bachelor’s degree for geological engineering at Bandung Institute of Technology, but she has been an active gamer since young and very interested in the world’s development of technology. She is very fond of problem-solving and tackling a good challenge. She found out about Solve Education’s mission to establish a world where everyone can access education in an engaging and fun way and was immediately moved to join the cause. Now she is working as quality assurance at SE! to ensure the best quality will be met for SE!’s education game: Dawn of Civilization.

Muhammad Lutfi
Muhammad Lutfi
Research and Development Manager

Education empowers.

Lutfi lived his adolescent life in Serang, Banten. During his high school, he was selected as an AFS-YES exchange student to Minnesota, United States of America. He experienced a different life in high school that gave early insights on various realities of school: in the US, even though he went to a rural high school, he received a better education. From this experience, he aspires to contribute to a more equal distribution of quality education. After receiving bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from Bandung Institute of Technology, he worked as a researcher at Nielsen Indonesia then shifted to become an English teacher at an Edtech startup in Indonesia called Zenius. He held multiple roles during his 3 years in Zenius including being a product manager.

When he learned about Solve Education! He immediately fell in love with the vision and mission: to enable people to empower themselves through education; we build an open platform that provides everyone with access to effective education. He joined as part of the Programme’s Team doing research and development to SE!’s products. He hopes to contribute to Solve Education!’s mission and collaborate with a great passionate team here who care so much about providing quality education for all.

BATARA SAKTI
BATARA SAKTI
HEAD OF GAME DEVELOPMENT

Batara Sakti is a passionate game developer who believes that combining hard and smart work will achieve ultimate result. He obtained his degree in Computer Science from Sebelas Maret University, a local public college where he was born and raised. Growing up in Surakarta from a low-income family, his parents always tried to provide their children with a quality education. After his father passed away, he had to work to support himself and his education. Not having adequate resources didn’t hinder him to get a proper education. He had to take a short break during college to work in Gameloft, but he used the opportunity to use the resources he got from the company to continue learning and come back to finish his degree.

He started his career as Quality Assurance at Gameloft and later promoted as a programmer. Being an autodidact doesn’t make him feel inferior to other game developers who have formal training and education. He keeps sharpening his skills by taking freelance software developing jobs globally and ended up being connected with SE!. Impressed with SE!’s values, he decided to join SE! to make a difference.

OLADIMEJI OJO
OLADIMEJI OJO
CEO, NIGERIA

Oladimeji is the CEO of Solve Education! Nigeria, where he revitalizes dreams of millions of out-of-school population in sub-Saharan Africa through free and accessible quality education deployed on smartphones and Windows PCs.

He has over 5 years of cross-industry experience, ranging from Design & Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Environment, Education, and Technology. He is the winner of the TSL Africa Prize for Education in 2018; a certified Innovation Leader, by the Hutzpa Center for Development and Innovation—for his innovation towards the use of IoT and green energy to reduce post-harvest losses in Northern Nigeria in 2018.

Oladimeji holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and he is a ViMP alum at the Lagos Business School. He has served as Global Admissions Committee Area Team Lead (Asia & Pacific) for the Millennium Campus Network and United Nations Academic Impact; Ambassador to the Institute for Economics and Peace; and Campus Director for Hult Prize Foundation.

RUDY P AGNEL
RUDY P AGNEL
HEAD OF DESIGN

Rudy always loves drawing since he was little. Back when he was in high school, he taught himself graphic design and animation until he encountered to Macromedia Flash and created his very first game. After a year playing with Macromedia Flash, he became more addicted to creating interface, icons, assets, and animation for the game. After finishing high school in Bandung, he continued to learn animation at Quantum College, Bandung. Since then, he has been working on several animation projects.

On top of his love for animation, the gaming world always intrigues him. He has been designing arts and animation for games for more than four years. He has created assets, interface, and arts for mobile games to web-based games. He loves building objects and then makes them alive.

TRI SAMSUL
TRI SAMSUL
Head of Backend Developer

Tri was born in Sukabumi. He had an interest in the computer since primary school when his brother gave him one at that time. He always gets into his computer almost every day by playing games, learning to type, drawing, and so on.

He started coding in junior high school, and his very first project was a simple app with some buttons and text built with Visual Basic. After that, he continued to learn PHP from a book given to him.

When he was in high school, he’d been chosen to join an acceleration class with the other top 24 high-performing students that year. Because of the programme, he focused more on his academic learning and rarely touched the programming to graduate early.

After graduating from high school, he was accepted into the Computer Science programme at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, where he learned programming skills. During his study, Tri did some web development projects, image recognition, and artificial intelligence to improve his competency. His final project was written in python and published.

Adeline Agoes
Adeline Agoes
Senior Partnership Manager

Adeline is the Senior Partnership Manager in Solve Education!, and also in charge of public youth outreach initiatives. Coming from a family of teachers, Adeline has big dreams of continuing her family’s legacy and giving back to society.

In her current role, she manages large-scale projects with governments, international organizations, and corporations. She also conducts training sessions for educators internationally. Motivated by her desire to give back, she is excited to witness and experience the changes she could make through her role while continuing her passion for education.

She comes with extensive experience in tertiary education and workforce skills training. She was a lecturer at Binus University, Indonesia, in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Her corporate training experience includes recognized brands like Banyan Tree, Fairmont, Intercontinental and JAFRA. Adeline is an outgoing person who enjoys connecting with people. She obtained her MBA Degree from Bandung Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Bandung).

Shahfiq Abas
Shahfiq Abas
Partnership Manager (Malaysia)

Learning & teaching should always be fun! Yup that is his philosophy.

With eight years of hands-on teaching experience with LEGO Education, Shahfiq worked with schools and the government to nurture STEAM Education among students across Malaysia. On top of that, he has also worked together with the Ministry of Education in Malaysia to organize robotic competitions. In 2020, the team that he helped coach personally was crowned world champion in the World Robot Olympiad.

He discovered his passion for public speaking since he was young. When he entered university, he cultivates his presentation skills through years of experience as a tutor, workshop demonstrator, and community service programs committee. These experiences provide him with the opportunity to become both a good listener and a public speaker. His four years of tertiary education equips him with technical skills in engineering as he graduated university with a degree in Mechanical Engineering-Automotive from International Islamic University Malaysia.

Herdayan Yusa Umari
Herdayan Yusa Umari
Product Quality Manager

Born in Banjarnegara, Dayan has enjoyed playing video games ever since he was still at a young age and he became fascinated to join the industry one day. He is a bachelor graduate in Tourism from Gadjah Mada University who is keen on doing things related to user-centered design & research, and also loves to talk about history.

He believes that the best design is a design that sets out from research on what users perceive the best, he also loves how new inventions can help humans to achieve something easier every day.

Now, he works together with others in the Quality Assurance team to make sure all of the Dawn of Civilization players can get the best gaming and learning experience.

Saima Suman M
Saima Suman M
Software Developer

Saima is a Software Engineer with an experience of 4+ years on Software Development. For the first 3+ years, she have worked on Java platform for Urjanet Energy Services Pvt. Ltd, US based company for providing energy data.

After a break of 4 years, she is now back to work with SE! Started as a QA intern part-timer in the organization and now grown as a Software Engineer working on developing bots for education purpose. She is a proud mother of 2.

Idris Olakunle Ashimi
Idris Olakunle Ashimi
DevOps Engineer

Idris currently lives in Ibadan, (South-West) Nigeria. He is a multi-certified Cloud Solutions Architect with over 6 years of experience delivering on-premises, Cloud, and hybrid ops solutions. With a grounded knowledge in computer networking, he worked for Reckitt Benckiser before moving to the Cloud. He worked for Microsoft and its Azure platform users for 3 years. A build automation evangelist, he joined SE in the DevOps capacity while administering infrastructure solutions.

An avid learner who is a student of technology at heart, this gadgeteer has probably owned any major console you could think of. He is a Powershell and Bash Scripter and also a burgeoning Python developer. He loves challenges and building (in every sense of the word).
It is only ideal that he becomes a member of the SE family as this solver studied the English language at Obafemi Awolowo University before transitioning entirely into the tech industry. Furthermore, based on the sheer passion for demystifying how complex tech solutions work under the hood and how to harness them to solve real-world problems.

DUANESTRA FEBRI
DUANESTRA FEBRI
Product Manager

Febri has always wanted to become a game developer since he was a child. Later in his life, he found a way to realise his dream through working at Gameloft as a game tester. For about 6 years, he has learned so much and developed fundamental skills in game development.

After 9 years of working experience, he decided to move to Solve Education whose mission is to empower people through gamification. Working for Solve Education! makes him really proud to be part of an amazing group for an amazing cause. Because he has always.

On top of that, Febri has 3 years of experience as a football coach and manager of soccer at schools.

FERY YUNDARA PUTERA
FERY YUNDARA PUTERA
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Fery Yundara Putera is a software engineer who has passion on both sides of web development such as backend and frontend. He is eager to catch up on the latest development of technology to advance his knowledge of it. Born in Dompu, West Nusa Tenggara, East of Indonesia, Fery has witnessed the gaps in education between eastern and western parts of Indonesia. The education facilities and technologies of the eastern parts of Indonesia, especially in his hometown, are quite left-behind.

Graduating from Telkom University as a diploma of computer engineering, Fery is keen to master technology to create impacts by deploying his acquired skills and knowledge for his hometown. Before joining Solve Education! Fery worked as an IT professional in several well-established IT companies in Indonesia. He also once had a business trip opportunity visiting telecom business in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Barcelona, Spain. As his devotion to actively seek for improvement on his professional knowledge, he decided to pursue his higher education at Bina Nusantara University majoring in System Information. Thus, he currently holds a bachelor’s degree information system.

I MADE BAGUS BAGASKARA
I MADE BAGUS BAGASKARA
Graphic Artist

Transforming a concept into visual form is so interesting. Bagus is a designer who graduated from Universitas Komputer Indonesia and has expertise in videography, photography, and vector design. He has worked as a celebrity video documenter at Zora Radio and interned as a graphic designer at the Mercure Hotel Bandung and Ruang Kolaborasa. For Bagus, it brings him satisfaction to see that his creations have become a media for many people.

FITRI FADHILAH
FITRI FADHILAH
QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTER

Fitri is born and raised in Bandung. Since she was young she was always curious and love to explore all kinds of technology and games. She learned that video-game plays a huge part that can impact on people’s life both the way of thinking and psychological life.

She studies Informatics Engineering at Politeknik Pos Indonesia. During her studies as an Informatics Engineer, she found out her passion to be a Quality Assurance. She wants to make sure that the product is ready and in the best quality to serve for the users. Now she is working in Solve Education, checking and improving our game: Dawn of Civilization everyday, making sure it is in tip-top condition.

Vania Fahranisa Isanti
Vania Fahranisa Isanti
Programme Operations Manager

Vania is a bachelor of management from Telkom University in Bandung. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Management Business Telecommunication and Informatics with honors cum laude. She took concentration in Management Finance, as she has always loved working with numbers. She has been refining her skills in working with numbers with numerous organizational activities, internships, even worked as an administration and accounting staff while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. Her passion for finance does not limit her to exploring and learning new things because she believes that learning is a never-ending process for her.

Vania joined Solve Education because she was intrigued to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, and multinational company to hone her professional skills and her personal development to become a better person. She is excited to create impacts at Solve Education as an Operations Support Manager under the Large Scale Rollout department.

Velia Vanissa
Velia Vanissa
Partnerships Manager (Indonesia)

Velia is a bachelor of management from Telkom University in Bandung. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Information, Communication, and Technology Business Management. She came from a family of educators background, that is why she chose Solve Education!, an educational technology non-profit organisation, to create impact through education, even though she is not a teacher. She is now a Partnership Manager under the Large Scale Rollout department at Solve Education!.

She has held major projects in Indonesia, such as Game For Charity, which has impacted thousands of beneficiaries and involved all players of the game Dawn of Civilization, our educational game app, in Indonesia. Along with the experience she has gone through, she has also worked with many organisations, government agencies, and the Indonesian government.

Ludwinardo Putra
Ludwinardo Putra
Product Researcher

Dado is a Product Researcher in Solve Education! Since kid, he has been interested in all kinds of sciences, mostly in figuring out why something could happen. Growing up with a strong curiosity in many things, he learned classic piano, guitar, and bass and attended some sport course, such as football, badminton, and swimming.

His journey in science continued when he enrolled at the School of Life Sciences and Technology at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). After spending around 4 years, he started to understand the process of life, especially how living beings reacted towards the environment. Within the 4 years of study, he also participated in campus organizations and community development events, which helped him learn and get interested in how to help and inspire himself and other people in life.

He has been keeping a passion to understand people, inspiring him to join Solve Education! as its vision is to enable people to empower themselves through education.

Mayang Larasati
Mayang Larasati
Support Manager
Vivian Hess
Vivian Hess
Support Manager

Vivian had a background in Civil Engineering from Bandung State of Polytechnic since 2016, but her love for the English language always made her want to have a career in English education. She had always dreamt to make people have as much love for the language as she does. Especially when she realized that many people in her community are struggling to both speak and write in English for lots of different reasons.

She had experience working in several construction companies in several cities in Indonesia for years. She had handled some International construction projects, specifically Western Australia which was based in Denpasar, Bali. Yet for all these years, her love for the English language never disappeared and only grew stronger when she decided to join Solve Education! to finally do what she loves best and to show people of all generations that learning English can be really interesting and enjoyable.

Obinna Ikeh
Obinna Ikeh
Software Engineer

Obinna is a Nigerian software engineer with over three years of expertise in web development, primarily in backend technologies. In his first year of university, where he studied Computer Science, he was introduced to programming for the first time. Since then, he’s been enthralled by what machines are capable of. Aside from his day job, he enjoys exploring new technologies, particularly those relating to artificial intelligence, distributed systems, and programming languages.

Fat Han Nuraddin
Fat Han Nuraddin
Backend Developer

Fat Han was born and spent his childhood in Central Lampung Regency. After graduated from elementary school, he moved to Bogor, West Java, to continue his education. He hoped for better opportunities there, although he has to be separated from his family. He started to have interest in coding at his last year as high school student. He used to write code in his notebook and then typing it at internet cafe. He believes that creative thinking will overcome our limitations and difficulties.

Fat Han graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung with a bachelor’s degree in Information System and Technology. Started as back end developer intern, now he is a software developer in Solve Education!.

Arendra Jutta wara
Arendra Jutta wara
Game Engineer

Arendra was born in a rural village in East Java. He was a kind boy that always try to help others, sometimes even if it cost him dearly. One fateful encounter in his childhood would spark his curiosity and desire for knowledge to the point of leaving his hometown at a young age. In this new environment, he was full of expectations and want to make the world a better place until he meets another encounter where he learns his limit as a human. Yet instead of giving up he began to calculate everything over and rethink his strategy.

After graduating from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, he was ready to start his first step by joining an indie game developer. Together they create a game that got published by a Japanese publisher. Sadly because of a certain crisis, he needs to return to his hometown to solve it and in turn ending his career early. After successfully averting the crisis he restarted his small steps with a different approach. And just when he thinks everything starts to blossom, a disaster strikes the world. Unable to bear the difficulties people face in these troubling times he used all his power to help those in need and yet it’s nowhere near enough.

Strangely, this series of events finally leads him to an encounter with people that have a similar goal as him. Realizing he wasn’t alone in the effort to make this world a better place. He was forged a new and feels like home here in Solve Education. Now he was ready to take another small step toward his goal that is to give people their fateful encounters that may change their life.

Fandy Ali Muzhofi
Fandy Ali Muzhofi
Quality Assurance Engineer

Fandy was born in Ngawi, East Java, but at the age of one year, he moved to Bogor and grew up there. He is Javanese, but because he grew up in Bogor and studied at a university in Bandung, he cannot speak Javanese. He is a bachelor of electrical engineering at UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung. One of fandy’s hobbies is playing games, and is interested in learning foreign languages such as English and Japanese. When he was in high school, He once wanted to work in a game company as a debugger because, at that time, he thought it was fun working but playing games. But unexpectedly, he became a Quality Assurance in Solve Education.

With the little experience in coding that he got from college and his interest in games, he became interested in working as a Quality Assurance and determined to become a reliable Quality Assurance Engineer.

Now he works in Solve Education with another Quality Assurance team to make Solve Education game (Dawn of Civilization) the best educational game that can be played by many people.

PATRON

Gita Wirjawan
Gita Wirjawan
Patron

Gita Wirjawan was Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2011 to 2014 and Chairman of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board from 2009 to 2011.

Gita Wirjawan is also the Chairman of Ancora Group, an Indonesian group which he founded in 2008 with interests including real estate, technology, education, and natural resources. Recently, Gita co-founded Ikhlas Capital and sits as Alternate Chairman. His other previously held positions include President Director of JPMorgan Indonesia and Vice President at Goldman Sachs.

Gita sits on the international advisory boards of the CHUBB group of insurance companies, Traveloka Group, and Alpha JWC Ventures, a Southeast Asian venture capital firm. In education, he sits on the Council of Global Advisors for Yale University School of Management and the Board of Governors for Asia School of Business (MIT Sloan).

BOARD MEMBERS

PENG T. ONG
PENG T. ONG
CHAIRMAN

Peng T. Ong is Chairman of Solve Education! (SE!) and a key figure in the development of SE!. Peng shapes SE!’s mission and gives guidance on the organisation strategies and path.

Professionally, Peng is a well-known venture capitalist (Monk’s Hill Ventures), philanthropist, and a long-time supporter of education. He believes that business should be socially responsible and impactful, and philanthropy should recognize complex socioeconomic challenges which can’t be solely addressed by government or by businesses.

Peng has devoted a significant of time to support philanthropic activities. Those include Solve Education! (SE!) which focuses on providing mass customization of education via a mobile platform, Computer Science Leadership (CSL) Scholarship which focuses on providing financial aid and leadership mentorship for computer science students in Indonesia, and Endeavour Indonesia which focuses on funding and providing business mentorship for entrepreneurs.

Having broad professional experience, Peng has founded various tech companies worldwide including Match.com, Interwoven and Encentuate. He has also sat on the boards of YY Inc, SingTel, and others. He was awarded the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.

Peng was born and raised in Singapore. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and received his Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

METTA MURDAYA
METTA MURDAYA
BOARD MEMBER

Metta Murdaya was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has spent most of youth between San Francisco, Jakarta, and Singapore. Today, she resides in New York City, and now also part time in Jakarta. Metta graduated from University of California at Berkeley in 1997 with a double Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science and Architecture, and received her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business in 2002 in Finance and Management. Metta has a background in operations, consulting, general management at large companies including Deloitte Consulting and Home Depot, and small companies where consulted for women and minority owned businesses.

In 2005, Metta founded and currently runs a Skincare company based in NY called JUARA Skincare, based on the Indonesian herbal traditions with offices in New York and Jakarta. Currently, she is also a director in PT. CCM, a privately owned Indonesian conglomerate focusing on future business strategy and human capital talent management.

She is an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a board member for the South East Asian Leadership Academy (SEALA) Program, and a mentor for Endeavor, and ANGIN, the largest angel network for female enprepreneurs Her hobbies include singing, traveling, and pushing her physical and mental boundaries to learn new things.

JANINE TEO
JANINE TEO
CEO (Global)

I currently eat, breathe, dream Solve Education!, an education technology not-for-profit with the mission of delivering quality education to everyone, focussing on the BOP (Bottom of Pyramid) demographic. As CEO, I am particularly passionate about leveraging technology to solve social problems in a systemic, scalable and sustainable way.

Education is the key to solve the many challenges we face in the world today, and because of this, I am an avid speaker on topics like education, edtech, gender equality and poverty alleviation. I also try to contribute wherever I can, as a board member and as a mentor.

I have been privileged to be the first Asian to receive the International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award 2018 by Mensa International. I am also a fellow of University of Pennsylvania – Global Social Impact House, 2019.

Here are some other recognitions I have received:
– “51 Most Impactful Social Innovators” 2019 by World CSR Day
– Women Super Achievers Award 2019 by World HRD Congress
– Education Leader award 2017 by the World Education Congress.

Prior to this, I did create some businesses and also had a crazy ride in the corporate world, You can find out more here: janineteo.com

DR BERND WALTERMANN
DR BERND WALTERMANN
BOARD MEMBER

Bernd Waltermann advises CEOs and Business Owners on their firms’ direction and performance. As a Senior Partner & Director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) he brings more than 25 years of consulting experience to clients in Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

During his time with BCG he has held various leadership and management positions. Most recently he has served as the Asia Pacific Chair for Partner development and performance, as a member of BCG’s Asia Pacific Management Team and as a member of BCG’s global Senior Partner Election Committee. In 1995 Bernd founded the firm’s Jakarta office which he led for six years before assuming the leadership of BCG’s Southeast Asia region. He co-founded the Global Advantage Practice which is designed to help both emerging market players and established multinational companies succeed in their internationalization and globalization efforts.

Bernd is an experienced boardroom facilitator who has led a number of large, complex business transformations. His industry sector experience ranges from consumer goods, telecommunication, automotive to industrial goods (e.g. building materials, construction, EPC, hard and soft commodities). Bernd’s functional expertise covers leadership development, people management, internationalization & globalization, strategy, organization, post-merger integration and operations. Part of Bernd’s time is dedicated to non-for-profit organizations such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the Sampoerna Foundation and SolveEducation!. In addition he is a passionate early/angel investor in technology companies in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific (esp. Indonesia).

CHOO BOON TIONG
CHOO BOON TIONG
BOARD MEMBER

Mr Choo Boon Tiong (BT) is a non-executive director of Goldbell Corporation Pte Ltd (appointed July 2014) and Goldbell Financial Services Pte Ltd. He serves as an independent director of Pacific Radiance Ltd, a company listed on the mainboard of SGX, and as executive director in his own private companies in management/financial consultancy, executive search/general recruitment and human resource consultancy/payroll outsourcing.

BT has over 25 years of experience in financial services. He started his career in Heller Factoring (S) Ltd (later known as GE Commercial Financing (Singapore) Ltd) where he spent about 8 years. He moved on to the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of Singapore Ltd (ECICS), a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd, when ECICS decided to diversify into financial services and was tasked with starting up factoring. The financing business was hived off into a newly formed subsidiary of ECICS – International Factors (Singapore) Pte Ltd (IFS) – shortly thereafter, and BT was appointed its General Manager/Director. During his time with IFS, he was seconded to PB International Factors Sdn Bhd – a joint venture between IFS and Malaysia’s Public Bank Bhd – for about a year as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, to manage its start-up operations. This was part of IFS’ regionalisation strategy as it forged partnerships with several banks in a number of ASEAN countries.

BT returned to Singapore after completing that assignment to manage IFS’ initial public offering. He was appointed IFS’ Managing Director and the company (now known as IFS Capital Ltd) was successfully listed on the mainboard of SGX in July 1993. He served in that capacity from 1993 to 2004 before stepping down. He then formed his financial consultancy company and currently spends his time with that and his recruitment business. BT had previously also served on the board of the International Factors Group SCRL (based in Brussels) – a global association of factoring companies, banks and other financial institutions – and was Chairman of its Asian Chapter. He retired from that board after having served two 3-year terms.

BT graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Singapore in 1978.

GERARD TEOH
GERARD TEOH
BOARD MEMBER

Gerard Teoh is an expert on advising family-owned conglomerates on their business and philanthropic strategies. He is the owner and executive director of Crave Capital, a consulting agency that supports companies across Asia with strategy, expansion, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring.

Gerard is actively involved in venture investment across the Asia-Pacific region, with strong networks in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, as well as the Middle East, the United States, and Europe. His leadership experience includes building, marketing, executing, developing and operating start-ups in various IT industry segments, including venture investment, software development, security, portal, e-business and BPO outsourcing.

In 2013, Gerard began advising Asian family conglomerates on the non-profit side of their work. Projects executed from this practice include a US$200 million partnership between the Mayapada Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Indonesia Health Fund initiated with eight Indonesian families, and a US$3 million partnership between DT Family Foundation of Thailand and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He is the advisor to ASEAN for the Global Fund.

Gerard holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and the Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) of the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia.

RADITYO PRABOWO
RADITYO PRABOWO
BOARD MEMBER

Radityo is a communication professional with more than 15 years of experience, working in PR industry as well as broadcast media. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Diponegoro University Semarang

He began his professional career as radio broadcaster in Semarang, then paved his career in television as news presenter at TV Borobudur Semarang (now Kompas TV). His last post was as the Deputy News Editor when he left for Jakarta in 2010.

In Jakarta, Radityo embraced on new path in PR industry as a Consultant at Stratcom (now Zeno Group) and decided to join Piaggio Indonesia as Communications Specialist, two years after. However after a year, he realized his true calling as consultant which made him decide to return to Zeno Group. At the same time, he also embraced his old passion by joining Brava Radio Jakarta as its weekend announcer.

After four years with Zeno Group, Radityo stepped up as the Managing Director and later in July 2019, he was entrusted to also manage its sister company Edelman, as CEO of DJE Holdings. During his tenure, Radityo was responsible to develop high quality business strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with short and long term objectives, oversee all operations and business activities. Radityo managed several reputable brands from the agencies’ portfolios including Emirates Airline, Nike, Wuling Motors, Netflix, Marriott Internasional, Zurich Insurance and Dubai Tourism.

Following his long time passion in education, in April 2020 Radityo decided to accept the role in Ministry of Education and Culture, where he is now supporting the Special Staff of Communications and Media to the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture. In his role as expert, Radityo helps to navigate the communications strategy of various policies as well as providing media and public speaking training to ministry’s spokespeople.

STRATEGIC ADVISORS

AGUNG BUDIONO
AGUNG BUDIONO
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Agung Budiono was the CEO of Principal Asset Management Indonesia. Before joining Principal, Agung was with Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs & Investment as Special Advisor to Deputy Coordinating Minister.

He also has more than 25 years of experience in the capital market and holding various investment and leadership roles. Agung earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Oklahoma State University, USA, and completed an executive education program with INSEAD Business School.

Mark Forsyth
Mark Forsyth
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

A seasoned but youthful international executive with 25 years of business experience. A high level of integrity, commitment, and energy is required to operate in often difficult or challenging environments. Effective team player, working either in an interim corporate role or as an independent consultant.

  • 26 Years of International Business & 30 Years of Finance Experience.
  • Markets: Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the USA.
  • Sectors: Logistics, Transport, Aviation, Process Industries, Media, Internet, Financial Services, Consulting, Technology, Business Services.
  • Level: CEO, COO, CFO – Board Reporting.
  • Expertise: General Management, Strategy, Corporate Finance, Transfer-pricing, International tax, technology, Software development, and the Internet.
  • Environment: Can operate comfortably in either, Corporate or Consulting.
  • Roles: Developing Markets, Start-Ups, Market Penetration, Business Growth, Business Re-sizing, and/or reorganizing.
  • Specialties: Expertise: General Management, Strategy, Corporate Finance, Transfer-pricing, International tax, technology, Internet. Change Management, Mergers & Acquisitions.
Dr. Aimee Dawis
Dr. Aimee Dawis
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Dr. Aimee Dawis teaches Media Studies and Qualitative Research at the University of Indonesia. She has shared her research and experiences as a Chinese-Indonesian woman and the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia in various international newspapers and journals. She is the author of The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity: The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media and Breaking Barriers: Portraits of Inspiring Chinese-Indonesian Women. She earned her graduate degrees from Cornell University (Master’s) and New York University (Ph.D.).

Dr. Swee-Hoon Chuah
Dr. Swee-Hoon Chuah
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Swee-Hoon Chuah is a Professor of Economics at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She holds a PhD in behavioural and experimental economics from the University of Nottingham, U.K.  Before joining the University of Tasmania, Swee-Hoon was an Associate Professor of Economics at RMIT University, Melbourne, where she was a founding member of the Behavioural Business Lab.  Prior to RMIT, she was a Lecturer in Economics at Nottingham University Business School, U.K.

Swee-Hoon’s research expertise lies in two broad areas: cross-cultural experimental economics (the impact of factors such as race, religion and social identity on behaviour) and online/virtual experimental economics (the impact of trust and factors such as communication media and social presence on behaviour in online and virtual environments). Her publications in the former have appeared in journals such as European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Psychology, Experimental Economics, Economics Letters, Small Business Economics and International Business Review, and the latter in journals such as Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Decision Support Systems and Journal of Services Marketing.

Swee-Hoon was recently seconded to the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) in Canberra and remains particularly interested in the application of behavioural insights to public policy challenges. The policy-relevance of her research is evidenced by significant amounts of funding from governmental agencies, NGOs and research councils in the U.K, U.S.A. and Australia.  Swee-Hoon is currently working on various projects with government, NGO and industry partners, applying behavioural insights to improve outcomes for different stakeholder groups. These projects involve designing interventions based on behavioural insights and conducting experiments (both in the lab and in the field) to test and evidence their effectiveness.

RACHID DAYAL
RACHID DAYAL
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Rachit Dayal is the Founder & CEO of a digital marketing agency, Happy Marketer. The firm was the Local Hero Agency of the Year in 2019, and won trophies for expertise in CRM, Data, Analytics, Technology, Search, Social Media, Integrated Marketing and Digital Transformation. In 2019, it was acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network and joined Merkle, the group’s data & crm brand.

Rachit is a Master Practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), an Advanced Communicator in the Toastmasters International public speaking program, a certified Hypnotherapist and a proud graduate of the National University of Singapore.

AMBASSADORS

ROOHI HUMA
ROOHI HUMA
Ambassador

Roohi currently heads strategy and operations for Solve Education!’s presence in South Asia. Her responsibilities include design, implementation and management of new strategic initiatives in the areas of education and employment, specific to the South Asian context, with an aim to improve the scale and effectiveness of Solve Education!’s programmes in the region. Roohi’s background as a lawyer and social entrepreneur informs her mindful but research-oriented approach to the work she does within the complex socio-economic systems in South Asia.

Roohi is dedicated to creating and facilitating opportunities for historically marginalised communities in India through quality education, career development and 21st century skill-building, which she firmly believes are the primary tools we can wield as a society to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty and social exclusion.

Roohi’s experience as a lawyer is in corporate transactional law with a specialization in private equity and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and Arts from Gujarat National Law University, India and has been a Global Social Impact House Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Pacifique Mukaseti
Pacifique Mukaseti
Ambassador

Born in Huye, Rwanda, Pacifique Mukaseti is a champion for girls and youth.  She has dedicated the last 14 years of her professional career in the non-profit sector to designing, implementing, and leading programs empowering youth, adolescent girls and vulnerable children.

For eight years, she worked as a communication coordinator, girls and youth programs coordinator, gender expert, radio drama project manager, and fundraising and public relations professional in Girl Effect, a non-profit dedicated to girls’ empowerment, in Rwanda.  Prior to that, Pacifique spent five years catering for deaf and mute young people in the Center for Deaf and Mute in Huye, south of Rwanda.

Pacifique Mukaseti is also a seasoned actress known in Rwanda and Burundi as Yvonne on the popular radio soap opera, “URUNANA”, broadcast on BBC.  She has also acted in the best theatres and movies in Rwanda.  After surviving the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, Pacifique struggled to obtain an education, primarily due to poverty.  She eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in travel and tourism management from the University of Tourism and Business.  As a certified Gender expert and youth advocate, she considers her life experience as her strong inspiration for a lifetime commitment to only work for the empowerment of vulnerable people, especially the youth.

Ivan Harka
Ivan Harka
Ambassador

Ivan Harka is currently a Chief Executive Officer at Arvis, a software development company whose mission is to provide excellent agile software development services available in Indonesia. Harka, who has over 11 years of combined experience in tech and product development, aims to use his talents and skills to empower people and organizations to become resilient and adaptable in the world of automation and digitalization. Harka is a go-getter, technologist, passionate leader, and avid Tetris player.

PIERRE MARECHAL
PIERRE MARECHAL
Ambassador

Pierre is the Co-founder and Director of RevUp. He is also an Executive Director of Beary Good Ventures, a company specialising in the budget travel segment.

Prior to RevUp, Pierre was the Vice President Commercial Services for Travelodge Hotels Asia. In his role, he oversaw Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Revenue Management.

He was previously Regional Director of Revenue Management at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he has successfully led the region to achieve unprecedented gain in market share.
He also has a proven record of coaching and contributing Starwood’s people pipeline in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Throughout his career, he has worked in nine different countries across Europe, Oceania and Asia; he is fluent in four languages.

Pierre is an avid reader and a passionate scuba diver.

BRAINY SWAIBU
BRAINY SWAIBU
Ambassador

Brainy Swaibu is an Educationist with over 10 years of experience in Instructional Facilitation. He is the founder and CEO of Spectrum Transformation Services, standardizing refugees education in their first countries of asylum for mobility and acculturation into workforce and migration systems. Brainy was the Uganda Ambassador at World Innovations Forum. His long-term goal is to become a national-level policy adviser on entrepreneurship, innovation, Uganda’s prosperity, and education. He wants to use his untiring commitment and drive to bring more dignity and autonomy to the citizens of developing countries.

MUHAMMED CHUKA JOOF
MUHAMMED CHUKA JOOF
Ambassador

Born and raised in The Gambia, Bachelor’s Degree Holder in Physics from the University of the Gambia, President and Founder of MCJSupport Org. An ambitious individual who is looking forward to developing Africa, using the Gambia as a sub-regional case study. However, open to new challenges within his organization and willing to work hard to reach his goals.

He enjoys contributing to any development in his country, also anticipating to revolutionize self-paced education in The Gambia, through the development and deployment of supplementary educational resources to serve as a driving force to achieve the National Development Plan through active youth engagement and help attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SITI MURNIASIH
SITI MURNIASIH
Ambassador

Siti Murniasih (Asih) is qualified development worker with 10+ years of program delivery experience. Strong experience on training delivery, volunteer management, and partnership. Other areas of expertise: gender mainstreaming, active citizenship and people management. Since 2015, Asih decided to go back to the village and founded a local community organization Omah Sinau Gesang (OSG) is a Community Learning Center that managed using social enterprise principal.

OSG presenting edu-tourism facility where the visitors can get leisure experience and also something they learn that they can bring home. In Javanese language Omah Sinau means Learning House. OSG provide creative space to villagers and surrounding community especially children and young people to develop themselves and gain new knowledge so they are able to build their own villages.

OSG appreciate local culture which are mutual assistance (gotong royong) and volunterism. OSG is also built with the foundation of mutual assitance (gotong royong) and with the help of the volunteers from surrounding community and abroad. 

SANDJONG D. ALAIN
SANDJONG D. ALAIN
Ambassador

Sandjong Dagang Alain is a graduate of Cameroonian universities, working in the sector of education and humanitarian for several years. He has a passion for promoting development in general, and education projects in particular. He has been volunteering as a country ambassador for several years in Cameroon for some newly created international organisations that promotes development, education, health and aid in general, such as The People Fund for Global Health and Development Organisation, defending the children growth problems in one hand and children rights in the second hand. Sandjong has an undeniable linguistic singularity with the knowledge of French, English and Spanish, allowing him to better in adapting in several environments to work for the promotion of several projects by promoting the same time the aim of the organisation for which he works.

VANESSA THOMPSON
VANESSA THOMPSON
Ambassador

Vanessa Thompson is a UC Berkeley student studying applied math and economics. Vanessa is founder of StoryBookMath.org, a website and math method she developed to engage artistic students in mathematics. Her method came from growing up with a visual disability that prevented her from reading until age ten. As a storyteller and artist, she is bringing creativity back to mathematics by turning math concepts into stories. In 2014, StorybookMath received a certificate of Special Recognition from U.S. Congress and the California State Senate for STEM. She spoke at TEDx, Stanford School of Engineering, the X-STEM National Science and Technology Festival and JFK University about her innovative methods to engage artistic students in math.

This passion for STEM advocacy led her to work with NASA scientist, Dr Jonathan Trent, on his NASA biofuel startup, OMEGA Global Initiative. While working with Dr Trent, she started the OMEGA International Youth Council, which now has college and high school students from seven countries and five times zones working to help OMEGA provide a sustainable tomorrow.

Her goal for the future is to use her mathematics and analytics background to work for environmental and social causes. Her drive to mitigate climate change came from her travels to 41 nations before the age of 17. As a world traveler, artist, and mathematician, Vanessa is thrilled to work with Solve Education! to provide accessible education to students everywhere!

PAPON VIRAMETEEKUL
PAPON VIRAMETEEKUL
Ambassador

Papon Virameteekul is the co-founder of “Wizes Corporation Co., Ltd.” a hybrid educational company combining Augmented Reality (AR) and offline learning. This innovation aims to combat the paradox in an influx of information and the limitation of time, which are the critical issues for the younger generation’s learning process. Traditional memory-based learning is no longer an effective solution; this technique does not promote critical thinking and only taps into the learner’s short-term psychological recollection. Papon and his co-founders recognized the technology opportunity and passionate to solve the problem, Wizes Infographic was specifically created and designed to address those needs. Wizes Infographic book is an instrument that integrates design and psychological theories, such as Gestalt, to assist student to become a more effective and life-long inquisitive learner. Moreover, it creates a unique new learning experience in an ability to analyze complex data without forcing the users to read. To successfully scale the impact, Papon is working with number of organizations and government agencies in expanding the adoption of Wizes to local educational system.

Currently, Papon is a degree candidate for the Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management at Columbia University. He has a well-diverse experience in Banking, Education, Filming, Insurance, Media Agency, Real Estate and Venture Capital (Monk’s Hill Venture). He has lived in Australia, Thailand, and USA. Prior to this, he has worked at Muang Thai Life Assurance PCL (Leading Life insurance company in Thailand), exploring innovation technology associated with Health-tech, Fin-tech, and Insure-tech for the sustainable growth of the organization. He believes that a healthy education system is an essential element and a driving force towards the economic development. Papon is an enthusiastic towards contributing to Solveeducation.org with an innovative approach to this conventional industry and building creative learning opportunities for the underserved education population.

JORDI CASTELLO
JORDI CASTELLO
Ambassador

Jordi Castello is a Catalan based in Singapore. He is a serial entrepreneur and multi-frontier explorer focused on the vast potential of digital space. Jordi co-founded emagister.com and mundoanuncio, Androidlist. In October of 2006, he joined the founding team of OLX.com, an Argentinean global online marketplace. OLX successfully grew into a company that operates in 45 countries and is the largest online classified ads company in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, and Ukraine.

More recently, in January 2015, with his fellow entrepreneur Alec Oxenford, Jordi launched LetGo –a free, person-to-person, mobile classifieds app, that allows users to buy from, sell to and chat with others locally. targeting the US, Asia, and Europe. LetGo is valued at USD 1 billion. It has 15 million items for sale every month, 2.3 million listers monthly, and 80 million downloads to date.

Jordi’s abiding passions are the development of a new kind of education system, as well as the development of a new structure for society. He strongly believes that thanks to the power of technology and ubiquitous connectivity, it is possible to provide free online education to a massive global audience of children in need of schooling from undeveloped communities, overcoming the traditional limitations imposed by geographical location.

For the last twelve years, Jordi and his wife Noelia have lived in Boston, Buenos Aires, and Singapore; they have two sons, Alein and Noah. Jordi has a Masters degree from ESADE Business School and a post-MBA from MIT.

SHANNON KALAYANAMITR
SHANNON KALAYANAMITR
Ambassador

Shannon is the co-founder and Group CMO of Orami – the largest e-commerce destination for women in Southeast Asia – a serial entrepreneur and a passionate Women’s advocate. She is a mover and a shaker, dedicated to building businesses and deeply connected in sectors of Business, Entertainment & Media, and Women’s Rights in Thailand and in Asia.

Ex-Management Consultant and Investment Banker at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Lehman Brothers, covering Asia ex-Japan and China, Shannon found her niche in International Business Development, Project Management, Marketing, Build Out and Execution.

Apart from her accomplishments, she remains active in the non-profit sector. She has helped raising awareness and funds via celebrities and socialites with good causes, such as mentorship and scholarship programs and aiding the Fishing Rehabilitation Projects during the Andaman Tsunami Disaster in 2005. In 2016, Shannon was chosen to represent Asia at the FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Summit, nominated in the “40 under 40” to watch by Campaign Asia and honored to be Thailand’s Founder of the Year at the Start-Up Awards. In 2017, Shannon joined the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign to be a voice for Gender Equality.