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!

Executive Profiles

JANINE TEO
JANINE TEO
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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, EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT

Talitha Amalia heads the educational research and interventions, monitoring and evaluation, and community engagement activities of Solve Education!. Amalia and her team developed the curriculum, instruction and assessment frameworks of Solve Education’s mobile application, Dawn of Civilization.

Through Solve Education!, Amalia wants 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. But 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.

ROOHI HUMA
ROOHI HUMA
DIRECTOR FOR STRATEGY & OPERATIONS - INDIA

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

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.

JACK SEYMOUR
JACK SEYMOUR
HEAD OF GAME DEVELOPMENT

Jack Seymour is a Senior Developer with 20 years of experience in Game Development and Project Management. Jack has worked for 12 of those years in various capacities in a number of Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft have helped ship the original Xbox and Xbox Live platforms and Big Fish Games on the backend team for several iterations of the Games Portal. For the last 8 years, Jack has owned and operated Collected Worlds, an independent games studio and publisher, shipping many projects for a number of clients on mobile, desktop and web platforms. On top of being a successful entrepreneur, Jack is also a family man with 5 children and an active home educator of his children.

FAISAL PUTRA
FAISAL PUTRA
HEAD OF BACKEND AND WEB DEVELOPMENT

Faisal Agus Tri Putra is an education technology expert at Solve Education!. His interests lie in digital learning pedagogy and learning analytics. After having taught in schools located in rural areas of West Java and Southeast Sulawesi, Faisal became even more passionate to develop highly scalable educational software that can impact millions.

His educational software is successfully deployed in top universities and schools in Indonesia, such as Universitas Indonesia, Telkom University, and Sampoerna Academy.

He obtained his Master of Computer Science from Universitas Indonesia and his Bachelor of Education from Indonesia University of Education, both with honors cum laude. Besides education and technology, he loves food and music, and always keeps up with global pop culture trends. He is married with one son.

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.

BATARA SAKTI
BATARA SAKTI
GAME DEVELOPER

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.

BANYU RACHMAN
BANYU RACHMAN
UX ENGINEER

Ahmad Banyu Rachman is a dedicated software engineer who loved to combine technology and arts. He has interest in computer science, graphic design, and animation. Banyu believes that art helps to humanize technology so it can address the needs and wants of more people in the world.

Banyu was born in a conservative environment of Sumedang and his parents didn’t go to college. However, Banyu was lucky that during his childhood, his family moved to big cities like Jakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya. Because of that, he got to experience different types of schoolings and learning environments. When he was in high school, he moved back to Sumedang, and he became one of a few students who was accepted in one of the best public universities in Indonesia.

He obtained his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. During his study, he was awarded bronze medals in the animation category at the prestigious Gemastik (IT student competition Indonesia) and actively engaged in many student organizations. He also an active speaker, speaking in many multimedia workshops in different universities.

FERY PUTRA
FERY PUTRA
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.

RAFDI PRANATA
RAFDI PRANATA
SENIOR OFFICER, SUSTAINABILITY & PARTNERSHIP

Born and raised in Bandung, Rafdi has been exposed to many different gaming platforms since his childhood. He feels that the nature of video games is engaging and forcing gamers to be optimistic, determined, competitive, and sometimes cooperative individuals.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Parahyangan Catholic University in Indonesia. He believes that one of the ways to advance a national economy is through the knowledge of its people because unlike most resources, knowledge, and information can be shared and they are not going to be depleted when used.

Being part of Solve Education!, Rafdi wants to help the marginalized to access quality education by giving them the opportunity to fundamental pieces of knowledge so that they can learn more advanced technology for the benefits of their welfare and also the economy of their respective nation.

SAPHIRA SUWANTO
SAPHIRA SUWANTO
QUALITY ASSURANCE

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.

TRI SAMSUL
TRI SAMSUL
SOFTWARE 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 since 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 in 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 by python and published.

ALDRYAN DESCHARA
ALDRYAN DESCHARA
QUALITY ASSURANCE

Since he was a child, Dimas has loved to play games. He usually borrows one of his relative’s phone and seeks where the game is. He also native with Personal Computer and Internet since he was 9 years old. From that, he realises his passion is on technology, especially computer.

Born as the firstborn child in Depok, Jawa Barat, his family taught him to survive in this world and be a successful person. With his interest in anything, his parents did not hold him back from learning. After high school, he continues his study to Telkom University, majoring Computational Science. He gains the skill as a Data Scientist from his primary. Now he already received the title as Bachelor of Computer Science.

With all of his knowledge and interests, he believes that technology is the most important thing to spread awareness, educate people, and develop humanity across the globe.

FARAH AULIA
FARAH AULIA
SPECIALIST, EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT

Farah was privileged to experience primary school in both Indonesia and Australia when her father received a scholarship to go abroad. She experienced for herself how different the education systems were and she realised that after continuing school in Indonesia, her way of thinking was rigid and seeing outside the box was very difficult for her. She then made a promise to herself that she would contribute to the field of education so that the future kids of Indonesia can also experience good quality education, as she had before.

Farah graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in Institut Teknologi Bandung. She was then granted a scholarship from the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education to pursue a master’s degree in Brain and Cognitive Science at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with her passion for education kept in mind. She was driven to understand how the brain works and learns in order to be able to create interventions which facilitate effective learning.

As part of Solve Education!, Farah hopes to spread awareness of how knowledge of the brain plays such an important role in education. When she’s not thinking about that, you will find her busy playing puzzle games or out photo-hunting.

DUANESTRA FEBRI
DUANESTRA FEBRI
QUALITY ASSURANCE

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.

FITRI FADHILAH
FITRI FADHILAH
QUALITY ASSURANCE

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.

MARCHYANDI RAYI
MARCHYANDI RAYI
JUNIOR RESEARCHER

Rayi is a Junior Researcher at Solve Education!. While obtaining his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Gadjah Mada, he had a chance to do community service in one of the outlying islands of Indonesia, Salibabu island, North Sulawesi. The experience of living in a rural area exposed him to the inequality of education and made him realize how it affects broad aspects of a community’s livelihood: the economic opportunity, financial management, even decision-making. The experience brought him the confidence to pursue a career in the development sector.  

His strong motive and passion for learning led him to join Solve Education!. He shares the two core beliefs with the organization; that to obtain knowledge efficiently is by making the process of learning become enjoyable, and that good accessible education for all is possible.

PUSPA BAHARI
PUSPA BAHARI
QUALITY ASSURANCE

When she was a kid, she loved to watch her older brothers play English RPG games until she was 7, that is when she could play it by herself. Because she was willing to understand the game fully but had zero English knowledge, she kept asking her brother about the game. Her brother then gave her an English-Indonesian dictionary and told her that she needs to understand English by herself if she really wants to play the game. And that was how she began to learning English. She learned it by taking a note of every text in the game and translating it word-per-word using a dictionary. Today, she is very thankful of that moment.

She graduated her bachelor’s with a cum laude in Telecommunication Engineering of Telkom University. She has so many dreams: make her family proud, work in a game-related job, become a novel writer and so on. She enjoys learning new things and teaching people, while of course continuously playing games and reading fiction books. Solve Education!’s Dawn of Civilization just gave her such a nostalgic feeling; a throwback to when she learned English through a game. Right now, she’s working in the Quality Assurance department, to make sure that DOC runs smoothly so that many people can learn English in a fun and effective way, just like she did when she was younger.

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.

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.

JANINE TEO
JANINE TEO
BOARD MEMBER

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

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.

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).

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.