Meet Our Team
We are a group of like minded people who are serious and passionate about making the world a better place according to our own individual talents and capacity. We believe that financial independence and self-sufficiency are essential to development, and dignity comes before development. Therefore, we work hard to develop vulnerable youth by giving them access to education and economic assistance. We believe in the creation and the implementation of an inclusive, innovative and sustainable program. Only this can lead to a systemic change.
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Veronica Colondam has championed the field of social entrepreneurship in Indonesia with the establishment of YCAB Foundation (1999) and its affiliates companies since early 2000. To date, the affiliates companies have underwritten YCAB’s back office expense through shared resources and services. This sustainable model has enabled YCAB to reach out to more than three million underprivileged youth through education and economic empowerment. By 2020, YCAB aims to impact five million people and raise US$ 50 Mn in Impact Investment fund for its mission driven microfinance program where education is made precondition to loan.
YCAB continues to evolve into a global social enterprise piloting programs in five other countries namely Myanmar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uganda, Mongolia and Laos, and is ready to expand more in South East Asian region. YCAB received the UN-ECOSOC Special Consultative Status and ISO9001:2008 for quality management, both acquired in 2008. And in 2016, ranks #49 of Top 500 NGO in the world by Geneva based NGO Advisor.
Degree in mass communications, she received her Master in Social Science from the Imperial College, London and the London of Hygiene and Tropical Disease. Alumnus of the Global Leadership program at Harvard’s Kennedy School (2009); Leadership Lab at MIT; Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD and Impact Investment, SAID Business School, Oxford.
Veronica authored several books on youth development and risky behavior. She is also the youngest recipient of the United Nation award called the UN-Vienna Civil Society Award (2001) and appointed as Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum (2006). She’s also the Fellow of Asia Society’s 21 Young Leaders (2007) and of Global Social Innovator Park Fellow (2008), Globe Asia’s Most Powerful Women in Indonesia (2007), and Channel News Asia Change Maker (2009) & Asian of the Year (2010). The winner of Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) and Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of 2012, her leadership brought YCAB to rank 63 of 500 Top NGOs in the Global Journal’s Top World NGOs (2013). In 2014, Forbes named her as 48 Asian Philanthropist and one of Ten Most Inspiring Women in Indonesia.
Veronica lives in Jakarta with her husband, together they have three children. The first two are studying at UC Berkeley and the youngest is in high school.
Muhammad Farhan, is a broadcaster in Indonesia who is well known throughout the country for his work on television and in radio.
He provides assistance to YCAB in his capacity as an ambassador, advisor and friend to the organisation and can often be seen on the stage of YCAB’s high profile events. Born in Bogor in 1970, he received a degree in Economics from the University of Padjadjaran, Bandung (1993) and subsequently a postgraduate education in broadcasting in Sydney, Australia. His broadcasting career began at HardRock FM, now he runs his daily show at Delta FM. His wit and humour are his trademarks and he has since gone on to appear in his own TV shows, Extravaganza and Lepas Malam. As his dedicated hobby, he also manages one of Indonesia’s largest football club, Persib, with 46 millions fans.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Mario is the Chief Operating Officer of YCAB. He oversees programs implementation and support services. Mario has always been passionate about serving underprivileged children, as he came from a similar background. Mario encountered YCAB in 2014, when he became part of the pro-bono consulting project that revisited YCAB’s strategy. He joined YCAB in March 2016.
Prior to joining YCAB, Mario held various managerial and advisory roles for 15 years in the private sector with leading organisations, including Palladium, Frost & Sullivan, and Astra International – Toyota. Mariogained a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Parahyangan Catholic University.
Stella is the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer of YCAB. Prior to joining YCAB, Stella was an Investment Officer at IFC, the World Bank Group’s arm that supports the development of private sector. She specialized in investments in the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services sectors in East Asian countries. Previous to that, she has worked for Principia Management Group and Nestle Indonesia.
Stella completed her MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She was part of the Wharton Social Impact Fund and had spent a summer interning at Grameen Bank in New York City. She graduated with honors in Industrial Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung. Since 2014, she has been part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Since YCAB’s early days, Pieter has been instrumental in keeping the organisation afloat, helping it to maintain and increase the scale of its programs through his mentorship and unfailing contributions.
Pieter is currently the CEO of PT. Multistrada Arah Sarana Tbk (MASA), a public company with market cap of approximately USD 400 Million which dominates almost 20% market share of tire industry in Indonesia. As one of Forbes Asia’s fastest growing company and Indonesia’s global brand, MASA manufactures more than 12 millions car and motorcycle tyres every year where majority of its products are exported to over a hundred countries worldwide. Prior to his current position, Pieter was also the Chairman of PT. Trimegah Securities Tbk, a public listed financial company which under his leadership became Indonesia’s top securities company, which then later was sold to UK based financial company before acquiring MASA in 2005. His passion in financial market led him back to chair Syailendra Capital and Buana Securities in the subsequent years. Recently, he joined with Salim group and acquired Bank Ina.
Pieter is married to Veronica (YCAB’s CEO), together they have three children; the two of whom are studying in the university. Despite of all his business activities, he still manages time to pursue his hobby of playing badminton and working on his newly found passion in football. This passion has brought him to acquire PERSIB and Bali United, the two of Indonesia’s football clubs which originated from West Java and Bali, respectively.
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Victor Colondam joined the Board of Trustee in early 2015. Prior to joining the board, he has been a great support to his younger sister, Veronica, the CEO of YCAB Foundation. As part of family legacy, YCAB was co-founded by their late mother, Charlotte Marriane Elizabeth Cussoy-Colondam (1937-2002).
With his motto “much is given, much is expected”, he journeys life with this giving and sharing philosophy. After graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree, he started several business in manufacturing supply chain and now holds senior position in PT. Multistrada Arah Sarana Tbk (MASA). His main responsibility is to scale MASA’s presence in the global tire market.
He loves sport and is passionate about badminton. Since his youth, he was trained as Indonesia’s athlete until an injury that ended his career in competitive sport. Happily married with three children, with his eldest currently studying in a university in the UK, the two other are still at home.
M. Arsjad Rasjid
M. Arsjad Rasjid
Arsjad holds several key leadership roles in one of Indonesia’s largest energy group, Indika Energy with market capitalisation of US$2.5 billion. He was appointed as Vice President Director of the group in May 2013 as part of the company’s succession plan. He was previously held the CEO position for the group for eight years from November 2005 to May 2013. Under his leadership, Indika becomes Indonesia’s first Global Growth Company awarded by the World Economic Forum. Subsequently, in 2011 he was also appointed as the Forum’s Young Global Leader.
It is his passion in education and his love for the spirit of making a difference that brought him to join YCAB’s international team to help YCAB scale globally.
Studied at University of Southern California, United States, in Computer Engineering in 1990 and graduated from Pepperdine University, California, United States with Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1993. An alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School, United States on Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program and at the NUS’ Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, both in 2012. In the years that followed, he also studied Impacting Investing at Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK and completed the Executive Education on Leadership and Decision Making in the 21st Century program at Yale University, United States.
Chrisma A. Albandjar
Chrisma A. Albandjar
Ms. Albandjar is currently the Special Staff to the Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic of Indonesia. Prior to that, she worked as the Market Access and Policy Director of Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Indonesia. She used to worked at Microsoft as Corporate Affairs Director, and at Pfizer Indonesia as Public Affairs and Communications Director, in addition of years working in broadcasting and telecommunication companies. In the public sector, Ms. Albandjar worked as the Expert Advisor to the Commission I DPR RI responsible for Information Communications, Foreign Affairs, Inteligence and Military Policy for more than 4 years. Born in Jakarta, Ms Albandjar graduated from Airlangga University Surabaya Indonesia and received her bachelor degree in International Relations at the Social & Political Science Department. She is also the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, acquiring her Masters of Arts (in Electronic Media) from the San Francisco State University where she received the university’s highest award as the outstanding graduate student; in addition to acquiring Master of Business Administration (Marketing Management) from the Prasetiya Mulya Business School – Jakarta. Currently she is pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Business Administration at Pelita Harapan University, Jakarta.
Ms. Albandjar carries with her more than 18 years of Information and Communication experience, in Journalism, Management and Public Policy. After she returned from the US, she is heavily involved in the telecommunication industry in the rural areas and ICT issues especially regarding digital divide issues. Her expertise in information, communications, information technology policies made her a frequent speaker at forums related to her field. She held several organization positions including Executive Committe for Indonesia Chamber of Commerce; and several youth social movement non profit organizations in the area of building capacity and enabling youths, and also animal welfare. As a professional, Ms. Albandjar visions re-position the paradigm of politics and economy in Indonesia to that of a professional stature.
Ms. Albandjar played many roles in the political shaping of Indonesia’s new governmental map, and anti corruption movements.
Over 12 years experience in the marketing communications industry in both client and agency side, started out as a public relations executive in the tourism and hospitality industry before moving on to FCB in 1996 followed by EURO RSCG in 2000 where she opened the agency’s marketing services arm in 12 cities nationwide. She moved up the ladder and became the GM for EURO RSCG Adwork! in 2002 with multinational FMCG clients such as Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, and EFFEM Foods. Others such as Volvo,Intel and Panasonic. And local brands such as Telkom Indonesia, Bakrie Telekom/Esia, Bank Mandiri, BII, Indofood, Gudang Garam and Konimex. In 2005 she joined Y&R/Wunderman as General Manager and since 2010, she is the Executive Director of Leo Burnett Indonesia.
Lia was voted “Best PR executive 1999” from Bali Post and “10 Best Female Executive 2006” from Dewi Magazine; Fellow of Asia 21 Young Leaders, an initiative by Asia Society.
Born January 1972 in Sydney, Australia, Lia spent most of her childhood in Zurich and Frankfurt, before her 10 years education in the country she calls her second home, Singapore.
Today, she is happily married with one “racer to be” son, Raihan Raul.
Sukirno Tarjadi, born in 1962, is a counselor, public speaker and trainer. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (a family therapy model) from the Satir Institute of the Pacific (Vancouver) and a doctorate degree in family therapy, counseling and corporate coaching.
He is also licensed by the Institute to conduct training for counselors. He regularly conducts classes in counseling and family therapy, parenting and life enrichment, Sukirno also sees individual clients for counseling and therapy. He and his wife are both certified in Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis® (T-JTA) and Common Sense Parenting®.
Rofikoh Rokhim, Ph.D is head of the Bisnis Indonesia Intelligence Unit. She is also faculty member at the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. She received her doctoral degree with concentration in corporate finance from Université de Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France, in 2005.
Dr. Rokhim’s research interest covers banking, finance, capital market, good governance, economic crisis, development of domestic finance, foreign direct investment, micro credit, and other studies. She joined Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) in Februari 2006 after she come back from her studies.
Besides acting as the deputy editor of South East Asia Journal of Management and the Indonesia Capital Market Review since 2007 and 2008 , she has given lecture at the Graduate School of Management, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, since February 2007.
Dr. Rokhim was a visiting scholar at the Economic Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in 2004. About four years later, she was awarded the fellowship of MIT IDEAS Indonesia Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America.
She started her career as a reporter at Bisnis Indonesia daily in 1994 with concentration in financial market, macro-economy, and small-medium enterprises/micro credit. This journalistic career ended in 1999 when she pursued a postgraduate degree in France. She has traveled abroad extensively for journalistic duties and academic purposes.
Dr. Rokhim has published on finance and economic-related issues. She has edited, co-edited, authored, or co-authored several scientific publications such as; to mention some,
“Debt and Entrenchment: Evidence in Thailand and Indonesia”, European Journal of Operation Research, Vol. 185, page: 1578-1595 (with Pramuan Bunkanwanicha and Jyoti Gupta, 2008), and “Chapter 2: Asia Pulp & Paper: A Business Rationale Based on Debt Entrenchment and Financial Expropriation”, Corporate Governance in the 21th Century, Editor: Kellan V. Lovery, Nova Science Publishers, New York (with Roman Pirard, 2008).
Rofikoh Rokhim, Ph.D can be reached at rofikohrokhim @gmail.com
Lisa Luhur Schad
Lisa Luhur Schad
Lisa Luhur-Schad began her career in RCTI, the pioneer of Indonesian private television company. Over the years she expanded her portfolio covering not only television, but also print media. Aside from her role as the President Director at Media Indonesia Daily, she is also the Secretary General of Sukma Foundation – an social organisation founded by Media Group to manage humanitarian aid for tsunami and other natural disaster victims which has raised hundreds of billions of Rupiah to transform the lives of displaced people across the Archipelago. In addition to this, Lisa is also the Chair of Kick Andy Foundation which has initiated many movements to support the marginalised people. KickAndy is a well known talk show host that has inspired millions in Indonesia through his weekly program.
While busy in her professional life, Mrs Luhur-Schad is also in advancing her education, including her participation in the IDEAS Fellowship Program, MIT-Sloan School of Management, Boston (Innovative Dynamic Education & Action for Sustainability). In 2010, Ms Luhur-Schad kindly accepted her role of as an international advisor to YCAB.