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.
Michael Mitterlehner is an Investment Professional with Vitruvian Partners, a London-based a growth capital fund.
Prior to that, Michael was the Managing Director and Co-Founder of a private equity backed e-commerce business. Previously, Michael was with Goldman Sachs Capital Partners where he focused on investment opportunities in the Retail and Industrial sectors.
Michael has an MSc in International Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and a CEMS Masters degree in International Management from HEC Paris.
Michael has been involved with YCAB since he spent time with the team during a year-long sabbatical that led him to work with Social Entrepreneurs across the globe.
Michael lives in London with his wife and their young daughter.
Philmon Tanuri has been exposed to the social sector and its intricacies since a very young age. In the 6th grade, he created a website dedicated to raising awareness and inspiring visitors about the issue of poverty in Indonesia. In 2010, he launched an online micro finance with a social investment model in the form of a website that allows visitors to fund underprivileged youths education.
He has also embarked on two projects in 2012-2013 – The Water Project and Revamplify. The Water Project sought and succeeded in bringing 5000 underprivileged people in Kampung Lemo sustainable access to clean water. Revamplify was an event that raised awareness and funds for multiple causes.
He is currently a junior at UC Berkeley double-majoring in the fields of Economics and Business Administration, estimated to graduate in 2017. Aside from his responsibilities for YCAB International Inc. as Vice President, he also serves as the President of Berkeley Indonesian Student Association (BISA) and an Operations Manager and Consultant for Voyager Consulting, a consulting club on campus that caters to high-growth tech companies and Fortune 500 companies.
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.
Program Content & Development Council
Janine Teo heads 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.
Janine is a passionate entrepreneur who has founded and sold companies in the technology, beauty and consumer goods industries. On top of her entrepreneurial experience, Janine has also a strong international track record in sales, marketing and revenue management in the corporate world, mostly in the highly competitive hospitality industry. She has worked in 8 different countries, and has trained and supported hotels across almost 100 countries. As an enthusiastic linguist, she is fluent in 5 languages.
Janine’s research paper on Solve Education!: “How gaming, artificial intelligence and big data is changing education” is published in IEEE’s International Conference on Game, Game Art and Gamification 2016. She has also published her research paper in IEEE, ACM and SCS conferences in the field of parallel simulation.
Education is the key to solve the many challenges we face in the world today, and because of this, Janine is an avid speaker on topics like education, edtech, and poverty alleviation.
She is born and raised in Singapore, and has a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
International Affairs Council
Senior Adviser on Strategic Planning, Mae Fah Luang Foundation (under Royal Patronage), Bangkok, Thailand
Faculty Member Webster University: Humanitarian Issues in International Affairs, Masters of Arts in International Relations.
Former Director General UNICRI, Turin, Italy.
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Member of the Scientific Council
of the Research Institute on International Right of Peace Giuseppe Toniolo, Rome
Member of the American Association for Advancement of Science, AAAS.
Member of the Association of Change Management Professionals, ACMP.
In July 2007 UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Sandro Calvani from Italy, as Director General of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), based in Turin, Italy with programmes in all continents.
Mr. Sandro Calvani took over the leadership of UNICRI in July 2007 and became the eighth Director to lead the Institute from its establishment in 1967. His tenure of appointment ended in April 2010. Before being appointed to UNICRI, Mr. Calvani was the Director of the UNODC Office in Colombia (2004-07).
Mr. Calvani has significant experience across a wide range of social issues, particularly in the fields of humanitarian aid, sustainable development, conflict resolution convergence of emerging threats in human security and social business applied to rural development.
In 1988 Mr. Calvani was the Founding Director of the W.H.O. Panafrican Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Reduction, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991 Mr. Calvani became Regional Director for Inter-Agency External Coordination at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, based in Brazzaville, Congo.
In 1992 Mr. Calvani joined the United Nations. He has served the UN organization in many capacities. He was Country Director of the UNODC Office in Bolivia (1992-95) and developed the largest programme in the world in the field of alternative rural development to replace illicit crops, with a budget of US$45 million which involving some 300 collaborators around the country.
In 1995 Mr. Calvani became Director of the Barbados-based UNODC Regional Office for the Caribbean and was responsible for UN aspects of drug control coordination in 29 countries and territories in the Region. Under his leadership, UNODC facilitated the development of the first integrated Regional Drug Control Programme, endorsed and sponsored by more than 40 countries.
In 1998 Mr. Calvani served as the UNODC Representative to the Institutions of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and in 1999 he became Director of the UNODC Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2002 he was elected Chairman of the UN Regional Hiv-AIDS policy coordination group in Asia, the largest in the world.
Before being appointed at the United Nations, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Genoa, Italy where he had previously obtained a Masters Degree and Dottorato in Biological Sciences. In 1980 he was named Chief of the Development Aid Department of Caritas, Rome, Italy. He went on to lead the Caritas International delegation at FAO, WFP and IFAD and was a member of the delegation of the Italian NGOs to the European Commission until 1985. In 1987 he was named Coordinator for the Caritas Foreign Aid Programme and was member of the Governing Board of the Development Cooperation Directorate of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
To date, Mr. Calvani has worked in 135 countries and is the author of 20 books and more than 600 articles on sustainable development, humanitarian aid, public health, convergence of emerging threats in human security.
He was a visiting scientist at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. CO. USA, at Harvard (JFK School of Government), Cambridge, MA, USA and at Louvain University in Belgium. He pursued studies in Soil Ecology at the Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory at CSU, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Conflict Resolution and Leadership in Development and has received various awards for professional excellence, in Italy and in Colombia.
Mr. Calvani speaks English, Spanish, French and his native language Italian.
Strategy & Alignment Council
Extensive business background in international and multi-cultural environments gained from having travelled, lived and worked extensively across Asia Pacific, Europe, US, Middle East and Africa. Fluent in English, Italian as well as working knowledge of French and Bulgarian.
Over the past 10 years, trusted strategic advisor to clients from the public and private sectors, in diverse industries such as pharmaceutical, IT, Semiconductor, Energy, FMCG, Shipping, Government/Public Sector. Consistently identified as Top Performer and Fast-Track talent.
Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee
He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Padjadjaran. He took and graduated from post-graduate study at Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, USA in 2005.
He is member of The Indonesian Bar Association (IKADIN) and Indonesian Intellectual Property Society.
He works on corporate/debt restructuring, refinancing, and acquisition of major Indonesian business group and formation of several mutual funds, including those based on Syariah (Islamic law). He works in bankruptcy litigations and represents clients in liquidation process of a failed Indonesian bank. He has major role in one of the biggest settlement case using the mediation system supervised by Indonesian court