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Irwan Saputra, Executive Director

Irwan Saputra is currently pursuing an M.A in Communication Management at The George Washington University with a sponsor from Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP scholarship). Prior to this, he was an Economic Journalist at Media Indonesia newspaper, Jakarta. He is also a founder and was the CEO of PT. Cipta Abhipraya Indonesia (Abhipraya Event Organizer), an event organizer company that operates in Medan, Indonesia. Irwan is also active as a social activist since his undergraduate study. In 2014, He has founded Bangun Bahari Foundation and Perpustakaan Terapung (Floating Library) that focus on empowering coastal communities that contribute about 32% of poverty in Indonesia and providing free education for fisherman’s children in Belawan, Indonesia. By empowering students and youths in the area, the social foundation and its social programs are still running until today.


Emil Ranakusuma, Chairman

Emil received his BA in Marketing from Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia in 1998 and MBA in Marketing from Cleveland State University in 2002. Emil worked in various industries such as retail, advertising, and marketing research in the United States and Indonesia in various positions as Retail Manager, Account Manager, and Research Manager, respectively for over 7 years. After gaining years of experience from working as an employee, Emil decided to start his own business and became an entrepreneur in 2007 as a Subway Franchisee. Emil received a recognition for “Outstanding Street Fighting Efforts and Promotion of the Brand” several years by Subway. Emil is very excited to join Dompet Dhuafa USA because he want to create a social business that can benefit communities around the world. He believes that, “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.”


Lisna Utami Harjianto, Board Member

Lisna currently works with Department of State – State of Delaware in the area of market intelligence and economic development. She received her degrees from Bandung Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, and University of Delaware. As part of our Board, she hopes to manage the goals of Dompet Dhuafa in the United States – moving forward and up, and creating impact (directly as well as indirectly) to our communities locally and globally. Her favorite quote, we rise by lifting others.

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