A non-profit organization duly established and registered in Indonesia under Yayasan Usaha Bakti Diaspora Indonesia.
The missions of the IDBC are:
To help and connect the Indonesian Diaspora in establishing and growing their careers, businesses, and entrepreneurships
To promote and propel economic growth in Indonesia by opening doors to businesses and professional opportunities for Indonesian Diaspora
To bridge and leverage the businesses of the Indonesian Diaspora with businesses in Indonesia.
Mr. Edward Wanandi is one of three (3) Managing General Partners of Palapa Ventures LLC, a San Francisco-based venture capital company investing in technology companies in the United States. He is also the CEO of International Merchants LLC, a trading company based in Chicago, USA.
Mr. Wanandi was the Chairman and CEO of Trailmobile Corporation. Trailmobile was one of the largest semi-truck trailer manufacturers and trailer parts distribution companies in North America with operations in both the United States and Canada. He has been involved in the automotive components industry since he founded a business in 1980, manufacturing and selling gearboxes, axles, and large stamping parts such as the chassis frames for trucks, truck bumpers, and brake parts (currently the largest independent producer in Southeast Asia). His business also manufactured special purpose vehicles, trailers, and equipment supporting the oil and gas industry where it is staying in top three (3) in Indonesia.
Mr. Wanandi was the Vice President International of Gemala Group of Indonesia and Chairman of Gemala Batteries Holding, a United Kingdom-based battery manufacturing company and Vice Chairman and Director of Century Yuasa Battery, an Australian based battery manufacturing company, where he was very instrumental in developing the strategy and its execution. Now the business is the largest Automotive Batteries manufacturer in Southeast Asia and amongst the top three (3) in the world battery exporter. He is currently a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber Foundation, and Trustee Emeritus of Hudson Institute. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Chicago and the Board of Directors for CAPP (Center for Asia Pacific Policy) RAND Corporation.
Mr. Wanandi plays a vital role in establishing the Indonesian Diaspora Network organizations and currently serves as the Chairman of Indonesian Diaspora Network-United (IDN-U), Indonesian Diaspora Network United States of America (IDN-USA), Indonesian Diaspora Business Council (IDBC), and Indonesian American Society of Academics (IASA). While IDN-United, IDN-USA, and IDBC focus on empowering Indonesian diaspora worldwide and enabling their contributions to the motherland, IASA focuses on leveraging the skill sets and the know-how of Indonesian professors in the US to improve education and health in Papua and West Papua.
Mrs. Fify Manan is the President and CEO of Formcase Group which is involved in designing, manufacturing, and marketing of modern office furniture for more than 50 years. She has managed to establish wholesale and distribution networks in 5 continents, including Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and America.
Mrs. Manan is also the CEO of Manan Group Company with diversified businesses in Furniture, Food, Hospitality, and Technology.
Mrs. Manan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and attended MBA program at the University of Tulsa, USA. In the first few years of business in the United States, she managed to set up distribution in twenty States while obtaining GSA contract and many State contracts. With these contracts, Formcase has furnished many State and Federal Government offices, schools, and universities.
Mrs. Manan also founded a food distribution company in Indonesia that imports frozen food from around the world to supply to retailers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers. She is also a member of Board Advisors for the Global Indonesian Diaspora Network. During her time in the United States, she served as a Board member of the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce as the Chair of Program Committee. She was also the Executive Vice President of the Indonesian American Chamber of Commerce. As her further commitment to the community, Mrs. Manan served on Emory University’s Board of Visitors during 2008 - 2011.
Mrs. Manan was honored in 2007 Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award held by Sachi Koto Communications, Inc. She is the Co-Chair of Manan Foundation, formed in 2005. Manan Foundation is involved in many social activities for the purpose of uniting the differences of culture in Indonesia. Free college and children academy were set up to provide leadership mentoring and the foundation provides scholarships for children and orphans in remote areas in Indonesia.
Mrs. Manan was awarded as Best CEO 2017 in Developing Global Market by SWA, a leading business magazine in Indonesia. On top of her strong commitment as an entrepreneur who gives positive, meaningful contribution to her employees and community, Mrs. Manan is a dedicated wife to Robert Manan and a loving mother to two children, Jessica and Ryan.
Regional Director (Australia Region)
Over the last 20 years, she has built on her knowledge of the Constructions Industry by managing multiple building projects, setting improved goals & assisting in achieving them. Astrid is an ideal person committed to the on-going development of the company and facilitating new and innovative approaches to every project. Her attention to detail, enthusiasm are quite unrivalled, and they remain her greatest strengths.
She has held Senior management positions in Asia, NZ & Australia, has many years of diverse international leadership experience in various regulated industries inc. Airline & Telecommunications. She had managed a number of companies, requiring her to liaise between industry and government approvals. Her expertise allows her to challenge, coach, and inspire leaders to utilize current cooperatives with Australia & Indonesia, and to enhance those ties.
Astrid always prided herselves on giving something back to the community, served on numerous boards, charitable organisations, business councils.