WHY Him? Kamilius left a successful career in an international consultancy in 2010 to establish Koperasi Kasih Indonesia, a microcredit organisation that aims to lift people out of poverty. To receive a microloan from Koperasi Kasih, individuals have to commit to attending an educational programme that includes training in professional skills, motivational workshops and financial classes that teach the importance of saving and money management.
Inti Nusantari Subagio
WHY Her? Subagio is admired in Indonesian society both as a businesswoman—she’s the president commissioner of luxury concierge service Quintessentially—and as one of the country’s most hands-on philanthropists. In 1998, she founded the For All Nations (FAN) Campus, a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and people suffering from mental illness. In a country where drug users are often sent to prison, FAN Campus provides a safe, supportive space to rehabilitate—rather than punish—addicts.
WHY Her? The fashion designer is best known for her range of stylish kebayas, but this fashionista is also a dedicated philanthropist. In 2003, Avantie partnered with St Elisabeth Hospital to launch the Wisma Kasih Bunda Foundation in Semarang, central Java. The organisation supports children with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes a build-up of fluid in the brain, and helps fund treatment for children with a wide variety of conditions. THAT’S NOT ALL Avantie has also financed professional training for students and housewives to help them find careers.
WHY Him? The first Indonesian to sign the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge, by which the world’s wealthiest people commit to donating at least half their fortune to charity, Tahir is one of the country’s most generous donors. He funds several educational and healthcare programmes within Indonesia, has donated US$65 million to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and has given millions of US dollars to support Syrian and Jordanian refugees. THAT’S NOT ALL In late 2016, Tahir was appointed the first Eminent Advocate in Asia for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
WHY her? With her organisation We The Teachers, Witdarmono is shaking up education around the country. Since she established the foundation in 2014, We The Teachers has worked with more than 5,000 educators, providing everything from training to curriculum development to help improve the quality of education. THAT’S NOT ALL Witdarmono’s research has been praised by UNESCO and the International Monetary Fund, among other leading international organisations.