Born on January 14, 1991 in Palembang, Dian Pelangi graduated from Ecole Superieur des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) with a very satisfying grade in 2008. Known as a multitalented designer, Dian Pelangi brings colour and excitement to the local and international moslem fashion scene. Dian draws inspiration from the colours of the rainbow and she passionately mines Indonesia’s heritage for her inspiration, from vivid tie-dye and exquisite songket to lavish batik. Dian Pelangi is the main designer of Dian Pelangi company, one of the nation’s leading moslem fashion house.
Hikmat Darmawan (Bandung, West Java, May 22, 1970) has been active in many cultural communities since 2000, co-founding the Musyawarah Burung community to accommodate a common passion for cultural and art activities. From virtual discussions, the Musyawarah Burung community developed concrete projects such as piano recitals, poetry readings and cultural orations. He also co-founded Akademi Samali in 2005. It is a comic community dedicated to exploring possibilities for Indonesian comic artistic and industrial development.
Ratih Kumala was born in Jakarta, in 1980 and studied in Sebelas Maret University of Surakarta-Indonesia, majoring in English Literature. She is the author of six fictions; Tabula Rasa (novel), Genesis (novel), Larutan Senja (collected fiction), Kronik Betawi (novel), Gadis Kretek (novel), and Bastian dan Jamur Ajaib (collected fiction).
Linda Christanty is an author and journalist. The woman who was born on Bangka Island on March 18, 1970, has a fairly long track record in literature and journalism in Indonesia.
Her writing has been recognized by various awards including the national literary award in Indonesia (Khatulistiwa Literary Award 2004 and 2010), award from the Language Center of the Ministry of National Education (2010 and 2013), and The Best Short Stories version by Kompas daily (1989).
Bara has been a familiar face among food lovers since hosting the Nougat cooking show on Trans TV, and more recently as a judge on Junior Masterchef Indonesia. He has published many cookbooks aimed at the home cook, and founded GulaGoela – a delivery service for homemade sweets. He is the host of the cooking TV show, Gula-Gula (Sweets), which is also the name of his pastry shop. Bara is known for his funk and style. His provides a refreshing show compared to the more formal shows.
Jati holds a Master of Business and Administration (MBA) degree from Gadjah Mada University and a Bachelor’s degree on Economics from Universitas Indonesia. Jati was trained in Economics with concentration in Human Resources Economics. His extensive experience on quantitative research projects and interest in social and economics research led him to join Center on Child Protection (PUSKAPA).
Lily Yulianti Farid started writing at a young age. In junior high school, her first try at creative writing, a novella titled Kepada Bunda (For Mother), won a prize from Gadis magazine. As an adult, she spent most of her time working as a journalist: first at Kompas newspaper in Jakarta (1996–2000), at Radio Australia in Melbourne (2001–2004), NHK-Radio Japan in Tokyo (2004–2008), and Nytid news magazine in Oslo.
Goenawan Mohamad is an Indonesian poet and man of letters born in Batang, Central Java. He is the founder and editor of Tempo (“Time”) magazine in Indonesia, which was twice forcibly closed by the Suharto’s New Order administration because of its vocal criticism of the authoritarian regime. In 1999, Mohamad was named International Editor of the Year by World Press Review magazine. In 1998, he was one of four winners of the CPJ International Press Freedom Awards, and in 2006 he received the Dan David Prize award.
Haidar Bagir is an Indonesian entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, lecturer, and the president director of the Mizan Group which he founded in 1982. Bagir teaches at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies (ICAS)/Sadra Institute in Jakarta, is the chairman of the Lazuardi Hayati Foundation for Education (an umbrella organization of a network of pre-K to K- 12 schools in several cities in Indonesia), Founder of YASMIN (a foundation for philanthropic works on community education and health in Jakarta), and chairman of IIMaN Center for the Development of Positive Sufism.