Vera Lingga | Editor-in-Chief
Vera discovered her passion in writing when she was 12 years old, however, she took a different path and decided to pursue her career in the corporate world. She has over 20 years of professional experience and worked for prominent companies in the engineering, mining equipment manufacturing and professional services industry.
She has been involved in managing many aspects of business operations such as business administration & finance, customer relationship management, marketing communications, business development as well as project management in the private sector and international development assistance industries.
Vera felt it was time to reconnect with her earliest passion besides serving her professional life with an international consulting firm. Her goal is to disseminate insights that can help women realize their fullest potential. Being a proud mom of a teenage daughter, her passions are seeing more women in business and promoting entrepreneurship.
WomanBizLife is dedicated to inspiring and empowering women who want to change and start living their dreams for better lives.
Mila Masyhur | Chief Community Relations
Mila has more than 20 years professional experience in several major corporations covering various managerial posts, supply-chain management, administration, marketing and finance contributing to her vast exposures on the relevant skills and extensive networks.
On top of her professional works at an international company majoring in oilfield services based in Jakarta, Mila loves reading, traveling, writing and attending social activities. She wants to contribute by doing meaningful activities for other.
Mila leads all aspects of WomanBizLife’s operations including partnerships with other service providers and community organisations, and development of business plans. Her multi-tasking character and enthusiasm to see continuous effort in empowering women are the main factors for her to be a part of this inspiring online resource – WomanBizLife.
Dini Akmam | Community Manager
Dini is a proud mother of two teens. Both of them are currently studying in United States. She holds a diploma in Commerce and English as a Second Language of Pitman College in London. She has had professional experience as an executive secretary at SGV Utomo & Co and Amman group hotels however she quit her job 14 years ago and decided to devote herself to her family.
She loves to fill her days with meaningful activities in her spare time. Now, she involves to coordinate our community activities and is also engaged with Children International Summer Villages (CISV) in Jakarta. Dini is very friendly and helpful person that make her perfect for the role.
Her other passions include traveling, sports, interior designing and reading.
Our Contributors (alphabetical order)
Coach Cynthia Wihardja | Jakarta, Indonesia
Coach Cynthia accelerates business success by leading a Business Coaching Firm – ActionCOACH South Jakarta with a proven system that guides entrepreneurs and professionals to achieve breakthrough results faster. Her Business Coaching Firm is still guiding business owners to achieve massive results and creating more jobs for the economy through the expansion of her clients. For more information on how her team of coaches can help you, you can follow her on twitter @CoachCyn
Inge Ong-Inkiriwang | Jakarta, Indonesia
Inge is a very proud mom of 3 children. She is an independent consultant for Project Management and Business Development with a decade of experience in community development and corporate social responsilbility projects as well as training and staffing. Inge has number of years engaged on development projects funded by international donor agencies. Inge has an extended experience in designing non-formal education program for youth and women empowerment. Also, she has been involved in projects assigned by UN agencies and government ministries. She is experienced as an International mediator/facilitator in the numbers of International conferences with Indonesia Business Links. Beside of project developments, Inge holds big interest in traveling and sports. Inge has been traveling to more than thirty five countries included the South Pole, Antarctica and the Glaciers in Alaska. She is one of the pioneer of Indonesia Women Cycling and was in the Indonesia National Cycling Team. Her qualifications include a bachelor in Marketing and Public Relations. To connect with Inge, send her email onginge[at]gmail.com
Lisa Soemarto | Jakarta, Indonesia
Lisa is the founder and Senior Financial Advisor at AFC Financial. She currently serves as the CEO of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC), an Association of Financial Advisors who orgnize workshops for International Certification . She has been in the Capital Market since 17 years ago, specialized in Bonds and Mutual Funds — a time when there were only few women in the field. She takes her profession very seriously and very passionate about it. She is the author of ‘Meraih Masa Depan Dengan Reksa Dana (Panduan Mengelola Investasi)’, a speaker, lecturer and writer of financial and investment topics. She is now expanded her business to the culinary sector with public figures partners by opening her first steak house; ‘Steakology’. Follow her on twitter : @LaPetiteLisa
dr Natasha Emir | Jakarta, Indonesia
Natasha is a proud mom of 3 children. She is a Medical Consultant and became the first woman doctor at On Clinic Indonesia. Being a Medical Consultant, she is passionate about medical education and always keen to give education to the patient besides handling medical problems. When it comes to sex education, Natasha says one of the ways she goes above and beyond for her patients is by convincing them that there are so many related between dysfunction sexual with vascular disease. In her time in office, she has to demonstrate an open-minded approach to her patient. Natasha really enjoys working with the patient through educational programs; therefore she continues to take educational classes to further her career as cosmetologist. She established her private practice as general doctor and cosmetologist to educate her patient about keeping the body looking young and healthy. To connect with Natasha, follow her on twitter @natashakemir
Rahajeng Handayani | Jakarta, Indonesia
Rahajeng Handayani (Ajeng) is a proud mom of 3 children, having proficiency as a registered IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Consultants, and admitted as an Advocate. In the meantime, she is joining SS&R Legal Consultants as partner in charge for IPR matter both domestic and international. She is responsible for IPR matters, mainly for Trademark, Patent, Industrial Design, Copyright, and its related issue as Franchise and License. Holding a bachelor degree in law and extension degree from reputable University at California, has brought her to various carrier from a multinational company to law firms. In 2004, she was granted a Scholarship from Association on Training Scholarship (AOTS) from JPO (Japan Paten Office) for Advanced IP practitioner, Tokyo, Japan. All experiences has made her become an active member of international organization of IPR, such as International Trademark Association(INTA), Asian Patent Attorney Association(APAA), and Asean Intellectual Property Association(AIPA); she is also a member of local IPR organization, namely Asosiasi Konsultan Hak Kekayaan Intelektual Indonesia(AKHKI) and Indonesia Intellectual Property Society(IIPS). You can get in contact with her @AjengSRLegals
Ranch 99 Market Indonesia | Jakarta, Indonesia
Ranch 99 Market Indonesia has its own flag and has become one of the leading retailer and trendsetter in Indonesia when it comes to lifestyle and healthy living since 1998. It provides high quality fresh product, meat fish and delicatessen food and an array of imported groceries selection. Enjoy your healthy life with their specialties as organic products or food for those who has special conditions like diabetic, heart disease, or autism. Focusing on creating a wonderful shopping experience, offering great products, creating a unique atmosphere, you can pamper yourself with the exquisite range of services free cooking class, perishable, dry aged beef, BBQ specialist, bonjour pastry and restaurant. Ranch 99 Market is the only supermarket in Indonesia which has become a member of the Global Compact Network, established by the United Nations. Yet this ISO 22000 first certified supermarket in Food Safety is also the only supermarket in the country which receives HACCP 9000 certification. For more information, please follow thru twitter @Ranch99Market.
Stephanie Wiriahardja | Vancouver, British Columbia
Stephanie Wiriahardja believes in the power of happiness and applies this concept to all spectrums of her work. Taking dandelion flowers as her inspiration, Stephanie’s self-proclaimed ‘The Dandelion Theory‘ stems from the building blocks of her compassion to grow, evolve, and continue sharing her ideas. She was born and raised in Jakarta, but moved to Vancouver eight years ago. Stephanie is currently the Community Manager of Higher Education at HootSuite. Besides working full-time at Hoot Suite, Stephanie is also the involved in the Marketing team of Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran, ensuring the quality of the collaterals and the story produced. Various pieces of her work have been featured and published in TrendHunter, Networking in Vancouver, Translink, and Forbes. Connect with her on Twitter: @stephawie.
Veve Kristanti | Hongkong, Special Administrative Region of China
Veve graduated from Tarakanita Secretarial College in Jakarta. She has over 18 years of professional experience and worked as Personal Assistant, Executive Secretary, Relationship Manager at several major corporations in Jakarta prior to her moving to Vietnam in mid 2011. After having moved from Jakarta to Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam last year, she is now exploring the changes by moving to Hong Kong in mid-2012. As much as she enjoyed corporate life, she took the courage to begin her new life journey to pursue her big dream as travel writer. Veve regularly writes her diary on her personal blog http://v-in-v.blogspot.com/. Her blog is a combination between travel information and diary. Veve enjoys writing about food and travel, inspiration, lifestyle but not quite as much as she enjoys eating food while traveling. Her career change has given her great insights and experiences about the life. You can follow her on twitter @Ekrist.
Yenny Andrianti | Sydney, Australia
Yenny is currently living in Sydney and working in taxation services at a leading European financial services institution. She graduated from University of Technology Sydney as a Bachelor of Business. She has several years of experience in accounting practices and financial service industry, particularly in fund administration and investment services. Besides working full time in financial institution, she is also involved in Sydney Property Realty as an International Sales Representative. Apart from her business degree background, she is also pursuing her self-interest in foreign language. In 2011, she went to Shanghai and studied Mandarin language at Shanghai Normal University for a year. Even more, she is now looking forward to be able to speak Korean language fluently. Also, for several years she is actively joining an Indonesian community radio in Sydney, Duta Nusantara, as a radio presenter at Radio 2000, 98.5 FM. She also acts as a freelance writer and has contributed many articles in Indonesian magazine and online media. She believes that life is a continuous learning process, thus, it is okay to make mistakes in life. As long as we are patient and persistently pursuing our goals and dreams, success would eventually pursuit our life. You can follow her on twitter @YennyAndrianti.
Yosephine P. Tyas | Jakarta, Indonesia
Yosephine is currently a Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Advisor with Ardana Consulting. She holds bachelor degree of Information Technology from Bina Nusantara University and has also her master degree (Magister Management) majoring Finance from Institute Bisnis dan Informatika Indonesia (IBII). She helps single and married clients to achieve their financial goals and encourages many people to increase their awareness about the importance of financial planning for their life. Yosephine is keen to share her knowledge about financial planning to all women, so they will become more aware, educated and ready to prepare their financial planning for themselves, their business and their family. You can follow her on twitter @phien13.