Iman Usman (26) is currently the Co-Founder and Chief of Product & Partnership of Ruangguru.com, an award winning tech-enabled education provider in Indonesia – serving over 8 million students and workers across the nation. In the last one year, Iman and his team has been able to build strategic partnership with multiple stakeholders, including 32 provincial governments, 326 cities/ regencies government; top players in FMCGs, bankings, and telco; foreign embassies and international organizations, among others. One of his most notable collaboration is with LINE App – where together, they successfully brought an alternative and innovative way of learning – through LINE Academy – to over 3.8 million members, only in 8 months.

 

Prior of founding Ruangguru.com, Iman was known in the country as one of the key opinion leaders in youth development. Iman has co-founded and led some of the nation’s largest youth-led movements, such as: the Indonesian Future Leaders and the Indonesian Youth Parliament which mobilized thousands of young people to do social goods. Iman is also the youngest Board Member of YCAB Foundation – which has empowered 3 million youths and women through its programmes.

 

His contribution and commitment to youth empowerment have been recognized and celebrated globally. He has received the 2011 ASEAN Youth Award, the 2011 UN Youth Assembly Recognition on Humanitarian Development, the 2011 Global Teen Leader Award, the 2010 British Council’s Global Changemaker Award, the 2008 Ashoka Young Changemaker Award, and the 2008 Indonesian Young Leader Award by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, among others. He is also an education fellow of Qatar Foundation and Laureate Global Education. In 2015, UNICEF and Tsinghua University invited him to give a lecture in Beijing and named him as UNICEF Young Innovator to Watch – among 5 other young innovators in their respective fields. In 2016, he was appointed by the Government of Indonesia to sit in the Youth Panel of the Education Commission, together with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, to provide recommendations to global leaders on global financing for education. Recently, Iman was also included in the list of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 for Consumer Technology, together with his co-founder, Adamas Belva.

 

He received his B.A. cumlaude in International Relations from the University of Indonesia, where he was awarded the National Best Student Award by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2013. In 2014, he completed his M.A. summa cumlaude, in International Education Development from Columbia University in New York. In his spare time, Iman speaks around the world on the topics of education, technology, design, and entrepreneurship. He has spoke in over 30 countries, including at the UN General Assembly, World Economic Forum, ASEAN Summit, IMF-WB Annual Meeting, among others. Today, he is busy running Ruangguru with over 450 of his staff members, to provide better access to quality education in Indonesia.