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KH. Husein MuhammadKyai Husein is the Head of Yayasan Fahmina and the Chair of the Fahmina-institute Policy Board.  Kyai Husein is an expert in Islam and gender studies and Islamic law, as well as humanist and gender-just interpretations of al-Qur'an.  In addition to his work with Fahmina, Kyai Husein is also one of the guardians of Pondok Pesantren Dâr al-Tauhîd Arjawinangun Cirebon, a sitting member of the National Women's Rights Commission and a lecturer at ISIF (Fahmina Islamic Studies Institute) Cirebon. Kyai Husein is widely known as the “gender kyai”, and is often an expert speaker at national and international training courses, workshops and seminars.  In 2006, Kyai Husein received an Award for Heroism from the US government for his efforts to protect women and children from trafficking and sexual exploitation.  Kyai Husein has also written a number of books, training manuals and articles which have appeared in local, national and international media. 


Marzuki WahidMarzuki Wahid is the Secretary of the board of Yayasan Fahmina, and the Director of Fahmina-institute. Kang Jekky – as we call him – is an expert in Islam and gender studies and political law, as well as humanitarian and gender-just approaches to Islamic family law.  When he is not busy working in Fahmina, Kang Jekky is also a lecturer at Sunan Gunung Djati Islamic National University Bandung and ISIF Cirebon.  From 2008-2009, Kang Zekky received a scholarship from the Australia Indonesia Institute to carry out research for his dissertation in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. Kang Zekky is also active as an expert speaker and facilitator for various training courses, workshops and seminars, in particular those relating to Islam and gender, and participatory action research (PAR).  Kang Zekky has also written several books and training manuals, as well as a articles which have been published in academic journals, newspapers and other local and national media.


Faqihuddin Abdul KodirKang Faqih, as he is known to the Fahmina family, is the Chair of the Board of Yayasan Fahmina.  He specialises in Islam and gender studies, Islamic law and humanist and gender-just readings of hadîth.   In 2008, Kang Faqih received a scholarship from the Australia Indonesia Institute to carry out research in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. In addition to his work in Fahmina, he is also a lecturer at the State Islamic University Cirebon and ISIF Cirebon. Kang Faqih is also often invited to be an expert speaker or facilitator for national and international workshops, seminars and training courses in Islam and gender.  His articles and opinion pieces frequently appear in local and national media and he has written a number of books on reinterpreting religious texts, social advocacy and gender-related issues.


Affandi MochtarAffandi Mochtar is a Supervisor of Yayasan Fahmina. Kang Fandi, as he is affectionately known, is the Secretary of the Islamic Education General Directorate under the national Department of Religion.  Outside his work in the department, Kang Fandi remains committed to community development. Since 2002, he has developed an Adolescent Reproductive Health program under the South-South Collaboration scheme between the Nahdlatul Ulama Family Wellbeing Institution and various organisations in Malaysia, Thailand, and India with sponsorship from the European Commission. In addition, Kang Fandi has also developed an pesantren community entrepreneurship program. Through the Albiruni Education Institution in Pesantren Babakan Ciwaringin Cirebon, he is realising his vision of an economically autonomous community.

Senior Officers:


Ahmad SuaedyAhmad Suaedy is a member of Fahmina-institute's policy board.  Mas Edy, as he is known, is an activist who promotes Islam, democracy and civil society in Indonesia.  Mas Edy has long been a prominent commentator on Islam and democracy in Indonesia.  He has worked with a number of Islamic NGOs including Interfidei (Institute for Interfaith Dialog in Indonesia) as a researcher, P3M (Association for the Development of Pesantren and Community) as the program officer for promoting Islam, democracy and human rights, and with ISAI (Institute for the Study of the Flow of Information) as a program officer promoting free speech and free media.  He also worked with the Asia Foundation from 2001 to 2003 as the Islam and Civil Society program officer. Mas Edy is one of the founders of LKiS (Institute for Islamic and Social Studies) in Yogyakarta and The Wahid Institute in Jakarta.  His articles and opinion pieces frequently appear in local, national and international media.   


Debra YatimDebra Yatim is a member of Fahmina-institute's policy board. Debra is an activist and journalist, and owns a community media consultancy which specialises in public campaigns and marketing for issues related to culture, gender equality, the environment and democratisation. Now, Debra is involved in various media campaigns include a campaign to promote multiculturalism in Indonesia among children, a campaign to promote traditional art in mass media and, with the UNIFEM/UNFPA project office in Jakarta, a campaign to eradicate violence towards women in the media.  Over the last few years, Debra has also been involved in a voter education campaign via television, radio and public discussion. Following the 2004 Aceh tsunami and the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake, Debra's organization, Visi Anak Bangsa, partnered with Internews, a non-profit organization that works to improve access to information for people around the world, to get urgent information to over one million people affected by the two incidents and conducted a comprehensive public awareness campaign on issues such as post-disaster health and hygiene, and home reconstruction.  As a result of her work, Debra was awarded the Internews Media Leadership Award in Washington D.C. in 2007. 

Dewi Laily PurnamasariDewi Laily Purnamasari is a Supervisor of Yayasan Fahmina.  Ibu Dewi, as she is known to the Fahmina family, is an architect, researcher, writer of children's books, activist and housewife.  She first became involved with Fahmina through the Cirebon City Governance Reform program, run in cooperation with the Partnership for Governance Reform from 2002 to 2004.   Since 2004, she has lived in Jakarta where she has founded Read’s House Kindly (RHK), a place for school and preschool children to study for free.  Ibu Dewi is also remains an active writer as well as a moderator and expert speaker for a variety of education forums.

Kamala Candra Kirana
Kamala Candra Kirana, affectionately known as Mba' Nana, is a member of Fahmina-institute's policy board. Mba' Nana is a sociologist and social researcher into women's issues, poverty and local institution, and the founder of a number of organisations including JARI Indonesia which carries out community-based “development watch” campaigns, the Independent Committee for Combating Structural Poverty, Indonesian Corruption Watch and Rahima, a centre for training and information on Islam and women's rights issues.  She is currently the head of the National Women's Rights Commission.

Lies Mustafsirah Marcoes-Natsir Mbak Lies, as she is commonly known, is a member of the Fahmina-institute policy board and one of Indonesia's original Islamic feminists.  In 1992, Mbak Lies gave the first workshop on Islam and gender in Indonesia.  She is now one of the most skilled and respected trainers in gender issues in Indonesia. In the past, Mbak Lies has worked with P3M (Association for the Development of Pesantren and Community) in Jakarta to develop a program to improve women's reproductive rights as well as the Fiqh an-Nisa’ program, which worked with pesantren scholars to begin a process of re-examining religious texts, combining traditional methods of interpretation with gender perspective. Mbak Lies has an MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam and has published many books, articles and other academic works both nationally and internationally.

KH. Maman ImanulhaqKH. Maman Imanulhaq is a member of the Fahmina-institute policy board.  On a day-to-day basis, Kang Maman, as he is widely known, is the guardian of Pesantren al-Mizan in Majalengka.  In addition to running Pesantren al-Mizan, Kang Maman holds regular Wednesday dzikir shalawat (prayers in honour of the Prophet Muhammad) which are attended by large groups of worshipers.  Under the umbrella of his foundation Yayasan Tikar, Kang Maman has pioneered  Pesantren Budaya (The Culture Pesantren) with the “Qi Buyut” Gamelan Prayer Community for street kids.  He regularly publishes articles, opinion pieces and poetry in a variety of media has also published a number of poetry collections and other books. He is regularly invited to be an expert speaker for various forums and community events.  In 2004, Kang Maman participated in inter-faith dialogue program organised by the University of Ohio, USA.  He has published a number of books of his poetry and writing including Kupilih Sepi (Nuansa Bandung 2007), Nazam Santri (LKiS Yogyakarta 2006), Hoki (Nuansa Bandung 2008), Dzikir Cinta (Kompas Jakarta 2008) and Pinguin (Nuansa Bandung 2009). Kang Maman is currently involved in producing a number of cultural TV programs for national broadcast through his production house GaliGo, including Samudra Hikmah, Gapura Rahmat and Indonesiaku.

AbeAbu Bakar, known as Abe, is a Program Officer in the Islam and Democracy Department.  Abe first joined Fahmina in 2005 as an “office boy”, and has since worked his way up the ranks to Program Officer.  In addition to working full-time for Fahmina, Abe is also currently completing an undergraduate degree at Gunung Jati Private University Cirebon in the Faculty of Social and Political Science.  He frequently writes for Warkah al-Basyar Bulletin and Fahmina's website, and also writes regular articles about pluralism and issues related to multiculturalism for the Desantara Report.  Currently, he is responsible for monitoring breaches of freedom of religion and belief in the Cirebon region.   He also coordinates Fahmina's involvement with the nationwide People's Voter Education Network (JPPR) program, run in association with The Asia Foundation.

Ade DuryawanAde Duryawan is a Program Officer in the Community Empowerment Department.  Ade first joined Fahmina Institute in 2003 as a distributor of Warkah Al-Basyar Bulletin.  He has a degree in Administration from the State University, Yogyakarta and previously worked as a journalist for a weekly newsletter in Bandung.  Ade is currently completing another degree in Mathematics from Yasika Higher Education Institute for Education Studies, Majalengka.  Every day, Ade makes the long commute from his home in Majalengka to Fahmina HQ in Cirebon, where he is currently responsible for our long-running Community Radio program.  Ade is a regular contributor to Fahmina's website, Blakasuta Bulletin and Al-Basyar, and a co-author of Fahmina's recent book on Islam and humanitarian journalism, Islam dan Jurnalisme Kemanusiaan: Rekam Jejak Pengembangan Jurnalisme Radio Berbasis Komunitas  (2008).

AgusMunawir, known as Agus, is a PUSDAIM support staff member. Agus graduated from highschool in 2005 and joined Fahmina in 2006.  He is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Website and Information Technology through the Management and Computer Science School of Continuing Education (STIMIK) Cirebon.  In addition to running our front office, Agus is also Fahmina-institute's Librarian.  

AlifAlifatul Arifiati is a Program Officer in the Islam and Gender Department.  She formally became a staff member of Fahmina in 2008, though she has been involved with Fahmina through our community radio program since 2006.  She has a degree in English Language from STAIN, Cirebon and has previously worked as a high school English teacher and as a researcher for Swamedia Research & Communication Institute, Jakarta.  As a student, she was active in the Indonesian Islamic Students Movement (PMII) as the Secretary of the Cirebon branch and Head of KORPRI, PMII's women's corps.  She is currently responsible for Fahmina's Anti-Trafficking program.

AlimahAlimah is a staff member of PUSDAIM.  She joined Fahmina in 2008.  Alimah obtained her undergraduate degree from Sunan Kalijaga State University for Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Islamic Broadcasting and Communication in 2007.  Previously, she has worked as reporter for the newspaper SOLO POS in Solo, Central Java, and the campus tabloid Kalijaga News.  By night, Alimah is the author of her personal blog,, but by day, she is kept busy as the editor and chief reporter for Fahmina's Blakasuta Bulletin, Fahmina’s monthly bulletin which promotes democracy, human rights, gender equality, and anti-trafficking issues related to Islam.

AnandMuhammad Zaenal Fanani, or Anand, is PUSDAIM's IT Officer.  A man of many talents, Anand is a computer help-desk, graphic designer, desktop publisher and webmaster rolled into one.  A native of Banyuwangi, East Java, and former student of KH Husein Muhammad's Darut Tauhid Pesantren, Arjawinangun, Anand joined Fahmina in 2004.  He has previously studied IT at AMIK Polytechnic in the Faculty of Information Management in Cirebon. 

GaniAbdul Gani Hasyim is the Supply and Asset Assistant.  He joined Fahmina in 2007.  Since graduating from Sindang Laut Senior High School in 1995, Gani has worked in a number of different places, including for Insalatur Ratelindo Jakarta and as Security staff for HSBC.

HudaNurul Huda SA is the Manager of PUSDAIM.  Huda has a Master's degree in Education Policy and Management from Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University Yogyakarta.  Huda joined Fahmina in 2009.  Prior to joining Fahmina, he worked for the NGO LKiS (Institute for Social and Islamic Studies) and the Indonesian Islamic University in Yogyakarta.  For ten years he was a columnist for the newspaper Bernas Yogyakarta, and his writing has appeared in various Indonesian print and web-based media.  He is a former head of the Indonesian Islamic Student Movement (PMII) at Sunan Kalijaga State University for Islamic Studies and is also involved in a number of education research and training organisations.  In addition to his duties as the Manager of PUSDAIM, Huda is also a lecturer at Fahmina Institute for Islamic Studies.

IhabIhabuddin is Fahmina's Security and Cleaning Officer.  Pakde' (Uncle) Ihab, as he is affectionately known to his colleagues, first joined Fahmina in 2001 as one of the original distributors of  Al-Basyar newsletter and to this day he continues to work as a distributor in addition to his other duties.  As Fahmina's night watchman, Ihab is most generous in providing cold glasses of water or hot mugs of coffee for Fahmina staff who burn the midnight oil in the office.

RozikohRoziqoh Sukardi, known as Ikoh, is the Manager of the Islam and Gender Department.  Rozikoh joined Fahmina in 2001, making her one of Fahmina's earliest recruits.  Like many other members of Fahmina's staff, Ikoh is a genuine pesantren kid.  In addition to her regular schooling, she also took classes in memorising Al-Qur’an from al-‘Arafat Gintung Lor Pesantren, Cirebon from elementary school right through to high school.  Ikoh has a diploma from the Computer Science Polytechnic (STIKOM) Cirebon and is currently completing a degree through STAIN university, Cirebon, in the Faculty of Education.  As the Islam and Gender Manager, she has overseen several long-running projects including our ongoing Anti-Trafficking program and our Post-Tsunami Empowerment of Pesantren Women program in Aceh, which ran from 2006 to 2007.  Rozikoh regularly attends national and international forums, including recent a comparative study tour of Community Policing in Bangladesh.

Ini SuartiniIni Suartini is the senior Administration and Finance Officer.  After obtaining a Diploma (D3) from Widya Darma Computer Institute Cirebon in the Faculty of Business Management in 2003, Ini began working at Fahmina-institute as a secretary.  Since 2006, she has been Satori's right-hand woman, managing funding for programs as well as staff payroll, which makes her one of the most popular people in the office come end of month.

MamanRohman, better known as Maman, is Fahmina's Transportation Officer.  After leaving school in 1991, Maman journeyed far and wide, working as a truck driver in Tasikmalaya, a cosmetic salesman in Malang and Bali, and a trader in a Jakarta fish market.  Upon, returning to his home village of Klayan, Maman opened a car wash to provide work for young locals before joining Fahmina in 2005.  Now, in addition to to his day-to-day work driving Fahmina staff around Cirebon and beyond, Maman is also involved in Klayan Village Community Radio, one of the stations facilitated by Fahmina-institute.

MamayMaimunah Mudjahid, known as Mamay, is a PUSDAIM staff member.  Mamay joined Fahmina in 2007.  She has an English diploma from Brawijaya University Malang (D3)  and a degree in English Literature from Sebelas Maret National University in Surakarta.  She has been an English teacher in the TOEFL Institute Indonesia and is currently an English lecturer at STAIN and ISIF Cirebon.  In her student days, Mamay was an environmental activist.  In 2005, she was invited to attend the Connect Conference in Switzerland and the Friends of the Earth Seminar in Germany, and in 2006 she attended the same program in Germany and Holland. While she has not abandoned her environmental ideals, in recent years she has shifted her focus to empowering young pesantren students through knowledge and capacity building.  In her current role at Fahmina, Mamay runs a reproductive health education program for university students.

Marzuki RaisMarzuki Rais is the Secretary to the Director of  Fahmina-institute.  An ex-pupil at KH Hussein Muhammad's Darut Tauhid Arjawinangun Pesantren, Marzuki is one of the original group of young pesantren activists who joined Fahmina in 2001.  He has since obtained a degree from STAIN University Cirebon in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.  During his years working for Fahmina, he has gained extensive experience running programs and community-based activities, including as the program officer for Fahmina's post-Tsunami women's empowerment program in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam 2006-2007.  He has also written many articles and conducted research on issues such as gender and democracy.  In his current role he manages Fahmina's Department of Islam and Democracy and Department of Community Empowerment, and is the administrative head of Fahmina Institute for Islamic Studies (ISIF).

ObengObeng Nur Rosyid is the Campus and Asset Manager. Obeng joined Fahmina for the first time in 2003 as a program officer in our Islam and Community Empowerment division, went on to become the division manager in 2006, and later served as Fahmina-institute's Coordinating Manager in 2008, before moving into his present role.  He is currently studying Law at Gunung Jati Private University, Cirebon.  His expertise is in community organizing and advocacy, and he was particularly instrumental in helping the Cirebon Street Traders Forum (Forum PKL) to obtain and manage a one billion rupiah grant from local government (2006-2007). He has also published articles in various local media and co-written to a number of books, including Bukan Kota Wali (2007), and Islam dan Jurnalisme Kemanusiaan: Rekam Jejak Pengembangan Jurnalisme Radio Berbasis Komunitas (2008).  

PeraPera Soparianti is a member of PUSDAIM's staff.  Pera has worked for Fahmina-institute since 2007.  Initially she worked in the Islam and Community Empowerment Division as the Editor of Fahmina's Blakasuta bulletin and a Program Officer on the community radio program.  Pera has a degree from the Ibrahimy Institute for Islamic Studies, Situbondo.  Her particular area of expertise is interpretation of  Islamic texts.  She has also written many articles in local media and has authored or co-authored several books including Fahmina-institute's recent book on Islam and humanitarian journalism, Islam dan Jurnalisme Kemanusiaan: Rekam Jejak Pengembangan Jurnalisme Radio Berbasis Komunitas  (2008) and a collection of humanitarian Quranic verses and Hadith (forthcoming).  Pera is currently responsible for Warkah Al-Basyar Bulletin and  Fahmina-institute's website.

RosidinRosidin is a member of our Islam and Democracy Department.  Rosidin is another member of Fahmina's “first generation”, having joined us in 2001, not long after Fahmina was established.  Rosidin has a degree from STAIN Cirebon's Law Faculty.  He is an experienced activist and researcher, particularly in the fields of human rights and victim advocacy.  He has worked on cases involving ex-members of the Indonesian Communist Party, migrant workers and violence on the basis of religion, most recently as the program manager of the Freedom of Religion and Belief Network, Bandung. 

SatoriSatori is Yayasan Fahmina's fearless Manager of Administration and Finance.  He is also Treasurer to the board of Yayasan Fahmina. Satori has a degree from STAIN Cirebon.  Before joining Fahmina in 2005, Satori worked as an  administration officer for Yayasan Sukses Mandiri  (1999-2000) and Yayasan Sajadah Indonesia  (2001-2002), then as an accountant for PT. Sajadah Multimedia Artistika (2002-2003), and Manager of Finance for PT. Widya Sinergi Indonesia Jakarta  (2003-2004).  During his time with Fahmina, Satori has been responsible for the administration of number of substantial grants from donor organizations such as Ford Foundation and The Asia Foundation, including Fahmina's long running community radio and Anti-Trafficking programs, as well as overseeing financial management of Fahmina Institute for Islamic Studies (ISIF).

WiwidMuharam Wijayanto, a native of Purwokerto, Central Java, is the Administration and Finance Assistant and Bookkeeper.  Wiwit, as he is better known, joined Fahmina in 2009.  In 2008, he completed an undergraduate degree from Sudirman University in Purwokerto in the Economics Faculty, and Accountancy Department.  He has previously worked as a Marketing and Survey Officer, as well as an administrator for Muhammadiyah I Junior High School.

YunusErlinus Thahar, better known as Yunus, is a Program Officer in Fahmina's Islam and Gender Department.  Yunus, who has previously worked as a high school teacher and journalist, has a degree in English Literature from Gunung Jati Private University, Cirebon.  A native of West Sumatera, Yunus joined Fahmina in 2006 to work on a program empowering street traders. He is now the Program Officer responsible for Fahmina's Community Policing Program, run in cooperation with Indonesia's National Police Force (POLRI).

Ali MursyidAli Mursyid is a researcher-at-large for  Fahmina-institute.  Ali joined Fahmina in 2002 and has held a number of positions at Fahmina, including Editor of Warkah Al-Basyar, Academic Coordinator for the Community Radio program and Steering Committee member on the Freedom of Religion and Belief Monitoring Network.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Arabic Language at the State University for Islamic Studies Yogyakarta and his Masters degree in Qur’anic Studies at the State  University for Islamic Studies, Bandung.  He now works as a lecturer in Qur'anic studies at the State Islamic University, Jakarta.  In addition to writing for Fahmina's various media, Ali's articles have appeared in local media and he has co-authored a number of books, most recently Islam dan Jurnalisme Kemanusiaan: Rekam Jejak Pengembangan Jurnalisme Radio Berbasis Komunitas  (2008).

JoanneJoanne McMillan works for  Fahmina-institute as a Translator and Editor.  She joined Fahmina in 2007, placed by the Australian Volunteers International program.  Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Indonesian Studies) from the University of New England, Australia and is currently completing a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development through the Australian National University.  In addition to translation, Joanne also works as a web and communications consultant, helping Fahmina to access and share ideas, and reach audiences outside Indonesia.