IK Asia

Our Team

Peny Rahmadhani

Peny Rahmadhani

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Peny Rahmadhani is a gender-focused development professional with a combined ten years of experience as facilitator, researcher and consultant. In her early career, she had worked with various schools and organisations to implement best practice of education and community development across Indonesia through which she has implemented a gender responsive approach and incorporated multi-stakeholder engagement to address the critical challenges in context-specific settings. She has worked with non-profit organisations and the Indonesian government at national and local level – namely Indonesia Mengajar, Department of Education in Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology – in advancing various means of development in teaching and learning evaluation. Her work currently focuses around the intersecting issue of gender and education development in which she has consulted EBPP and Photovoices International to advance gender equality in and through Comprehensive Sexuality Education and advocated the prevention of VAWGs and CEFM with the local government and community in East Bali. 

Her professional and educational background have extended her involvement in the field of gender research and consultancy in national and international scope. She has implemented gender mainstreaming for baseline data collection for Young Health Programme for Plan International Indonesia, delivered gender mainstreaming trainings for teachers and health practitioners of EBPP, conducted several research with Gender Justice Hub – Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Asia, ALIGN-ODI, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. She has an M.A. in Education and International Development from Institute of Education, University College London under the Chevening Scholarship.

Rizki Amalia Affiat

Rizki Amalia Affiat​

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

Rizki Amalia Affiat is a researcher and activist on the issues of gender, peacebuilding and social justice with more than a decade of experience. She had worked around topics of post-conflict development, urban workers and social reproduction, gender and Islam, among others. In the past, she was an activist at LINA (Acheh Women’s League), a grassroot organisation for political empowerment of women ex-combatants and a researcher at ICAIOS (International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies) based in Banda Aceh. The work had led her path to travel abroad for gender and peacebuilding projects with armed groups in Mindanao and Nepal. In the past, she was selected for The American Council for Young Political Leaders fellowship program in Washington DC and Mississippi (2010), as a participant and paper presenter at The 12th Ewha Global Empowerment Program ‘Transnational Feminism and Women Activism’ at Ewha University, Seoul (2017), and a paper presenter at the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE) annual conference on the topic ‘The Political Economy and Religion’ (2021).

She had conducted her activism, research and consultancy in several other institutions, among others, Lee Kuan Yew Center for Innovative Cities Singapore University Technology and Design (SUTD), Kemitraan Partnership for Governance Reform, Forum Pengada Layanan-MAMPU AUSAID, and Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR). She is now a steering committee member of INFORM (Interfaith Network for the Rights of Migrants) based in Hong Kong. Her particular interest is the political economy of gender and international development. She has an M.Sc. in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS University of London under the Chevening Scholarship.

Angga Yudhiyansyah

Angga Yudhiyansyah


Angga Yudhiyansyah is an experienced researcher on urban policy and planning, social movement, agrarian transformation, and inter-religious discourse. He has been working in various challenging research contexts, among others, research on knowledge and perception of stakeholders on gas and oil revenue in West Papua with Partnership for Advancing Democracy and Integrity (PADI), quantitative field survey in palm oil supply chain in Aceh and Sumatra with Environmental Policy Lab ETH Zurich and IPB University Bogor, policy of death penalty with Department of Criminology University of Oxford and LBH Masyarakat. 

He was as a research associate at Credos Institute where he conducted several baseline studies on child marriage, disaster risk management and inclusive education funded by Save the Children, Plan International Indonesia, and LPBI NU-DFAT. He has an M.A. in Religious Studies from Center for Religion and Cultural Studies, Gadjah Mada University, and M.S. in Urban Science, Policy and Planning at the Lee Kuan Yew Center for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). 


Handri Pratama


Handri Pratama is the treasurer at the Integral Knowledge Asia. Starting his career in finance in 2015, he has been actively involved in the social world in the field of education and economic empowerment through several projects where he has worked. Handri has also been involved in various projects throughout Indonesia and collaborated with several international institutions. Currently, Handri is actively managing educational programs with the Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar Foundation. Handri also manages business development and administration to create quality and affordable education for Indonesian children through Sekolah Murid Merdeka. He has a degree in Accounting from Sriwijaya University. 

Advisory Board

Mieke Lopes Cardozo

Mieke TA Lopes Cardozo

Dr Mieke Lopes Cardozo is Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusive Development at the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, and part of the Governance and Inclusive Development Research Group at the University of Amsterdam. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex. Mieke’s academic research, teaching and supervision focuses on the role of education in processes of peacebuilding, social and gender justice and inclusive development in the contexts of Sri Lanka, Aceh/Indonesia, Bolivia, Myanmar and Higher Education in the Netherlands. She co-directed the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding (2014-2016), a partnership with UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme. She was appointed as Advisor for the Security Council mandated Progress Study on Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (2016-2018). She was awarded with a 2017 Comenius Teaching Fellowship to implement an education innovation project called Critical Development and Diversity Explorations and became Founding Chair of the Comenius  Network Tracé Inclusive Higher Education of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Society for Science). Mieke is committed to work from a regenerative development perspective and has been training with Regenesis since 2016. She connects this work, as well as her background and work as a certified yoga teacher, into her academic research and teaching.

Shadia Marhaban 2

Shadia Marhaban

Shadia Marhaban is a peace mediator in South East Asia region for Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) where she works in various conflict areas across the world which include peace mediation with MILF in Mindanao, PLA in Nepal, FARC in Colombia, and on peacebuilding efforts in Thailand, Myanmar and the Balkans. She has done consultancy work for UN Women, UNDP, and Berghof Foundation. Some of her roles in UN Women was to develop a training module and to facilitate training on ‘Conflict and Transformation and Negotiation’, leading the Women, Peace and Security network and advocacy on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Her publications include “Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Processes (DDR): The Gender Asset” (PRIO, 2015), “Challenges and Opportunities for Female Combatants’ Post- war Community Leadership: Lessons Learnt from Aceh and Mindanao” (Berghof Foundation, 2016) and “The Reintegration of Ex-Combatants in Post-War Aceh: Remaining Challenges to a Gender-Blind Planning and Implementation Process’ in Post-War Security Transitions” (Routledge, 2012). She was a former fellow of Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Harvard University (2012) and was awarded Peace Maker of The Year 2017 from MBBI. She is currently on the steering committee of Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators (SEAWPM).