YDB Board of Trustees

Laurel Claire Tahija
, Chairman

Laurel is passionately engaged in developing resources to support teaching and learning in Indonesia. She has lived in Jakarta since 1984 on assignment with the Chase Manhattan Bank, NA and, since 1988, with her husband George. In 1995 Laurel co-founded the PSKD Mandiri School, an independent K-12 “A” accredited Indonesian school in Menteng, Jakarta. In 2011 PSKD Mandiri became the first FranklinCovey Education Services The Leader in Me™ program Lighthouse School outside of the USA and in 2014 became an approved Cambridge International Curriculum school. In 2012 Laurel, as Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, with her husband George as Cofounder and Trustee, established the Dharma Bermakna Foundation whose vision is to develop new approaches in Indonesian education that cultivate all learners’ potential to be effective global citizens. Headquartered in Alam Sutera, the Foundation governs the Makna Education Center (MEC) that currently operates the Makna School Early Childhood and Kindergarten programs. The vision of the Dharma Bermakna Research unit is to undertake evidence-based research with leaders in education and psychology, providing practices to improve teaching & learning. Dharma Bermakna is currently developing a battery of cognitive assessments for Indonesian children ages 5 to 18 years with the Faculty of Psychology, University of Gadja Mada. Laurel serves as a Member of the Tahija Foundation Board of Supervisors. She values integrity, compassion and lifelong learning. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University, Worcester, MA, and an M.A. in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC. Laurel taught in the US Peace Corps, Ivory Coast, and studied as a Fulbright student in Sudan.

George S. Tahija
, Founding Member

George is a Commissioner of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ), a JSE publically listed Indonesian company, and Chairman of ANJ’s Risk Management Committee. ANJ has investments in sago and oil palm plantations and processing and renewable energy. In a national and global environment that continually faces new challenges, George enjoys leading and developing the ANJ culture, values, governance, businesses and social responsibility commitments. He is an active leader in the Tahija Family Enterprise and its guiding principles and governance. George serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, Darden School, University of Virginia, a member of the Tahija Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Supervisors of Endeavor Indonesia, Founder and Chairman of the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) Foundation. Based in Bali, Indonesia, CTC is a foundation that delivers field training to local stakeholders in specific marine protected areas shared among six nations. He is a founding member and Trustee of the Dharma Bermakna Foundation whose vision is to develop new approaches in Indonesian education that cultivate all learners’ potential to be effective global citizens. George is a founding member of the PSKD Mandiri School, Jakarta, a member of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Indonesia Chapter Advisory Board and the TNC Asia Pacific Council, Global Executive MBA Advisory Board, the Darden School, University of Virginia, and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Indonesia Chapter. Author of A Walk in the Clouds (2005) and photographer for Land of Water, Vol. I From Bali to Komodo (2006), George has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia and Mt. Elbrus, Russia. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Trisakti University, Indonesia, and an M.B.A from the Darden School, University of Virginia, USA.

Julie has been involved in education management since 1994 as cofounder of the PSKD Mandiri School in Menteng, Jakarta, Chairman of the school’s Perkumpulan Mandiri governing board, and starting 2013 a member of Dharma Bermakna Foundation’s (YDB) Board of Trustees. Julie completed her engineering degree at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA.


Julia P. Tahija, Member

After living in Australia and completing her studies at Woodleigh School in 2010, Julia moved to the United States to pursue a degree in Communication Studies, with a minor in Spanish, at Lynchburg College in Virginia.  She is currently Student Enrolment Ambassador for Lynchburg College and has interned in the public relations division at Citibank, Jakarta and Hornet HQ, Lynchburg.  Her passion for education led her to volunteer work in schools in Indonesia and South America.


Tya Adhitama, Member

Tya become member of Board of Trustees on April 2015, after serving as Chairman of the YDB Board of Management from 2013and leading PSKD Mandiri School as its Executive Director since January 2007. During the course of her more than 35-year career, Tya has worked in the areas of human resource development, education and professional training, joint venture relations and corporate affairs for PT Panasonic Gobel, and Senior Executive Vice President at PT Bank Danamon. She founded the Danamon Cares Foundation, Association for Philanthropy Indonesia and the National Board for the International Award for Young People (IAYP).


Tya attained her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Indonesia, graduating top of her class in 1987 and represented her alma mater in the JAL Global Youth Leadership program receiving a 2-month scholarship at Sophia International University, Tokyo, Japan. She completed her MBA on a USAID scholarship at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia in 1993. She was President elect of the University of Virginia Alumni Club, Indonesia (2011-2013). She has lived in the United States, Japan, and currently resides in Indonesia.

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