Iman Usman (28) is the Co-Founder and Chief of Product & Partnership of Ruangguru.com, the largest tech-enabled education provider in Southeast Asia - serving over 18 million students, 300,000 teachers, with 4,000 employees across Southeast Asia. Along with his Co-Founder, Belva Devara, they started the company in 2014 in Indonesia and since last year has also branched out to other countries, such as Vietnam and Thailand. Together, they have impacted the lives of millions of students through Ruangguru’s diverse products and services: learning video subscription (grade 1 to 12), private tutoring marketplace, offline tuitions (O2O), corporate training platform, on-demand skills training, among others. In addition to its business activity, Iman also oversees Ruangguru Foundation to improve the quality of teachers, employability, and access to learning, impacting >500,000 beneficiaries since 2018.
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 and EY Emerging Entrepreneur Award 2019, together with his co-founder, Adamas Belva.