Farid Maruf, Country Technology Manager, Grameen Foundation.
In 2007, after a career in ICT spanning 25 years in private sector, Farid decided to give back to the community and leverage his knowledge and expertise on behalf of solutions for the poor. Since then he has managed projects with USAID, AusAID, and the World Bank, and now with the Grameen Foundation, focused on poverty alleviation through combining the power of micro-finance and technology. Farid currently directs the Grameen Foundation's AppLab Indonesia. This unique partnership is creating and delivering mobile livelihood applications enabling the poor to become micro-entrepreneurs using mobile technologies and microfinance loans. Recently this project received worldwide recognition as the 'Global Telecom Business 2011' award for Most Innovative Mobile Application.
Previously, Farid designed and managed ICT solutions for wide variety of public and private sector organizations.. His career in ICT includes operational positions as programmer, system analyst, project manager, CIO , and culminated in his role as strategic advisor to the Board for a prominent telecommunications company in Jakarta. He managed numerous projects outside of Indonesia, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and the US.. He earned his BS degree in economics from University of Gadjah Mada and an MBA in Finance from National University.