Global Council for Tolerance and Peace

Mrs. Yenny Zannuba


Full name: Zannuba Arifah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid
Nationality: Indonesian
Born: October 29, 1974 in Jombang, East Java
Current Profession: Director of The Wahid Institute
Address :Jl. Taman Amir Hamzah No.8 Matraman Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia


Short Biography

Yenny Zannuba Wahid is a social and political activist who works to promote peace and tolerance in the world. Her sphere of influence within Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the biggest Muslim organization, with around 80 million members, enables her to work effectively on the grassroots level. Her work experiences include working as reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age Melbourne, working as special staff for President Susilo Yudhoyono, and worked as secretary general for the biggest Moslem party in Indonesia, PKB. As a member of a prominent political dynasty in Indonesia–her great grandfather founded NU and remained loved to this day, her grandfather was a minister in President Soekarno’s cabinet, and her father, President Wahid, was the 4th President of Indonesia—Yenny is expected to follow on the footstep one day. At the moment, the Harvard graduate prefers to focus on her work on the grassroots, trying to empower many marginalized women through her foundation, The Wahid Institute.

  • Master of Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School, Class of 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication, Trisakti University, Class of 1997
Career and Activities:
  • Advising Government on issues of Anti terrorism and anti radicalism, Present
  • Director of The Wahid Institute, Present
    A foundation that works to promote tolerant and peaceful views especially within Islamic world.
  • Chairwomen of PKBIB, 2012, status : non active
    A political Party that serves as the extension of PKB Gus Dur
  • Children Activist, UNICEF, 2010
  • Member of the Board of Trustees The Harvard Club Indonesia, 2012
  • Member of Advisory Board, US Indonesia Relations, Present
  • Members of The Global Council on Faith, World Economic Forum, 2009
  • Secretary General PKB, 2007
  • The biggest Moslem Party Founded by Gus Dur
  • Member of Government Body in charge of Alternative Energy, 2006
  • Member of UK Indonesian Advisory Council on Islam, 2006
  • President’s Special Staff on Political Communication, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 2006
  • Head of the Department for Organizational Development, Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama, an organization for young Moslem women with millions of member, 2005
  • Personal Staffer for President Abdurrahman Wahid, helping with domestic and international Travels, Speaking Engagement and Press Relations, 1999
  • Assistant Correspondent for two biggest newspapers in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age Melbourne, Jakarta Bureau, 1997
Awards and achievements:
  • Consistently included in the lists of most influential women/people in Indonesia by various media (Forbes, Tattler, HerWorld, Globe etc), 2005-now
  • Awarded the title of “Warrior Child” by Unicef for consistent advocacy of children’s issues, 2010
  • Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, the same batch with Tiger Woods and Mark Zuckerberg, 2009
  • Received Most Promising in Society Award by Tattler magazine, 2006
  • Class Speaker, Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2003
  • Recipient of Walkley Award, the highest journalistic Prize In Australia, the first non- Australian to receive such honor, 1999