Arief Munandar – Leadership Inspirer
Born in Kotabumi, North Lampung, on 15 November 1971. He is the eldest of three sons and daughter of Mr. Dasril Djamaan and Mrs. Tasmiyeti. Now he lives with his wife, Fitriany, and his his 17 years old daughter, Fathimah Shafiyyah, at Komplek Timah, Block CC V No. 47, Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java. His wife is a lecturer of Department of Accounting Universitas Indonesia. She is also a Ph.D in accounting from the same institution. Fathimah Shafiyyah is a 12th grade student of SMA Negeri 1 Depok.
Arief completed his bachelor and master degree from Department of Management Universitas Indonesia, majoring in finance. When completing his master degree he wrote a thesis titled “Impact of Market Beta, Company Size, Company Prospect, Level of Financial Leverage, Proportion of Foreign Investors’ Ownership and Industry Sectors on Return of Stocks Listed in Jakarta Stock Exchange 1997-2001.”
Arief earned his Ph.D degree in sociology from Department of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Indonesia with cum laude predicate. His research focus on Political and Organizational Sociology in the context of Islamic politics. His Ph.D Dissertation is entitled “Between Jamaah and Political Party: The Dynamics of The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Cadres’ Habitus in Indonesia Political Field after 2004 Election”. Arief’s dissertation is the result of a qualitative research in the form of case study which identified the pattern of grouping/factionalism in PKS, and described how those groups/factions work within the internal dynamics of PKS, especially after 2004 election. On the “hard-side” the dynamics is described as a competition among groups/factions to build efficient relationship with the highest authority holder that implies the creation of oligarchic structure. While on the “soft -side” the dynamics is shown as a symbolic contestation, a continous dialectic between heterodoxy and orthodoxy, in order to build a new doxa. The result of this research recommends PKS to apply democratisation, de-oligarchy-sation, and organisational desacredisation to improve its objective position in Indonesian political field.
Arief spent most of his career development period in PT Bina Inti Muda Utama (BIMU) that holds brand name “Brainware Management System” (BMS), a management consulting firm focused on human resource development, especially soft–competency development. There he started his career as Junior Trainer/Consultant before being promoted to Senior Trainer/Consultant, General Manager, and Managing Director. He resigned as Managing Director to maintain his position as Senior Associate when he started his doctoral research. Arief also had significant experiences in hotel industry, especially in the field of learning and development, as well as in religious non–governmental organization (NGO). He spent some years as learning and development manager of two five stars hotel in Jakarta and as Program Manager of Strategic Human Resource Development Program Nurul Fikri (PPSDMS NF).
Besides teaching in his almamater, Department of Management Universitas Indonesia, Arief was the Director of Marketing and Operation of Cinere Insani Residence, a growing Islamic real estate located in Depok. He still allocates a significant portion of his time to inspire many students and executives through many training sessions related to leadership, management, motivation, high quality communication, excellent service, etc. Clients that utilize his services vary from government institutions to state–owned companies, private–owned companies, NGOs, and student organizations.
Arief also writes actively in mass media, especially in The Jakarta Post, a leading English Newspaper in Jakarta. His interest includes, but is not limited to, political sociology and the role of media in the society.