Board and Committees (2015-2018)


We have a team of hardworking board and committee members who share the organization’s vision.

Dr. Abidin Kusno – Advisor
Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies – York University, Toronto.
Former Director, Centre of Southeast Asia Research, Institute of Asian Research – University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has published several books on Indonesia. His work covers issues of urban cultures, identity politics, and social history of Indonesian cities.

Liza Wajong, BGS – President
Entrepreneur & Non-Profit Management Professional
Aside from running Citranti Co. (, Liza’s interest of community building and her ability to connect pieces translated to the cultivation of CIDS. She is currently is a lead person for Indonesian Oral History Project with the New Westminster Museum.

Dr. Tonny Wagey – Vice President
Senior Consultant – United Nation Development Program (UNDP) – Indonesia
Dr. Wagey earned his Master and PhD degrees in Fisheries and Oceanography from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. As an ocean scientist, his accolades include the Project Manager for Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action, the Executive Secretary of the Fisheries Working Group of APEC and the committee of the first World Ocean Conference, delegate to United Nations’ meetings on Food Security, and various projects that deal with sustainable fisheries initiatives.

Suliarto Gunawan, M.M., M BioMedic – General Secretary
Business Strategist
Mr. Gunawan is a business strategist with over 20 years of business development experience.

Jessi Manurung, MH, MBA – Treasurer
Financial and Business Analyst
As strategist and entrepreneur, Jessi is experienced in strategic development of major companies in Indonesia. Jessi focuses his work on building a healthy society and encourages various connections to achieve CIDS long term goals.

Saleh Tjandra, B.Eng. – Director
Global Usindo Inc. – Marketing Director
Saleh Tjandra is a business strategist with years of experience in export-import and commodity business. Aside from his role as CIDS Membership Director, he is the lead person of CIDS parnership development, especially in obtaining support from government/public sector institutions.

CIDS Committee

Nellie Smith – Special Event/Entertaiment Committee Chair
Marketing & Sales Professional
Nelly will oversee the execution of all aspect of CIDS’ special events.  As a long-time community member, Nelly has been actively engaged with various multicultural communities across Metro Vancouver.  She is motivated and her vibrant and cheerful energy influence the whole team to move things forward!

Asih Djajasaputra, MBA – Networking Committee Chair
Associate at World Financial Group
As chair of CIDS Networking Committee, Asih oversees the work related to the execution of CIDS Networking Events. She works closely with Mindzzle Consulting Inc. to accomplish our goals of effective collaboration among committee members.

Kristi Alexandra Jut – Communications Committee
Freelance Journalist and Media Specialist

Kilim Park – Research Committee
PhD Student, Migration Studies, UBC

Liliek Sidharta – IT Committee
Web Developer at Rick Hansen Foundation

Putra Runtuwene – IT Committee
Website Professionals & Entrepreneur