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Nenny Soemawinata
Managing Director
Putera Sampoerna Foundation

Nenny Soemawinata was born in India on 31st of January 1954. She spent most of her early years living overseas and came home to Indonesia after completing her studies at the Auckland Technical Institute, New Zealand, in Computer Programming in 1976.

Nenny started her career by joining the hotel industry for five years and then led her to enter the advertising world and join Fortune Advertising. She was promoted to Account Supervisor within six months and then became Account Director two years later.

During her time in advertising she handled many local and multi-national accounts, including Sampoerna, Prodenta/L’Oreal, RJ Reynolds and Nestle. After 5 years in local agency, she expanded her horizon by joining a larger and more reputable agency, Indo-Ad / Ogilvy & Mather, and became President Director.

In February 1996, she faced news challanges by joining a private commercial station, ANTEVE, owned by Bakrie family as Marketing Director. She was then promoted to General Manager and CEO in December 1996. Her entrance in to the television network didn’t stop here. She later on then joined other networks such as RCTI as Director of Operations, and later in 2001 form a Content Provider & Consultancy Company, M-Lynx. She then with a partner formed a wireless/ mobile content provider & solutions, Mobilelynx.

At the end of 2005, working with leading media group, MRA group, she helped built their TV channel, O Channel. In 2008, she was employed by UTV Malaysia to assist in developing a second pay TV service.

In 2009, Nenny joined Putera Sampoerna Foundation as the Managing Director and COO. Under her leadership the company evolved from a philanthropic organization into a social business institution and expanding its business core from education to empowerment, not only of students, but of teachers, women and entrepreneurs. The Foundation has gone from focusing on access to education to improving existing schools and on to the development of international standard boarding academies and tertiary institutions, as well as teacher enhancement programs and beyond.