Nadya Fadila Saib
Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Wangsa Jelita (2008 – present)

Nadya Fadila Saib graduated in 2009 as a pharmacist from Bandung Institute of Technology. In her last year in college, Ms Saib received the Dean’s List of Outstanding Accomplishment award.

In 2008, together with two friends, she conducted research on natural beauty products, focusing on natural soaps, which led to the founding of Wangsa Jelita, literally means “the beautiful dynasty”. The team then came up with a social enterprise plan in 2010. Having supported by British Council and Arthur Guinness Fund, they give the rose farmers community new skills to process the roses. The team also conducts a fair trade practice which results an alternative market for the rose farmer—giving them more bargaining power to middlemen. Under their care, Ms Saib and her team have grown Wangsa Jelita to be the top 100 Indonesian social enterprises in 2015 according to SWA Magazine. Using similar scheme, until January 2017, Wangsa Jelita has helped five different groups of local communities in different parts of the country—from farmers to artisans—while expanding the business.

Early in 2011, one of Ms Saib’s researches about natural cosmetic, “The Effect of Addition of Antioxidant to the Stability of Green Tea Water Extract as Anti Acne”, was published in a Chemoprevention for Health Promotion and Beauty journal, published by Indonesian Society for Cancer Chemoprevention.

Ms Saib was one of six delegates from Indonesia who attended Asia Youth Summit in July 2011 in India, where she received training and shared her experience in youth activism. It was held by Global Change Makers – British Council. In August the same year, she represented Wangsa Jelita, being the only Indonesian delegation in a competition called “Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World”, held by UN Women and MasterCard.

Ms Saib attended the G-20Y Summit in October 2011 in Paris – joining the “Integration of the Perspectives of the Islamic Countries into the G20’s Mission and Governance & Regional Conflicts 2011” group discussion. In November 2011, she represented Global Change Makers – British Council in the Global Social Business Summit 2011 organized by Grameen Bank in Austria. Her contribution to the community made her got nominated for SOLVE IPA Awards 2011—the award given to social entrepreneurs by Association of Indonesian Professionals in Singapore. She was the youngest NOVA Inspiring Woman in 2011—a recognition for inspiring Indonesian women given by one of the biggest women tabloids in Indonesia.

In 2012, she was named as “Young and Cool Entrepreneur” by SWA Magazine and among “11 Indonesian Inspiring Moslem Women” by Annisa Magazine. Ms Saib also received the prestigious ASEAN Youth Award 2012, which has recognized outstanding contributions of ASEAN Youth, and was also the youngest finalist in Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. In addition, she attended an Executive Education at INSEAD (INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme) in November.

In pursuing her dreams to shape the better world, Ms Saib has joined the Global Shapers Community—an initiative by the World Economic Forum—a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, achievements, and drive, to make a contribution to their communities. She led the Jakarta Hub as the Hub Curator from 2012 until 2013. She was a panelist with other global leaders in an “Escape from Poverty” session during the World Economic Forum East Asia Regional Meeting in 2012, and she was also appointed as a group discussion leader on “Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda” at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum 2013 in Davos.

In 2013, she represents the youth generation at Singapore Business Leaders Programme (SBLP) as a panel in a discussion entitled “Asia by its Next Generation”. She also spoke on behalf of young women entrepreneurs at the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2013 in a special panel event - “Women in Society and Business – Progress, Stagnation or Regression?” in Malaysia.

In the mid of 2014, Ms Saib got selected as one of five Indonesian Social Entrepreneurs to go to the United States of America for a program by US Department and Jolkona Foundation, called Project Catalyst. She followed a two-week accelerator program for social entrepreneurs and learned from several coaches and mentors. She was one of five social entrepreneurs from around the globe who shared their journey being social entrepreneurs at Maker of More Summit in the United Kingdom, in 2014.

In 2016, she joined other 200 young social inovators worldwide in the ChangemakerXchange community, supported by Ashoka.

Ms Saib is an active contributor and frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, women empowerment, and natural beauty products formulation.

(updated in January 2017)