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Dissa Ahdanisa

2017 Fellow

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Fingertalk Enterprise Indonesia

A graduate of the University of New South Wales, Australia with a Master of Professional Accounting, Dissa is a language enthusiast and passionate volunteer, especially in the area of education for underprivileged children. She pursued her Bachelor of Business Administration in Ritsumeikan APU, Japan, and has travelled to volunteer with grassroots organizations in Australia, India and Latin America. She founded Fingertalk in 2015 after visiting the first deaf café in Nicaragua, Café de Las Sonrisas. She was inspired by the idea of providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities, especially the deaf who are often discriminated due to low awareness in society. She worked at Credit Suisse Singapore as an Equity Analyst while managing Fingertalk in the beginning year. Fingertalk is the first initiative in Indonesia that provides job opportunities through a café, car wash and workshop all together from and for the deaf. Currently, she works full-time at Fingertalk, managing her 20 deaf employees while learning more words in sign language for daily communication. She is passionate in learning how business can help social missions be achieved. She speaks Indonesian, English, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic. She signs Singapore Sign Language (SgSL), American Sign Language (ASL) and Bahasa Isyarat Indonesia (BISINDO).