Rafiuddin Palinrungi works in the foundation’s Jakarta office, where he has focused on livelihood and economic security issues. His grant making has centered on helping poor and marginalized households obtain financial and business services to improve their productivity, boost their incomes, and increase their access to new markets.
Before joining the foundation in 2013, Rafi worked for the International Finance Corporation, focusing on commodity value chains as a key strategy for improving rural livelihoods. At the IFC, he conducted impact assessments that addressed farmers’ livelihood needs in cocoa production. Later, he conducted research on government regulations that impeded private-sector investment in the agricultural sector. Rafi's signature achievement at the IFC was the establishment, in 2006, of the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership. His efforts to bring together government; farmers associations; unions; and private companies, including Mars and Armajaro Holdings—groups that had never before sat around a table to discuss issues and shared concerns—led to his appointment as general secretary of the partnership.
Rafi is enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, where his research is on the role of global value chains for alleviating poverty in developing countries. His doctoral study has been supported by the highly competitive scholarship program of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
Rafi earned a master’s degree in management from Gadjah Mada University and his undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from Hasanuddin University.