Ahmad Rifai is the co-founder and executive director of Kota Kita, a foundation that addresses urban issues through improved planning, and the involvement of citizens in the design process.  Using new tools and technology Ahmad’s foundation makes it easier for more people to participate in the planning process. The foundation also created the Urban Citizenship Academy, providing training and practical knowledge including mapping and policy advocacy. 

A Chevening scholar, Ahmad completed his degree in Social Development Practices from University College London in 2014. 

He says his experience of studying in the UK allowed him to gain meaningful understanding about global development practice and inspired him to contribute back to his society. 

His current contribution at the 3rd Urban Social Forum 2015 in Surabaya has been considered as the new revival of urban civil society in Indonesia.