Meet the New TBI Director: Windiaprana Ramelan

Over the past few months, we have argued that with the ousting of TBI’s wretched old Director, the hapless and useless Ibu Mariam Kartikatrensi, the victory of her main rival, Ibu Nng Anhar, was complete. For many years, the shady yayasan (charity) USG had been the domain of Ibu Ning, while Mariam had thrown her…

TBI’s Destructive Turf Wars (Updated) (Part 3 of 4)

TBI is a company which has now had a lost half-decade or more. Between 2006 and 2010 a large number of new franchise schools opened under the guidance of Retty Setiawan, but in 2010 she was forced out of the company by Luke Preece, an Australian con-man who claims to have a degree in Geology…

Luke Preece and Lilies Agustin: A Post-Mortem

During the sorry years of 2010-2011 when Luke Preece ran amok at TBI and ensured that all the other ex-pat managers at TBI were fired (dooming the company to its present funk of stagnation and rapidly shrunken market share), he was helped by Lilies Augustin, a self-confessed former bankrupt, who he installed as Marketing Manager…

TBI Takes Out the Trash: Lilies Agustine Follows Mariam to Her New Job

The earliest theme of this blog was corruption and collusion within a small clique at TBI who we dubbed ‘The TBI Mafia’. We identified the core of this group as four or five people: Mariam Kartkatresni, Ashley Platts, Luke Preece, and Luke’s cronies Lilies Agustine and Scott Martin. We documented how these five had constantly…

Former TBI Kuningan Manager Interviewed (Part 2 of 3)

What did you make of the decision to appoint Nunu Pratama as manager at TBI Kelapa Gading in 2012? You had previously been his manager at TBI Kuningan. Well, I thought it was a highly risky decision because he had said to be many times, “I am lazy. I just want to be teach my…