Ilham is a co-founder and shareholder of PT. ILTHABI Rekatama, a private investment company in Indonesia, which he joined as a President Director in 2002, and starting 2021 he became the Chairman of the company. Through ILTHABI he has invested into various companies in the fields of oil & gas, energy, mining, manufacturing, aerospace, ICT, property, financial services and others.
He is also the Chairman of PT. Visi Media Asia tbk (VIVA); an Indonesian Media Conglomerate (www.vivagroup.co.id), a Commissioner at PT. Nusa Halmahera Mineral; a gold mine company at Halmahera – Indonesia (www.nhm.co.id), Founder and Commissioner at PT. Tresno Investama International; a Limited Liability Company, and as Commissioner at PT. Ayoconnect Teknologi Indonesia; an open finance platform company (www.ayoconnect.id).
Ilham’s earlier professional background is with aerospace companies (IPTN, Indonesia; Boeing, USA). Before that he was Assistant Professor for Fluid Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.
Ilham is also a co-founder of the International University Liaison Indonesia (www.iuli.ac.id) and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees the Foundation that is owning IULI. He is also a co founder and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Habibie Center (www.habibiecenter.or.id), a NGO and Foundation.
Currently he is also heading WANTIKNAS, the National ICT Council of Indonesia as its Chief Executive. This is a government-owned advisory body which has cross sectoral participation. (www.wantiknas.go.id)
His other current organisational activities include heading the International Chamber of Commerce Indonesia (www.iccindonesia.org) and the Indonesian Muslim Entrepreneur Association (www.ismi.id), and being responsible as a head of the Agency for Research and Technology at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.kadin.or.id). At the end of year 2021 Ilham was elected as vice chairman of The Institution of Engineers Indonesia (http://www.pii.or.id), and also elected as a co-chairman of F20, a Foundations platform’s network which consist with more than 70 foundations and philanthropic organizations from around the world. (https://www.foundations-20.org)
He holds a Doktor.-Ingenieur title in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, USA.