Ahmad is an Indonesian writer, novelist, journalist and social entrepreneur. His debut novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of 5 Towers) broke the publisher’s sales record (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) for the last 37 years. Negeri 5 Menara is the first part of the Negeri 5 Menara trilogy,
followed by Ranah 3 Warna (The Earth of 3 Colors). Rantau 1 Muara - Negeri 5 Menara was brought into wide-screen version and listed as one of the most-watched Indonesian movies in the year of 2012. Ahmad is also well known for his extraordinary achievement in achieving nine overseas scholarships. He began his journalism career with Tempo Magazine. In 1999, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, USA. Studying in Washington DC (together with his wife Yayi who is also a Tempo journalist) was his childhood dream come true. While in college, the couple became Tempo correspondents with the Voice of America and covered the September 11 terrorist attacks reporting directly from the Pentagon, White House and Capitol Hill.