Hi, I'm Handi

Bestselling author, speaker and founder of FirstClassCareer.com



I worked with some of the best companies in seven countries and five continents. That would mean you could get the best and practical career advice, network with incredibly talented people, and you’d learn faster than normal people.

Meaningful Advice

Practical advice and insights not theoretical approaches

Achievement Orientated

I focus on working with passionate, positive and high achievers

FREE Material

Want to know the industries best practices. I give away lots of FREE material to get you started

My story

There are many “experts” out there, so I know I have to earn your trust.

Here’s a little bit about me.

From a small town boy in Indonesia to a truly global professional

I came from a humble family background. When I was a kid, someone told me “It’s pointless to go to a good school out-of-town or overseas.” At that time, I had no idea about what good school or bad school was. I just wanted to study and one day see the world. Deep inside I felt that education and great career is the way to make a difference in life.


By the grace of God, in more than two decades, I’ve traveled to 5 continents, worked in 7 countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Michigan, U.S.A.) and sharing what I learned through corporate works, books, articles, and speaking sessions.


I catch up on higher education, earned two master degrees respectively from the University of Michigan (perfect GPA); the University of Western Australia and I also got a scholarship for post graduate study in Japan America Institute of Management Science, Hawai’i where I obtained three most prestigious awards on leadership, innovation, and student’s choice award.

Receiving many awards are nice but making real, positive impact for as many students and professionals in Asia, especially in Indonesia are my passion and mission. Making friends and connecting with people around the world are my desire.

In business, I have the privilege to work with best people at all levels from Chairman of the company, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Managers, Professors, Young Professionals to College Students. I understand their dreams, aspirations, goals, frustrations and their challenges!

These are invaluable life and professional lessons and now you can learn all these faster!

There is a saying ”Smart man learns from his own mistake but a wise man learns from someone else’s mistakes. The stupid one never learns.”

So you must learn from the best to accelerate your learning. Why do you have to do trial & error yourself if someone is ready to share with you?

Through this site FirstClassCareer.com I want to share more to the world and help highly motivated and potential people becoming more successful in their career and having a colorful life.

Career doesn’t have to be dull!

Media Features

My works have been featured by a long list of media, including


Thank you for the great advice & sharing session Pak Handi!  To actualize the aspirations and dream needs passion, hard-work and massive actions. Always admire you ! As my father said, “Only learn from the best!” And sure today i did!. Gan en

Riani purnamasari

Humanitarian, Special Projects, Strategic Communication, Indonesia

Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Energies are contagious. What a great privilege to meet with @Handi.kurniawan and getting great advice from him.  His books are brilliant. One statement I will always remember is “I play to win!”

Dea Rizkita

Miss Grand Indonesia 2017 and Top 10 Miss Grand International 2017 for Best National Costume & Popular Vote


Solutions that fit your time, budget and lifestyle 

Signature Courses

If you feel lost in your career, don’t feel satisfied at work, feel stuck in your career ladder, and face many other challenges at the workplace. Or perhaps you know what to do but don’t take the actions to follow through on your goals. You will massively benefit from this service. I’m with you!


Learn how to:

  • Craft an incredible career
  • Connect with anyone
  • Network with high net-worth
  • Have a global career
  • Be credible & charismatic
  • Have an unshakeable confidence
  • And many more

Live Courses

Invite me to your company or speak to your team about leadership, people / talent management, career management, learning & development, cross-cultural management, motivations, communication and other HR best practices.