Yayasan Bina Antarbudaya was founded on May 2nd, 1985 by Taufiq Ismail, Tanri Abeng, Irid Agoes, Kartono Mohamad and Sophie Gunawan Satari. Born on the National Education Day, Bina Antarbudaya positioned itself as an educational organization, just when the need for cross cultural knowledge was increasing in the global interaction. Bina Antarbudaya is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, volunteer based organization and a partner of AFS Intercultural Programs, which is committed in building a better world through international exchange program on Intercultural Learning and global education. Its goal is to prepare future leaders who are more sensitive, understanding, and care on the environments.
In 1990, Bina Antarbudaya received the Japan Foundation Special Prize. Together with the other Prize recipients from other parts of the world, Bina Antarbudaya National Director (at that time), Mrs. Irid Agoes, paid a courtesy visit to H. E. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace.