||Born in Pasuruan, East Java, on 28th August 1964, Saifullah completed his studies at the School of Political and Social Sciences at the National University (UNAS), Jakarta, in 1985. He is the current chairman of the Ansor youth movement, which is affiliated to the country's largest Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). Saifullah was elected in the 1999 legislative election as a House of Representatives member from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). However, he quit and later joined the NU-founded National Awakening Party (PKB) in 2002. Currently, he serves as the PKB secretary general and was elected a House member in the 5th April 2004 legislative elections.