Council Members

Industry leaders across business, civil society, forest conservation, and government form the SAWIT Council.

At the Innovation Marketplace November 17-18, Council members will give SAWIT’s nine innovator finalists comprehensive
feedback on their solutions and explore opportunities to collaborate, partner or invest with our innovator finalists.

Read more about each Council Member below.

Adam Gibbon, Chief Technical Officer, Ecosphere Capital Partners

Adam manages Althelia Climate Fund’s technical performance, spearheads deals in Asia and Africa and designs new investment vehicles on the Althelia Ecosphere platform. He specialises in the design and development of sustainable agriculture and REDD+ programs that mitigate climate change, conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable livelihoods in the tropics and subtropics. Adam has developed a number of projects focused on sustainable commodity production (tea, coffee, cocoa) and the creation of economic value from ecosystem services that are maintained or improved. Before joining the Fund, Adam served as a manager within PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team and Technical Manager of Rainforest Alliance’s Climate Program. Adam began his career at Accenture where he consulted for the UK’s Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the EU’s farm subsidy scheme. Adam has a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University.

Adam Tomasek, Acting Deputy Director, Science Technology Innovation Partnerships Field Support, USAID

Adam currently serves as the Director of Operational Innovations, and the Senior Advisor for Climate Change in USAID's Global Development Lab. He is passionate about advancing Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships in U.S. foreign assistance and international development programs. For the past 20+ years, he has been working and learning at the intersection of public policy and private sector operations to improve sustainable practices and policies in more than 40 countries. He is a recognized leader in innovative policy, finance and capacity building to advance low emissions development and resilient economic growth. Adam holds a B.Sc. in Paleobiology, a M.Sc. in Environmental Systems and Executive degrees in International Business Management and Systems Design. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and former Adjunct Professor, Adam is married to an avid traveler and is the proud father of two children who love to play soccer and eat spicy foods.

Ageng Herianto, Assistant FAO Representative for Programme, FAO Indonesia

Dr Ageng S Herianto has had a long career as a senior lecturer in The Faculty of Agriculture of the Gadjah Mada University majoring in Natural Resources Economics and Development Communication, and has been the Assistant of FAO Representatives (Programme) in Indonesia since 2012. Among other positions, Dr Ageng was Executive Secretary of Extension and Development Communication Department of the Graduate School of the Gadjah Mada University from 2008-11. His main research interest and Community Development activities were on the Agriculture Innovation and Adoption Study. Dr Ageng holds a PhD from the Kyoto University in Japan, and a Masters from the University of Putra Malaysia in Serdang, Malaysia.

Agnes J. Safford, Founder and Managing Director, GreenWorksAsia

With over 28 years of Asian business and financial experience with corporate and multinationals, ranging from agribusiness and renewable energy to managing an investment banking operation in Indonesia, Agnes possesses a wealth of experience and depth of management skills. Most recently she has advised projects in climate change/carbon credit, forestry and sustainable agriculture including REDD+ and renewable energy, biomass to energy and unique sustainable project funding. In GreenWorksAsia , Agnes has been working to bring private sector funding to Indonesian projects producing carbon emission reductions and generating clean energy. Completed in early 2016, an analysis of biomass electricity from palm oil waste included financing options for East Kalimantan. During her investment banking career, Agnes worked within London Sumatra Plantations and did the public listing of Astra Agro Lestari. Agnes holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Bachelors of Science from University of California, Davis.

Agus Purnomo, Managing Director for Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement, Golden Agri Resources (GAR)

Agus Purnomo joined GAR in October 2014. His role is to plan sustainability strategy and communicate and implement sustainable palm oil commitments throughout the entire value chain in collaboration with key stakeholders. He has held many positions for the government, multilateral institutions and international and national NGOs, including Special Assistant to the President of Indonesia for Climate Change (2010-2014), Special Assistant to the Minister of Environment (2004-2009), the World Bank (2002-2004), Executive Director of WWF Indonesia, and half a dozen other national organizations on sustainable development issues. Agus graduated with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Conservation Policy from Tufts University in the US in 1994 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Prasetya Mulya Management Institute in Indonesia in 1985.

Alison Eskesen, Director, Knowledge and Innovation, Grow Asia

Grow Asia, a partnership focused on inclusive agricultural development in South-East Asia, convening governments, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability, was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat. Alison is a seasoned international development executive who has spent 16 years working in development and finance. She has a track record of measurable results, brokering strategic partnerships among governments, private banks, foundations and impact investors in over thirty countries. Alison was previously the Director of Research and Programs at Shujog, a social enterprise focused on building Asia’s impact investing ecosystem, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she mobilized domestic capital for local development projects through structuring and negotiating innovative financing mechanisms. She holds a MA from Columbia University, a BA from Colgate University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Paraguay.

Andi Sitti Asmayanti, SEA, Cocoa Development Manager, Mondelēz International

Andi Sitti Asmayanti is Cocoa Life South East Asia Director for Mondelēz International, formerly known as Kraft Foods. She is responsible for agriculture development including Cocoa Life strategy, plan and program in South-East Asia and supports others commodities agriculture development for Mondelēz International. She has 20 years of experience across industry sectors like FMCG (chocolate, snacking and food), commodities, agriculture and supply chain, with specialty in agriculture development, commodities, supply chain management, international trading and execution, sustainability, risk management, people management, cocoa research and corporate government affairs. She has strong business and commercial acumen and a proven track record of driving value in diverse businesses and capacity for developing and executing strategies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in International affairs and Master of Business Administration in Finance Management. She is a member of Board of Directors of Cocoa Sustainability Partnership and a member of World Cocoa Foundation.

Annawati van Paddenburg, Country Representative, Global Green Growth Institute

Anna van Paddenburg, of Dutch-Indonesian origin and based in Indonesia since 2009, is Country Representative of GGGI in Indonesia and leads the GGGI collaborative program with the Indonesian Government. She has over 12 years of natural resource valuation experience in Asia. She has worked in Beijing as a Natural Resource Consultant and for a variety of NGOs including Wetlands International, The Nature Conservancy and WWF on natural capital valuations, sustainable finance, water resource protection, natural resource management, biodiversity, community development/livelihood securities, and broader bi/multilateral corporate fundraising and partnership development. She completed her MSc in Geo-information Science and Spatial Environmental Modeling at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and her Honours degree in Environmental Science at the University of Western Australia, Perth. 

Budi Santosa, Executive Director, Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD)

Budi is Executive Director of IBCSD, a CEO-led association of companies operating in Indonesia who share a commitment to sustainable development. He started his private sector career 15 years ago before shifting to the non-profit sector in 2008, joining an Indonesian-based international NGO. His unique experience in both for-profit and non-profit became his main asset in developing projects, playing a role as a hub to help two different cultures in developing the same objective to find mutual benefits and bring greater impact to social, economy, and environment. His new career journey in 2008 taught him that business should not ignore environmental and social aspects. His passion in sustainability continues to grow in every element of sustainable development and his skills in management and marketing has led him to lead projects with the private sector on topics such as renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. 

Colin Lee, Head of Corporate Affairs, Cargill Tropical Palm Holdings

Colin has helped companies build brands, managing issues and reputations with stakeholders for 18 years. He began his career with IBM, where he honed his skills in public relations, corporate communications, corporate responsibility, and crisis management, as well as brand marketing and demand generation. In his present role for Cargill’s oil palm plantations, Colin manages the business’s reputation through ongoing stakeholder engagement, participation in various industry advocacy groups, as well as championing and influencing actions across the organization that help local communities around Cargill’s plantations thrive. Cargill Tropical Palm oversees four plantations in Indonesia. They fully embrace sustainable palm production practices and had policies in place prior to the formation of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, the main sustainability certification standard. Colin firmly believes in responsible and sustainable practices, combined with smart use of technology to ensure the sustained ability for businesses, the planet and its people to thrive.

Dewi Suralaga, Indonesia Initiative Coordinator, Climate & Land Use Alliance

Dewi has more than twenty-five years of leadership experience at various international development and environmental organizations in Indonesia and in the Netherlands. She most recently served as Policy Advocacy Adviser for Cordaid’s Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security program. Previously, Dewi served as Program Director for the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI); National Program and Conservation Director for WWF Indonesia; and Asia Regional Director for Hivos, a Dutch development organization. In the Netherlands, Dewi served as the Asia Coordinator for Greenpeace International; and Program Officer at Oxfam Novib. Dewi has a Masters in International and Cultural Development Education from Florida State University.

Diono Nurjadin, Investor, Angin Impact Investing Network

Mr. Nurjadin is an angel investor at ANGIN. ANGIN (Angel Investment Network Indonesia) has grown into the largest network of high-net-worth individuals in Indonesia who pool resources together to engage in early stage investment and mentoring. Mr. Nurjadin is currently President and CEO of Cardig International, the largest independent third-party aviation and logistics specialist in Indonesia. Previously, Mr. Nurjadin worked in finance for several banks in Indonesia, the United States, and Singapore. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Pace University.

Diyanto Imam, Executive Director, Yayasan Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia (Inotek)

Diyanto is the Executive Director of Inotek, a Jakarta-based business incubator that supports invention-based small and growing businesses (SGBs) targeting bottom-of-the-pyramid sectors. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in business advisory services, including more than 10 years in business incubation and SGBs development and impact investment. Prior to joining Inotek in 2013, Diyanto worked for the World Resources Institute’s New Ventures Indonesia program, one of the pioneer programs in Indonesia identifying and recognizing scalable and profitable social and green SGBs. He has also worked for various organizations including the Ministry of Agriculture of the Netherlands, Queensland State Government Trade and Investment Office and Australian Trade Commission. Diyanto received a bachelor of business degree from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and holds a Master of International Business degree from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Enda Ginting, Executive Office of the President, Government of Indonesia

Enda Ginting works for the Executive Office of the President of Indonesia on Priority Program Management. In this capacity, he focuses on the Food and Nutrition Agricultural Production program, fiscal reforms, and the sustainable environmental financing portfolio. Prior to this, Enda worked for the World Bank as a Public Financial Management resident advisor for the Government of Indonesia. Enda has also worked for the Ministry of Finance, office of the Treasury and also the budget office. Enda holds a masters degree in Economics, Finance and Management from the University of Bristol, UK.

Eril Firmansyah, Vice President, Bank Mandiri

Eril Firmansyah heads the Branchless Banking Department of Bank Mandiri and often speaks on the topic both domestically and internationally. Eril joined Bank Mandiri in 2003 through the Officer Development Program and has held successively higher positions. He previously worked in insurance. Eril holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Systems from Monash University.

Erwin Widodo, Executive Director, Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF)

One of Indonesia’s leading environmental scientists with 20+ years’ experience in environmental policy, biodiversity and forest management, Erwin has dedicated his life to sustainability through activities to raise environmental awareness. In his current role, he oversees the organization’s projects and is responsible for its development, supported by Deputy of Finance and Operation and Deputy of Program, Portfolio and Monitoring-Evaluation. Prior to ICCTF, Erwin was Executive Director in the Sumatra Sustainability Fund, CEO of PT Alam Bukit Tigapuluh (formed to purchase the ex-logging concessions surrounding Bukit Tigapuluh National Park), the Deputy Director for Forest, Species, and Fresh Water at World Wide Fund Indonesia, and held a senior role at KEHATI, the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation. PhD in Resources/Energy Science, School of Science and Technology, Kobe University; Post Graduate Honorary Certificate, Global Policy/Foreign Diplomacy, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Fadhil Hasan, Executive Director, GAPKI / Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA)

Mr. Hasan has 30+ years’ government and private sector experience in economic policy research and consultancy in macroeconomics, industries, agriculture and public policy. Mr. Hasan is also a member of Indonesian Bank Central’s Supervisory Board (BSBI), the National Committee for Economics and Industry (KEIN), and president commissioner at the State Owned Sugar Plantation XI (PT. Perkebunan Nusantara XI) in Surabaya. Previous positions include World Bank Consultant for the Budget Committee, DPR RI; Co-Team Leader, UNDP Project on Orientation Program for New Members of Indonesian Parliament; and Technical Advisor in the National Legislative Strengthening Program, The Asia Foundation for the Indonesian Parliament. He was also Managing Director at the Institute for Development for Economics and Finance, and policy advisor to the Ministry of Fishery and Marine Affairs. Mr. Hasan has a bachelor’s from Bogor Agricultural University; MS, Economics, Iowa State University; Ph.D, Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky. 

Fiona Wheatley, Sustainable Development Manager, Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer is an international multi-channel retailer with over 700 stores in the United Kingdom and another 300 stores spread across more than 40 countries. As Sustainable Development Manager Fiona leads the strategy to deliver this goal. Fiona has worked in retail sustainability for over ten years and has a history of success in improving the environmental and social footprint of retail product supply chains. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the RSPO and has a deep understanding of the challenges associated with palm oil production. Fiona previously worked for Sainsbury’s and John Lewis, both familiar names on the UK high street, where she introduced progressive sustainability policies for seafood, timber, soy and palm oil. She leads multiple industry and multi-stakeholder forums to support a vision of sustainable agricultural commodity production integrated within healthy and vibrant communities and ecosystems.

Freddy Widjaja, General Manager, Asian Agri 

Gary Paoli, Co-founder and Director of Business and Research and Development, Daemeter

 Gary holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan, and has worked in Indonesia much of the past 25 years. He is currently based in California, managing Daemeter's US based office. Gary leads Daemeter's programs in palm oil, including supply chain transformation, responsible production, policy analysis, research and outreach. He also oversees Daemeter's expanding programs on smallholder farmer finance and support, Jurisdictional Approaches to sustainable palm oil and supply chain re-configuration through innovative public-private collaborations. As a biologist, Gary conducted original research on the ecology of lowland rain forests throughout western Indonesia, studying affects of soil on forest productivity, species diversity and ecosystem dynamics. He is a specialist on trees in the Dipterocarpaceae, and a leading expert in the identification and management of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas. He has authored numerous public domain reports and peer-reviewed publications, and presents at conferences and professional meetings around the world.

Gita Syahrani, Senior Programme Manager, Perkumpulan Sawit Lestari (PSL)

PSL is a membership based association focusing on accelerating development of sustainable jurisdictions in Indonesia. With more than a decade of legal, financing structure and strategic management consulting & programme implementation experience, Gita is a sustainability professional focusing on climate change & green investment. She was the Senior Programme Management for the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) and a leading member of the Planning & Funding Deputy of the former National REDD+ Agency, involved in the design, construction, negotiation and implementation of strategic work plan and funding instrument mechanism for REDD+ Indonesia. Prior to her time with the National REDD+ Agency, she held a Senior Associate and Lead Counsel for Green Investment and Climate Change division position at one of the first-tier independent corporate law firms in Indonesia. Gita is also serving as a member of the Permanent Committee of International Affairs at the Indonesia Chambers of Commerce & Industry (KADIN).

Heather D’Agnes, Acting Director - Environment Office, USAID - Indonesia

Heather D’Agnes is the acting director of the USAID/Indonesia Environment Office. She oversees a portfolio with an annual budget of $40 Million that is invested across the forestry, marine, clean energy and water and sanitation and climate adaptation sectors.
Prior to this, Heather managed USAID Indonesia’s flagship forestry and water and sanitation projects and served as the Team Lead for the Office’s Land and Seascapes Team. Heather has worked for USAID for 10 years, including 7 years with USAID Washington as the Global Health Bureau’s Technical Advisor on cross sectoral programs linking Population, Health, and Environment. Heather has a Masters in Marine Policy and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington and over 15 years of experience in international development.

Hilman Lukito, VP Finance, First Resources

Hilman Lukito is currently the vice president for finance for First Resources. Previously, he held finance and strategy roles at other Indonesian companies including Sinarmas Cakrawala Persada, SMART, Bintang Toedjoe, Kalbe Farma, and Matahari Putra Prima Tbk. He holds degrees from PPM Graduate School of Management and Trisakti University.

Imran Nasrullah, CEO, PT Louis Dreyfus Company Indonesia (LDC)

Imran has managed significant business portfolios over the course of his career, and has over 15 years of experience as a senior manager and global business builder within the agri-commodities industry. Prior to joining LDC, Imran was Director of Sales and Marketing and Business Development, South East Asia and Pakistan at Cargill Energy Transportation and Metals Singapore; managed the Asian Chartering desk at Cargill Ocean Transportation Singapore; and also led the startup of its China domestic freight desk. Also at Cargill, he was involved in the palm, cocoa, animal feed and grains businesses across Vietnam, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Imran has been instrumental in driving growth and expansion for customers in the iron ore, steel, coal, freight and energy industries in the region. He holds a MBA from Imperial College London (UK), and is a Chartered Accountant - FCA, ICAEW, UK.

Irwan Gunawan, Deputy Director for Market Transformation, WWF - Indonesia

 Irwan Gunawan graduated from Faculty of Forestry Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and has over 17 years experience in sustainability and transformational engagement with corporates. His current role with WWF Indonesia is to lead and strategize intervention of market transformation program for sustainable food, finance & consumption. In the past five years, he actively promotes the adoption of sustainable palm oil in various forums at national and international level. He has also been featured in a number of interviews in media and publications to drive better management practices for the growers and call for substantial uptake of certified sustainable palm oil from and in Indonesia. 

Lisa Genasci, CEO, ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF)

Ten years ago, Lisa Genasci and ADM partners established ADM Capital Foundation as an innovative philanthropic vehicle to support research and impact-driven approaches to promoting equity and environmental conservation in Asia. Since then, ADMCF has been widely recognized for work on solutions to some of our most intransigent challenges: depleting oceans, the nexus between forestry and development, air quality and public health, and the intersections between food, energy and water. Lisa has written on the topic of fiduciary responsibility, worked with ADM Capital to shape its investment principles and provides ESG advisory services to ADM Capital Funds. Lisa is a director of the Hong Kong-based Civic Exchange and Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia; and is an advisor to the Washington DC-based Ocean Foundation and Hong Kong’s Clean Air Network. Lisa holds a BA with High Honors,Smith College and an LLM in Human Rights Law, HKU.

Mansuetus (Darto) Alsy Hanu, National Coordinator, Indonesia’s Palm Oil Smallholder Union (SPKS)

Mansuetus Alsy Hanu (Darto) is the National Coordinator of Indonesia’s Oil Palm Smallholders Union (SPKS). Born in Kende-Flores, Indonesia, Darto is a long-time activist who works to encourage best agriculture practices for smallholder palm oil growers. In his role at the SPKS, one of the largest smallholder unions in Indonesia, he continually works to empower farmers to become independent growers. He regularly represents smallholders’ interests at sustainable palm oil round-tables, and has been a coordinator for the Forum of Sustainable Oil Palm Smallholders (FORTASBI) since 2014. He is currently based in Bogor, West Java, involved in research focused on smallholder practices. 

Mark Kaplan, Global VP, Sustainable Solutions, Unilever

Mark recently began as the Global VP of Sustainable Solutions at Unilever, and is the co-chair of mFish. mFish is a public-private partnership that aims to make fishing more sustainable and improve the lives of fishermen and their communities by developing practical solutions that use the power of commercially viable mobile technology. Mark Kaplan is a globally experienced and recognized thought leader in the mobile marketing industry and has led the creation, production and commercialization of successful platforms in mobile commerce, mobile donation, and mobile sampling. Mark has a BA from the Boston University College of Communications.

Michael Bucki, Counsellor, EU Delegation in Jakarta

Michael Bucki works as a Counsellor to the EU Delegation in Jakarta. Previously, he worked for the European Commission in Brussels and attended UNFCCC, UNREDD and FCPF, a pilot World Bank initiative on forest mitigation processes. Dr. Bucki has a background in forestry, and a keen interest for improving governance, sustainable production and consumption, responsible trade, and leveraging these to address the drivers of environmental degradation, e.g. as regards palm oil, forest and peatland dynamics.

Moray McLeish, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Asia, Olam International

Moray is a Sustainable Land Use, Climate Change and Supply Chain Specialist with 20 years’ experience in private, public and NGO sectors. With a background in Land Economics and a Masters degree in Environment and Development he has experience from Latin America, Africa and South East Asia. Moray was centrally involved in the creating and testing of Indonesia’s initial Timber Legality Assurance System, and more recently with WRI worked to define and map land suitable for sustainable palm oil. On the Senior Management team at Olam he works to ensure that the Corporate Sustainability Strategy is in accordance with stakeholder expectations and is relevant to each product business; to assist with implementation of internal policies and codes-of-practice; to meet specific customer demands for sustainability; and to maximise public goods and knowledge through partnerships.

MS Sembiring, Executive Director, KEHATI

Muhammad Senang Sembiring is Executive Director of KEHATI/The Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation since 2009. KEHATI is an independent grant-making institution, the first and largest biodiversity conservation trust fund in Indonesia. Prior to his current position, Sembiring had extensive experiences in the Investment Banking and Capital Market with more than 25 years for several executive level positions. Sembiring’s last position was Director of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) for two consecutive periods from 2002 to 2009 where he supported KEHATI in creating a green index so called SRI-KEHATI index. The index performance has consistently outperformed the market by 10% since it was launched in 2009. 

Dr. T. Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi, Country Director, World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia

WRI is a global research organization acting at the nexus of environment, economics and human well-being. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is one WRI tool with 60+ partners enabling almost-real-time forest dynamics monitoring, including fire and haze hazards. Dr. Samadhi supports the Indonesian Government in improving land use governance through the sub-national landscape one-map initiative. Previously, he was Deputy Minister at the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4), Indonesia REDD+ Task Force; Chair of Working Group on Forest and Peatlands Moratorium Monitoring; and National Project Director of Low Emission Capacity Building Program, a global initiative of UNDP and EU. Dr. Samadhi accumulated various experiences in governance reforms during post-disaster reconstruction in Aceh and Nias as the Chief Operation Officer/Deputy Head of BRR Nias Regional Office. Dr. Samadhi earned his PhD, Urban Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Master, Urban Planning, Bandung Institute of Technology; Bachelor, Architecture, Brawijaya University.

Nurdiana (Ade) Darus, Director of Southeast Asia, Rainforest Alliance

Nurdiana Darus is an executive with 20+ years of strategic management and program implementation experience. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), where she worked with more than 30 partners, government officials and international stakeholders implementing commitments to sustainable palm oil production and sourcing. Ms. Darus also worked to greatly increase engagement of smallholder farmers and local communities of Indonesia. Prior to her role at IPOP, Ms. Darus worked with the REDD+ Agency as Deputy Minister of Technology, Systems and Monitoring; was a senior advisor for the United Nations office for REDD+ in Indonesia; and held various leadership roles with Accenture. Ms. Darus is an information system strategist by training with vast experience in business strategies, program management and implementations, as well as business management. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and earned a MS in Information System Technology from George Washington University.

Øyvind Dahl, Counsellor - Forest & Climate Change, Royal Norwegian Embassy

Mr Dahl is the counsellor on Forest and Climate Change in the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta. Previously, as a Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Mr Dahl was coordinating the bilateral partnership with Ethiopia, and was the focal point for Norway's entry as a member into the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), for the establishment of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (New Climate Economy), and for Norway's contribution to the Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) though the World Bank. Mr Dahl also previously managed Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative grants to global NGOs working on REDD+. 

Petra Meekers, Director of CSR & Sustainable Development, Musim Mas Group (MMG)

Dr. Meekers has a biochemistry background with international experience in quality management consultancy including environmental and social impact assessments. Based in Asia since 1998, she has been involved in the implementation of environmental systems and social frameworks for a diverse range of companies. She has experience in the food, energy and agricultural sectors. Her role at MMG – a global palm oil corporation with operations spanning the entire palm oil supply chain -- includes developing sustainability policy and strategy, working with the Group’s businesses and their key customers to identify opportunities for enhancing sustainability proposition in the world commodity sectors, providing leadership related to the societal impact of the Group’s activities, and advising the Board on sustainability and Corporate Responsibility matters. Prior to joining Musim Mas, Petra worked for New Britain Plantation Services in Singapore and Papua New Guinea as the Group Sustainability Manager, and Senior Associate in Global Sustainability Associates. 

Rauf Prasodjo, Sustainability Sourcing Manager, Unilever

Rauf manages supply chain risks associated with Unilever's sourcing of palm and other tropical oils from Southeast Asia, including day-to-day contact with Unilever's strategic suppliers on sustainability, on-boarding of new suppliers on compliance, company traceability mechanisms, and site assessment of high risk locations. He is responsible for delivering smallholder farmer programs to drive scalable models that reach and positively impact their livelihoods. He works with a global team and consultants to address legality constraints of smallholders, ensure smallholders obtain fair and transparent prices, and conducts training programs that result in yield improvements and better income. He participates in advocacy to support Unilever's palm oil transformational agenda via the implementation of the company's Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Policy and produce-protect models for sustainability through a landscape approach. He holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Kenyon College in Ohio and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University.

Reuben Blackie, Programme Manager, IDH Sustainable Trade

Reuben Blackie is Program Manager at IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative, focused on developing public-private partnerships to improve sustainability in the supply chain for multiple commodities including palm oil. In Indonesia since 2012, Reuben is an agronomist and previously worked in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Ridaya Laodengkowe, Deputy Chief of Party, BIJAK (USAID Project)

A natural resources governance project management specialist, with strong civil society policy research knowledge with more than 15 years of experience supporting effective advocacy and oversight; building and strengthening civil society networks; facilitating multi-stakeholder engagement and promoting evidence-based policy making. As the deputy chief of party USAID’s BIJAK, working with different technical specialists and associates, overseeing all four components of the program, range from low carbon and conservation oriented land use governance, to management of conservation areas & protection of key marine and terrestrial species, to private sector and industry practices, and also to constituencies for conservation and land use governance.
In previous roles worked with civil society organizations and think tanks or research institutions to promote recognition of indigenous communities and their customary land as well as promoting performance based budgeting in forest conservation to reduce emissions from deforestation and land degradation.

Rolavia Intan, Sustainability Specialist, Neste Oil in Singapore

Rolavia Intan takes care of supply chain compliance for various feedstocks following different biofuel market requirements and certification system. Involved in coordinating supplier risk assessment, to ensure that human rights, labour rights and social issues are respected along our supply chain. Provide essential knowledge and develop systems on Greenhouse Gas emission calculation and methodology relevant to each feedstock for biofuel.

Ross Jaax, Consultant, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Mr. Jaax, based in Jakarta, is a management consultant providing monitoring and managerial support to the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Green Prosperity Portfolio in Indonesia. He specializes in identifying and developing market based solutions for sustainable landscape development. He has 20 years of international management experience with organizations including ACDI/VOCA, aWhere Inc., the International Finance Corporation, and TetraTech/ARD. His professional interests are the proper functioning of certified commodity systems, and improving smallholder farmers’ access to finance, inputs, and information. Mr. Jaax holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. He started his international development career with the Peace Corps in the Cape Verde Islands.

Dr. Simon Lord, Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Group Sustainability & Quality Management, Sime Darby

Dr. Simon Lord was appointed as the Group Chief Sustainability Officer – Group Sustainability & Quality Management in 2015. He has over 30 years of management experience in the agricultural and oil palm sector. Dr. Lord holds a Doctorate in Environmental Effects of Pesticides from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a Degree in Applied Biology from Lanchester (Coventry) Polytechnic (now Coventry University). He is also a Qualified RSPO and ISO 14001 lead auditor. Dr. Lord is also an accredited AgSafe practitioner and has additional qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety and agricultural chemical handling.

Su-Lin Garbett Shiels, Deputy Head, UK Climate Change Unit (UKCCU)

Su-Lin is Deputy Head of the UK Climate Change Unit in Jakarta, Indonesia at the British Embassy where she leads and oversees a range of programmes with a focus on improved accountability and transparency in land use decision making at the local level in ten Indonesia provinces, promoting a sustainable landscape approach in South Sumatra and green finance. She also leads the British Embassy’s advocacy work on issues such as sustainable palm oil and fire and haze. Previously she has worked in the Climate and Environment Policy Department at the UK Department of International Development where she oversaw the UK’s investment in international climate adaptation funds, sat on the Adaptation Fund Board as UK representative and advised the UK’s representative on the Green Climate Fund Board. Su-Lin began her career in the UK government as an economist in Her Majesty’s Treasury analysing the UK economy. 

Thomas Schnur, Agricultural Affairs Attaché, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Thomas has been in Jakarta since August 2015 as Agricultural Affairs Attaché, mainly in the field of regulatory analysis, supporting German agro-food businesses to enter the market, but as well familiar with the vast palm oil-related challenges both for business and civil society. Currently the German Ministry for Nutrition and Agriculture together with the Coordinating Ministry for Economy of the Republic of Indonesia and Austrian- German-Swiss cooperation “Forum for Sustainable Palm oil” is preparing a working group to raise questions about an enhanced standard for sustainable palm oil based on RSPO in Indonesia.

Toshi Nakamura, Co-founder & CEO, Kopernik

Toshi co-founded Kopernik in 2010 to connect simple, life-changing technology with people in the last mile. Toshi dealt with governance reform, peace building processes and post-disaster reconstruction during his tenure at the United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and MSc Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Guest Associate Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University. Toshi was selected as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012, and was a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development 2014-2016.