Sangkot Marzuki

Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI)

Professor Sangkot Marzuki is President of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences and was Director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta from 1992-2014. His scientific interest has been in the biogenesis of energy transducing membranes, and related human genetic disorders; an interest he developed during his 17 years as medical faculty member of Monash University in Australia, before moving to Indonesia in 1992 to rebuild the Eijkman Institute, where he extended this interest to encompass human genome diversity and infectious diseases. For his scientific contribution, he received a higher doctorate from Monash University (1998), and awarded doctor honoris causa from Utrecht University (2006), and doctor of science honoris causa from the University of Queensland (2010). He received Bintang (Star) Mahaputra Utama of the Republic of Indonesia and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009.

Professor Marzuki graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Indonesia in 1968, obtained his M.Sc. from Mahidol University in Bangkok (1971), and Ph.D. from Monash University (1975).


Tuti Herawati

Policy Analyst
Forestry and Environment Research and Development Agency (FOERDA)

Dr Tuti Herawati is a policy analyst at Forestry and Environment Research and Development Agency (FOERDA), Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia. In 2014-2018, She was a seconded scientist to Forest and Governance Research Portfolio at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

She started her professional career in 1998 at the Directorate General of Land Rehabilitation and Social Forestry, the Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia, focusing on rehabilitation and social forestry programs, including mangrove forest area.

Dr Herawati obtained her Doctoral Degree from Bogor Agricultural University in 2011 on community forestry policy analysis. Her research interest includes community-based forest management, social forestry policy, and multi-level governance. Through her scientific work, she aims to incorporate evidence into policy development and implementation process.


Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro

Minister for National Development Planning (Bappenas)
Republic of Indonesia

Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro is currently the Minister for National Development Planning (Bappenas), having been appointed to that role by President Joko Widodo on 27 July 2016. He was previously the Minister for Finance (from 27 October 2014 to 27 July 2016) in President Widodo’s Working Cabinet. Under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration, Bambang served as the Deputy Minister for Finance (from 3 October 2013 to 20 October 2014). Bambang is one of Indonesia’s leading economists, with a Bachelors Degree in Economic Development and Regional Economy from the University of Indonesia (1990), and a Masters Degree (1995) and PhD (1997) in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, USA. His areas of expertise include regional economics, fiscal decentralisation, public finance, development economics, urban economics and transportation. Prior to his ministerial positions, Bambang’s career included Commisioner roles with PT Pertamina (a national Oil & Gas company); PT Aneka Tambang (a State-owned mining company); PT Adira Insurance; and PT PLN (the national electricity company). He is active on a number of international boards including the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund and the ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting. He is a committed and active academic, currently a Professor of Economics at the University of Indonesia. Prior experience has included positions as guest lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning with the University of Illinois; Director General of the Islamic Research and Training Institute at the Islamic Development Bank; and Dean of the Faculty of Economics with the University of Indonesia. He was born in Jakarta on 3 October 1966.


Emily Pidgeon

Senior Director
Conservation International's Strategic Marine Initiatives

Dr Emily Pidgeon is the Senior Director of Conservation International’s Strategic Marine Initiatives and is currently focused on developing nature-based solutions for coastal and marine adaptation and climate mitigation. She leads the Blue Carbon Initiative – a global partnership focused on recognizing the carbon and other values of coastal ecosystems and increasing conservation and restoration of these coastal ecosystems. Dr Pidgeon is co-chair of the International Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group and has lead implementation of Blue Carbon conservation in priority countries globally.
Dr. Pidgeon has a broad background in marine and coastal science and engineering. Prior to joining Conservation International, she was a project scientist of coastal oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Pidgeon holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a BE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Western Australia.


Sri Widiyantoro

Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB)

Sri Widiyantoro is a professor of seismology at the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia, where he has spent his academic career since 1987. He has frequently conducted research and study visits at prestigious universities overseas, including MIT and ANU, where he finished his Ph.D. program, and research institutions (e.g. Earthquake Research Institute, Tokyo University) to work with top scientists on collaborative research. His main research interest is in the field of seismology, particularly seismic tomographic imaging. His tomographic models have been published in various journals, including top journals like Science and Nature. Alongside his work on large-scale seismological problems, he has engaged actively in consultancy on oil, gas, and geothermal explorations related work in Indonesia, so that he can bring a very broad perspective to his science.

He has received recognition through many awards including the Doornbos Memorial Prize from the IUGG Committee on the Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior, the Habibie Award from the Habibie Center, the Science and Technology Award from the Indonesian Toray Science Foundation, and the Australian Alumni Award for Research and Innovation. He has been a Fellow of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences since 2011. He is currently Dean of Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, ITB, and was the President for the Indonesian Association of Geophysicists (2012-2014). Since 2015, he has been the Head of the Seismology Working Group of the National Center for Earthquake Study (PuSGeN).


Alan F. Koropitan

Associate Professor
Department of Marine Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB)

Alan F. Koropitan, PhD is an Associate Professor in Oceanography at Department of Marine Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). Since February 2016, he has been appointed as the Coordinator for Strategic Research at Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science (FFMS), IPB. Recently, he became a vice director of Center for Collaborative Research on Animal Biotechnology and Coral Reef Fisheries (ANBIOCORE) at IPB. He is also one of study committee in development of Indonesian Science Agenda Towards a Century of Independence 2045 at Indonesian Academy of Sciences.

He obtained his PhD at Hokkaido University, Japan in 2008, and did his postdoctoral research at University of Minnesota’s Biogeochemical Cycle Group, Department of Geology and Geophysics. His has been conducting various research on biogeochemical-process modeling in the Java Sea, anthropogenic carbon budget in the Indonesian Throughflow Regime, to mangrove rehabilitation, its impact on carbon sequestration and isotope application in estimating sedimentation rate around Mangrove rehabilitation area in Pangandaran (West-Java). Dr Koropitan often conducts collaborative research, such as on climate change and anthropogenic impacts on primary production of the Java Sea in a changing environment (with Southeast Asian Regional Center for Tropical Biology) and climate change vulnerability study in Lembata and Aru Islands (with KIARA-an Indonesian NGO). His recent study examines the impact of climate variability on pelagic fishery in southern coast of Java and modeling fish biomass in the Indonesian seas under climate change scenario.


Benjamin Brown

IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group, Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group

Benjamin Brown is currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate at Charles Darwin University–Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods in Australia, investigating mangrove forest landscape rehabilitation (MFLR) opportunity. Prior to joining CDU, Ben been lived and worked in Indonesia for 20 years since 1995. In 2000, Ben founded a small grassroots NGO called Mangrove Action Project-Indonesia, working in community based coastal resource management in 12 provinces in Indonesia as well as Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Timor-Leste. MAP-Indonesia became Blue Forests, who have since restored over 1000 hectares of mangroves, and run 140 coastal field school programs for rural livelihoods development. Blue Forests is currently engaged with programs in Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Sumbawa and Papua.

Ben is author of several recent peer-reviewed papers on mangrove rehabilitation and management, co-author of a 300-page illustrated mangrove rehabilitation manual and a recent UNEP guideline for coastal carbon projects. Ben is a member of the IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group and Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group.


Dan Friess

Associate Professor
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Dan Friess is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, and the Principal Investigator of the Mangrove Lab. His team researches the ecosystem services of mangroves—such as carbon—how they are impacted by deforestation and sea level rise, and how we can use ecosystem services to promote the conservation and restoration of mangroves. Dan’s research is conducted throughout Southeast Asia, Madagascar and New Caledonia.


Sonny Mumbunan

Research Centre for Climate Change of the University of Indonesia (RCCC UI)

Dr Sonny Mumbunan is a researcher at the Research Centre for Climate Change of the University of Indonesia (RCCC UI). He is also a senior economist at the World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia where he leads various works on new climate economy, food and land use economy, and low carbon development in Indonesia. His research interest ranges from public finance to climate change economics and covers areas such economic and fiscal instruments for nature conservation and environmental protection.

In his public assignments, he has served as policy advisor at the President’s Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) and the Executive Office of the President (KSP) of the Republic of Indonesia. In this capacity he was a negotiator for Indonesia for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the lead author of the Blueprint for Indonesia’s One Data Initiative (Satu Data Indonesia). He earned his PhD in Economics from Universitaet Leipzig, Germany.


Hasnawati Saleh

Secretary General, Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI); Study Director for The Science, Indonesian Biodiversity Report

Hasnawati Saleh (Nana) is The Secretary General for Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI) and Study Director for The Science of Indonesian Biodiversity Report that  is currently prepared by Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) . She is also an independent researcher in the field of biomedical science at Hasanuddin University Medical Research Center (HUMRC), Makassar. She completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne and did her postdoctoral job at Prince Henry’s Institute in Melbourne. She is one of 50 women leaders around the world invited by State Dept.  USA to meet STEM leaders and relevant institutions in USA in 2018.