The Foundation’s Management Team is responsible for the day to day operation and management of Belantara’s conservation, restoration, and community development activities and projects.
Agus Sari was the Deputy Chair of the Indonesian REDD+ Management Agency in charge of planning and financing. Prior to that, he was the Chair of Funding Instruments under the Indonesian Presidential Task Force on REDD+ where he led efforts to design a financial and funding mechanism that incentivizes activities related to greenhouse gas emission reduction due to deforestation and forest degradation.
A Fulbright Scholar who graduated from University of California (Berkeley, USA) with a degree in Energy and Resources Group, he was previously the Country Director and Regional Policy Director for Ecosecurities, the world’s largest carbon asset development company. Ecosecurities Indonesia, under his leadership, was awarded Asia’s Fastest- Growing Renewable Energy Company by Frost & Sullivan in 2009.
Until 2007, Agus Sari was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Nobel Prize-winning panel and the world’s leading authority on climate change. The former Executive Director of Pelangi, an environmental think-tank, also lectured Environmental Science at the Indonesian Institute of Technology in Serpong, Indonesia as well as Carbon Politics at the Bren School of Environment at the University of California (Santa Barbara, USA).
Hendaru has 25 years of experiences in finance and project management in Indonesia in the field of forestry, fisheries and development of agricultural products. He specializes in building community-based companies (small firms), developing usiness strategies, financial systems and markets for products of natural resources in particular organic products.
Hendaru has a bachelor’s degree in Economy and Development Studies from Open University, Jakarta. His previous working experience includes being attached to Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) from 1991 to 1999 where he rose through the ranks of the organization to become the Deputy Director and Micro Finance Analyst.
He was also previously the Director of Finance for the Telapak Organisation (1999 – 2004), Deputy Director of Finance and Investments for PT Poros Nusantara Utama (2004 – 2010), Finance and Administration Manager for Coral Triangle Center (2011) and as the Finance Manager for Perkumpulan Samdhana Institute (2012 – 2015).
Through his many roles, he has worked with various communities, including groups of farmers and cooperatives, helping with market development and penetration while encouraging community-based economic institutions, which has been replicated among other farmer groups in Indonesia.
He was instrumental in helping these communities he has worked with to obtain organic certification for their products that allowed it to be successfully exported to Europe as well as in aiding one other community to obtain the FSC–Smart Wood Certification for Sustainable Community Forest Management.
Prior to joining the Belantara Foundation, Iwan was the Program Development Director at the United in Diversity Foundation, where he was mostly working on leadership development initiatives in collaboration with Sloan School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds a Master’s Degree in Information System Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Iwan was also previously attached to two mining companies; as the Deputy General Manager of Community Development for Indexim Coalindo and CSR Manager for Katingan Bumi Kencana. His primary responsibility for both companies was to develop responsible mining and green development initiatives for both companies.
Iwan gain in-depth knowledge and experience in conservation during his almost two-decade tenure with Conservation International, where his last position was as its Development Director.
Natalia Simanjuntak was previously attached to the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) as a Translator and Interpreter from 2014 until the office completed its mandate in March 2016.
Following that, she became a Report Writer for “Building the Energy Cost Calculation Model for the Indonesia 2050 Pathway Calculator“, a project which was established by Institut Deliverologi Indonesia and the UK Embassy in Jakarta in coordination with the Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC) Universitas Indonesia and Yayasan Pelangi Indonesia.
She also has prior experience as an Office Manager for a contractor of the Office of Defense Coordination of the US Embassy in Jakarta as well as an Assistant Supervisor for a contractor of the Department of Defense.
She graduated summa cum laude majoring in International Political Economy from the School of Social and Political Science of the Universitas Prof. Dr. Moestopo (Beragama) in Jakarta.
Rio Rovihandono was previously attached to the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation, which was the first grant-making foundation in Indonesia. Having joined the organization in 1996, he developed his career there over 12 years as their Sustainable Utilization Manager.
Prior to that, he was attached to the multi-stakeholder initiative known as the Forestry Program for Forest Law Enforcement and Trade (FLEGT) and the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) project, both of which where he served as a key member of their management teams.
Rio is currently a member of the European Forest Institute Facility that was instrumental in assisting the VPA negotiation process between the Indonesian government with that of the European Union governments.
Yusuf Rahadian has a background in Forest Management and Natural Resources Management, and specializes in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS).
Yusuf Rahadian has a Master of Science degree in Information Technology for Natural Resources Management from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Forestry of the same university in 2005, studying natural resources, forestry, silviculture and policies.
Yusuf has more than 10 years experience working for several private and public sector, including the National Development and Planning Agency (Bappenas) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as an independent consultant on multidiscipline issues related to forestry, natural resources management, and policies. He also has prior experience as a Forest Management Specialist on a number of projects in which he applied RS and GIS technologies, a passion he continues to work on until now.
Purwowidi Astanto was previously attached to Yayasan Pembangunan Citra Insan Indonesia (YPCII) as the Behavior Change Communications & Knowledge Management (BCC & KM) Specialist, focusing on community development, especially in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and MNCH (Maternal, Neonatal and Children Health) programs.
Widi has more than 10 years of experience working in various NGO works, including 5 years stationed in Timika, Papua. He specializes in community empowerment, project monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and behavior change communications. He enjoys organizing trainings and workshops, especially using participatory and andragogy methods, making him well-connected with local governments and local communities.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Forest Product Technology from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB).
Prior to joining Belantara Foundation, Dina Ariani was an intern at the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID). She joined the Communications and Outreach Unit where she was able to develop her knowledge and skills in the environment sector. After completing her internship, she realized that her passion is to work in non-profit organizations.
Prior to that, Dina was an HR consultant in a Japanese HR Company. She was able to manage and fulfil the company’s high target. She studied Politics and Government from the School of Social and Political Sciences in Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta.
Prior to joining Belantara Foundation, Aditya works in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry as a Food Safety and Pest Control Specialist for the Indofood Group. He was also an Agronomist and a Pest Control Specialist in a mining corporation, PT. Servo Group. There he collaborated with a Brazilian plantation in developing a precision farming program with an effective technology to be implemented in Indonesia. He was also an entrepreneur, developing freshwater fish ponds specializing in carp fish, as well as developing a product named Steak and Sandwich Clarias.
Aditya earned his Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Pest and Plant Disease from the School of Agriculture of the Gadjah Mada University (UGM). During his studies there, he was active in a joint research with the BPPT Neonet-BPPOPT of the Ministry of Agriculture for agricultural commodity forecasting, as well as consulting for cereals and fruits plantation programs and food safety and pest control programs.
Indra Dian Pratama
Indra Dian Pratama has a background in political science at Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta. However, his professional interest evolves around the subject of environmental disaster and obliteration management. He began his career by joining the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) in 2006 and was actively involved in disaster management during the earthquakes in Yogyakarta (2006-2009), West Sumatera (2009) and West Java (2009-2011).
Indra has more than 7 years of experience working for a number of international organizations and private sector, notably at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Indonesia in its BP REDD+, Planning and Funding, Management, as well as Fire Prevention and Mitigation Work Stream-related works.
Prior to joining Belantara Foundation, Santiaji Wijaya was an Operational Support at PT Karana Line from 1995 to 2001, a Technical Support Supervisor at PT Mitratama Bangun Nusantara Utama from 2001 to 2004, and a Community Development Supervisor at PT Kasongan Bumi Kencana Gold Mining from 2010 to 2016. He was also a business owner of CV Multi Artha Guna from 2004 to 2010.
Santiaji received a Business Administration Advance Certificate from Alpha Beta Business College in Sydney, Australia in 1994, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Open University Jakarta in 2000. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Paramadina University, Jakarta in 2002.
During his works in community empowerment, he succeeded in encouraging local communities to improve their livelihood through various types of partnerships with companies’ CSR programs, such as provision of tree seedling nursery for a peat reclamation project, road repair projects, paramedic and health facilities, as well as educational and socio-cultural projects.
Cindy Junicke Simangunsong
Cindy Junicke Simangunsong was a corporate lawyer who spent most of her career working in the energy sector. She started her career as an Associate at DNC Law Firm (currently AYMP) prior to serving as an In-House Lawyer for various companies and finally joining Belantara Foundation’s Management Team.
Her previous experiences include her role as the Corporate Legal Counsel for PT Holcim Indonesia, Tbk., TAC Pertamina – PT Pertalahan Arnebatara Natuna, PT Kalma Propertindo Jaya, and a multinational iron ore mining company, named PT Earthstone Resources. Her specialties include general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, as well as energy law.
Cindy graduated from Padjadjaran University, specializing in International Law as well as Diplomatic and Consular Law. In 2015, she decided to pursue a higher education and obtained a Master’s Degree in Energy Law and was awarded with Distinction from University of Aberdeen.
Fauzi Mansyur is Belantara Foundation’s Finance and Accounting Staff. Previously, he was the Finance Program Staff at theIndonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) from 2001 to 2014. His role includes preparing financial reports to the organization’s various donors and investors.
Following that, he joined The Samdhana Institute as its Program Administration Staff until 2016. His role includes examining the partners’ financial reports, especially those financed by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
Fauzi completed his Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Economy from Gunadarma University in 2000.
Prior to joining Belantara Foundation, Aditya Rakhman worked with the Acceleration Team for New/Renewable Energies that was docked at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, with a particular focus in exploring possible avenues of scaling up funding interest in the sector. He also spent a considerable amount of time with Indonesia’s REDD+ Agency under a UNDP facility, assisting in the design of a funding instrument that would allow the Indonesian – Norwegian cooperation in emission reduction to materialize.
His professional interest has always been to explore, harmonize and garner interest of private sectors to invest and participate in the effort towards sustainability that both contribute to conservation as well as maintain a degree of economical sense.
Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Laws from Universitas Islam Indonesia focusing in Asset Securitization, Aditya then pursued his LLM in International Banking Law and Finance at the University of Edinburgh.