Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is a group of respected and
experienced individuals, selected from a broad range of backgrounds and groups.

They are passionate about the vision and mission of the Belantara Foundation,
and volunteer their time to help make the Foundation successful.

One of the key roles of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the Governing Board about the ongoing development of the Belantara Foundation and its activities.

CHAIR - Tony Sumampau

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Tony Sumampau is the Owner and President Commissioner of Taman Safari Indonesia Group, an Indonesian based conservation institution. He has also been the Chairman of Indonesian Wildlife Conservation Forum (FOKSI) since 1997 and the Secretary General of Indonesia Zoos and Aquariums Association from 2005.

Mr. Sumampau has been involved in conservation efforts for more than 40 years, especially looking at Indonesian endemic and endangered species. In 1992 he coordinated the Sumatran Tiger Populations and Habitat Viability Analysis (PHVA), from 1995 to 1998 he managed the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, Lampung and has participated in several Sumatran Rhino Conservation Programs since 1994. He has also been Chairman of Bali Mynah Conservation Society since 2005 and is actively involved in the Javan Leopard Forum.

Mr. Sumampau has also received numerous awards for his work in conservation including recognition for his role in protecting the Javan and Sumatran Rhino by WWF and being granted the Satya Lencana Award for Building Conservation Activity in Indonesia from the President Republic of Indonesia in 2006.

VICE CHAIR - Dr. Tony Juniper

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Dr. Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and co-founder of sustainability consultancy group, Robertsbridge.

He is also President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Society for the Environment and a trustee of Fauna and Flora International and Resurgence-Ecologist. Dr. Juniper speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? which was published in 2013.

He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests and from 2003-2008, was the organisation’s executive director. From 2000-2008 he was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

Dr. Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). In 2016 he was declared as a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David. His latest book, What is really happening to our planet?: the facts simply explained, will be published in June 2016.

MEMBER - Hans-Jürgen Matern

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Hans-Jürgen Matern is Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at the global retailer, METRO GROUP.

Between 1981 and 1989 he held the position of Head of Research & Development / Quality Management in the German Food Industry before joining METRO Germany in 1990. At METRO he was responsible for the development of Quality Management into an international department within the business, covering the whole food and non-food business and assuring fulfillment of legal and company requirements in the stores. In 2011 he took over the position as Head of Corporate Responsibility for the whole of METRO GROUP and has represented the company at the World Economic Forum and The Consumer Goods Forum where he chaired the Global Food Safety Initiative between 2010 and 2012.

Since 2014 Mr. Matern has focused on special Projects as Vice President for Corporate Responsible Projects at METRO.

MEMBER - Suzanne Gendron

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With 38 years of experience working in the field of animal care and conservation for zoos and aquariums, Ms Gendron is highly experienced in managing the acquisition, medical and husbandry care of live animal collections, as well as education programs and the training of husbandry staff.

Under Ms Gendron’s leadership, the Park has been collaborating with the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) to foster biodiversity conservation while supporting conservation research and projects in Hong Kong and across Asia, funding a total of 31 wildlife conservation and scientific projects in six countries in 2015/16.

Currently, Ms Gendron is the Executive Director of Zoological Operations & Education at Ocean Park Hong Kong, responsible for the strategic direction for the Park’s conservation and education efforts, as well as overseeing the Park’s animal care and veterinary services. Prior to joining Ocean Park in 1998, Ms Gendron had been working with Sea World California, USA and SeaWorld Indonesia where she was heavily involved in animal care and increasing public awareness on conservation for coral reefs and the marine environment of Indonesia.

Ms Gendron also devotes her efforts to contribute to the zoological industry. Currently, she serves as the Foundation Director of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong; Board Member for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); Chair for the Aquarium committee of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and Committee Member for the WAZA Membership and Conservation committees; Committee Member of the AZA Marine Mammal Taxon Advisory Group; Board liaison for the AZA Aquarium committee; and Member of the Zoos and Aquariums Committee for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

MEMBER - Professor Francesco Bertolini

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Professor Francesco Bertolini is President and one of the founders of Green Management Institute, a research centre in sustainability and environmental innovation in Italy. During his career he has worked for many public and private sector organizations, evaluating their environmental choices.

Prof Bertolini speaks frequently at sustainability events and seminars and is also a columnist in a leading Italian newspaper and a regular studio guest on Italian National TV.

He is a professor of public policy and management at Bocconi University Business School, where he develops research about the economic implications of environmental innovations.

For many years, his main contribution to sustainability has been his research of the most interesting and innovative companies in sustainability terms. Specifically, his research has focused on those companies who have committed to placing sustainability at the heart of their business operations and driving the circular economy.

Prof Bertolini has also supported industries in capacity building activities alongside the OECD and he has been involved in training programs with the World Bank.

MEMBER - Mark Buckley

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Mark Buckley directs Staples’ global environmental and sustainable business practices. He is responsible for driving the company’s sustainability efforts in these areas: the development of more sustainable products, packaging and services; customer recycling solutions; internal waste reduction; the development of global carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies; as well as environmental education for customers and associates focused on sustainable business solutions. Mr. Buckley has been working for Staples for 25 years and has been in his current role for 13 years. Previous to this, he was Vice President of Facilities Management and Purchasing, where he directed company-wide recycling and energy conservation programs.

Mr. Buckley is an active member of several environmental and non-profit organizations, including The Boreal Business Forum, the Forest Legality Alliance, the Carbon Canopy and the Advisory Council for the Product Stewardship Institute. He is also a board member of John Andrew Mazie Foundation and Earth Force, a US based environmental education organization.

MEMBER - Daping Xu

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Daping Xu received his bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1984 from Nanjing Forestry University and then worked at the Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry.

His early research was focused on the selection and cultivation of Australian fast growing broad leaf trees in China, especially eucalyptus. Daping also spent time studying at Murdoch University in Australia, where he specialized in improving productivity and sustainable management of eucalypt plantations. He completed his PhD in 2001.

He returned to China as a research professor and his studies focused on water use in eucalyptus plantations. He found that the species used less water in south China than other countries as a result of a smaller vapor pressure deficit, smaller leaf area index and less soil water supply on the mountainous and hilly forest land in the region.

Since 2003, Mr. Xu has also studied trends in the harvesting of high value tropical timber and has conducted feasibility studies around establishing species such as Dalbergia and Pterocarpus in plantations.

Mr. Xu has published more than 80 papers and four books related to forestry.


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Prof. Dr. Ir. T. A. Fauzi Soelaiman has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) since 2015. He has had a distinguished career in academia as a lecturer and researcher at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and representing Indonesia as a diplomat in education, scientific, and cultural affairs. Prof. Soelaiman is a prolific scientist with dozens of publications and many patents to his name, especially in the field of mechanical engineering. He is also a member of the World Energy Council and the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society.

Prof. Soelaiman’s primary area of expertise is energy conversion, and he has made great contributions to improving engine efficiency. He is also recognized as a leading mind in the fields of geothermal energy, thermodynamics, wind power, clean energy and petrochemicals.


Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan, currently Clinical Professor of Business and Society, and Director, Center for Sustainable Business at New York University Stern School of Business, has 25 years of experience working  n local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues. As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with Rainforest Alliance. Tensie has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, and was the Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at NYU Stern in 2015 and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards.