ICBE 2018

Keynote Speakers

Ir.H. Joko Widodo*

President of Republik Indonesia

Ir. H. Joko Widodo or Jokowi (born in Surakarta, Central Java, June 21, 1961; age 57 years) is the seventh President of Indonesia who began to take office since October 20, 2014. He was elected along with Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla in the 2014 Presidential Election. Jokowi was the Governor of DKI Jakarta from October 15, 2012 to October 16, 2014 along with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as the deputy governor. Previously, he was the Mayor of Surakarta (Solo), from July 28, 2005 to October 1, 2012 along with F.X. Hadi Rudyatmo as the vice mayor.

Hj. Iriana Widodo*

The First Lady of Republic of Indonesia

Hj. Iriana or also known as Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo (Born in Surakarta, East Java, Indonesia, October 1, 2963; age 54 years) is the First Lady of Indonesia who took office since October 2014. She is the wife of the seventh President of Indonesia, Ir. H. Joko Widodo. At the time Jokowi was still serving as the Governor of DKI Jakarta, as the governor’s wife, Iriana also served as the leader of Head of the Mobilization Team of the Family Welfare Movement (PKK) for DKI Jakarta (2012-2014). She also served as the Head of the Mobilization Team of the Family Welfare Movement (PKK) for Surakarta City from 2005 to 2012 when her husband was still serving as the Mayor of Surakarta.

Siti Nurbaya Bakar

Minister of Environment and Forestry

Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc. (born in JakartaIndonesia, July 28, 1956; age 62 years) is the Minister of Environment and Forestry in Working Cabinet 2014 – 2019. In bureaucracy sector, Siti Nurbaya has held various positions. She started her career in 1981 in Lampung Province Development Planning Agency (Bappeda). There, she had served as Statistical Analysis Sub-Division Head, Physical Research Section Head, Irrigation Section Head, Spatial Section Head, Research Division Head, Physical Facilities Division Head and Deputy Chairman of Bappeda. After that, consecutively, she became the Head of Planning Bureau in Home Affairs Department, Instructor in Private University Cooperating Body (Kopertis), Manager in STPDN, Secretary General in Home Affairs Department, Commissioner of Pusri, and Head of Pusri Investment and Risk Management Committee. Siti served as Secretary General of Regional Representative Council (DPD-RI) from 2006 to 2013. In this period, Sity Nurbaya also received Highest Standard Accounting Report award from the Minister of Finance from 2008 to 2011, and Unqualified Financial Statement Award from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK-RI) since the early assessment as the Secretary General of DPD-RI.

Susi Pudjiastuti*

Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries

Dr. (HC) Susi Pudjiastuti (born in Pangandaran, January 15, 1965; age 53 years) is the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries from Working Cabinet 2014-2019 who is also an entrepreneur, the owner and President Director of PT ASI Pudjiastuti Marine Product, an exporter of fisheries products and  PT ASI Pudjiastuti Aviation (Susi Air airlines) from West Java. Until early 2012, Susi Air operated a fleet of 50 aircrafts consisting various types of aircrafts such as 32 Cessna Grand Caravan, 9 Pilatus PC-6 Porter and 3 Piaggio P180 Avanti. Susi Air employs 185 pilots, 175 of them are foreign pilots. In 2012, Susi Air generated a revenue of Rp300 billion and served 200 pioneer flights.

Sri Mulyani*

Minister of Finance

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, S.E., M.Sc., Ph.D (born in Bandar Lampung, Ausgust 26, 1962; age 56 years) is the first Indonesia who served as the Managing Director of World Bank from June 1, 2010, until she was summoned back by President Joko Widodo to serve as the Minister of Finance replacing Bambang Brodjonegoro, she began to take office again since July 27, 2016. Previously, she served as the Minister of Finance in United Indonesia Cabinet. When she became the Managing Director of World Bank, she left her position as the minister of finance at that time.  Before becoming the Minister of Finance, she served as the Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas from United Indonesia Cabinet. Sri Mulyani was previously known as an economic observer in Indonesia.  She served as the Chairman of the Institute for Economic and Social Research, University of Indonesia (LPEM FEUI) since June 1998. On December 5, 2005, when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a cabinet reshuffle, Sri Mulyani was made Minister of Finance replacing Jusuf Anwar. Since 2008, she served as the acting Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, after the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Boediono, was inaugurated as the Governor of Bank Indonesia.

Tjahjo Kumolo*

Minister of Home Affairs

Tjahjo Kumolo, SH, (born in Surakarta, Central Java, December 1, 1957; age 61 years), is the Minister of Home Affairs of Indonesia who took office since October 27, 2014 in President Joko Widodo’s Working Cabinet. He is also one of the Indonesian politicians and was elected as the member of House of Representatives (DPR) of the Republic of Indonesia for 2009-2014 period from Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) with the electoral district Central Java I as well as serving as PDI-P faction head in DPR RI and also a member of Commission I in the field of Defense, Foreign and Information Affairs in DPR RI.

Tjahjo Kumolo was surprisingly chosen by Megawati Soekarnoputri as the Secretary General of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s Central Board (DPP PDI-P) for 2010-2015 period, previously he served as DPP PDI-P Chairman in Political Affairs. Tjahjo Kumolo previously served as the Chairman of the National Committe of Indonesian Youth (KNPI) and member of Golongan Karya Party.  

Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brojonegoro

Minister of National Development Planning

Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, Prof., S.E., M.U.P., Ph.D. (born in Jakarta, October 3, 1966; age 51 years) is the Minister of National Development Planning of Indonesia since July 27, 2016. Previously, in the same cabinet, he was the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia on Working Cabinet who served from Octobe 27, 2014 to July 27, 2016. Previously he was the Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia in United Indonesia Cabinet II.

Bambang Brodjonegoro is well-known both within and outside academician circle. As an academician, his career began as a teaching staff in Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia until his position rose to the Head of Economics Major to Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. His expertise and vast array of experiences in economics, especially in regional decentralization, causes Brodjonegoro to receive many invitations as a lecturer or guest professor in many universities within the country and overseas.

Outside of academics sector, Bambang Brodjonegoro’s name is also known in the capical market to the government. The man who is also actively involved in various social organizations is familiar with many State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) such as PT. PLN, PT. ANTAM, PT. TELKOM, and others. His expertise in Development Economics, especially urban areas, makes many companies and government institutions entrust him with the position of a commissioner and or independent consultant.

Triawan Munaf*

Creative Economy Agency

Triawan Munaf is a former musician, an entrepreneur and an Indonesian politician. He serves as the Head of Creative Economy Agency after he was officially inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, on January 26, 2015, through the Presidential Decree (Kepres) Number 9 of 2015. He becomes the first leader of a ministry-level agency that was recently established. The Creative Economy Agency is a new government agency which used to be a part of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.  

Tito Karnavian

Chief of Indonesian National Police

Tito Karnavian is a high-ranking police officer who currently serves as the Chief of the Indonesian National Police. On June 15, 2016, President Joko Widodo appointed Tito as the single candidate of Indonesian National Police Chief and he was officially inaugurated as the Chief of Indonesian National Police on July 13, 2016. With this position, he becomes the fastest graduate of 1987 police academy (AKPOL) batch who holds a four-star post.

Bambang Supriyatno

Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership, Ministry of Environmental

Dr. Ir. Bambang Supriyanto, M.Sc., serves as the Head of Planning Bureau (Secretariat General of Ministry of Environment and Forestry), which is a mutation from his previous post as the Head of Socio-Economic, Policy, and Climate Change Research and Development Center (Research, Development and Innovation Agency).


Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, Ministry of Environmental and Forestry

In 1989, he was accepted to work in Manokwari Forestry Training Center. However, he only worked there for a while because in the subsequent year, he received an opportunity to join Postgraduate Program in ITC-Netherlands, specifically studied Land Use Planning and Project Planning for Rural Development with the study location in Sukabumi Regency. He obtained his Master of Science degree at ITC in 1993, with a research in the buffer zone of Mount Gede Pangrango National Park. In 1994-1998, he worked in Conservation and Ecosystem Design Section – Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation. Then in 1999-2001, he was entrusted the position as the Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Center (KSDA) Unit in Yogyakarta. In 2001-2004, he was seconded as the Policy Analyst in Conservation International Indonesia, focusing on Papua and Siberut. Then, he was assigned as the Design and Development Sub-Directorate Head, Directorate of Conservation Area and Protected Forest – Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Forestry. After serving for almost 4 years at the headquarter, he was re-assigned in Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) as the Chief of East Nusa Tenggara KSDA  since February 2012. For the period of 2014-May 2017, he became the Director of Area Preparation for Social Forestry. In June 2017, he was inaugurated as the Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia. 

Rasio Ridho Sani*

Director General of Law Enforcement, Ministry of Environmental and Forestry

Born in Jakarta, July 11, 1966. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA), University of Indonesia and graduated in 1991. He continued his education and earned Master of Commerce in finance and economics from University of Sydney, and graduated with Master of Public Management at University of Postdam, Germany in 2002. He is a Doctor of Public Administration candidate in University of Indonesia. From August 2013 until now, he serves as the Deputy Minister of Hazardous Substances, Hazardous Waste and Domestic Waste Management, Ministry of Environment. Before becoming a Deputy Minister, he was inaugurated as the Head of Planning and International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Environment for 2010-2013. He also had international careers as the Deputy Chairman of Basel Convention Compliance Committee in 2006-2012, become a Member of the International Chemical Funding Executive Board in 2012-2015 and in June 2012, he became the Head Secretary of Indonesian Delegates and on April of the same year become the Implementation Chairman of Environmental Security Regional Conference East Asia.

Sigit Hardwinarto*

Director General of Forest Planology and Environmental Governance

Prof. Dr. Ir. Sigit Hardwinanto, M.Agr is the Director General of Forest Planology and Environmental Governance.

Agus Rahardjo

Corruption Eradication Commission

Ir. Agus Rahardjo was born in Magetan in 1956. Rahardjo is the Head of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of the Republic of Indonesia for 2015-2019 period. Agus Rahardjo is a civil engineer who graduated from Sepuluh November Institute of Technology (ITS), Surabaya in 1984. He aspired to be a contractor, but fate brought him to become a civil servant. Agus Rahardjo began his public service at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas). In 2006, Rahardjo served as the Head of the Center of Policy Development for Goods Creation and Public Service (PPKPBJ). Agus Rahardji is the founder as well as the Chairman of the Institution of Goods Creation and Government Services Policy (LKPP) since 2010.

Richard Deverel

Richard Deverell

Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Richard Deverell is the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Richard read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then spent 20 years at the BBC during which he help launched the BBC news website and ran the Children’s Dept.; he was also a Trustee of Kew for six years in this period. Since becoming Kew’s Director in 2012, he has led a period of significant change including the appointment of Kew’s first Director of Science and the publication of Kew’s Science Strategy. His priorities for Kew include ensuring excellent development and curation of our collections for global benefit, and raising the quality and impact of Kew Science to help address some of the critical challenges facing humanity.

Dr. Chris Margules

Dr. Chris Margules*


Dr. Chris Margules worked in CSIRO, Australia, for over 30 years and managed the Tropical Landscapes Program before joining Conservation International, where he led the Asia Pacific Division. He has worked in Africa, PNG and Australia and now spends much of his time working with Indonesian scientists and practitioners on conservation and development programmes in Indonesia. Chris is an adjunct professor at the University of Indonesia and an adjunct professor at James Cook University. In 2005 he received Order of Australia honours in the General Division (AM), in recognition of his contributions to science.

Tim Laman

Tim Laman

National Geographic Photographer Birds-of-Paradise Project, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tim Laman is a field biologist, wildlife photographer, and filmmaker with a long-term connection to Indonesia.   In the 1990’s as a graduate student at Harvard University, he conducted his PhD research in West Kalimantan’s Gunung Palung National Park.  He later turned his interest in photography into a career with National Geographic magazine, where he has been a contributing photographer for over twenty years.  He has a special interest in documenting biodiversity in the tropics, and has photographed many subjects in Indonesia including hornbills and orangutans.  In 2004 he began visiting Papua and West Papua to photograph birds-of-paradise for National Geographic, and has made expeditions with colleague Edwin Scholes of Cornell to many parts of New Guinea and was the first person to photograph all 39 species of birds-of-paradise in the wild, as documented in their 2012 book.  He has also participated in scientific expeditions in Papua such as to the Foja Mountains, as well as filmed birds-of-paradise for National Geographic Channel and the BBC.  His photography honors include Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 among others.


Edwin Scholes

Birds-of-Paradise Project, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Ed Scholes has a passion for using audiovisual media to explore the wonders of the birds-of-paradise. From 2008 to 2015 Ed was the Curator of the Macaulay Library’s biodiversity video archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the United States. He then spent several years as the Macaulay Library’s Director for Research and Interpretation before getting to lead the Birds-of-Paradise Project full time at the Cornell Lab. Ed earned a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas and spent a year as a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow in Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. His interest in studying the birds-of-paradise was ignited from watching the documentary film, “Attenborough in Paradise” as an undergraduate student. Ed made his first expedition to New Guinea to study birds-of-paradise in 1999 and has since traveled all over the region, including numerous trips to Papua and West Papua to observe and document all the species of birds-of-paradise in the wild. Along with Tim Laman, Ed is the author of the book, “Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds”. He is a frequent public speaker who engages audiences with stories and audiovisuals from his work and travels around New Guinea. Outside of his professional life, Ed lives in an 1840’s farmhouse outside of Trumansburg, New York with his wife and two children.

Mark Erdmark

Mark Erdmann, PhD.

Vice President, Marine, Asia-Pacific Field Division, Conservation International.

Mark work largely focuses on the management of marine protected areas, as well as research on reef fish and mantis shrimp biodiversity, satellite tracking of endangered sharks and rays, and genetic connectivity in MPA networks. At Conservation International, Mark is responsible for providing strategic guidance and technical and fundraising support to focal marine programs in CI’s Asia Pacific Field Division, including especially the Bird’s Head Seascape and Pacific Oceanscape initiatives, as well as marine programs in China, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Samoa and the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). 

Mark graduated from University of California, Berkeley, and has been working and living in Indonesia over 23 years. He launched and directed the Bird’s Head Seascape initiative for over a decade, developing it into one of CI’s flagship marine programs globally. Mark is an avid diver and has logged over 10,000 scuba dives while surveying marine biodiversity throughout the region, discovering and describing over 150 new species of reef fish and mantis shrimp in the process, and has published over 140 scientific articles and four books, including most recently the three-volume set “Reef Fishes of the East Indies” with colleague Dr. Gerald Allen, and has been a scientific advisor to numerous natural history documentary films for the BBC, National Geographic and NHK.

Timothy Utteridge

Timothy Utteridge

Head of the Identification and Naming Department

Timothy Utteridge is the Head of the Identification and Naming Department, which undertakes fundamental taxonomic research and inventories, whilst maintaining and enhancing the herbarium collections. Tim first worked at Kew in 1991 before doing his PhD in Hong Kong, and returned to Kew in 1999 where he was the Project Officer for the Mt Jaya Flora project. Tim regularly visits SE Asia each year to do fieldwork, teaching and meet with key partners, and has been a collaborating with Prof. Heatubun since the Mt Jaya project.  He also runs the Asia programme at Kew, which undertakes biodiversity research throughout the region, with a focus on the plant diversity of New Guinea and Wallacea.

Lee Hannah

Senior Scientist in Climate Change Biology at the Moore Center for Science at Conservation International (CI)

Lee Hannah is Senior Scientist in Climate Change Biology at the Moore Center for Science at Conservation International (CI).  He heads CI’s efforts to develop conservation responses to climate change.  His research has appeared in journals including Nature, PNAS. TREE, and Conservation Biology.  Dr. Hannah edited the award-winning book Climate Change and Biodiversity (Yale: 2005) with Thomas E. Lovejoy. He authored the first undergraduate textbook on the biological impacts of climate change, Climate Change Biology (Elsevier: 2011).  Dr. Hannah is helping to lead teams investigating Marine conservation responses to climate change, indiscriminate fisheries in the Tonle Sap ecosystem of Cambodia and Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in South Africa, Brazil and the Philippines.  Dr. Hannah and Guy Midgley of the National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch (Cape Town) have a long-standing research collaboration to model biotic change and develop adaptation responses in the Succulent Karoo and Cape hotspots of South Africa.  Dr. Hannah leads the SPARC project, which is defining climate adaptation strategies for tropical protected areas, with three regional assessments in the NeoTropics, SE Asian Tropics and Afrotropicsogies.  Dr. Hannah previously led an NCEAS working group on fine-scale biological modeling. He has written on the global extent of wilderness and the role of communities in protected area management.  He holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Doctorate in Environmental Science from UCLA.

Dr Richard Sneider

Co-founder of One World Star Holdings International LTD (OSI), Chief Strategic Officer

Dr Richard Sneider is an accomplished entrepreneur, a conservationist and extreme explorer. Dr. Sneider is co-founder of One World Star Holdings International LTD (OSI), and its Chief Strategic Officer, overseeing its mergers and acquisitions. OSI is a vertically integrated global apparel and fashion enterprise. Dr. Sneider is also a principal of Earthbar LLC, a health supply retail company, is the executive producer of feature films and documentaries, a partner in Papua Diving Resorts in Raja Ampat, and an investor and active participant in the GP Management of Primestor Properties LLC. Dr. Sneider holds degrees in Psychoanalysis and Philosophy and a PhD in Intellectual History from Claremont Graduate School, with a specialty identifying objectivity in strategy – a tool he has applied in his initiative and research, and in business strategic planning; he has partnered with the United Nations on global initiatives maximizing media in messaging. Dr. Sneider is a guest lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center on Leadership and Conservation and acts as IUCN FFSG Global Chair and Patron of Nature. Dr. Sneider has a deep-rooted interest in exploration and fieldwork, nature, traditional societies, and their interaction. With decades of field exploration, a passion for exploring unchartered territories, Sneider has surveyed above and below water pristine places in the Americas, Melanesia, Africa, Asia and the North Arctic, where he participates in biodiversity surveys, often in areas not previously surveyed or reached, and is a sponsor, field-architect and partner of Dr .Gerry Allen and Dr. Jared Diamond’s on-going field surveys. Dr. Sneider has been deeply involved in the world of Aquaria for 35 years, discovered the significant M sneideri fish species, and still designs, builds, and sustains complex, one-of-a-kind, world class freshwater eco-systems. His concern for rainforests, freshwater habitats, and his belief that support for species survival, in concert with human communities, is an essential component of conserving a healthy planet, have prompted him to join the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International, the Board at the Los Angeles Zoo, the ICOA Board of National Geographic and the Board of the Humpty Dumpty Institute. Through these organisations, IUCN, and through his own activities, Dr. Sneider participates in funding and advocacy for environmental concerns and sustainable development. Dr. Sneider participates in a wide array of philanthropic initiatives earning him the 2017 Honouree of the City of Hope prestigious Spirit of Life award, and was recently featured in the book 100 Making a difference.

Robert Baigrie

Senior Director, Corporate and Ecosystem Finance (CELB, CFD, APFD)

Robert Baigrie is a Senior Director at Conservation International. Robert’s position helps to integrate the objectives of and improve alignment between CI’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Conservation Finance Division (CFD) as well as the Asia Pacific Field Division. Prior to joining Conservation International Robert spent 16 years in the financial sector as a specialist in hedge fund investment strategies and markets throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Robert has worked in London for 10 years and in Asia for 8. He was most recently Head of Capital Consulting Services, Prime Finance, Asia Pacific for Citibank in Hong Kong, running a team who covered hedge funds and their institutional investor markets throughout Australia, Japan, China, Korea and Singapore.
Robert grew up in South Africa, studied Economics and has passed all levels of the CFA Program. He has
a passion for wildlife and the environment, he is married with a young daughter and lives in Singapore.

*To be confirmed

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