Marthen is CTC's Marine Conservation Advisor and focuses on three key areas: government relations at the regional level, national and provincial levels; MPA policy, regulations and outreach. He also has a technical role at the Center for Marine Conservation with two key components: training and outreach with dive and boat operators, and promoting and implementing sustainable marine tourism activities in MPAs.
Marthen was the Field Learning Sites Manager since 2011, managing all learning site activities. This includes all Nusa Penida MPA management support and on-site training activities, as well as the design, development and management planning support to the emerging Banda Islands MPA network and potential Atauro learning site development in Timor Leste.
Marthen joined CTC from The Nature Conservancy, where he worked since 2002 in various roles, including the NGO Liaison Program Officer for the Marine Program, the Outreach Program Officer, Communication & Outreach Specialist, and since 2008 as the Nusa Penida Project Leader. Before Marthen joined TNC, he worked at the Environmental Education Center (PPLH) Bali as Marine Division Coordinator. In 2000, he was the national coordinator for Jaring Pela – an Indonesian network of 127 NGOs focused on coastal and marine issues. Marthen has more than 10 years of experience in marine conservation. He is co-founder for Yayasan Bahtera Nusantara in Bali, a member of the Board of Advisors for Yayasan Taka in Karimunjawa-Semarang, and a member of the Instructor Council for Association of Diving School (ADS) Indonesia. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science of the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB).