Board of Trustees

The trustees are CTC’s directors and policy setters, and have the power to appoint and dismiss members of the supervisor and management boards. The trustees set the strategic direction for the Coral Triangle Center, approve the budget, manage the assets, assess organizational risks, and review the reports and updates provided by the supervisor and management teams. As with European and US Boards of Directors, the CTC Board of Trustees are able to make amendments to the organization’s bylaws. Trustees serve in a pro bono capacity.


Yuli Ismartono is the Chair of the CTC Board of Trustees. She serves as Managing Director of AsiaViews Magazine, which circulates throughout Southeast Asia. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Editor for TEMPO Magazine, and editor of the English edition. TEMPO is the largest news magazine in Indonesia.  She also serves as Managing Director of AsiaViews Magazine,


Prof. Dr. Hasjim Djalal served as the Indonesian Ambassador to Canada (1983–1985) and Germany (1990–1993) and was Ambassador at-large for the Law of the Sea and Maritime Affairs (1994–2000). He worked at the Indonesian embassies in Belgrade, Guinea, Singapore, Washington, D.C. and as Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN in New York (1981–1983). He was the Director of Treaty and Legal Affairs of the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs (1976–1979)


Hendrik Sasmito is currently the Owner of a diversified group of businesses, including OEM for the World’s top 3 footwear sporting brands (Adidas, Nike and Underarmour) operating in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, including the principal owner of Specs and Piero,two of Indonesia’s leading sports brands. Aside from the sports footwear manufacturing and sport wholesale and retail business in Indonesia,
Founding Members

The Coral Triangle Center also required a Founders’ Board to establish the organization, set up the bylaws and ensure legal incorporation.


George S. Tahija served as CTC's Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2019. He is the Commissioner and Chairman of the Risk Management Committee of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk. (ANJT), an Indonesian holding company publicly listed on Indonesia Stock Exchange. He served as the President Director and Chief Executive Officer of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya and was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the ANJ Group.


Made Subadia is a founding Board member of the Coral Triangle Center. He has had a long career with the Department of Forestry, Indonesia, starting as the Head of Forestry Services in Bali province, before becoming the Head of Regional Forestry & Plantations for Bali province. He was later appointed Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation. Following this post, Made Subadia took up the position of Senior Advisor to the Minister of Forestry on human resource development as well as on forestry organization,
Board of Supervisors

The Supervisory Advisory Board works closely with the management teams, providing a high degree of counsel and close supervision of the financial reports and management activities. They ensure independent audits, review investment policies, and must approve the annual financial statements of the organization.


Susantin Sinarno (Chair) is the owner of Susantin & Associates, a tax consultancy company. She worked for Shell Companies for 15 years, both in Australia and Indonesia. She began as the Finance Manager for the Metal Division before becoming the Finance Controller. She was also the Chief Accountant at I.C.I Paints and Assistant to the Finance Controller at PT Tempo Pharmaceutical Distributors. Susantin Sinarno obtained her postgraduate diploma in Finance & Accounting from Caulfield Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and a Master’s degree in Economics from Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Central Java.


Rahmat S. S. Soemadipradja has been practicing law for over 26 years and is a recognized leader in the Indonesian energy and natural resources sector.  In 1991, Rahmat, along with Hafzan Taher, established Soemadipradja & Taher law offices.Rahmat’s main areas of practice include energy and natural resource, particularly mining, the environment, forestry, general corporate & investment, including regulatory and compliance, capital markets and project finance.


Dr. Suseno Sukoyono is a Senior Principal at the National Institute of Public Administration in Indonesia. Prior to his current role, he was an expert staff member at the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) in the field of Community and Inter-Institutional Relations. He also served as the Director General of Marine and Fisheries Human Resources Development at the MMAF. In partnership with other public, private and non-governmental organizations, he encouraged and supported the establishment of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of marine protected areas in Indonesia, which highlighted the importance of particularly in capacity building areas.


Lin Neumann is the Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (AmCham Indonesia), an association that represents about 300 US companies doing business in Indonesia.  Prior to joining AmCham, Mr. Neumann was a journalist and consultant for many years in Southeast Asia and the US. He was the founding editor of the Jakarta Globe newspaper, and hosted from 2008 to 2012 and also the host of Insight Indonesia, a talk show on Berita Satu TV in Jakarta, from 2008-2012. He headed award-winning newspapers in Hong Kong, South Korea and Indonesia. He co-founded an NGO in Thailand in 1998, and worked as a journalist in the Philippines in the 1980s.


Dr. Hilmar Farid Setiadi is the Director General of Culture at the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia. He is a historian, humanist, researcher and activist. In 1994, together with several artists, researchers, and cultural workers in Jakarta, he led the establishment of the Cultural Work Network. He has  and  also published literature and conducted extensive research and critical studies on Indonesian culture. In 2002, Dr. Hilmar was involved in the founding of the Indonesian Institute of Social History (ISSI) and was its leader until 2007. 


Jason Tedjasukmana is the Head of Corporate Communications at Google Indonesia. He was formerly a journalist and started his career at The Jakarta Post and RCTI's English section. He then joined Metro TV to create its first ever English-language news program, and later on became correspondent for Time Magazine. He was the president of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, an organization for foreign news correspondents based in Jakarta, for many years. In 2014, he became Head of Corporate Communications at Google Indonesia. He graduated from the University of Michigan.
Board of Managers

The Board of Managers is responsible for CTC’s organizational planning, monitoring and evaluation criteria, and financial projections. The managers provide regular program and financial reports to the trustees. Our management board is made up of experts in protected areas and fisheries, as well as our most senior staff


Marine Conservation Advisor
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. 


Executive Director
Rili has worked for over 25 years to improve the management and financial sustainability of marine protected areas and reduce the use of unsustainable fishing practices in Southeast Asia. She is the co-founder and executive director of the Coral Triangle Center (CTC), a learning center of excellence on coastal and marine resources management based in Bali established in 2010.


Senior Program Manager
Hesti is CTC’s Program Manager and oversees  CTC’s programs (Training and Learning; Learning Sites and Learning Networks) into one integrated portfolio. She develops the CTC curricula and ensures that CTC’s training modules to meet the needs for capacity development in the field of marine and coastal management. The work covers monitoring and evaluating capacity development activities and regular assessments of potential needs for new course development. Hesti has worked in the field of Marine Outreach and Environmental Education for more than 12 years. Her background includes marine science, social marketing, and environmental social science. Hesti is involved in developing a socio-economic monitoring standard focusing on the way local communities perceive the establishment and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).


Widodo Ramono is a key advisor to the Coral Triangle Center on biodiversity and natural resource management. He began his career with the Indonesia Department of Forestry in 1969 as the District Head for Nature Conservation in Bogor/Jakarta. He held various additional posts before becoming the Director of Conservation of Biodiversity in 2003.Following 41 years of service with the Department of Forestry, Widodo joined The Nature Conservancy as Director of Policy for Indonesia from 2005-2009. Widodo Ramono is currently the Executive Director of the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia. He earned a degree from the Institute of Social Politics, faculty of State Administration, Bandar Lampung.


Dr. Abdul Ghofar is a Sustainability Envoy of NFI-Crab Council, USA and also an independent fisheries advisor to the Coral Triangle Center providing expertise and training in sustainable fisheries management. He focuses on global and national fisheries issues, climate change, marine ecosystem conservation, and fisheries and agricultural trade with reference to WTO & UNEP. He works as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of Diponegoro University. He obtained his BS from the Diponegoro University, Indonesia in 1980, diploma on fisheries management from Humberside College, U.K. in 1985, MS in Fisheries Biology and Management from the University of Wales, U.K. in 1986 and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, U.K. in 1989.
Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of senior experts from their field, from both within the Coral Triangle region, and internationally. They provide advisory services to support CTC’s activities.


Dr. Jompa is the Dean of the Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries at Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS), Indonesia, and is a marine ecologist involved in many different roles and activities across the region. Prior to his instatement as Dean he was the Director of the Research Centre for Marine, Coasts, and Small Islands at UNHAS (2014-2012). He also served the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF-Indonesia) from 2007-2011 as the Executive Secretary of the COREMAP initiative. He has been involved in the establishment and implementation of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) since 2008, and is currently a member of the Scientific


Dr. Wagey is the Project Manager of the Arafura Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program (ATSEA) and is the Regional Coordinator of the Arafura and Timor Seas Expert Forum (ATSEF). He has served as the Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia on Fisheries and Oceanographic issues since 2003. He has also been involved in studies of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and has been engaged in oceanographic surveys with scientists from the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research (AMFR), through which he established numerous scientific collaborations between international institutions.


Dr. Adrianto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aquatic Resource Management, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and was elected Dean in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Center for Coastal and Marine Resource Studies. He has been working for more than 15 years in the field of coastal and marine resource management, including fisheries. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Marine Policy, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Environment, Development and Sustainability as well as in reputable journals on related studies in Indonesia. In 2010, he published FAO’s


Prof. Nor Aieni is the Vice Chancellor at the Universiti Malaysia Terrengganu. She was previously Professor at the Perdana School of Science, Technology and Policy Innovation at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Prior to this, she was the Undersecretary and Director of the National Oceanographic Directorate, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia, and was concurrently the focal point for the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs. Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Malaysia National Coordinating Committee. Her work focuses on planning, designing, coordinating, and bringing together domestic and international resources and expertise to ensure application of knowledge in oceanography and marine sciences.


Prof.Dr. Ridzwan Abdul Rahman currently works at the Institute of Sustainable Agrotechnology, Universiti Malaysia Perlis. Ridzwan does research in Marine Biology, Environmental Science and Aquaculture. His current project is about affordable recirculating aquaculture system for freshwater species.


Dr. Lim is the Director of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, Philippines. A licensed veterinarian from the University of the Philippines, Dr. Lim started her career at DENR with the Marine Turtle Conservation Program. In just 14 years, she rose to the position of Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, where her responsibilities included guiding national directions on protected areas and wildlife conservation, and closely working with the Philippine Congress on legislative priorities for conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity in the country, among others.


Ms. Kalim is the head of the Biodiversity Branch at the Department of Environment and Conservation. Ms. Kalim is also the focal point of the CTI-CFF National Coordinating Committee in Papua New Guinea. She has been instrumental in ensuring that the CTI –CFF regional mechanisms have been in place in terms of facilitating the inaugural Leaders Declaration and others. She leads a team in Papua New Guinea that coordinates the planning and implementation of the PNG Marine Program.


Dr. Mungkaje is a marine and fisheries ecologist with extensive teaching and research experience in these fields at the University of Papua New Guinea. As Director of the Motupore Island Research Center, he leads the university’s research and teaching outreach in marine sciences. He provides technical advice to local organizations, such as the Mahonia na Dari- Guardians


Ms. Vave-Karamui serves as a Chief Conservation Officer within Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology, and most of her work has revolved around the CTI-CFF themes since early 2008. She is currently the CTI-CFF National Coordinator, a focal contact for all CTI-CFF related programs and activities at the regional, national and


Dr. Kenchington is a marine ecologist and professor at the University of Wollongong. He was a founding member of the planning and research team in the Australian Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in 1977. He also served as director of the planning team who worked for the initial process of declaring and zoning the Marine Park andominating the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Area. He retired in 1999 whilst serving as the Executive Director of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Dr. Kenchington has a long engagement as an expert and consultant in international policy development and capacity building for sustainable management of coastal and marine biodiversity and resources.


Dr. Walton was formerly the program director for NOAA’s International Marine Protected Area Capacity Building Program, which has benefitted marine protected area practitioners in over 30 countries. In this capacity, Dr. Walton was responsible for marine protected area capacity development in six regions of the world, including the Coral Triangle. Her expertise includes capacity building needs assessments, program development, curriculum development and training. Leaving the capacity building program in 2015, she now develops leadership learning opportunities for the next generation of marine conservationists through various training and leadership programs all over the world.


Dr. Mackinnon is the Chair of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WPCA) United Kingdom. Until recently she was employed as the Lead Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank, where she worked on projects to strengthen biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including support for protected areas and mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into development programs. She has over 30 years of experience working on conservation projects globally, including 10 years spent in Indonesia where she engaged in tropical ecology research and protected areas planning and management. She has worked extensively with international and national conservation non-government organizations, as well
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