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.


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


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.


Julia Tahija is an M.B.A. candidate at Melbourne Business School.  She was formerly a bid writer at Veolia Australia and New Zealand, a leading provider of environmental solutions across water and wastewater services, industrial cleaning, waste management and resource recovery, and energy services.
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
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.


Linda Uiharto joined CTC’s Board of Supervisors in 2022. Ms. Uiharto works closely with CTC’s finance team, providing critical advice on financial and tax matters as well as guidance during our annual external audit. Ms. Uiharto is a certified tax consultant, a chartered accountant, and an expert in payroll services. She is currently the Co-Managing Director at Tricor Indonesia, part of the Tricor Group, considered one of Asia’s leading business expansion


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


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


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 oversees CTC’s growing MPA portfolio in Timor Leste and


Executive Director
Rili has worked for over 30 years to improve the management and financial sustainability of marine protected areas and reduce the use of unsustainable fisheries in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region. She established the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) in 2010.


Senior Program Manager
Dr. Hesti oversees CTC’s programs including Training and Learning, Learning Sites, and Learning Networks into one integrated portfolio including our fisheries initiatives. She joined CTC as the Training and Learning Manager in 2012 and developed the on-line CTC
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. 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. Salm was raised in Mozambique and has a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. He has 50 years' experience in international marine conservation and ecotourism, working in the Indian Ocean, Arabia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Arctic and Antarctic. Although retired from full-time employment Rod’s principal focus remains conserving coral reefs in the face of global change, including warming seas, ocean acidification, and escalating use and threats. He is able to achieve this through his position as Senior Adviser Emeritus for The Nature Conservancy's Pacific Division Marine Program. Rod is the author of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas: A Guide for Planners and Managers. Published by
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