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 Supervisors and Management. As with European and US Boards of Directors, the CTC’s Board of Trustees are able to make amendments to the organization’s bylaws. Trustees serve in a pro bono capacity.


George S. Tahija is a 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.


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)


Yuli Ismartono is 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, which circulates throughout Southeast Asia. As a communications specialist, Yuli Ismartono has held jobs with PT Surya Citra Televisi, The Indonesian Observer, Prisma Magazine and Laporan Dari Amerika Prog, working on media relations, government relations, and as an editor and scriptwriter.
Founders Board

The Coral Triangle Center also required a Founders’ Board to establish the organization, set up the bylaws and ensure legal incorporation. Current trustees, Mr. George Tahija and Professor Djalal, are members of the Founders’ Board along with Mr. Made Subadia.


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)


George S. Tahija is a 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

Indonesian law requires at least one member to serve on a ‘Supervisor Board’, appointed by the Trustees for a five-year term. Supervisors work closely with Management, providing a high degree of counsel and close supervision of the financial reports and management activities. Supervisors ensure independent audits, review investment policies, and must approve the annual financial statements of the organization. In an emergency, Supervisors can also dismiss a Manager, a situation then reviewed and resolved by the Trustees. Supervisors serve in a pro bono capacity.


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.


Gregory Churchill is a retired American lawyer, researcher and reformer, has been living and working in Indonesia since 1976. He joined CTC as a member of the Board of Supervisors in 2013. Mr. Churchill is known for his work with the Legal Documentation Center at the University of Indonesia in collecting, cataloging and indexing Indonesian laws and regulations. In cooperation with teams from the National Law Development Agency, he helped develop the tools used by the Indonesian government’s national Legal Documentation & Information Network (JDIH).
Board of Managers

The Board of Managers is responsible for the Coral Triangle Center’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 pro bono 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 20 years to improve the management and financial sustainability of marine protected areas and reduce the use of unsustainable fishing practices in Southeast Asia. From 1989–1993, she developed the marine conservation portfolio for WWF Indonesia. She joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 1995 to help establish the Conservancy’s coastal and marine program in Indonesia.


Senior Advisor
Johannes joined the Coral Triangle Center when it was a part of The Nature Conservancy in 2000 as the Komodo Project Leader and Senior Policy Advisor. Since 2005 he oversaw marine portfolio sites in Komodo, Wakatobi, Derawan, and Savu Sea Marine National Park and managed Lesser Sunda’s Marine Protected Area network. He came to the CTC with extensive experience in on-site conservation as a government official.


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.


Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya is Chief Coordinator of Bali Tourism Board (BTB). He is a twice-elected chairman of BTB, which focuses on balancing the impact of tourism in order to create a sustainable industry. Mr. Wijaya’s breadth of experience and expertise lies within hotel management and hospitality; graduating from the Hotel Institute International de Glion, Switzerland (1972), and Institut De Gestion C E P T, Paris, France (1976). Along with managing four of his own companies, Segara Village Hotel, Radio FM “Plus”, PT Citra Bianglala/Bounty Bali Tours and Slvayanka Russian Bar & Restaurant, Mr. Wijaya also currently serves at the Honorary Consul of Sweden and Finland. Other professional experience includes, Hotel Consultant on Management and Marketing


Dr. Abdul Ghofar is 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 in Fisheries Management, Marine Conservation, Policy and Institutional Development. 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.


Gede Raka Wiadnya advises the CTC on the development and implementation of fisheries and marine protected area curricula. He served as the Training Manager for the Marine Program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Indonesia from 2002 to 2010. At TNC, he developed course modules, facilitated training sessions, supervised training implementation, and published and advised on Indonesia’s fisheries. Prior to joining TNC, Raka Wiadnya was a senior lecturer on fisheries science at Brawijaya University in Malang, Indonesia and consulted on marine fisheries with government agencies and the Asia Development Bank COFISH project. His MS in fisheries is from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands.
[1] Law of The Republic of Indonesia, Number 16 of 2001, Concerning Foundations. August 6, 2001 by the Secretary of State, Republic of Indonesia and amended by Law No. 28/2004, October 6, 2004.
Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is comprised of senior experts from their field, from both within the Coral Triangle Region, and internationally. They provide advisory services to support the Coral Triangle Center.


Dean, Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries, Hasanuddin University
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


Project Manager, Arafura Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Program
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.


Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University
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


Vice Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia Terrengganu
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.


National Scientist of the Philippines and Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute
Dr. Gomez is marine biologist with over 30 years of experience in marine ecology, mariculture, education, and resource management. In 2014, he was conferred the Order of National Scientist, the highest award given by the Philippine Government to Filipino scientists. Dr. Gomez led pioneering research works on invertebrate zoology, coral reef science and assessments, and invertebrate aquaculture. Through this work he steered the world’s first national-scale assessment of damage to coral reefs in the Philippines, leading to widespread concern over the status of the coral reefs and their decline. This led to worldwide conservation initiatives, such as the Global reefs and Risk Analysis, Global Coral


Director, Biodiversity Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines
Dr. Lim heads the Philippines Biodiversity Management Bureau, an agency tasked to establish and manage protected areas; conserve wildlife; promote and institutionalize ecotourism; manage coastal biodiversity and wetlands ecosystems; conserve caves and cave resources; promote information and education on biodiversity and nature conservation; and represent the Philippines in biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements, as well as monitor the agreements’ implementation. Dr. Lim is also the CTI-CFF focal point in the Philippines and manages the implementation of the CTI-CFF National Plan of Action in her country.


Deputy Secretary, Sustainable Environment Programs Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, Papua New Guinea
Ms. Kalim is 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 implementing of the PNG Marine Program.


Director, Motupore Island Research Centre, School of Natural and Physical Sciences, University of Papua New Guinea
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


Chief Conservation Officer, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology Solomon Islands
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


Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste
Mr. Borges-Fontes is the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste. He is the focal point of the CTI-CFF in Timor-Leste and oversees the implementation of the CTI-CFF goals in his country. He is actively involved Arafura-Timor Sea Experts Forum (ATSEF) and the Partnership for Environmental Management of the Seas of Southeast Asia (PEMSEA), among other international and regional projects.


Professor, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong
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 and


International Marine Protected Area Capacity Building Program, United States National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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.


Biodiversity Specialist, Vice-Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
Dr. Mackinnon is Vice Chair (Biodiversity and Climate Change) of the IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas. 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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