International Team (Planet Indonesia International)

ADAM MILLER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER

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From the time Adam was just a young child he has been fascinated by the world around him. He was first exposed to avian conservation issues in Indonesia when he was 10 years old. Since then he has dedicated his life to the conservation and development of this region of the world.

He graduated with honors from the department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Through his undergraduate career he worked on a number of research projects throughout the United States, Central America, and Australia. After graduation he was selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship through the U.S. State Department to Indonesia in 2013 followed by a fellowship at the American Institute for Indonesian Studies in 2014. He has published a number of articles in collaboration with some of the top scientists in conservation biology and is dedicated to advancing the field of conservation both as a practitioner and as a researcher. Adam has also been selected as one of the top 10 leaders for Women's Empowerment through UN Women as well as one of 35 top young leaders in wildlife conservation by the International Federation for Animal Welfare. He also sits on two IUCN working groups for songbird and Hornbill conservation in Southeast Asia for his work at Planet Indonesia and is a member of the advisory committee for the Indonesian Parrot Project. His work has lead him around the globe, but Indonesia has been near to his heart since the time he was just a child.  He is dedicated to finding innovative win-win solutions that benefit both humans and the environment through economic feasibility and sustainability. Without innovative multidisciplinary approaches to the issues we face today humans fall out of balance with the world around them. Adam believes Planet Indonesia is a platform for social innovation that is utilizing modern models and approaches that have the ability to restore balance and harmony to the world around us. 

Ultimately, Adam is a strong activist for change in the field of conservation science, and is dedicated to creating innovative outcomes that are more feasible and applicable to multiple stakeholders.

 

Indonesian Team (Yayasan Planet Indonesia)

NOVIA SAGITA

MANAGING DIRECTOR, COFOUNDER

Novia Sagita has been working at the intersection of community development, conservation, and cultural preservation for over fifteen years. She first began working for People, Resource, and Conservation Foundation (PRC Foundation) in 1996 through her undergraduate study in economics. She worked as a liaison with other NGOs and was responsible for report writing, project planning, and evaluation.

In 2000 she joined the KOBUS Foundation (Komunikasi Budaya dan Seni – Information and Advice Center for the Culture of West Kalimantan), a local NGO based in Sintang. She worked to revitalize Dayak traditional arts of textile, basketry, and wood carving. She was the principle researcher on a project funded by the Ford Foundation where she investigated the collecting motives, stories, and oral traditions behind weaving custom. Through this opportunity she studied at Denver University in Colorado which allowed her study hand professional training in museums. Since this program she has helped build and design museums to preserve culture in West Kalimantan.

 

Bapak Hasbi

Program Manager, Agriculture and agroforestry

I was born in Aceh, the most western province of Indonesia. I was raised on clove farms where my parents integrated environmentally sound and organic practices into farming. After my high school studies I attended the University of Gajah Mada in Yogyakarta on scholarship representing my province. My passions have always been in the fields of agriculture, conservation, and economic development. Following theses passions I studied the impacts of various farming techniques and their interaction with native and invasive insects in Java, Indonesia.

 I joined several international and national research teams in order to measure the impacts of various pesticides on insect biodiversity. I have lived my life under the motto that “Manusia yang berguna adalah manusia yang bermanfaat bagi orang lain” [A human who can become useful, will be helpful to others].

 Since my time at UGM I have worked for a variety of well-known non-profits such as Gemawan, People, Resources, Conservation Foundation, Catholic Relief service, Save the Children, and the Aceh Stabilize Future Environment Program (SAFE). I feel privileged to have worked all over Indonesia and to have been able to work with my passion of integrating sustainability into agricultural practices. I am excited to join the Planet Indonesia team as I believe their market-based model that utilizes grassroots business models has the potential to create large-scale change. I look forward to the years ahead with Planet Indonesia and to the solutions we will create that help people and our planet.

 

Desnawaty Deccy

Program Manager, Conservation

Deccy first began working in the not-for-profit sector during her undergraduate studies when she was selected to work with a local not-for-profit called Pancur Kasih in their Critical Education Program. After graduating from the Tanjungpura University in Pontianak, Deccy started working full time for the Critical Education Program at Pancur Kasih from December 1999 to September 2008. Deccy fulfilled a number of tasks for the organization and during her tenure at Pancur Kasih their scholarship program increased to 3,250 members.

As a field organizer Deccy gained firsthand experience with the hardships rural villagers face in Indonesia. She quickly recognized the importance of education in helping alleviate poverty while supporting a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Her work was centered at the intersection of development, conservation, and education.

Since 2009 Deccy has been a volunteer at World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia in West Kalimantan (Borneo). At WWF Deccy has helped with data management from workshops in Pontianak while also helping to organize a number of local conferences and seminars. Finally, she has served as a freelance translator and guide for countless foreigners conducting research in Kalimantan.

Deccy’s has dedicated her life to help raise awareness about conservation issues, the rights of indigenous people, and innovative ways to solve current and future problems.

 

Abroorza Ahmad Yusra

Program Manager, Communications and Outreach

Abroorza Ahmad Yusra, called Rozzay, is a independent fiction and non-fiction writer. He is interested in all aspects of culture, history, literature, philosophy, language, art, and the environment. He is a dedicated activist in the fields of cultural preservation, community development, and environmentalism.

Rozzay graduated with honors from the department of Indonesian Literature, Padjadajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. After finishing his study, he went back to his province and has been researching traditional culture customs, practices, and activities (especially folklore tradition and oral art). He has written several articles and books focusing on his passion for West Kalimantan culture. Some of his works include Crystal Eye; Mimpiku, Jalanku, dan Hari Depanku (my dream, way, and future) –an essay book of local photographers in Bunut Village, Kapuas Hulu District–, and Membingkai Rana Jelundung (framing Jelundung’s shutter) –a book about a local photographer Jelundung Village, Sintang District. Both of books has been sponsored by WWF Indonesia-West Kalimantan Programme.  Most recently, he finished the book of the History of Masjid Raya Singkawang, the oldest mosque in Singkawang town, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Moreover, Rozzay hopes can be a part of change by working in environmental and community based development.He often visitsvillages and local schools to help teach about the environment and community development.

Rozzay graduated with honors from the department of Indonesian Literature, Padjadajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. After finishing his study, he went back to his province and has been researching traditional culture customs, practices, and activities (especially folklore tradition and oral art). He has written several articles and books focusing on his passion for West Kalimantan culture. Some of his works include Crystal Eye; Mimpiku, Jalanku, dan Hari Depanku (my dream, way, and future) –an essay book of local photographers in Bunut Village, Kapuas Hulu District–, and Membingkai Rana Jelundung (framing Jelundung’s shutter) –a book about a local photographer Jelundung Village, Sintang District. Both of books has been sponsored by WWF Indonesia-West Kalimantan Programme.  Most recently, he finished the book of the History of Masjid Raya Singkawang, the oldest mosque in Singkawang town, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Moreover, Rozzay hopes can be a part of change by working in environmental and community based development.He often visitsvillages and local schools to help teach about the environment and community development.

 

Devya Widhiyanti

Administration and Financial

There is popular aphorism in Indonesia, “If you don’t know me, you wouldn’t love me”. So before I start, my name is Devya Widhiyanti but you can call me wiwit or devya. At the moment, I am an International Accounting student at the University of TanjungPura. I hope to develop an Accountant firm in West Borneo. At the moment my role at  Yayasan Planet Indonesia is to manage its administration and financial processes. I’m truly excited to join this team and contribute to their impact on the world around us.

4 years ago, to enter the school where I’m study now was not any easy for all students. That time, I was very proud with myself because I can enter this International Accounting School  without go through all the tests, I was accepted to this school as due to my achievement and high score from my senior high school result.

I am hoping to apply for international fellowships, such as the Fulbright, to continue my study in international business abroad. If I do not make it next year, I will try again in the next following year. Because I know, there’s no luck in life, it’s just hard work and meeting opportunities. My motto in life is that hard working will never betray you.  

 

yenny ekasari

photography and communications

Actually, I do not like to introduce myself. I usually ask someone to introduce me. Well, my name is Yenny Ekasari, but you can call me Yenny or Yeyen. I just completed my studies at the Tanjung Pura University majoring in financial management last year.

My hobby is photography but I do not like being in pictures. I also really like traveling and capturing unique and beautiful moments, “because wherever you go there’s nothing you can take from it except for photos”.

I learned how to photograph the condition of nature discover how images can convey what is happening and what is being perceived. Photos can also tell stories, substituting spoken communication. That is why I am Planet Indonesia’s photographer. I go on trips with my colleagues and capture what the organization is doing around Kalimantan, as well as the plight of nature in this area.

I hope that helping to communicate Planet Indonesia’s work to the rest of the world will allow the public to better understand our goals and ideas, and garner more support for the work that we do with the community and environment. 

 

Radius Welly (center), Bento (left), Juhar (right)

Program Manager & Assistants: Wildlife Trafficking and Outreach