Panel of Experts
Inez Stefanie is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Supernova Ecosystem. A graduate from Universitas Katolik Parahyangan in Business Management, her roles have included Nestle, manager at Endeavor Indonesia, and Program Manager at UNDP. She has experience in managing international business development projects and facilitating entrepreneurship ecosystems. Her main focus is on commercializing and scaling up sustainable alternative commodities at a subnational level. Her expertise lies in a range of topics including entrepreneurship, cross-sector growth, startup business strategy, and impact measurement.
"I am looking forward to working with green-first companies on the platform. Serving at Business Hub by PFP, enables me to focus on what I am good at - scaling businesses - with clear consciousness of whoever I help to scale is here to sustain mother earth. It's a long due collaboration, and Business Hub positioned itself as a one of the pioneers of multi stakeholders, thus a multi-dimensional approach to climate change solutions. I hope the Business Hub augmented the participants' efforts and enabled them to step into the next stage of escalation - bringing impact further, where on my part, participants can expect tough love and realistic approach to their business."
Kamini Visvananthan works as a Freelance Consultant in Human Rights and Social Standards at Insaight Consultancy. She spent the first six years of her career in Industrial Relations and Employment Law handling cases for employers and employees alike. Known as a litigation lawyer by profession, she was also appointed the first Human Rights and Social Standards Manager for the RSPO. She was active in the creation of legislation, guidance papers, and toolkits to assist RSPO members in enforcing Human Rights and Labour Standards. The RSPO Child Rights Guidance collection, the RSPO Policy on the Defense of Human Rights Defenders, and materials on Free Prior Informed Consent and Gender Equality for the palm oil sector were among her projects. She now wants to share her knowledge and experience through Insaight Consultancy, while concentrating on providing solutions for enforcing human rights and social standards policies in the company.
"I find PFP Business Hub Accelerator Programme to be an amazing initiative that focuses on creating an enabling environment where the people can thrive together with the planet. The business hub encourages business ventures that serve the planet and opens up opportunities for local communities to participate meaningfully to the economy in a way that respects their bonds to the land that they belong to. I am hoping that this initiative will highlight that advancing social wellbeing ought not be at the expense of mother earth and in fact, it should be protecting the planet as our only home."
Steven Starmans is the Director of Kim Delta T&C. In addition to his director role, he is also a trainer and consultant. His main areas of expertise are on circular economy, water, value chain, agriculture, livelihoods, and cooperation. He has a Masters of Science in Agronomy and Crop Science from Wageningen University. He has experience working in Asia, Africa and Europe.
"I love to work with young, eager people in startups involved in environmental sustainability. As much as their enthusiasm is high, the sense of reality is often low. 60-80% of startups worldwide fail in the first year, not because of a bad quality product but mostly because of bad planning. I will be more than pleased if my entrepreneurial experience and knowledge can help these young people make a good start."
DR. DONNA P. REYES
Donna Paz Reyes is the Chairperson of the Environment Department at Miriam College located in Quezon City, Metro Manila. She created and oversaw field conservation initiatives in protected areas in the Sierra Madre Mountains, including Biak-na-Bato National Park and the Kaliwa Watershed, as the former executive director of the school's Environmental Studies Institute. Miriam College was designated as a Dark Green School during her tenure, and it won the 2013 Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools. She instructs undergraduate and graduate students in natural resource management, environmental education, ecotourism, ecology, biology, and zoology. ‘Towards a framework for enhancing protected area management through ecohistorical tourism, capacity-building, and environmental education’ was the title of her dissertation at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
"Sustainable management of peatlands requires a triple bottom line approach of conservation of natural ecosystems, community participation, and economic drivers. Community-based ecotourism in and around peatlands can provide local income and education to communities, visitors, and stakeholders that can lead to better conservation of this critical resource."
Rhonwyn Hagedorn is the Founder & Managing Director of WHEE!. Project WHEE is a non-profit organization that advocates for the sustainability of rural communities through facilitating entrepreneurial development and organizing volunteering activities. Here she has many roles, including that of Team Leader - responsible for cooperating with the heads of the communities for future projects, serving as the Head Trainer for WHEE volunteers in cultural adaptation and cultural sensitivity, and serving as the Chief Coordinator to the volunteers and junior coordinators on project sites. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Drum Circle Facilitator Trainer. She was a Co-Director at MYbeat Drum Circles and was assigned as Digital Asset Development Coordinator in The ASEAN Work-Life Balance Project.
"I am very excited to be part of the Business Hub! I believe this project is important, especially as we try to tackle the bigger picture of climate change mitigation. I am looking forward to meeting, learning and working with passionate teams, especially those who are working hands on with the communities living on peatlands. My sincere hope is that participants will gain the confidence and resources they need to ensure long-term successful and sustainable projects."
SIXTO DONATO MACASAET
Sixto Donato Macasaet is the Executive Director at Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc (FSSI). FSSI is a non-stock, non-profit corporation which aims to develop sustainable local communities by using the triple bottom line (3BL); people, planet and profit as their goals. He has previously worked as the Director of Philippines' largest alliance of social development non-governmental organization, a policy research and advocacy officer, a rural community organizer, and a development manager. He holdsa Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Ateneo de Manila University, and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from University of the Philippines.
"Joining the PFP Business Hub is important for me; it is in line with our organization's efforts to promote enterprises that advance the triple bottom lines - economic, environment and social. I hope that the participants of the PFP Business Hub Accelerator Programme will learn and will find support for their businesses; and I hope these are effectively translated to improved incomes and welfare and protected peatlands."
Anabelle Plantilla is a Project Manager of UNDP Biodiversity Finance Initiative (Philippines) or BIOFIN. She holds a Master of Arts of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines, and is also a Certified Environmental Planner and Certified Tour Guide. Her experience includes a career at Haribon Foundation, where she held roles as Chief Operating Officer, Director for Organizational Sustainability and Executive Director.
"We hope that the PFP Business Hub Accelerator Programme will open opportunities for learning exchange and enlarge a community of practice for mobilizing resources, both human and financial, for the sound management of peatlands."
DR. CASEY NG
Dr. Casey Ng is the Founder of WAE Sustainable Ecology. He is interested in conducting research, planning, designing and facilitating socio-ecological projects. In addition, he is a Certified Assessor for Species Extinction Risk with the IUCN, and a Certified Indigenous Tree Planter with Sabah Forestry Department. He has also consulted in roles as a technical expert, environment strategist, editor, restoration consultant and community park planner. He received a B.Sc in Engineering from University of Southern California, an M.Sc in Architecture, majoring in Advanced Environment and Energy Studies from University of East London and a Ph.D in Biological, Chemical and Physical Environmental Analytics from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
"We know the greatest impact on peat landscapes are social-economic pressures. These pressures are typically successful because they could present their cases in a manner that links land-use efficiency, economic viability and jobs creation. Thus, there is an urgent need to use the same language to set some countermeasures, but in a manner that brings the lowest impact to the peat landscapes. I see the Business Hub provides the platform to spur and test such innovations. The challenge is to select business models that bring the least harm to the natural biophysical landscape, not forgetting the natural hydrology and water physico-chemistry of the peatland and peat swamp. In this project context, I view the term "business" as socio-economic activities that capitalize as well as showcase, protect and enhance peatland and peatswamp. Ideally peat landscapes and the local communities have to be better off after the businesses commence. It is a tall order I know but let's take the adventure together. These are the kinds of businesses that I am looking forward to working with. The participants are pioneers and they would be working in "uncharted territory", so to speak. In fact, what they do could be the seeds of best practices for peatland business development. I hope at the very least the programme will give birth to a new generation of responsible entrepreneurs who are sensitive to niche tropical ecology and show others what it means by making money with a conscience."
DR. PETER HANINGTON
Dr Peter Hanington is the Chief Technical Advisor at IUCN who leads the Mekong Peatlands Project implemented in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar. The project works in partnership with governments in the three countries to assist partners in building technical capacity, knowledge and understanding of peatland ecosystems and their management. Prior to joining IUCN, Peter held positions in government, university, private sector and international development - working in the field of water and environment for 25 years. He holds a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Environmental Science from Macquarie University, Sydney.
"What excites me about the business hub is the opportunity it brings to engage with others outside of government and research. I’m looking forward to working with both community-based organisations and entrepreneurial minded people. Coming from an environmental background, I hope the participants will gain some insight into the need to more sustainably use and manage natural ecosystem resources."
AGUS P. SARI
Agus P. Sari is the CEO of Landscape Indonesia (officially PT Bentang Alam Indonesia). He is a social and environmental entrepreneur, and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Business and Management, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He previously chaired as CEO of Belantara Foundation, a company which aims to conserve and restore forest and peatlands in Indonesia. In addition, he has served the roles of Senior Associate at World Agroforestry, Senior Advisor for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and was Deputy Minister of Planning and Funding for REDD+ Management Agency in the Republic of Indonesia. A graduate in the Energy and Resources field from the University of California, Berkeley, his main fields of interest are climate change and sustainable development.
"Landscape Indonesia provides strategic advisory and incubates environmentally-driven business ideas. Business incubation was also a major endeavor in my advisory with the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency. I look forward to developing and incubating business development in areas around protected peatlands, or technology development that will assist sustainable peatland management, while providing positive impacts on the peatland community. I hope the Business Hub Accelerator Program can develop and scale up businesses that not only provide returns on investment, but also contribute to sustainable peatland management and to increased prosperity to peatland communities."
Dolly Priatna is the Executive Director of Belantara Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that spotlights activities related to forest restoration, conservation of species and also development of community sustainable agriculture across the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. He currently serves as a lecturer at the Graduate School of Environment Management Pakuan University in Bogor Indonesia. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Sumatran Tiger Conservation Forum (HarimauKita) since 2014. A graduate from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in the Tropical Biodiversity Conservation field, he was also a recipient of a scholarship from the 10th Duke of Rutland Memorial Conservation Trust.
"That we can serve as the main enabler for the sustainable development of peatland-based agro-food for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). We could collaborate with the businesses to help building a bright future for everyone (farmers and communities) who relies on peatland-based agriculture for their livelihoods - while producing more and better-quality food on the same amount of land and increasing climate resilience. Community-based business case that focus on NTFPs or PES, such as Village Forest scheme, Cooperative and BUMDES. That the participants can have a full understanding (or at least an insight) of the main principles and technical guidelines of how to develop a sustainable and bankable business model within the peatland area. So that they can have a competitive advantage to connect with market and financing opportunity."
PROF. DR. BAMBANG HERO SAHARJO
Prof. Dr. Bambang Hero Saharjo is a forest fire forensics specialist and Professor of the Environment and Forest Fires from Bogor Institute of Agriculture. In 2019, he was awarded the ‘John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science’ - for researchers who take personal risks in the course of their scientific work. This was in recognition of his work to prevent companies, including those in the palm oil industry from using illegal methods of land clearance in Indonesia. The honor council praised Bambang for proceeding to testify and speak up for the Indonesian people's constitutional right to a healthy environment, one of the few scientists in his field willing to do so. He has been an expert witness in over 500 cases since 2000, for which he has faced harassment, intimidation, legal action and death threats. Saharjo has published over 50 papers to date and his work has been widely cited in academic literature on the topic of peatland fires.
"Working with peatland for me is very exciting because I can do more in GHG reduction and better peatland management. Looking forward to working with peatland management. I do hope what the participants need is available and really helpful and benefited them."
ABDUL RAZAK B. ABDUL AZIZ
Abdul Razak b. Abdul Aziz is the Chief Seeder of SEEDS Malaysia. A graduate with a Degree in Art and Design from UiTM, he is also certified in Permaculture Design. Passionate about sustainable eco-living, he has ventured into off-the-grid and goat and sheep farming. Together with his wife, the couple operates a sub-urban farmstead and training centre in Klang, Selangor offering co-curriculum based experiential programs and workshops. From mentoring holistic natural urban and sub-urban farming to Permaculture principles, they focus on empowering the public towards ‘community-based food production’. They are active in making a difference towards addressing Climate Change via volunteerism with Raleigh International, an international youth leadership development program. Razak is a trustee of Khind Starfish Foundation and sits on the panel of judges for Projects for Happiness and also an advisor to several NGOs on sustainable community empowering programs. He is currently working alongside officials on a long-term plan to make Bentong amongst the pioneering eco-sustainable districts in Pahang.
"Sustainability is an attitude and a mindset. Looking forward on applying permaculture to regenerate and manage degraded peatland with natural farming."
Bangkit Oetomo is an Investment Associate at TLFF Indonesia. He is in charge in both the Forestry and Renewable Energy sectors, overseeing sustainable investment possibilities and programmes. He supports the ADM Capital investment team with pipeline development and financing product creation, and works directly with the Hong Kong-based ADM Capital and ADM Capital Foundation teams on project structure and fundraising. He obtained his Master of Arts in Development Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and Bachelor of Business Administration from Multimedia University. He was certified in Environmental and Social Risk Analysis by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in 2018.
"I am looking forward to working with business leaders with a clear vision of inclusivity and sustainability as value creation activities. The Business Hub integrates different expertise to sharpen business models in order to achieve commerciality and sustainability."
PROF. DR. PETER VAN DE MEER
Prof. Dr. Peter van de Meer is an Associate Professor in Oil Palm & Tropical Forests, at the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, in The Netherlands. He is an internationally recognised educator and researcher in the field of forest and tree-plantation sustainability. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental education and research programmes in South America, Africa, Australia, and South-East Asia, focusing on tropical peat swamp forests. His research delves into the social, economic, and ecological elements of sustainable use of products and services of forested ecosystems.
"I hope that the Business Hub can support local entrepreneurs in developing new paludiculture systems which can provide local income as well as environmental sustainability”
PROF. DR. AHMED OSUMANU HARUNA
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Osumanu Haruna is a Professor in the Department of Crop Science at University of Putra Malaysia. His main area of expertise is on soil fertility and management. He studied Agricultural Science in Univ. of Ghana. He also holds Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from UPM.
“The peatland is a forgiving nature and it only reacts to extreme negative human interferences (Directly or indirectly). All that it needs from us is sustainable coexistence to enable her to provide her ecosystem services better. The good news is that harmonious coexistence is being bridged/enhanced by the PFP Business Hub Accelerator Programme. The PFP Business Hub Accelerator Programme that interests me most is embracing ventures that enhance the quality of the peatland ecosystem services. The PFP Business Hub Accelerator Programme beneficiaries could be economically, socially, and environmentally empowered.”
Hasbi Berliani is the Program Director for Sustainable Governance Community. He has been involved in community empowerment since 1992. He started his career journey by working for community empowerment in poverty alleviation programs in German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). Later, worked in the Multistakeholder Forestry Programme which is a collaboration between the department for International Development UK and the Indonesian Government. He obtained his Master’s degree in Political Science from Universitas Nasional, Jakarta.
PROF. DR. IR. H. MOCHAMAD HASJIM BINTORO, M. AGR
Prof. Dr. Ir. Mochamad Hasjim Bintoro, M. Agr is a professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). He holds Bachelor of Science majoring in Agronomy from Bogo University (IPB), he also obtained Master of Science in Agronomy from Okayama University and Doctoral Degree in Agronomy from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). His research interest is in sago plantations using paludiculture planting.