SPEAKERS

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Bernardus Djonoputro

Speaker (Opening Night)

Bernardus Djonoputro is Deloitte’s Country Head of the Infrastructure & Capital Projects in Indonesia. In this capacity he advises investors, corporations, bilateral agencies, as well as central and local governments in Indonesia on infrastructure, PPP and urban planning projects. His extensive experience includes significant transactions, corporate actions, and transformation programs across a range of infrastructure projects including urban transport, ports, toll roads, water and power.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Bernadus accumulated 27 years of professional experience including a stint as Managing Partner of HD Asia Advisory, where he worked as a consultant to global conglomerates and national governments. He has also served as Chief Representative Officer for Hawkins Infrastructure Ltd New Zealand.

He is currently the President of Indonesian Association of Urban & Regional Planners, and also a member of the Advisory Council of APEC Centre for Urban Infrastructure Financing at RMIT Melbourne, and Fellow/Faculty at the Salzburg Global Seminar.

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Uni Lubis

Moderator (Politics Panel and Business Debate)


Uni Lubis is a senior Indonesian journalist and editor, currently serving as Editor in Chief of the IDN Times. Here she leads a modern journalistic team publishing reliable and useful content across a number of digital media platforms in Indonesia. Previously she served two terms as a member of the Indonesian Press Council until 2013.

Over the past three decades in the media industry, Uni has covered economics, politics, media, gender and the environment across a number of media forms including magazines, television and digital media sources. Most recently she has served as Managing Director of Rappler Indonesia, and previously as Chief Editor of ANTV and Viva.co.id.

In addition to her undergraduate studies at the Bogor Agricultural institute, Uni has undertaken an Eisenhower Fellowship and served as a fellow at the East West Centre in Hawaii.

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Ima Abdulrahim

Speaker (Politics Panel)


Ima Abdulrahim is executive director of The Habibie Center, one of Indonesia’s leading think tanks focusing on democracy and human rights. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of The Habibie Center, she advocates for peace policy and the strengthening of democracy in Indonesia, and works to enhance relations between Indonesia and other countries. Ima speaks regularly on affairs concerning Indonesia and The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2001, Ima was awarded the APSA Congressional Fellowship from The Asia Foundation.

In 2010 she completed a fellowship with IDEAS Indonesia, an executive program through the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She holds an MA in international studies and diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, U.K. She is currently a PhD candidate in political science at the School of Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.

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Julian Smith

Speaker (Business Debate)

Julian Smith is PwC's Global Transport and Logistics industry leader and director at PT PriceWaterhouseCoopers Indonesia Advisory. Specialising in the transport sector, he is an expert on international corporate and project finance, strategy and policy in the sector and has advised on successful transactions totaling >$20bn. Currently he focuses on infrastructure advisory services to clients in Indonesia such as the state owned port, airport and railway operators and has been supporting the state procurement agency in developing improved PPP procurement regulations. His career has seen him working in many different countries with both public and private sector clients, and currently he is based in Jakarta. In 2017, he was author of a paper on "Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Transport Systems" and is currently working with the Indonesian Ministry of Telecommunications on a G20 initiative to harnessing the power of digital business models to reduce income inequality in emerging economies.

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Vonnie Opier

Speaker (Business Debate)

Vonnie Opier loves strategic management and business development. She received her BS from Hasanuddin University Makassar, following this with her training at Torens Valley Institute of TAFE in Adelaide, and an MD from La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia.

Vonnie has over 20 years’ experience in business improvement though her job at Kalla Group, which has allowed her to do a variety of things. She has focused mainly on corporate strategic management and business process improvement, but she has also had the opportunity to develop new businesses from the ground up. 

Currently, she works on business process integration. As a leader of ERP Oracle on Cloud project implementation, she has a commitment to make the 11 companies under Kalla Group successful in implementing ERP system.

Previously, she successfully led an Economic Quality and Sustainability Improvement project, a program to improve the capability of cocoa farmers in Southeast Sulawesi.

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Noke Kiroyan

Speaker (Business Debate)

Noke Kiroyan is Chairman and Chief Consultant at Kiroyan Partners a Jakarta based public affairs firm. There he leads a team in assisting high profile clients in dealing with reputational, social and communication issues.

Prior to founding Kiroyan Partners in 2006, Noke had accumulated over 3 decades of experience as an international business executive across the electric, oleochemical and mining industries. He has worked with Siemens, Salim Group and as President Director of Rio Tinto Indonesia and then PT Newmont Pacific Nusantara.

Noke currently serves as President of the Indonesia-Australia Business Council and is an Advisor to the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG). He is also Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Indonesia, Trustee of the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) and ASEAN CSR Network, Vice Chairman of the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia and has previously represented Indonesian on the APEC Business Advisory Council.

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Prof Jamaluddin Jompa

Speaker (Environmental Panel)

Prof. Jamaluddin Jompa has a PhD from James Cook University and Masters from McMaster University in Canada. He was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Marine Sciences and Fisheries at Hasanuddin University from 2013-2017. In the last few years, he also has been involved in various programs of the Indonesian Academy of Science (AIPI), including serving as the President of Indonesian Young Academy of Scince (ALMI). From 2004-2013, he served as Director of Research and Development Center for Marine, Coasts and Small Islands, Unhas.
In 2007, in addition to his ongoing duties at UnHas, Jamal was seconded to the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia to assist in managing and directing the national Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program Phase II (COREMAP-II). Jamal is now the Chairman of Center of Excellent on Marine Resilience and Sustainable Development (MaRSAVE) at Unhas.

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Rili Djohani

Speaker (Environmental Panel)

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.

Under Rili’s direction, TNC’s Coral Triangle Center in Bali was opened in 2000, becoming a center for excellence in marine and coastal ecosystem training and supporting a network of Marine Protected Areas. She was also appointed Chair for the regional WCPA-IUCN marine working group and completed a regional 10-year marine protected area framework (2002–2012).

She holds a Master of Science in tropical marine ecology from the University of Leiden and a Master of Science in tropical coastal zone management from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program that builds upon her marine conservation work in Indonesia.

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Simon Baldwin

Speaker (Environmental Panel)

Simon is a multi-disciplinary design researcher who has spent the last 15 years working on a range of public health and human rights issues across the globe. Along the way he has also founded several companies. Simon’s work currently focuses on exploring how companies can be supported to develop solutions to complex social and environmental problems. In addition to leading SecondMuse in Indonesia, Simon is undertaking his PhD at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s College of Business. In his spare time he is also writing a book about Indonesian sambals.

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Natalie Sambhi

Moderator (Security Panel)

Natalie Sambhi is a Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre where she publishes on Indonesian defence policy and Southeast Asian security. She is also a PhD candidate at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Australian National University, focusing on Indonesian military history. From 2012 to 2016, she worked at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute as an Analyst and Managing Editor of ASPI's blog, The Strategist. She has previously worked at the Department of Defence and University of Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Arts (International Relations) and Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University. In January 2016 and in May 2014, Natalie was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC. Her writing has appeared in Security Challenges journal, The Diplomat, The Interpreter and The National Interest.

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Dr Greg Raymond

Speaker (Security Panel)

Greg Raymond is a Research Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, editor of Security Challenges journal and Asia Pacific Security series editor for ANU Press. His research has appeared in journals including Contemporary Southeast Asia, South East Asia Research and Asia Pacific Policy Studies. His book on Thailand’s strategic culture entitled Thai Military Power was published in 2018 by NIAS Press. Before joining the Australian National University, Greg was a policy advisor in the Australian Government, including in the strategic and international policy areas of the Department of Defence and the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. He holds a PhD in political science from La Trobe University and an MA in Asian Studies from Monash University focusing on Indonesian politics. He was a participant in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program of 1990-1991.

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Prof Philips Vermonte

Speaker (Security Panel)

Philips Vermonte is Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta. He finished his doctoral study at Department of Political Science, Northern Illinois University in the U.S., funded by a Fulbright scholarship. His research interest includes comparative politics, voting behaviour, electoral politics and political parties in Indonesia. He is the principal investigator of public opinion surveys conducted by CSIS.

His recent publications include: “The Increased Number of Female Members of Parliament: Identifying its origins and obstacles in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor Leste,” (2014), “What Happened in the Early Years of Democracy: Indonesia’s Experience” (2013), “Indonesia’s 2014 Elections: Practical Innovations and Optimistic Outcome,” (2015), “Book Review of The Institutionalization of Political Parties in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: From the Grass-Roots Up” [2013] (2015).