I am an Indonesian national but was born in The Netherlands. I studied tropical forestry and got my PhD in forestry and microbiology from Wageningen, The Netherlands. I live for about 30 years now in Indonesia and am married to the queen of the Tombulu tribe in North Sulawesi. We have three sons and two granddaughters. I work much in nature conservation (including orangutans and many other protected wildlife species for which I was knighted) and reforestation and am a lecturer at a number of universities. My latest project involves sugar palms for a true people planet profit win win solution.
Areas of Expertise
Nature Conservation, Forestry, Microbiology, remote sensing, Modeling and Simulations, animal behavior, Sugar Palms
I'm passionate about
I'm passionate about justice and fairness in our dealings with people and nature. I believe that there is no such thing as a conflict between the needs of people and preserving nature.On the contrary!
Talk to me about
Sugar palms, orangutans, Indonesian nature conservation, multi species forest restoration
People don't know I'm good at
designing buildings, facilities and landscaping.
My TED story
I was recommended by both Richard Zimmerman of Orangutan Outreach and by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute to the TED organizing committee to be invited as a speaker for TED 2009. I had no idea what I was getting myself involved with, but after arriving in Long Beach and meeting Frans Lanting I quickly understood what a special group of people was gathered here. A group of people that wants to make a change for the world and have the power and means to do so. I truly enjoyed the experience of attending and getting so much feed back to my talk. Definitely hope to be back with a lot more worthwhile ideas!