Founder and Chair at Haka
Environmental Impact Strategist
Policy and Advocacy Expert
Farwiza is the leader of Forest, Nature & Environment Aceh (HAkA) a homegrown Acehnese NGO, which is striving to protect the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra. By empowering communities, taking legal action and mobilizing local, national and global campaigns, Farwiza and her team are helping to pave the way for true sustainable development for their people. Farwiza’s impact on community driven conservation was recognized with the 2016 Whitley Award.
The Leuser Ecosystem is the last place in the world where several of the key Sundaland mega-fauna species can still be found together: the tiger, orangutan, elephant, and rhino. Motivated by her passion to protect critically endangered species under extreme threat in this area, Farwiza helped launch a legal case against a plantation concessionaire inside the Leuser Ecosystem. Eventually, the legal case ended in a victory for conservation, and the concessionaire was fined a precedent-setting USD 26 million.
Focusing on the core habitat for critically endangered mega-fauna, Farwiza focuses on ground level species protection on the one hand and high level legal advocacy on the other. This means she deploys a new Wildlife Protection Team to destroy snares and intercept poachers, a Mobile Monitoring Unit to track wildlife and forest crime, and a special law enforcement operation to increase prosecution rates.
Recently, she has mobilized community leaders to conduct a citizen lawsuit seeking to revoke the Aceh Spatial Plan that would otherwise legitimize the building of roads, hydropower schemes, oil palm concessions, and new settlements inside the Leuser Ecosystem. If these plans are implemented, despite lack of approval by the central government, the charismatic species that make it unique will vanish and the Leuser Ecosystem would eventually be destroyed. Most conservationists, considering the challenges to be too great, do not wish to address the threats mentioned above. Farwiza, however, has always understood that a holistic approach to conservation is the most viable path to success.
Head of Partnership, HUBUD
Maria is an expert in Public-Private Partnership and Project Management in multilateral programs. She has been involved in raising funds for Bali’s first coworking space, Hubud, and the Coworking Alliance, where she also helped build the coworking space ecosystem across Asia Pacific.
Graduated as a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Indonesia, Maria is also a community leader for one of the world’s well-known venture capitals, Techstars, in Asia Pacific and has organized Startup Weekend Bali for six times.
She has also been involved as program curator, mentor, and organizer for several entrepreneurial and startup programs, such as Axiata Young CEO Program di Malaysia, Startup Weekend in Bali, and Youth Co:Lab Indonesia, as well as, University of New South Wales Business School’s Social Innovation Program.
Saniy is the co-founder of [E]thical, a platform that aspires to support ethical entrepreneurship in Indonesian youth. As a Public Relations graduate from Padjadjaran University, Indonesia, she has extended experiences in media relations, community engagement, as well as digital communications. She is passionate in being involved in projects tackling sustainability issues. She has been involved in several social projects and help social enterprises to amplify their impact through digital communication strategy at For Good. In addition, she has been actively involved in several volunteering projects in the past, such as being an educator and facilitator for the National Alliance of Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement and Enviro Challenge’s environmental competition.
Founder, Ran Welum Foundation
Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, filmmaker and writer with a reputation for leading and empowering young people. Her work has been recognized widely in Asia Pacific, including being the icon of Asian Geographic issue 117 Planet Under Fire and featured in UNICEF Global White Paper Women Health & Climate 2017. With organization called Ranu Welum Foundation which she founded in 2016, she has trained more than 100 young indigenous people to be able to use camera to tell their causes. She has been speaking on behalf of her communities in regional and international forum about public misconception on Dayak people and bringing the stories from the ground up to global audience through short videos and documentaries.
Co-Founder, For Good
A corporate worker turned sustainability entrepreneur, Irma is currently leading an all women team at her consultancy group, For Good. For the past two years, she has worked with more than a dozen organizations and social startups in accelerating their impact and expanding their reach through communications and community engagement.
She has extended experiences in business development, entrepreneurship, communication strategy, as well as environmental management. A Master of Environment from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Indonesia, Irma strives in combining her knowledge and skills in the two areas and applying them in every work she does. Her strongest drive is to make impact on sustainability through her work.
Making sure that entrepreneurs run their business in the most responsible way possible is her mission. That’s why she has been deeply involved in several business acceleration programs and events as a mentor and facilitator, such as Startup Weekend, the Ocean Youth Summit, Food for the Future dan UNDP’s Youth Co:Lab. She is also the co-founder of [E]thical, an organization thriving to bring ethical entrepreneurship to Indonesia’s underserved youth, and a YSEALI's 2019 Professional Fellow.