• Speakers

    (in alphabetical order)

    • CECILIE BENJAMIN

      Owner, Walindi Plantation Resort PNG
      Cecilie holds an Australian Bachelor of Agricultural Science. In 1972, she came to Papua New Guinea to work and never returned. Cecilie became a FAUI scuba dive instructor in 1982. With husband Max, they commenced Walindi Plantation Resort on the shores of Kimbe Bay, 1983, in West New Britain Province. Kimbe Bay, a small area, harbours over half the world’s species of hard corals and >900 fish species. Marine conservation is paramount. Cecilie Chair’s Mahonia Na Dari Research & Conservation Centre (Guardian of the Sea), established 1998 & is a member of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, 2015.

      ROBERT D. BRUMBAUGH

      Strategy Lead, Ocean Solutions/Integrated Ocean Management, The Nature Conservancy

      Rob provides guidance to The Nature Conservancy’s state, country and regional programs on implementation of large-scale ocean management governance frameworks, and lead a team of scientists with expertise in habitat restoration, management and conservation of coral reefs, and spatial planning. Rob serves as Project Director for "Mapping Ocean Wealth", designed to help achieve multiple objectives embedded in the Conservancy’s Global Challenges/Global Solutions framework.  This project is a multi-year, multi-institutional effort to produce maps of benefits to people and communities that are derived from important ocean habitats, and to show how this information can shape investment decisions for both conservation and economic development activities.  To ensure broad application of our results, Rob has been integrally involved with TNC’s work on the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO), initiated by the World Bank in 2012. The GPO seeks to halve the rate of marine habitat loss and dramatically increase the level of ocean protection by 2020.

      LUIGI CABRINI

      Chair, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

      Luigi is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council  (GSTC) and an Advisor to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The GSTC is an international partnership with the aim of fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices, promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel. At the heart of its work are the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Hotels, Tour Operators and Destinations. Mr Cabrini has been the Director of the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Programme from 2007 until 2013, focusing its activities on tourism and climate change, tourism and biodiversity, observatories for sustainable tourism, tourism in the green economy, tourism and heritage and global partnerships. From 2002 to 2007 he was UNWTO Regional Representative for Europe and Secretary of the UNWTO General Assembly and Executive Council. From 1982 to 2002 he was responsible of United Nations programmes for development and assistance and protection of refugees, including Representative's positions in Guatemala, Mexico, Somalia, Pakistan, Poland and Spain.

      Dr. Lope A. Calanog

      Sustainable Finance Specialist and Ecotourism Expert, ADB-CTI Southeast Asia

      Dr. Calanog heads the ADB-funded “Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle: Southeast Asia” project in the Philippines, His main task is to develop and pilot test sustainable financing projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. He is currently implementing the Coral and Taklobo Gardening project in Taytay, Palawan, Philippines under the Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme. Dr. Calanog used to work with the Philippine-Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He handled several foreign-assisted projects such as the World Bank-funded “Conservation of Priority Protected Areas Project” in 1995 and the European Union-assisted special project “National Integrated Protected Areas Programme (NIPAP)” in 1995-1999. He also coordinated the formulation of the first UNEP-assisted“National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Program of the Philippines” in 1995.

      James Dion

      Director of Tourism Programs, National Geographic Society
      James is involved in linking the world’s most important tourism destinations to the design capabilities of National Geographic’s Maps Division to create innovative maps, interactive websites and mobile applications to increase knowledge about sustainable tourism and foster destination stewardship of cultural, historic, and natural resources. Prior to joining National Geographic in 2005, he directed international ecotourism programs for conservation NGO’s in Mexico, Central America, and Asia, and he has lectured at the Technical University of Graz in Austria. James’ interest in linking tourism to conservation and community development is an outgrowth of his over 15 years of experience as a professional river and wilderness guide/outfitter. He founded and developed locally run sustainable, tourism businesses in Europe and North, Central, and South America. 
       

      Cipto Aji Gunawan

      Marine Ecotourism Assessment, Development, and Marketing Consultant

      He is the first Indonesian to have received the highest professional credential in the diving industry as a PADI course director in 1996 and since 2008 have served as the consultant for the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Marine Affairs. In November 2010, he received the SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Diver (World’s Most Elite Water Explorer) award at the DEMA show in Las Vegas. On top of that, however, Cipto is the pioneer of Indonesia’s first ever marine voluntourism site, located in the north of Bali. Recently he also created the Standard Operating Procedure for recreational diving in Indonesia as well as the classification of Dive Sites throughout the country, which can be seen in his book “Indonesia Dive Directory.”

      JAMES HARVEY

      Operations Manager, Reef World Marine Conservation
      As a Manager at Reef-World, James has led the development of Green Fins across six Southeast Asian countries since 2008. Today Green Fins is an approach for managing sustainable diving activities across SE Asia, with a proven conservation impact. As a marine biologist with over 10 years’ experience working in tropical marine environments, James has worked closely with dive professionals, national governments and international environmental agencies in order to develop Green Fins into a system that is meaningful to all stakeholders. James enjoys the everyday challenges of his work, specifically working alongside complex social and industry dynamics and the varied environments and cultures that he’s exposed to. James believes that nobody wants to harm the very environment we rely on to survive, and that by investing in educating people we can achieve conservation impact on the ground and in the reefs.
       

      Astrid Haryati

      Founder & CEO, Terra Lumen Indonesia

      Astrid, a native of Indonesia and spent close to 20 years in the USA, is an award winning architect and planner and served as deputy to Mayors of Chicago and San Francisco, Special Staff to Indonesia’s cabinet member, and as Commissioner for San Francisco Art Commission. Astrid's work experiences ranging from policy development for nation-wide strategies to on-the-ground urban redevelopment initiatives, multi-million dollar public/private infrastructure to commercial projects, and economic-focused sustainable strategies in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Astrid shepherded signature redevelopment and revitalization projects such as Chicago Millennium Park, San Francisco Transbay Terminal & Towers, San Francisco Treasure Island and the much referred San Francisco Sustainable Civic Center District, the San Francisco Open Space Plan, the Bay Area Urban-Rural Roundtable particularly its Food Security Program, as well as the Chicago Nature & Wildlife Plan. At both leading green cities, Astrid also led the review panel for public and private developments. Astrid is now focusing on advising the national and local governments and captains of industries in new town development, public infrastructure strategic planing, urban redevelopment, and sustainable resort property development and management in key areas involving marine and coastal regions in Indonesia.

      Rod Hillman

      Chief Executive, Ecotourism Australia

      Rod has a life-long commitment to tourism in protected areas as a land manager, tourism operator, advocate, and policy maker. He is the current Chief Executive of Ecotourism Australia, Australia’s peak industry group representing the ecotourism Industry and owner of the eco-certification program. He has broad experience in tourism and protected area management in Australia and Overseas holding CEO, Park Manager and General Manager Roles in Western Australia, Queensland, ACT, UK, Kenya and Papua New Guinea. These roles have all focused on delivering tourism in natural settings and protected areas that create conservation outcomes whilst generating enjoyable and meaningful experiences for visitors.

      Julian Hyde

      General Manager, Reef Check Malaysia

      Julian is a scientist by training,with a degree in biochemistry. He moved to Malaysia in 1998, initially managing an environmental consulting company in KL before moving to Tioman Island to pursue his dream of running his own dive centre, which he did for six years. In 2006 he moved back to KL to pursue other business opportunities. Having raised some funds, he worked with a team to establish Reef Check Malaysia as a registered NGO in Malaysia. Since then he has worked to raise funds for the organization and to develop its programs which now include a national annual coral reef survey program, education programs for schools, community-based projects and reef rehabilitation programs. Julian has been a certified PADI dive instructor since 2000. He is the only Reef Check Course Director in Malaysia, and has certified over 100 EcoDivers and 20 EcoDiver Trainers. He has conducted Reef Check surveys at sites around the coast of Malaysia.

      MARIGLO LARIRIT

      Director of Environment and Sustainability, El Nido Resorts, Philippines

      Mariglo oversees the environmental sustainability initiatives of a cluster of island resorts in the Northern tip of the province of Palawan, Philippines. Ten Knots Development Corporation’s El Nido Resorts has been at the forefront of responsible tourism in the region for close to two decades now. The Resorts, located in areas of high marine biodiversity, blend meaningful nature-based activities and conservation with a measure of luxury. Over the years, El Nido Resorts have received international recognition for their efforts, such as from Pacific Asia Travel Association for Environmental Education and the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow for Community Benefit.

      Francis Lee

      President, Raffles Marina

      Francis is based in Singapore and is a senior consultant in mergers and acquisitions. He is the President of Raffles Marina and the Co-Founder of the Aseanarean Bluewater Alliance, a strategic alliance of13 Asean Marinas. He has been an agent provocateur for marine conservation and eco-tourism, in Singapore and the region. Francis’ distinguished service record includes being the 1st Singaporean Commodore of the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club and the Chairman of the Singapore International Year of the Reef Committee that produced the “Singapore Blue Plan.” He was also the Expedition Leader and Co-Author of the “Marine Parks of Thailand” and the “Marine Parks of Indonesia” publications. Francis is also into media and was brains behind the award-winning National Geographic Channel TV documentary series “Indonesia Beyond the Reefs.”

      Judi Lowe

      Researcher, ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
      As a lawyer and an accountant, Judi has focused on finance, marine conservation and fisheries compliance issues from commercial, policy and international law perspectives. Judi has held executive roles with the Australian Government and Australia’s largest fishing company. She has built the capacity of artisanal fishing communities to develop marine tourism in AusAID programs in South-East Asia and the Pacific. In tandem with her professional career, she has been a dive instructor for more than 20 years and holds a commercial Coxswain’s ticket. Judi is a seasoned dive tourist and her particular interests are the conservation of coral reefs, fish and marine mega fauna (sharks, whales sharks, manta rays, whales and turtles), diversifying the livelihoods of artisanal fishers and the role of dive tourism in achieving balance.

      Scott Mayback

      Marine Biologist, Gaya Island Resorts, Malaysia

      Scott is originally from the U.S. After completing his education, Scott felt it was time to explore the world and set about traveling across the globe to pursue his passion. A constant desire to seek out adventure and a thirst to discover new surroundings led him to Sabah, Malaysia, where he has spent three years gaining hands-on experience on coral reef restoration and turtle rehabilitation. With this experience, he has taken on the responsibility of helping Gaya Island Resort, and YTL Hotels, to pursue an active role in conservation by implementing initiatives and setting up marine conservation programs while assisting also in coral planting and rehabilitating the coral reef. He hopes that his work will contribute in the efforts to end blast and cyanide fishing so that the coral reefs will have a chance to regrow and strive to its natural beauty once again.

      Ismail Ning

      Chairman, Pacto Ltd., Indonesia

      Mr. Ning served as President Commissioner of PT Gowa Makassar Tourism Development Tbk since November 2004. He serves as Independent Commissioner of PT Gowa Makassar Tourism Development Tbk. He served as Commissioner of PT Bank Lippo Tbk from 1996 to 2003. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Indonesia. He is also a Board Member of the Development Committee of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), Chairman of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Organization, and a Member of Indonesian Maritime Council. Mr. Ning graduated from Universitas Trisakti, Jakarta in 1993 with a degree in Economics.

      DELPHINE ROBBE

      Project Manager and Coordinator, Gili Eco Trust

      Delphine is the impetus behind the Gili Eco Trust, a local NGO actively involved in the protection of reefs and environment of the Gili Islands in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. She is a French national who specializes in Biorock reef restorations. She shares her passion via workshops; working with locals, including the children and volunteers; networking with other environmental organizations; and educating government. Gili Eco Trust's main project on land is improving waste management, an ongoing issue for Gili Islands, especially because of tourism, as well as tackling erosion, humane treatment of horses, and safety for sharks, rays and turtles.

      MUHAMMAD SENANG SEMBIRING

      Executive Director, Yayasan Kehati

      M.S. Sembiring has been the Executive Director of the Yayasan Kehati (Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation) since 2009. It is the first and largest biodiversity conservation trust fund and independent grant-making institution in Indonesia. Prior to his current position, Mr. Sembiring had extensive experiences in the Investment Banking and Capital Market for more than 25 years on a senior executive position. Sembiring last position was a Director of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) for two consecutive periods from 2002 to 2009 where he supported Kehati in creating a green index which is well-known as SRI-KEHATI index in collaboration with IDX. The index shows positive performance which consistently outperformed the market since its launch in 2009.

      Angelique Songco

      Superintendent, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines

      Angelique has been the superintendent of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park since 2001. Tubbataha is the Philippines’ premiere marine protected area, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Wetlands of Natural Importance by Ramsar. Throughout Angelique’s watch, fish biomass and density in Tubbataha continued to increase, coral cover is maintained and most of the organisms that the park came to protect continue to thrive. Angelique notes that Tubbataha continue to prove that no-take zones are workable as long as institutions remain committed to the cause and that inter-institutional collaboration is a vital recipe in this success. Angelique’s team also works with the private sector to manage the park’s tourism season which only three months of every year.

      Franciscus Welirang

      Director, PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk

      Mr. Welirang appointed as Co-chair of the Association of Philanthropy Indonesia (PFI: Perhimpunan Filantropi Indonesia) at PFI annual general meeting in July 2015. He serves as member of the Board of Advisory of The Nature Conservancy Indonesia since January 2014. He also serves as the Chairman of Permanent Committee for Food Security at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN: Kamar Dagang dan Industri Indonesia)) and Deputy Chairman of The Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO: Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia)). His other key positions in the business sector are including: Chairperson of Indonesian Public Listed Companies Association (AEI: Asosiasi Emiten Indonesia), Director of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk., and Vice President Director of PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk. In 2014, he participated in training programs, workshops and seminars including Working Group Discussion on Climate Change by Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI: Asosiasi Pemerintah Kota Seluruh Indonesia)) related to joint cooperation between private sector.

      ALAN WHITE

      Senior Scientist, Asia-Pacific Program, The Nature Conservancy

      Alan joined The Nature Conservancy in 2006 as a Senior Scientist within the Global Marine Initiative focusing on marine protected areas.  He is currently an institutional and technical advisor for the Coral Triangle Program in the Asia Pacific Program of TNC.  Alan has experience in all aspects of coastal management design, implementation and administration from 30 years of fieldwork in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. His PhD is in geography and resources management from the University of Hawaii and East West Center.

      Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe

      Tourism and Recreation Coordinator, National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA

      Chiara promotes sanctuaries as iconic destinations that conserve marine resources, while also allowing compatible recreational activities.  Chiara also serves on working groups of the U.S. Tourism Policy Council and the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation. Originally from the Great Lakes region, Chiara has always enjoyed living, working, and playing within a few miles of water – therefore prompting her passion for aquatic conservation.  Chiara holds a M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Biology from Boston College.

  • Resources

    RBF4 Outcomes and Recommendations - Final Report

    RBF4 Program Book

    Press Release, RBF4 Business Winner (in English)

    Press Release, RBF4 Business Winner (in Bahasa)

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