About Us

Vision & Mission Statements

We are an independent research organization dedicated to contributing to the resilience of sustainable development. Our work is focused on four areas: sustainable food system, forests and wetlands management, clean and renewable energy, and climate change adaptation. 

We ensure that cutting-edge expertise is deployed; from technological innovation, practical approach, socio-ecological systems, policy instruments, and governance strategy. It provides technical advice to programs, coordinates communities of practice, provides quality assurance, and lead cross-cutting agenda-setting research that bolsters efforts across global challenges. We turn big ideas into action at the nexus of green growth and human well-being.

Our Strategy

In working to achieve global change at scale, we apply a twofold approach:

ANALYZE IT – We start with the data. We conduct independent, unbiased research to analyze relationships and design solutions and communicate our findings in a compelling manner.

CHANGE IT – We work with leaders of cities, companies, and countries to achieve change, testing our ideas in complex real-world situations. We set clear objectives and hold ourselves accountable. • 

Our research findings are accessible to decision-makers, businesses, and civil society: as our own open-access material, in leading academic journals and repackaged for effective decision support.

Our Values

Trusted: decision-makers, private sectors, and the academic community recognize us as an independent and non-partisan institute.

Credible: our research is objective and supported by rigorous peer review.

Relevant: our work makes connections across the natural, physical and social sciences, allowing us to take new angles and offer robust, insightful (policy) recommendations.

Our Team

Beni Suryadi, Board of Advisors

Development professional with almost 15 years of experience in managing programs and conducting research on energy and climate change, supporting the governments of 10 countries in Southeast Asia to build climate-friendly development of the energy sector, and presenting it to the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) annually. Currently leading energy partnerships with the U.S., Russia, China, India, Norway, and international development agencies, overseeing multi million projects’ portfolios on ASEAN Energy and Climate Change topics.

Andri Rustanto, Board of Advisors

Andry Rustanto is a lecturer at the Department of Geography University of Indonesia since December 2010. He graduated his bachelor degree in Geography from Department of Geography University of Indonesia in 2005 and holds an M.Sc degree and PhD in Geo-hazard from Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation University of Twente. He has conducted various research and development projects on urban spatial analysis and physical geography such as soil, land use, and hydrology.

Ibnu Budiman, Director

Working for almost ten years as a researcher and consultant on themes of climate actions, agriculture, renewable energy, and land use. Former fellow of World Bank, World Resources Institute, etc. – advising EC, The EU, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNIDO, the Government of Indonesia, Japan International Cooperation Agency, etc. He is a PhD candidate at Wageningen University and Research and holds an MSc degree in environmental sciences, minoring climate studies and sustainability, from the same University.

Jodi Afila Ryandra, Policy Analyst

Jodi had been working as policy risk analyst for several private companies and government agency. He holds BSc from Faculty of Social Sciences and Politics at University of Indonesia and master’s in business law at University of Gadjah Mada. Jodi has strong interest in public policy, auditing, criminology, political science and economics.

Gema Arya, Operations Specialist

Gema holds BSc from Faculty of Humaniores, University of Indonesia. He has been working in various projects with CIPG (Centre for Innovation and Policy Governance), Paladin group project with Biomorf, Ruang Bahasa, Indonesia Certification of Medical Gas Bodies, the Indonesian medical gas association, and Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS).

Ahmad Ibrahim, Associate

Ibrahim has worked on several energy research and projects, especially on Solar Cell, PV System, PV Manufacturing, PV System Design, and Grid-Connected energy systems for urban and rural areas. He holds MSc of Photovoltaics & Solar Energy from University Of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia and now a PhD candidate of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Indira Pradnyaswari, Associate

Indira is a passionate environmentalist who have been working on various research projects on environmental sustainability. She has been involved on several international research with various NGOs and stakeholders in improving the environmental quality based on the circular economy principles. She holds a BSc degree in environmental engineering.

Alicia Yulianita, Research/Project Assistant

Alicia holds Bachelor of Sociology from the University of Indonesia. She has been working on various Quantitative and Qualitative Research, with Faculty of Social and Political Science University of Indonesia, Loughborough University, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), and Project National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan).