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Sugianto Tandra

Now the point man for client services and business development for the ICP, Sugianto (Aan) also writes reports for the program, his main duties before taking up the present role. He has a broad interest in current affairs and public policy issues in Indonesia and has more than two decades of professional experience as journalist working with several Jakarta-based national and foreign media outlets as well as a long stint as civic activist and public policy analyst and advocate with a couple of Jakarta-based non-governmental organizations and think tanks. Aan studied at Gadjah Mada University, Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and University of Sydney.

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Advisory Board

A.A. “Tonny” Pranatadjaja

A.A. Pranatadjaja, or Tonny as he is usually called, has held various positions at PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk for 34 years where he was in charge of manufacturing, personnel ,external relations and CSR and several overseas assignments. He was part of the Board of Directors’ team for ten years and has successfully implemented the HR Development Program and Reengineering & Change (Organizational Effectiveness) Management in his role as Personnel Director prior to his subsequent function in building the Corporate Relations division which covers Communications, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Crisis Management.  At that time, he came to be recognized for the successful implementation of Reputation Risk Management and several community development programs, all of which were based on his experience in external relations and CSR. and has received and awarded for his efforts in the sustainable development for small medium enterprises in the World Association of SME Global meeting in Gibraltar sponsored by UNCTAD, UN 2002.

He retired from the board of directors of PT Unilever Indonesia TBK in 2003 and was appointed as its Corporate Relations advisor, a position until the present. He was also President of the ASEAN Cosmetic Association for five years and President of the Indonesian Cosmetics Companies Association for ten years.

He is now as director of PT Protocol One and also as independent commissioner in several companies in Triputra group and Board member of British Chamber and members  of the Advisory Boards in the Castle Asia- Indonesian Country Program  ;  Yayasan Kehati ( Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation)  ;  Perkosmi (Association of Cosmetics Companies ); Beachhead  New Zealand Advisor for South East Asia ; Board of Trustee of  Indonesian  School of Business and Management of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

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Advisory Board

Andy Cobham

Andy Cobham has more than 45 years working experience in the field of Telecommunication and IT – – both in the Public &   Private Sector. He has lived and worked in Indonesia for the past 30 years in capacities ranging from advisor to the Government of Indonesia on telecommunications policy and regulations, President Director of Motorola Indonesia; President Director of Research in Motion (the BlackBerry people) as well as Country Partner with Wesley Clover (a Private Equity Investment firm operating out of the US and Canada and focusing on Incubator Funds to support IT Start-ups in Developing Markets). He served as an AmCham Governor & Telecommunications & IT Committee Chair 1999 through until his retirement in 2018 and; he served a ten year term as Vice Chairman of Indonesia’s MASTEL.

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Chris Newton

Chris has had a 42-year upstream oil and gas industry career covering the spectrum of exploration, development and production, developing core strengths in exploration, petroleum economics, strategic planning, business development and ultimately business leadership and founding.
Chris currently serves as Executive Chairman of Perth based Tap Oil Limited and as a Non-Executive Director of Lion Energy Limited. Tap has oil production, development and exploration offshore Thailand and Lion has oil production, oil and gas development and exploration onshore Seram Island in Indonesia.   

A 1978 Geology graduate from Collingwood College, The University of Durham, England, Chris also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA). After a 10-year early career as a petroleum geologist, primarily in Australia, he spent more than 30 years in South East Asia in various industry capacities including Managing Director of Fletcher Challenge in Brunei, a stint as Managing Director of Shell Deepwater Borneo, President of Santos – Indonesia and CEO of Jakarta-listed oil and gas company, Energi Mega Persada (EMP). Along with Mr Tom Soulsby, he co-founder Singapore based Risco Energy in July 2010, which was subsequently sold to Kufpec in 2013, after which Risco Energy Investments was founded.

Risco Energy investments current has controlling equity interests in two Australian Stock Exchange listed companies, Lion Energy Limited (AX:LIO) and Tap Oil Limited (ASX:TAP).

Chris was an active Director of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) between 2003 to 2008, including serving as President from 2004 to 2007.

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Eugene K. Galbraith

Gene has nearly forty years working experience in Indonesia and Hong Kong. At present, he is a Director of the largest independent telecommunications tower company in Indonesia, Protelindo, as well as a Senior Advisor to the Geneva-based bank Pictet and Co, and to McKinsey & Co..  From 2002-2019 he was a senior member of the management team for the 2002 purchase from the Government of Indonesia of the largest private domestic bank, Bank Central Asia, serving as Deputy CEO from 2011 to 2019 and as Chairman from 2002 to 2011.  He holds a B.A. (Philosophy),  M.Phil (Economics) and Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A  (Anthropology) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Advisory Board

Noke Kiroyan

Noke Kiroyan is the chairman and chief consultant of Kiroyan Partners, a corporate communications and public affairs consulting firm that has assisted numerous companies, mostly multinationals, international development agencies and Indonesian SOEs among others in managing crises, community development, stakeholder management as well as obtaining and maintaining the social license to operate. He is also currently a Senior Advisor to Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia and Chairman of PT Bis Industries Indonesia, a subsidiary of the Perth-based mining logistics company.

He is actively involved in several non-profit organizations that includes being Chairman of the Indonesia chapter of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia, Trustee of the US-Indonesia Society (USINDO), the Indonesia chapter of Junior Achievement Worldwide and the School of Business & Management of the Bandung Institute of Technology.

He was CEO of Salim Deutschland GmbH in Düsseldorf, subsidiary of the Indonesian Salim Group overseeing two operations, including Deutsche Hydrierwerke GmbH in the former German Democratic Republic. He was reassigned to Melbourne, Australia in 1994 as Director of the joint-venture, Albright & Wilson Limited, and Salim Group Representative in the country. In 1996 he was reassigned as CEO of the fully-owned subsidiary, Salim Oleochemicals Inc. in Dublin, Ohio, in the United States that served the markets in North America and the larger countries of Latin America with palm-oil derivatives from the plants in Indonesia and Germany.

Rio Tinto recruited Noke in the US and repatriated him as Country Head and CEO of Rio Tinto Indonesia in 1997. He served on the boards of Rio Tinto subsidiaries and affiliates, including gold mine Kelian Equatorial Mining, coal mine Kaltim Prima Coal and copper-and-gold mine Freeport Indonesia. The role encompassed chairmanship of the Rio Tinto Foundation as well. The mining industry provided him with hands-on experience in engaging local communities. Within months upon his return he initiated negotiations with local communities and NGOs on long-standing grievances relating to the gold mine.

With divestiture issues heating up, in 2001 he was charged with being CEO of the world-class mining operation, Kaltim Prima Coal based at the mine site in Sangatta, East Kalimantan. Upon its sale in 2003 Noke returned to Jakarta as Chairman of Rio Tinto Indonesia. In 2005 he accepted the offer from Newmont Gold Corporation to head its Indonesia corporate office, Newmont Pacific Nusantara at the height of the company’s dispute with the government about alleged pollution of the Buyat Bay. He also sat on the boards of the operating companies, Newmont Nusa Tenggara and Newmont Minahasa Raya.

In addition to Indonesian Noke speaks English, German and Dutch. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Syracuse University in the United States that he concluded with a research project titled “Water Imagery in Dutch Paintings: Artistic Expression of Natural Environment and Human Control over Nature in the Seventeenth Century.” As well, he holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, Herriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom

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Umar Juoro

Umar Juoro is currently an Independent Commissioner at HSBC Indonesia. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Habibie Center and Asia Competitiveness Institute, LKY School of Public Policy National University of Singapore. He is also the Special Advisor for the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economy.

Previously, he was Chairman of Supervisory Board of Bank Indonesia, the Independent Commissioner of Maybank Indonesia, an Advisor for Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse Singapore, as well as an Assistant for Economy, Finance, and Industry to President Habibie. He was a consultant for the World Bank, ADB, UNDP and ILO. He graduated with a degree in Physics from the Bandung Institute of Technology and Economics from the University of the Philippines and Boston University. 

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James Castle

In over 40 years of work in Southeast Asia, Mr. Castle has advised in the establishment of numerous foreign direct investment projects. He has acted as a consultant to many of the world’s largest corporations as well as many of Indonesia’s and Southeast Asia’s largest business groups. In addition to his experience with private sector clients, Mr. Castle has also been a consultant to numerous projects for governments and international agencies including the World Bank, IFC, ADB, USAID and the Indonesian government. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Monash University and was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2008 and 2011. He has served several terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia and was the founding Chairman of the International Business Chamber in Indonesia.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Australia-Indonesia Centre. He was appointed by the Minister of Finance as the only non-Indonesian member of the Indonesian National Team to Review Tax Law Changes in 2005. He was one of two foreigners appointed to Indonesia’s Tripartite Forum on Industrial Relations in 2001. He has convened numerous conferences and seminars on economic reform, sectoral opportunities and public policy issues. He appears frequently on CNBC, CNN and BBC as a commentator on Indonesian business and politics. Mr. Castle earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii (1972) as an East-West Center student and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan (1968). As a PhD candidate from Cornell University, he conducted research as a Fulbright Doctoral Research Scholar at Universitas Pajajaran (Bandung, 1977) and the Koninklijke Instituut in The Netherlands (Leiden, 1976). He was an East-West Center visiting scholar at Mindanao State University, Philippines (1972), and Gajah Mada University, Indonesia (1973). He was a USAID intern in Washington DC in 1974. He served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines (Mindanao 1968-1970). He also studied in Tokyo at Sophia University in 1967. He has lived in Indonesia since 1977 and is fluent in Indonesian. He was born in Michigan, USA.

Positions and Activities

Australia-Indonesia Centre – Board Member 2014 to present
Center for Strategic and International Studies (Wash DC) – Senior Assoc, Sumitro Chair for SE Asia Studies 2014-16 American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, President (1990-1993; 1999-2001, 2006); Chairman President’s Advisory Council (2014 to present)
Monash University, Honorary Professorial Fellow (2013 – 2015)
East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Advisory Board (2010 -2015)
PT TVS Motor Indonesia, Commissioner (2007 – 2015)
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Adjunct Professor (2008, 2011)
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Advisory Board (2009-2010)
Indonesia National Team to Review Tax Law Changes, Member (2005)
International Business Chamber of Indonesia, Chairman (2000-2002), Board Member (2000 – present)
US-Indonesia Society, Board of Advisors (1998 – present)
Coca-Cola Indonesia, Board of Advisors (1996 – 2018)
Regent’s Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California (2003)
Indonesia National Tripartite Forum on Industrial Relations, Member (2001)
The Nature Conservancy, Founding Governor, Member, Indonesian Advisory Board (1992-2000)
American-Indonesia Education Exchange Foundation (Fulbright), Board of Directors (1989-1996)
US-ASEAN Business Council, Vice Chairman, Indonesian Board of Supervisors (1989-1994)
USAID-Indonesian Investment Board (BKPM) Private Sector Project, Project Director (1983-1988)
Indonesian-American Friendship Association, Vice Chairman (1985-1989)
Partner, Touche Ross Indonesia 1981-1983
Business International, Director Southeast Asia 1980-1981
Free Lance Journalist, Jakarta, 1978-1979

Publications

Jokowi: A New Sheriff in Town, Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash Univ. Dec 2014
Indonesia: Prospects for Prosperity in Great Decisions 2012, Foreign Policy Association (2012) Indonesia’s Infrastructure, Editor/Publisher (1994, 1996, 2010) (syndicated)
The Indonesian Consumer, Author/Editor (11th Edition 2010) (syndicated)
Who’s Who in Yudhoyono’s Indonesia (2004, 2005, 2010) (syndicated)
Indonesia Year in Review (Annual, 24thEdition 2018)
Indonesia Political Pulse (Annual,9thEdition 2018)
Toward the New Indonesia: collected articles, Suara Pembaruan (2002)
Who’s Who in Indonesian Politics, Author/Editor (1999) (syndicated)
Indonesian Health Care: Today and Tomorrow, Author, published by GP Farmasi (1995)