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Our Team

Our team page provides an overview of the exceptional individuals working together to achieve our goals and objectives.

Project Team

Dr. Abdul Wahib Situmorang

Senior Adviser for Climate Governance, AIS Program Manager

Abdul Situmorang has been working for 16 years in several UN Agencies, the longest one with UNDP in various capacities. His academic background is an environmental and political sociologist, obtaining his Ph. D. from the Indonesia University in 2012 awarded the highest GPA, 4.0 of the 2012 Ph.D. graduation year (Cum Laude).

Riny Modaso

Head of AIS Forum Secretariat

Riny joined the AIS Forum Secretariat in January 2020, she is responsible for handling Partnership and International Collaboration. Riny has a strong experience in the marine and fishery sector. Before joining AIS Secretariat, she spent a few years at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs Indonesia. She graduated with a Master of Science in Aquatic Science from Sam Ratulangi University.

Livita Sumali

Head of Research and Development

Livita Sumali joined AIS in early 2020 and is currently responsible for Joint Research Program, University Network and Operations. Before joining AIS, Livita was previously an Infrastructure and Energy officer at the British Embassy Jakarta and project manager in the British Embassy The Hague, Netherlands. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Development Studies majoring Governance and Development Policies from International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Intan Defrina

Head of Partnership & Government Relations

In July 2023, Intan Defrina joined AIS Secretariat, focusing on international partnerships, drawing from experience with ADB and ASEAN Secretariat. She managed UNDP-ERIA Project 2045 in 2018-2019 and worked as a Senior Government Engagement Specialist for USAID’s Harmoni program for 3.5 years. She holds a bachelor degree’s in International Relations from the University of Indonesia and master’s in Governance and Development Policy from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Marsella Winata

Head of AIS Blue Hub

Marsella Winata is a Bachelor of International Relations graduate from the BINUS University. She joined the AIS Forum Secretariat in February 2019. She’s currently responsible for managing the AIS Blue Startup Hub initiatives where she leads the startup programs and activities.

Firstya Ramadhanty

Head of AIS Blue Financing

Firstya is currently responsible for the blue economy and blue financing-related programs in AIS Forum. She conferred her undergraduate degree from the Department of International Relations in Universitas Gadjah Mada, where she developed a strong interest in environmental sustainability, development, and international cooperation. Before joining the AIS Forum in June 2023, she was working at the Ministry of National Development Planning, handling the G20 amongst others.

Thomas Benmetan

Head of Marketing and Communications

Thomas Benmetan, AIS Forum’s Marketing and Communication lead since May 2023, previously served as a Communications and Campaign Officer for SDG Academy Indonesia – UNDP Indonesia, and was a junior lecturer at Binus University Malang’s Department of Communication. He holds a master’s in Media Studies: Media Creation and Innovation from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Wednes Suci Pradafitri

Head of Operations

Wednes Suci Pradafitri joined AIS Forum in June 2023 and is currently responsible for financial administration and operations. Prior joining AIS Forum, she worked as Project Assistant for Support Facility for Marine Plastic Litter Reduction Acceleration Project – UNDP Indonesia and Technical Assistance For The Coordinating Ministry Of Maritime and Investment Affairs on design of monitoring and reporting of the national action plan on marine debris at KfW Development Bank. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies: Environment Protection from University of Indonesia.

Liza Karunia Oktavia

Finance Officer

Liza Karunia Oktavia joined AIS Forum in July 2023 as Project Clerk (Finance). Prior joining this project, she was working as Finance Assistant at The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). She graduated from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, majoring in Master of Globalisation and Development.

Yohana Gabriella Nanda Kristiani

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Nanda joined the AIS Forum Secretariat in June 2023. She is currently responsible for the Monitoring and Reporting. Graduated from Coventry University with a Master of Arts in International Relations, she previously worked as the Monitoring and Reporting Officer for the PROTECT Project at UNDP Indonesia and Social Media and Search Engine Evaluator at Appen.

AIS Forum Extension Regional Representatives

Raeed Roshan Ali

AIS Regional Director for Pacific Ocean

Ollyna Raholisoa

AIS Regional Director for Indian Ocean

Abigail Durand

AIS Regional Director for Atlantic Ocean

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After a sideline discussion at the Ocean Conference 2017 in New York City and a follow-up Conference on the Archipelagic and Island States Forum in Jakarta in 2017, a common understanding among AIS participating countries was born. The Archipelagic and Island States Forum was then formally established through the adoption of the Manado Joint Declaration during the first Ministerial Meeting of the participating countries on 1 November 2018.

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum is a platform designed to include island states and archipelagic countries regardless of their region, size, and development level. A global initiative that brings together 51 archipelagic and island nations to take part in a collective forum addressing challenges of ocean resource usage for sustainable economic growth, climate change resiliency, ocean pollution, emergency management, and the enhancement of sustainable fisheries.

 

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum stands as a visionary platform, purposefully crafted to encompass the participation of 51 diverse archipelagic and island nations from across the globe. Its overarching mission is to facilitate a collective forum aimed at addressing the pressing issue of sustainable development. Within this forum, these nations come together to forge international partnerships and foster cooperation in their shared commitment to sustainable development. By uniting their efforts and expertise, the AIS Forum plays a pivotal role in harnessing the collective power of these island states to tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges they face while striving to build a more sustainable and interconnected world.
Five years after the establishment of the AIS Forum, leaders from AIS countries have agreed to strengthen commitment for collaboration among nations. On 11th October 2023 in Bali, Indonesia, at the First High Level Meeting of the AIS Foru,, 32 AIS countries agreed to adopt the Leaders’ Declaration on the Solidarity of the Archipelagic and Island States. The adoption of this declaration marked a significant step for the AIS Forum to further elevate its position in the global scheme. The Declaration focuses on four collaborative areas, which are:

Our Team offers an insightful glimpse into the exceptional individuals who comprise the driving force behind the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum. These dedicated professionals work cohesively to realize our mission and objectives. The AIS Forum, as a platform, is thoughtfully designed to incorporate the active participation of 51 archipelagic and island states from various corners of the world, uniting them within a collective forum to address the critical concerns of sustainable development.

The AIS Forum’s role is to facilitate close cooperation between archipelagic and island states in its four working areas. The forum has fostered connections and collaborative projects through its partnerships with private enterprises, government authorities, universities, NGOs, media and global or regional organisations. This approach aims to create a network of experts, researchers and policymakers who can provide insight and support to the AIS programme.

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Highlights

Efficient Policy and Stakeholder Engagement: A Key to Achieve Ocean Sustainability

Bali Ocean Days 2024: AIS Forum’s Commitment to Accelerate Sustainable Innovation in the Blue Economy

VENAMBAK’s Clean Technology for Climate Smart Aquaculture

to our monthly newsletter

Highlights

AIS Forum Collaborates with the United Kingdom to Enhance the Digital Ecosystem in Coastal Areas through Indonesia Digital Ecosystem Assessment (IDEA)

VENAMBAK’s Clean Technology for Climate Smart Aquaculture

Eco-Aerator: A Smart Choice for Pond Electricity Savings!

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