A range of expertise and skills are found in the operation of the Eco Lodges, including environmentalists, veterinarians, academics, hospitality and tourism industry business people, landscape architects, lawyers, philanthropists, eco tourism experts and guides.
We are unashamedly a company who only employs local people at our lodges as a CONSERVATION measure aimed to strengthen and empower their commitment to the environment as an employment source. We believe that protection of parks will only occur through sustainable jobs to persons on the edge of parks. Our guests thus play a vital role in this process.
We are a shareholding company receiving no government assistance. To date we have 38 shareholders from Indonesia, Australia, the United States of America, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Many of our staff are also shareholders as there is an aggressive share ownership scheme in the company. Our shareholders bring a range of expertise and skills to the operation of our lodges. Many of the shareholders (currently 16) are employees of the company; this is company policy to attempt to give ownership to loyal members of the work force.
Dr. Alan Wilson Alan is the Chairman of Eco Lodges Indonesia. Alan grew up in Uganda and moved to Indonesia after the Idi Amin period flying his family in a single engined aircraft from Tororo (Uganda) to Townsville (Australia). He is a Veterinarian and now concentrates on working for Eco Lodges Indonesia. He is based in Bali with his wife Meryl but both travel widely between the lodges and a home in Australia. In 2009, he was given a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Edinburgh University for his services to the global community.
Meryl Wilson Meryl grew up in Kenya. She is a Physiotherapist and designer and has a particular expertise in local butterfly species. Meryl is also a pioneer of the company and the design creator and project manager of lodge developments. She has designed and built three of our lodges at Udayana, Bajo and Kelimutu and published hand painted books on Indonesian butterflies and animals principally for education purposes in primary schools.
Prof. Birute Galdikas Internationally recognized scientist, conservationist, anthropologist and educator working with orangutans in Kalimantan for more than four decades. She was born in Lithuania, now an Indonesian citizen dividing her time between the US, Canada and Indonesia. she has been President of the Orangutan International Foundation, is Professor Extraordinaire at the Universitas Nasional, Jakarta; and is a Professor at the Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Claire Vaux Oelrichs Veterinarian, conservationist and founder of Save Indonesia’s Endangered Species Fund. She lives in Australia and the development of non-dependent conservation is her main interest. She now leads annual tours for Steppes Discovery (UK) and International Park Tours (Australia).
If you are interested in conservation and the role that eco tourism can play in protecting unique and threatened ecosystems by becoming a shareholder please contact Marie Gale (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information and a copy of our shareholder information pack.
Our First Board
The first Board of Directors was elected for 5 years at the AGM of 2008 and currently consists of 5 people.
Dr. Alan Wilson, co-founder with his wife, Meryl Wilson. Alan also manages INIRADEF, a not for profit Foundation established to oversee international development projects throughout Indonesia.
Mr. Nyoman Pahardi Dedi Mulia was the Direktur Utama; he has a law (sarjana hukum) qualification.
Mr. Marcellus Adi CTR is a Veterinarian from Bogor Agriculture University who has been a pioneer researcher of Indonesian endangered wildlife conservation programs, studying the behavior of Sumatran Rhinos.
Ms. Marie Gale is actively involved in a range of conservation and sustainable agriculture activities. She has extensive business management experience at a senior executive and CEO level in Australia and Japan.
Mr. Steve Noakes is a 30 year veteran in the travel and tourism industry and a leading Asia Pacific advocate for sustainable tourism approaches by industry, government and communities. Steve is also on the board of The Global Sustainable Council (USA).
Our Second Board
The Second Board of the company was voted in by the members at the AGM on April 13th 2013. Steve Noakes and Marcel Ady have left the Board due to pressure of work but will remain on our Advisory Board. Four new members have joined Marie Gale and Alan Wilson for the next 5 years. These new persons are
Helen Scott Orr who is one of Australia’s best known veterinarians having been the Chief Veterinarian for the state of New South Wales. She has had a long and distinguished relationship with Indonesia working in both long and short term assignments since 1977. Helen speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia and currently is a private consultant to a number of private and government agencies including AusAID and The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. Helen lives in Sydney with her husband Tim Kelly.
Gede Ori Ariandika born in Singaraja and educated both in Singaraja and Udayana University where he obtained a degree in economics. Gede joined Ecolodges Indonesia in 2000 and has served in the company in many capacities in the Accounts Department, as managers of both Udayana and Rimba lodges, in charge of our Eco certification process with Green Globe, as a member of the Board of Management and now Head of the companies Tours, Travel and Reservation Department. He plays a key role in the development of the company especially in marketing.
John Diment is an Australian with worldwide experience in chemical laboratories especially in Australia, UK and Indonesia. He lived in Bogor, Indonesia in the early 80s and then to an international company in the UK. John currently lives in Tasmania with his wife Elizabeth Haworth a well known internationally acclaimed doctor in the field of preventive medecine.
Gede Anjasmara was appointed on the Board in December 2014 to replace Nyoman Dedi who has left the company. Gede was born in Singaraja, had his tertiary education in Computer Science at Duta Wacana Christian University in Yogyakarta and is our new Direktur Utama (CEO) and we welcome him on the Board. Gede has served us since 1997 firstly in the INI RADEF Foundation and subsequently in the administration of Ecolodges Indonesia. His experience and loyal and honest work are greatly appreciated. Gede takes over at an important time in the company’s history and development.
Our International Advisory Group
The IAG provides a Think-Tank to consider strategic challenging issues and opportunities confronting the Board of Directors of Eco Lodges Indonesia. These individuals come from within Indonesia and abroad and bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the formal Board members decision making to achieve the Vision of Eco Lodges Indonesia. They provide guidance, not governance and volunteer their time, expertise, professional profiles and reputations.
The chairman of this group is Steve Noakes, Director, Pacific Asia Tourism Pty. Ltd. and Director, Eco Lodges Indonesia. Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Australia.
The Board of Management
The day to day management of the company is by a Board of Management whose Chairman currently is Gede Anjasmara (Direktur Utama). This Board includes Gede Ori (Head of Tours, travel and Reservations), Meryl Wilson (eco designer and adviser) and Kadek Dediarini (Head of Accounts). All have served the company loyally for many years.
Guides of Ecosafari Indonesia
Alexandra Robb is an artist and environmental educator from London. She works with The London Wildlife Trust (www.wildlondon.org.uk) managing a small nature reserve in suburban Twickenham. She spent time Bali as an artist-in-residence at The Green School near Ubud for 5 weeks in 2011. Alex first fell In love with Indonesia in 1997, when she joined a scientific expedition to Komodo Isalnd and Flores. On her way through she stayed at The Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge and has been coming back ever since. Alex has stayed at all the Lodges of Ecolodgesindonesia and has pioneered a successful Art Tour based at The Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge in May 2013, which included painting, sketching and printmaking components.
Meryl Wilson is one of the Founders of Ecolodges Indonesia and has lived in Indonesia since 1981 based in Java and Bali but visiting many parts of this wonderful archipelago nation. Of the six lodges, Meryl designed three with unique eco features using prevailing wind direction, rain water, solar energy and reed bed recycling techniques. She has a thorough knowledge of many of the cultural aspects of societies around our lodges in Flores. Meryl works mainly water colours and pencil. She painted all the 101 Butterflies and their life cycle stages in her book “101 Butterflies of Lowland Indonesia”. She was a key member of the first Art Tour held at The Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge.
Ni Nyoman Martini was born in Tabanan on the island of Bali and educated in Denpasar has graduated from Udayana University with a Diploma in English. She has traveled widely in Europe and also to Australia. She joined ECOLODGES INDONESIA (ELI) in 2005 and now is the Manager of ECOSAFARI INDONESIA, the Tours & Travel department of ESI. In this capacity, Nyoman has organized tours for large and small groups for customers from all over the world gaining a reputation for excellent service. She has led local tours in Bali and also inter lodge tours with Australian clients to all our lodges. Her speciality is birds and loves taking tours to the Settling Ponds from Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge.
Ni Nyoman Martini
Ucok Hakim was born in Kumai, Central Kalimantan (Borneo) and was educated in Pangkalan Bun where attended primary and secondary school. In his spare time, he studied and qualified in Accountancy. He joined Ecolodges Indonesia in 2006 as restaurant staff but worked his way up and is now Assistant Manager. During this process, he came to love and study the wildlife in The Tandjung Putting National park and soon became an expert guide. Now Ucok or Hakim is a member of The Guides Association and well known throughout the world (see Reports on Trip Advisor and other websites) through the groups has guided and helped through Ecosafari Indonesia. He is the Head of our Guides at The Rimba Lodge and is used extensively by primate and birding groups.
Heriono (fondly know as Heri) was born and educated to secondary school level in Lampung, South Sumatra. He became interested in birds as a “bird smuggler” but luckily joined ECOLODGES INDONESIA in 2007 to work at our Satwa Sumatra elephant Eco Lodge. The management rapidly learnt of his birding knowledge and convinced him to become a Guide for our guests. He became so successful in this role that now he is often booked well in advance by both small and large groups. He has also been used as a Bird Guide Trainer taking course at both Satwa and our Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. Heri is available for specialist Birding Groups.
Alan Wilson was born in Malawi, educated in East Africa, Ireland and Scotland before returning to Uganda as a veterinarian. In 1975, he flew his family to Australia in a single engine aircraft to work for The Queensland Department of Primary Industries. In 1981, he came with his wife to work for AusAID in Indonesia as Project Manager in a major veterinary collaboration activity with Indonesia. He never left and in 1994 with a close Balinese friend started a private Foundation leading to Ecolodgesindonesia. After over 30 years in Indonesia and living throughout the country, with his wife Meryl, they are well placed to lead tours to show visitors this great country, its peoples and culture, its business and its politics. Wilson believes in Conservation through sustainable jobs in or depending on national parks to create societies vitally interested in their preservation.
Gede Ori was born in the mountains of Bali near Munduk and educated in Singaraja and Udayana University in Denpasar where he graduated in Economics. Gede joined ECOLODGES INDONESIA in 1998 and worked in the accounts section. Since that period, Gede has worked in all sections of the company including Marketing, Senior Management, Tours Development and Reservations. Gede now is on The Board of the company. Gede is also Guide and has taken tours of guests from UK and Australia round all the lodges. He works closely with Mrs Nyoman Martini developing specialist tours for the company.