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.
The development of new Eco Lodges is supported by investment from shareholders. To date we have over 30 shareholders from Indonesia, Australia, the United States of America, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Many of our staff are also shareholders. Our shareholders bring a range of expertise and skills to the operation of the Eco Lodges.
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. He is a Veterinarian and now concentrates on working for INI RADEF (the Indonesia International Rural & Agricultural Development Foundation) and Eco Lodges Indonesia. He lives in Bali with his wife Meryl.
Mr. Nyoman Dedi is the General Manager and a major pioneer of Ecolodgesindonesia. Dedy is a Balinese lawyer with management qualifications and has overseen all major developments of the INIRADEF Foundation and ELI since inception over 15 years ago.
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 recently published a book on Indonesian butterflies.
Prof. Birute Galdikas Internationally recognized scientist, conservationist, anthropologist and educator working with orangutans in Kalimantan for more than three decades. Born in Lithuania. Now an Indonesian citizen dividing her time between the US, Canada and Indonesia. Â President of the Orangutan International Foundation, Professor Extraordinaire at the Universitas Nasional, Jakarta; and 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.
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.
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 is the Direktur Utama (GM) of the INIRADEF Foundation and Eco Lodges Indonesia. Dedi is also the Head of Legal Services and Coordinator of the Small Business Development Unit of INIRADEF.
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).
The second Board will be installed at the next AGM, April 13 – 14 2013 for the next five years. We will report the members after their confirmatiom.
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 day to day management of the company is by a Board of Management whose Chairman currently is Nyoam Dedi. A new international Operations Manager has just been appointed and we hope he will play a dynamic role in developing further our management and marketing systems.