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 national parks will only occur through sustainable jobs to persons on the edge of parks. Our guests thus play a vital role in this process contributing in many ways including a 10US$ contribution to the company CONSERVATION FUND for their booking.
We are a Foreign Investment (PMA) company receiving no government assistance. Many of our staff are involved in the company as investors (now over 20). Our foreign and Indonesian supporters bring a range of expertise and skills to the operation of all lodges registered with Ecolodges Indonesia.
Supporters also can become involved in the company as tour leaders, Board members, trainers in English, Guiding, Birding and in many other areas.
Dr. Alan Wilson Alan is the Chairman of Eco Lodges Indonesia. Alan was born in Malawi, 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 and in 2015 a national “Lifetime Services Award” by the Indonesian Government for his services to sports development (especially cricket) in the country over the period 1993 – the present.
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, redesigned two more (Rimba and Satwa), published hand painted books on Indonesian butterflies (101 Butterflies of Indonesia’s lowlands) and animals principally for education purposes in primary schools. She is also the Chairman of the company Conservation Fund.
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), Australian university groups 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 supporter please contact Marie Gale ([email protected]) or register for our regular Newsletter ([email protected]).
Our First Board
The first Board of Directors was elected for 5 years at the AGM of 2008 and currently consisted of 5 people.
Dr. Alan Wilson, veterinarian Founder and Kommisaris (Commissioner).
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 (he subsequently has been re elected back on to the Board, see below) 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 and just appointed as Inspector General Disease Prevention. 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 all aspects of the development of the company.
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 medicine.
Gede Anjasmara, our Direktur Utama was appointed on the Board in December 2014. 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.
Steve Noakes has rejoined us (he was on our first Board (2008 – 2013) and has brought much needed knowledge of the global tourism industry. He is a valuable source also on global NGOs and how they fit into the struggle for conservation of our environment.
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 Ecosafari Indonesia), 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
Patrise Tiba is the head of our Guide section at the Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge. He was born and educated in Flores, is married to a local girl and lives in the village of Moni. He has a Diploma in Education gained in 2005 and worked in local schools and seminaries. Patrise joined Ecolodges Indonesia in 2014 and is now employed by our Tours and travel section Ecosafari Indonesia. Like most of our staff, he has learnt on the job and has shown a talent for Guest relations and guiding. He is currently a Level 2 Guide and is hoping to lift to Level 3 through a more detailed knowledge of birds.”
Carol and Detlef Davies
Carol and Detlef Davies who own and manage a successful birding company out of Keri Keri, New Zealand. Detlef was born in UK, is a solicitor with a passion for birds and from the early 1970s became a keen active birder joining local societies and traveling widely birding in more than 90 countries keeping meticulous notes. He also has a keen interest in mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragon flies and has become a prolific photographer. In 2003 he and Carol emigrated to New Zealand and commenced taking bird tours.
Carol was born and brought up in Scotland and is a biomedical scientist having a BSc Honours in Chemistry and Biology along with other postgraduate qualifications. In Scotland she worked for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau specilising in social policy for the elderly and disabled. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship which took her to New Zealand where she met Detlef. She shares his passion for birds.
Benny Mambrasar, associate tour leader and guide, is a landowner and native of Saporkren, Raja Ampat. A hunter, farmer and logger previously, he is intimately familiar with the forests and bird life of the Raja Ampat regency and has been working as a local guide there since 2011. He began working with Papua Bird Club/Magnificus Expeditions in 2015 as a local guide to the excellent bird-viewing sites on his land. Recognizing in him an honesty, keenness to learn, and appreciation for the value of conserving his forest and wildlife, Shita invited him to become her associate. Benny is now improving his knowledge of Papua’s bird life and honing his tour leading skills while assisting Shita on tours, and will soon be ready to lead tours independently.
Valentina Shita Prativi
Valentina Shita Prativi, the owner and chief agent and tour leader of Papua Bird Club (now operating as Magnificus Expeditions), has been a leader in ecotourism-based conservation and community development in West Papua for 12 years. Though born and raised in Jakarta, she has been completely accepted by many Papuan communities as one of their own through her respect for them and her dedication to their present and future well-being and happiness. As well as her independent work as Magnificus Expeditions, she has also worked with Conservation International as the manager of their Birds Head Seascape program. She is widely respected in both the community development and conservation communities for her expert knowledge of the avifauna of Papua and her dedication to the indigenous Papuans, and is considered to be the preeminent bird tour leader in West Papua. She has worked with the BBC, National Geographic, Netflix, leading scientists and bird enthusiasts from the US and Canada, the UK, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and many other countries.
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.
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 Puting 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.
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.
Botanical Artist, Educator & Author
Leonie is a practicing and exhibiting professional botanical artist, one of Australia’s most highly qualified botanical educators and a leading artist in her field. She is an international tutor of high regard and demand and is the author of ‘Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s – 1960s’, the only published book on women’s Australian Botanical Art .
Her paintings are in private and public collections, both in Australia and overseas, including the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA. She teaches regular courses, and workshops throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and the UK and has also taught botanical art field techniques at Macquarie University. In addition, she is an International External Examiner for Botanical Art Certificate courses in the USA and has also been involved in selection and judging for Australian botanical art exhibitions.
Leonie exhibits annually at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, the Botanical Art Society of Australia exhibition and the Canberra Botanic exhibition. She is past President of the Botanical Art Society of Australia, and remains an active member. She is a regular contributor to Australia Artist Magazine, Artists’ Palette, Back to Basics and Drawing & Inspiration publications and also give talks to various organizations on Botanical Art.
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 Island 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 Ecolodges Indonesia 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.