Vic serves as the Regional Director of ICLEI Southeast Asia. He brings more than three decades of professional experience working with local governments in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand on various urban development issues. He manages a team of experts and consultants within the Southeast Asia region--dealing with urban development issues focusing on environmental sustainability. Vic works directly with external support agencies and national governments to develop and deploy ICLEI's Pathways and advocacy in the region. During his career as a civil servant and as Regional Director, he has been involved in more than 30 international projects. Prior to joining ICLEI, he has worked with the City Government of Baguio as Project Development Officer and Development Management Officer in the local planning department, particularly working on urban planning focusing on environmental and socio-economic sustainability.
Areas of Expertise: Sustainable Development, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Institutional and Policy Development, International Cooperation, Project Development, Urban Planning and Law
Education: M.A. Public Administration; Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science in Forestry
Mary Jane Alvarez
Regional Program Manager
Jane's demonstrated expertise is gathered from working in the development sector for more than a decade with particular focus in the area of sustainability, climate change, environment, and natural resources. In ICLEI SEAS, she assists the Regional Director in developing, strategizing, and overseeing the implementation of programs and projects under the different portfolio across Southeast Asia. She provides technical advice and strategic guidance in the design and delivery of project activities. She manages program and project teams to ensure efficiency and initiate collaboration among the team and external partners.
Prior to joining ICLEI, she served as OIC-Supervising Economic Development Specialist of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). She had extensive training and involvement on the conduct of national and sectoral development planning, policy review, and investment programming to achieve the country’s development objectives particularly on climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable development, and the environment sector.
Areas of expertise: national and sectoral development planning, policy review, investment programming, climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable development
- Master of Science in Sustainability, United Nations University (UNU) and University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
- Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, major in Human Settlements Planning, University of the Philippines Los Baños (cum laude)
Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Manager
Pam is responsible for the low emission development pathway portfolio of ICLEI in the Southeast Asia region. She oversees program management and building relationships with member and network cities of ICLEI and with like-minded organizations in pursuit of joint and concerted climate action and urban sustainability. She works with local governments in establishing city-level GHG emissions inventories, formulating local climate action plans, and climate data disclosure. She completed her undergraduate degree in BS Environmental Planning and Management at Miriam College and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Environmental Management and Studies to continue to adapt to the fast-evolving nature of policies, technologies, and advocacy in the field of urban sustainability.
Areas of Expertise: climate change mitigation, GHG inventory, project management, climate advocacy
- MS Environmental Management and Studies (ongoing), Miriam College, Philippines
BS Environmental Planning and Management major in Corporate Environmental Management, Miriam College, Philippines
Zeny joined ICLEI in 2005 as the Administrative and Finance officer. Prior to working with ICLEI, she was an Administrative Assistant in a real estate company and a Reservation Officer in a travel agency for two and a half years. She has been trained in different areas including logistics preparation, financial reporting to funders for various projects, and administrative support in the organization’s operations.
Areas of Expertise: Administration and finance
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City, Philippines (formerly Divine Word College-Tagbilaran)
Ricardo Marfiga, Jr.
Senior Project Officer – Membership, Governance, Partnerships, and Special Projects
Ric oversees ICLEI SEAS’ membership and governance operation, recruitment, and services to local governments in the region. He also handles partnerships with various organizations including the implementation of projects in climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and the sustainable development agenda. He also serves as the coordinator for local and international activities. Prior to his work in ICLEI, Ric is part of the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) of the Quezon City Government as an Industrial Inspector which ensures the business sector's compliance to environmental laws of the City. He also served as a Planning and Research Assistant- evaluating project proposals from different institutions to be implemented in the City.
Areas of Expertise: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, DRRM, GHG
- BS Electronics and Communications Engineering, University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines
Jose Bernardo Gochoco III, EnP
Senior Project Officer
BJ has been working with local governments in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction and management through various development assistance projects funded by international organizations. Most notable is his work in Guiuan, Eastern Samar where he assisted in the formulation of their recovery and rehabilitation plan and ecological profile after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the municipality.
In ICLEI, BJ oversees the implementation and monitoring of various climate change adaptation and mitigation projects of the organization. He performs the technical aspects of providing capacity building activities to local governments units. He is also a licensed Environmental Planner.
Areas of Expertise: Urban planning, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, disaster risk reduction and management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), area profiling, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Vulnerability & Risk Assessments
- Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines Diliman
- Bachelor of Science in Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman
Kristianne Jemi Santos
- Masters in Environmental Planning, Miriam College
- BS Environmental Planning and Management Major in Urban Planning and Green
Architecture, Miriam College
Katrina has four years of experience working with local governments on climate change and sustainable urban development. In ICLEI, she is involved in the coordination and implementation of climate change mitigation projects with a focus on accelerating low-emission development in the local governments, such as Active City-Community Engagement to Leverage Emissions Reduction through Activities that Transform Energy-Use (ACCELERATE); WWF's One Planet City Challenge (OPCC); South-South Collaboration on Climate Information and Services (SSCIS); and Sparking Active Mobility Actions for Climate-friendly Cities (SPARK). She also provides capacity-building activities and technical assistance to local governments in climate data disclosure through CDP-ICLEI Track.
- Masters in Environmental Planning, Miriam College
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Management Major in Urban Planning and Green Architecture, Miriam College
Having a diverse set of skills and interests, James specializes in remote-sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and Urban Property Taxation. He has served in various sectors in the government, the academe, and some non-profit organizations both locally and internationally. Some of these include thee Ateneo Innovation Center; the Office of Former Philippine Senator Francis N. Pangilinan; the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of San Juan City, Philippines; the Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines Project; and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in Bangkok, Thailand. Ultimately, he aims to contribute in fostering safe and equitable cities and communities, where humans and nature are in a harmonious relationship with one another.
Areas of Expertise: Remote-Sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Strategic Foresight, Property Taxation, Urban Heat Island (UHI) Phenomenon
- Master of Science in Urban Strategies, Chulalongkorn University
- Bachelor of Environmental Science Minor in Development Management, Ateneo de Manila University
Chris specializes in various facets of marketing and communications, including campaign planning, creative execution, strategic rollout, and everything in between.
He started his career as a technology and business journalist, writing about consumer and green technologies for a Philippine-based tech lifestyle magazine and various Southeast Asian business magazines. His work in the development sector includes being a training assistant for a leadership training program for students around the Philippines.
Most recently, he served in the marketing and communications office of one of the top engineering schools in the Philippines. In addition to his social media management role, he also wrote speeches for the school’s executives; created feature stories for the school’s applied research projects; led production and served as quality control for internal and external communication materials; and led the development of institutional marketing strategies.
At ICLEI, Chris is at the helm of communications and advocacy and also leads the Secretariat’s partnership and networking activities.
Areas of expertise: marketing, branding, social media management, communications, creatives, writing, publication, sound recording, photography, videography, directing, audiovisual post-production
- Master of Arts in Communication (ongoing), University of the Philippines - Diliman
- Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication, University of the Philippines - Diliman
Jeng underwent systematic capacity building and mentoring on financial and administrative management organized by her previous organizations, partner NGOs, and funding partners. At ICLEI, Jeng supports the Administrative and Finance Officer in all financial matters of the organization.
Edu joined ICLEI in 2017 and he is primarily concerned with assisting the administration and finance team in managing the office's day-to-day operations. He assists the whole team with matters of logistics.
Arif has worked on environmental and climate-related issues at the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) since 2004, with his most recent position being a Policy Analyst on Climate Change Adaptation in 2021-2022. He conducted policy assessments and provided policy briefs on climate change and development. He also served as the Deputy Director for Climate Change Adaptation at MoEF from 2013-2021. His work experience includes the development and promotion of climate change adaptation (CCA) policy and its implementation, such as providing technical guidelines for mainstreaming CCA into development at the national and sub-national levels.
He contributed for a number of publications, including the Roadmap of NDC Adaptation 2021-2030, Climate Outlook 2030 Indonesia, SIDIK – Information system of Climate Change Vulnerability Index, and The State of Indonesia’s Forest 2020, among others.
- B.Sc in Chemical Engineering, University of Diponegoro, Indonesia
- M.Sc in Environmental Pollution Control, University of Leeds, UK
Senior Project Officer
Selamet has nearly 15 years of experience in advocating environmental conservation and climate change in urban areas, focusing on air quality issues, waste management, green open spaces, and sustainable transportation. He served as the Director of the Indonesian Forum for Environment, Jakarta Region from 2000-2009. He was heavily involved in passing the legislation for waste management in Indonesia. Due to his efforts, he was appointed as the members of the Board of Directors and Considerations of National Waste Management. The board's task is to give advise and input to the Minister of Environment and Forestry for waste management programs implemented in Indonesia.
He joined ICLEI in 2015, handling climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. He was the lead for the ACCCRN (Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network) in 10 cities and OPCC (One Planet City Challenge; was Earth Hour City Challenge) project since 2016. At the moment, he is supporting the implementation of the Ambitious City Promises program, working with DKI Jakarta (national capital), Bekasi, and Tangerang City.
Areas of Expertise: climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency, waste management, local government, community engagement, climate advocacy
- BSc in Syariah Law (UIN Syarif in Hidayatullah, Indonesia)
- Social Capacity Development and Environment Management and Policy Evaluation Training (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Project Officer – Urban Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in Indonesia
Yustisia is an environmental legal analyst with a decade of experience managing various research, projects, and advocacies on environmental issues. He has been involved in various activities requiring him to work closely with communities and officials at the national and local levels. From 2017-2018 he was involved in advocacy work to restore indigenous peoples’ land rights in the forest area, where he facilitated a national coordination meeting to accelerate the process attended by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Governors, and Majors/Regents across the Indonesian archipelago. As a researcher, he participated in developing the Local Government Index, a tool to measure local governments’ governance in forest land use and management. He was also involved in writing a legal annotation of the nation’s environmental law. His recent research undertaken during his post-graduate study examines the legal framework for bioregionalism, an approach to managing the environment beyond the limit of political-administrative boundaries.
Areas of expertise: Environmental Law; Climate Change Law and Policy; Forestry Law; Development Planning; Good Governance; Regional Autonomy; Policy Advocacy; Community Engagement
- Bachelor of Law (University of Indonesia)
- Master of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
Project Officer – 100% Renewable Energy
Siti Koiromah has 5 years of experience in the renewable energy sector including solar PV development, policy, and technology analysis. She started her career as a Renewable Energy facilitator at Patriot Energi, a rural electrification program under the Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Prior to ICLEI, she was a researcher at Coaction Indonesia and was involved in various projects and publications: Energy Transition, Clean Transportation - Biofuel and Electric Vehicle, skills analysis in the electricity sector, GHG calculation in sub- national level, Green Jobs, and supporting Low Emission Transportation on the MRT Jakarta, among others. She also was a part-time lecturer in the Engineering Physics department at Multimedia Nusantara University. Currently, she supports ICLEI Indonesia in the 100% Renewable Energy project.
Areas of Expertise: Renewable Energy, Energy Policy, Energy Security, Clean Transportation, Green Economy, and Green Jobs.
- Bachelor in Engineering Physics, Gadjah Mada University
- Master in Energy Security, Indonesian Defence University
Sumardi “Aree” Ariansyah
Project Assistant – Safe and Sound Cities (S²Cities) Programme
Aree has plenty of experience working with non-profits and advocacy organizations, through which he became a progressive organizer well-versed in social and environmental campaigns. He specializes in campaigns and youth movements, assisting in community development activities to recruit, coordinate, engage, and mobilize stakeholders towards action.
In ICLEI, Aree focuses on implementing and monitoring the Safe and Sound Cities (S²Cities) Programme implementation in Bandung City. S²Cities aims to improve young people’s safety and well-being in urban environments.
Areas of Expertise: Campaign Management related to the Ocean and Climate Crises, Youth Engagement, and Community Mobilization
- Bachelor in Art and Pedagogy, University of Muhammadiyah
Medhiansyah Putra Prawira
National Coordinator – Urban Shift Project
Medhiansyah has been working as an urban regional planning specialist, urban designer, and researcher, focusing on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation issues for the last five years. Previously, he was a program officer in Disaster and Climate Resilience Cluster in Resilience Development Initiative and has worked together with various international and national institutions such as UNDP, UNICEF, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) Japan, Wahana Visi Indonesia, Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia, and more. He specialized in several topics such as social protection, nature-based solutions, resilient infrastructure, risk governance, and transboundary hazards. Besides his professional activities, he actively engages in academic activities and community empowerment at the Tunas Nusa Foundation.
Areas of Expertise: Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Community Resilience, Adaptive Social Protection, Disaster Displacement, Inclusive Humanitarian Response
- Bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning, Sepuluh November Institute of Technology
- Master in Urban Design, Bandung Institute of Technology
Juniarti Elisabeth Sinaga
Membership and Communications Officer
Juniarti Elisabeth supports the membership governance and communication aspects of current projects at the ICLEI Indonesia office. Formerly working in the private sector as a marketing communicator, she was responsible for managing communication outputs, CSR projects, and campaigns activities of the company. After participating as one of the Indonesian delegates for the Asian Student Environmental Platform (ASEP) Japan in 2016, she was inspired to work in the environmental field and contribute to society. She heartily believes in the mission and long-term vision of sustainable urban development accelerated by ICLEI.
Area of expertise: copywriting, communication, social media strategy, digital marketing,
qualitative research, SEO writing.
- Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies, University of Indonesia
Finance and Operation Officer
Hikmatul P Pasaribu is a Finance and Operation Assistant, with a background in finance and administrative management. Prior to joining ICLEI, she has worked with various international Non-Governmental Organizations to support finance and administration in the organization. Joining ICLEI Indonesia in 2017, Hikmatul is responsible for accounting and finance records, assisting in the preparation and monitoring of ICLEI Indonesia Office budget, and drafting financial statements and reports. She also provides support to the Project Management Team.
Areas of Expertise: administration, finance, book-keeping,
- Bachelor of Agribusiness (University of North Sumatera, Indonesia)
Marwan fell in love with the environment when he became part of an organization focusing on peat restoration.
- Bachelor of Computer Science, Telematics Cakrawala School of Technology, Indonesia