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Domingos Lequi Siga Maria

Head of Climate Change and Environment Unit

Ines Da Costa Pereira

Administrative and Finance Associate of Timor Leste

Almerindo Olivera da Silva

National Project Coordinator of Timor Leste

Kenneth Yhuanje

National Project Coordinator of Papua New Guinea

Joe Kiningi

Administrative and Finance Officer of Papua New Guinea

Laeli Sukmahayani

Gender Specialist

Nara Wisesa Wiwardhana

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Johanis Valentino Fofied

Indonesia Field Facilitator for Merauke

Hasbi

Indonesia Field Facilitator for Aru Tenggara

Nathazha Bostanova Eunike Sipasulta

Junior Project Clerk for ATSEA-2 National Coordination Unit Indonesia

Erma Normasari

Indonesia Field Facilitator for Rote Ndao

Dwi Ariyoga Gautama

National Project Coordinator - Indonesia

Thea Arcella Bohol

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist

Cristine Ingrid S. Narcise

Policy and Result-Based Management Specialist

Deti Triani

Marine Technical Assistant

Katherine Rose Gallardo-Aguiling

Project Consultant (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Nur Junaidi

Project Associate (Finance and Admin)

Casandra Tania

Regional Biodiversity Specialist

Handoko Adi Susanto

Regional Project Manager

Domingos Lequi Siga Maria

Head of Climate Change and Environment Unit

In the first semester of 2021 (February-June), Domingos Lequi Siga Maria – known to his colleagues and friends as Leqsi – led Timor-Leste’s NCU for ATSEA-2 as the Programme’s acting Project Coordinator. This has been a difficult time, not least because of the spike in Covid-19 cases nationwide, which forced the government to impose unusually tough lockdown measures. Despite many challenges faced by marine fisheries during this period, Leqsi managed to maintain momentum and helped the Programme stay afloat. Prior to joining the UNDP Timor-Leste Country Office as the head of Climate Change and Environment Unit, he worked in the petroleum/energy industry in Timor-Leste for about 15 years. Leqsi, a Fulbright scholar, completed his MSc in Energy Management (with Distinction) from the New York Institute of Technology, New York City. He also holds a BSc in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Honolulu.

Ines Da Costa Pereira

Administrative and Finance Associate of Timor Leste

As admin and finance associate for ATSEA-2 Project based in Timor-Leste, Ines is responsible for carrying out all day to day administrative, operational, budgetary and financial management. She also supporting NPC budgeting and functional to optimize the cost-recovery system and collaboration with different stakeholders.⁠
Ines earned her bachelor degree in Business Economics, Financial Management from the Institute of Business (IOB) Timor-Leste with 8 years of experience working for UNDP projects.⁠

Almerindo Olivera da Silva

National Project Coordinator of Timor Leste

Almerindo serves as ATSEA-2 National Coordination Unit (NCU) of Timor-Leste for integrated coastal management in Manatuto and Manufahi Municipalities. He has 17 years of working experience in international development, specializing in community resilience through Economic Development. Previously, he worked as a Manager and Field Coordinator in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) projects include emergencies response and Agriculture development, Value chain approach on economic diversification, and worked on Coastal resilience project at UNDP.

ATSEA-2 responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of the project
  • Monitor the project work plan, outputs and targets as approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) in Indonesia
  • Ensure a clear and strategic support link between the Regional Project Management Unit (RPMU) and the National Coordination Unit (NCU)
  • Engage national counterparts and build a reputation for quality design and reliable delivery of the ATSEA-2 Programme
  • Supervise project personnel and coordinate the activities of other consultants
  • Coastal Habitat (Mangroves, Forest of Mangroves associate  protection, Ecosystem and biodiversity management through Climate chains Adaptation concept
  • upland forest management through disaster risk reduction and livelihoods programs

Kenneth Yhuanje

National Project Coordinator of Papua New Guinea

Ken has 14 years of professional experience in fisheries, conservation and environmental impact assessment. He previously served as Senior Advisor and Superintendent at Porgera Gold Mine in PNG from 2011 and 2020 where he managed environmental management system and environmental monitoring, reporting and environmental projects. Prior to that, he worked as a research biologist between 2006 and 2011 with Wildlife Conservation Society, and as a fisheries biologist between 2004 and 2006 with Ok Tedi Mining Limited where he managed research on artisanal fisheries on the Fly River and aquaculture in Western Province. Ken has a Master of Science (MSc) in Biology degree from the University of Saint Louis-Missouri and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology degree from the University of Papua New Guinea.

ATSEA-2 responsibilities :

  • Support the implementation of the project
  • Monitor the project work plan, outputs and targets as approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC)
  • Ensure a clear and strategic support link between the Regional Project Management Unit (RPMU) and the National Coordination Unit (NCU)
  • Engage national counterparts and build a reputation for quality design and reliable delivery of the ATSEA-2 Programme
  • Supervise project personnel and coordinate the activities of other consultants

 

Joe Kiningi

Administrative and Finance Officer of Papua New Guinea

Joe Kiningi serves as NCUs Administrative and Finance Officer. Joe is an accredited Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and brings with him 14 years of experience as an accountant, auditor and administrative officer. Prior to joining ATSEA-2, Joe served as Accountant and Admin Manager in T.J. Lopia and Associates LTD from 2018 to 2020. Before that, he worked with Anglicare PNG Inc. as Senior Finance Officer from 2015 to 2018 as Internal Auditor. Joe also served as Accountant in Oceanic Communication (PNG) Ltd from 2012 to 2015, Assistant Accountant of Nikom Parts and Engineering and Raddlestown Real Estate Ltd from 2008 to 2010, and Accounts and Administration Officer of Central Business Systems from 2006 to 2008. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Papua New Guinea.

Laeli Sukmahayani

Gender Specialist

Laeli Sukmahayani is a strong advocate of sustainable development with professional experience in health, education, biodiversity, environment, renewable energy, gender equality, and women & youth empowerment. She graduated from University College London (UCL) in 2018 with an MA in Gender, Society and Representation, which broadened her perspective on gender politics and feminism theory. Moreover, her MA dissertation focused on sex education programmes in the West Nusa Tenggara region. Before joining the ATSEA-2 National Coordinating Unit (NCU) of Indonesia, she was an Assistant Project Manager at PEKA Sinergi – Millenium Challenge Account Indonesia (MCAI) in Mataram, where she worked alongside several important local and international programme stakeholders.

Nara Wisesa Wiwardhana

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Nara Wisesa Wiwardhana has a profound interest and specialities in Monitoring & Evaluation, Marine Biology, Ecology & Biodiversity, Environmental Management & Conservation, and Sociology gained both from his work experience and studies. He was an awardee for the Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholarship in 2008 – 2010, resulting in him obtaining an MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM), which is a joint program hosted by three different universities, namely the Central European University in Hungary, the University of Manchester in UK, and Lund University in Sweden. Before joining UNDP NCU ATSEA-2, Nara was a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Knowledge Management Team Leader for Yayasan WWF-Indonesia, and have gained many research and survey experiences during his work in the organisation.

Johanis Valentino Fofied

Indonesia Field Facilitator for Merauke

Joe serves as the Field Facilitator for Merauke for the ATSEA-2 National Coordination Unit (NCU) of Indonesia. He is responsible for guiding the field team and local stakeholders, supporting the program and conducting outputs based on UNDP and Government plans. He has 17 years of experience in Communication and Behaviour Change and projects that focused on sanitation, economy, and clean water. Before joining ATSEA-2, Joe has worked for several NGOs and International Donors such as USAID Indonesia, Mercy Corps, Plan International Indonesia, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, and Wahana Visi Indonesia that focuses on education, economy, and clean water and sanitation.⁠

Hasbi

Indonesia Field Facilitator for Aru Tenggara

As a field facilitator for ATSEA-2 Project implementation in Aru Tenggara, Hasbi is responsible for ensuring the program activities and strengthening partnerships with the development partners in Aru Tenggara. Hasbi earned his Bachelor degree in Marine Science from Universitas Hasanuddin with ten years of experience working for environmental projects across NGOs and agencies.⁠

ATSEA-2 responsibilities:

He ensures the project’s implementation and outputs are delivered according to the Indonesia Government plan and UNDP.

Nathazha Bostanova Eunike Sipasulta

Junior Project Clerk for ATSEA-2 National Coordination Unit Indonesia

Thazha graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in International Studies and minoring in Communication. Her profound interest in the development sector has led her to join UNDP Indonesia as an intern at the Sustainable Development Financing Phase 2 (SDF-2) project in 2018. Now, Thazha is the Junior Project Clerk for the ATSEA-2 National Coordination Unit (NCU) of Indonesia.⁠

Erma Normasari

Indonesia Field Facilitator for Rote Ndao

As a Field Facilitator for Rote Ndao, Erma provides key guidance to project personnel and stakeholders.

Qualification, skills & experience:

  • 3 years experience as Education & Outreach Officer for Misool Foundation
  • BSc in Fishing and Fisheries Science and Management from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta
  • Coral reef ecosystem research, education and outreach, and enumerator

ATSEA-2 responsibilities:

She ensures the project’s implementation and outputs are delivered according to the Indonesia Government plan and UNDP.

Dwi Ariyoga Gautama

National Project Coordinator - Indonesia

Yoga has 10 years of work experience with WWF-Indonesia’s Marine Programme, and is currently the National Project Coordinator-UNDP for the ATSEA-2 Indonesia component. Marine ecology has been at the centre of his professional experience, academic qualifications and personal interests for many years; prior to joining ATSEA-2, Yoga worked at Yayasan Pelangi Indonesia on a climate change adaptation programme in partnership with fishermen in Banyuwangi, East Java.

Qualifications, skills & experience:

  • BSc Marine Science at Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia
  • Member of South East Asia’s IUCN Shark Specialist Group

ATSEA-2 responsibilities :

  • Support the implementation of the project
  • Monitor the project work plan, outputs and targets as approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) in Indonesia
  • Ensure a clear and strategic support link between the Regional Project Management Unit (RPMU) and the National Coordination Unit (NCU)
  • Engage national counterparts and build a reputation for quality design and reliable delivery of the ATSEA-2 Programme
  • Supervise project personnel and coordinate the activities of other consultants

Thea Arcella Bohol

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist

After completing a master’s degree in Development Evaluation and Management at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, with a focus on gender, she gained 15 years of professional experience in managing various multi-agency projects in the development sector. Seven of these were gender-related programmes, designed to change behaviour towards gender inequality by shifting attitudes, addressing cultural norms and breaking down barriers to change.

Cristine Ingrid S. Narcise

Policy and Result-Based Management Specialist

Prior to joining the ATSEA-2 team, Ingrid has worked with PEMSEA over three phases of GEF/UNDP projects that supported the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA), a shared regional marine strategy that was adopted by 12 countries in East Asia in 2003. She coordinated the development and implementation of the SDS-SEA projects in Indonesia, Thailand and Timor-Leste, including capacity building on and demonstration and scaling up of integrated approaches for managing marine and coastal areas and resources. She worked previously with the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines as part of the Chemical Oceanography team. Ingrid obtained her Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines.

Deti Triani

Marine Technical Assistant

Deti has considerable experience in Marine Spatial Planning, especially for the technical establishment process.

Qualification, skills & experience:

  • 3 years experience as GIS and Database Officer and Marine Spatial Planning Assistant
  • BSc in Applied Meteorology, Minor: Marine Science from Bogor Agricultural University
  • Marine spatial plan, spatial database, and spatial analyzer for Marine Conservation Area

ATSEA-2 responsibilities:

Her role in ATSEA-2 is to support the Regional Project Manager in the technical aspect for the implementation and coordination of project activities.⁠

Katherine Rose Gallardo-Aguiling

Project Consultant (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Kate brings more than a decade of experience in coordinating secretariat functions to the ATSEA-2 Programme, having worked in environmental management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) projects with GEF/UNDP/IMO/UNOPS. Before joining the ATSEA-2 Programme, she worked as Executive Producer for a media company in the Philippines, focusing on the conceptualisation and production of public affairs-related programmes.

Qualifications, skills & experience:

  •  15 years’ experience working at PEMSEA as Technical Officer for Regional Ocean Governance, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and PEMSEA Resource Facility’s Secretariat Coordinator  
  • MSc in International Studies from the University of the Philippines

ATSEA-2 responsibilities:

  • Develop  internal project monitoring reporting templates and systems
  • Collate documentation to support monitoring reports
  • Prepare Project Progress Reports for presentation to the annual RSC meetings
  • Assist the Project Manager in monitoring  and assessment of the Annual Work Plan and its implementation

Nur Junaidi

Project Associate (Finance and Admin)

Based in Bali, Nur Junaidi (also known as Juned) works as a Project Associate to ensure that all matters relating to finance and administration are correctly implemented. Before joining the ATSEA-2 Programme in April 2020, Juned spent 2 years as Finance Officer at HIVOS hub SEA (South East Asia).

Qualifications, skills & experience:

  • 10 years’ experience working with UN-funded projects and international institutions such as UNFPA, UNDP and USAID
  • BSc in Economics from the Ahmad Dahlan Institute of Economic Science, Jakarta

ATSEA-2 responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with donors and Government of Indonesia regulations
  • Support the effective reporting of project implementation
  • Provide admin support to the Project Management Unit
  • Support the mobilisation of resources

Casandra Tania

Regional Biodiversity Specialist

An experienced marine biologist, diver and conservationist, Cassie has worked to protect whale sharks in Teluk Cenderawasih National Park and supported the implementation of a GEF-funded Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project with WWF-Indonesia. She brings her extensive knowledge and a deep affinity for the ocean to the ATSEA-2 Programme.

Qualifications, skills & experience:

  • 7 years’ experience as Marine Species Officer at WWF-Indonesia
  • Underwater surveying, marine surveillance, analysis, reporting and project management
  • Erasmus Mundus MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Ghent University, Belgium
  • MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK

ATSEA-2 responsibilities:

  • Support NCUs in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea
  • Coordinate the implementation of Component 2 at the regional level
  • Organise capacity development, training and knowledge sharing initiatives for NCUs
  • Oversee the development of annual work plans and budgets, financial allocations and expenditure for Component 2 activities
  • Ensure quality control in the development and implementation of project activities under Component 2
  • Identify and promote opportunities for public-private partnership arrangements involving national, provincial and local governments; donors; international organizations; and the corporate/business sector
  • Oversee the scaling of ATSEA projects, replication of best technologies/practices and investments

Handoko Adi Susanto

Regional Project Manager

Well versed in coral reef ecology and integrated coastal management, Handoko has more than 15 years’ experience working with USAID projects and environmental NGOs such The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society and RARE. He also spent a year at Conservation International as a marine management advisor and trainer for the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste under the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (USAID-CTSP) programme. Handoko is currently based in Bali, where he has been working on the ATSEA-2 Programme as Regional Project Manager since January 2020.

Qualifications, skills & experience:

  • Planning and management of Marine Protected Areas, policy development and public funding
  • Doctorate degree in Marine Biology and Conservation from Kyushu University, Japan
  • MSc in Integrated Tropical Coastal Zone Management from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand

ATSEA-2 responsibilities :

  • Run the project on a day-to-day basis, ensuring its overall integrity and coherence
  • Supervise project staff in the Regional Project Management Unit (RPMU) and National Coordination Units (NCUs)
  • Produce substantive, managerial and financial reports
  • Apply expertise in fisheries management, GEF IW projects, information technology

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