We are 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.
Supporters also can become involved in the company as tour leaders, shareholders, supporting specific projects, trainer 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).
The Current Board of the company was voted in by the members at the AGM on April 13th 2013. Steve Noakes and Marcel Ady retired, with four new members have joining the Board. Steve Noakes subsequently returned to the Board.
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.
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.
Geoffrey Wilson is part of the next, younger, generation of Board members and owns and manages a busy veterinary business in Australia. Over a period of 25 years, he has pioneered improved veterinary services on the Gold Coast and northern NSW. Also he runs an Adventure company and currently is the world record holder for solo crossing of the Antarctic. Geoffrey also has the record for the first wind crossing of the Sahara. Geoffrey is a lateral thinker and brings great business acumen to the Board. He is a great family man and with his wife Sarah have three children.
John Ahern. John is the best-selling author of the travel memoir ‘On The Road…With Kids’; the winner of the Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Book of the Year 2015. He has independently travelled through over 80 countries. Formerly part of the six-man global management team of the Flight Centre Travel Group, and currently head of Sustainability & Acquisitions for the Spicers Retreats boutique hotel chain, John brings a unique mix of hotel operations, eco-focus and travel industry experience to Ecolodges Indonesia. He currently lives in the Currumbin Valley on Australia’s Gold Coast with his wife Mandy and two kids. It’s their base camp for new adventures.
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) and Kadek Dediarini (Head of Accounts). All have served the company loyally for many years.
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