Ari Rakatama


  • PhD, Environmental and Resource Economics - University of Western Australia, School of Agriculture and Environment
  • MSc, Environmental and Energy Management - University of Twente, Faculty of Management and Governance
  • BSc, Agricultural Social Economics - University of Lampung, Faculty of Agriculture

Ari Rakatama

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself.

Entering forestry vocational school when I was 15, I was aware of the importance of forest conservation in climate change mitigation. When I was 18 and graduated from school, I started my career as field staff for the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Then, I realised that the root of environmental problems, particularly in developing countries, is ‘money’, driving almost all human activities that are harmful to the environment. This encouraged me to study more about the economy and social issues. Beyond forestry, I have expanded my knowledge and skills in broader environmental and climate issues, including energy. I believe that environmental, social, and economic interests should walk hand in hand. As a simple and goal-oriented person, I am always looking for effectiveness and efficiency in accommodating social, environmental, and economic interests for a program or a project.

What drives you to do this kind of work?
This work provides me with an opportunity to bridge social, environmental, and economic interests.

How do you see the world in 25 years?
Overpopulated. Therefore, effectiveness and efficiency in using resources are crucial.

How do you like to spend your weekends?
Watching, house-keeping, car washing, hanging out, and playing guitar and badminton.

What makes you laugh?
Satire comedy, stand-up comedy, and Rowan Atkinson.

What’s the best holiday you’ve ever had?
Driving to several national parks in Western Australia such as Cape le Grand, Fitzgerald River, Torndirrup, West Cape Howe, and Kalbarri.

Which book has changed your life?
The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata.