The Project Delivery Team
A small, experienced and highly skilled team of international and Indonesian consultants is responsible for the day to day delivery of the EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility (TCF) advisory and training services.
They are working in multi-disciplinary teams, in partnership with Bappenas, the Ministry of Trade, BKPM, DG IPR, RISTEK, BPPT, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Energy, as well as the Project Steering Committee.
These key experts are:
The Team Leader responsible for managing the EU TCF project on the ground in Indonesia is Joe Miller, a senior GOPA director with extensive knowledge and experience in the project management and delivery of large, complex and high-profile EU development programmes across the world. He brings with him more than 20 years’ first-hand, practical experience gained at director level with three major consulting groups.
Based full-time in Jakarta, Joe Miller’s contribution to the EU TCF project through the Team Leader role is crucial in bringing together and focusing the efforts of everyone involved in the project, including the multiple stakeholders drawn from throughout Indonesian central and local government ministries and the private sector, the technical assistance team and consortium project partners.
Deputy Team Leader
Iva Hristova supports the Team Leader in the overall project management and coordination of the technical components. She analyses and tracks the required resources, as well as the timing and sequence of project activities and of the capacity building programme. Iva mobilizes experts and manages their deployment, coordinates all permissions from the EU Delegation, and is responsible for the financial supervision of activities. She has been involved in TCF since its start in 2012 and is based in Jakarta for more than half of her time.
Iva holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics with a focus on Asian economies and a double degree BA (Hons) in International Business and Management. She is a senior project manager at GOPA with a portfolio covering the company’s trade-related technical assistance projects in Asia. Iva has previously undertaken consultancy work for the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO in Geneva and for EuroCham Singapore.
Key Expert, Trade Policy
Birgit Viohl is responsible for the trade policy component of the TCF and is based in Jakarta. She is a trade facilitation and trade policy specialist with 14 years working experience with international organizations like UNCTAD, the World Bank, UNECE, and ITC, as well as governments and private sector associations in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Whilst working for UNCTAD she advised developing countries during the WTO negotiations on trade facilitation and conducted needs assessments jointly with the WTO, the WCO and the World Bank. With diverse in-country experiences she combines knowledge of legal aspects of trade, in particular the WTO system, trade and customs law, with a sound understanding of the business perspective and operational procedures of trade and transport.
Key Expert, Investment Promotion
Alessandro Martinatto has a Masters in Economic Development from the London School of Economics and a Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Turin. He has substantial experience in the field of investment, having worked in investment banking and on a number of consulting assignments with governments in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific, as part of the European Union, the Department for International Development of the UK, the World Bank and the United Nations.
Alessandro Martinatto’s early career in investment banking gave him the opportunity to see investment and trade issues through the eyes of both private sector leaders and the governments that he advised. He observed how regulations and the environment for business are key to attracting or supporting investment and he has applied these lessons learnt in his technical assistance work.
Head of the EU Desk at BKPM
Dan Nicholls heads up the European Union (EU) Desk within the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). The EU Desk is a facilitation service dedicated to assisting European companies through the processes of investing in Indonesia as well as developing the skillsets and capacity of BKPM officers to promote and facilitate investment opportunities. Dan Nicolls is a foreign direct investment (FDI) and marketing specialist with more than 10 years’ experience working for leading investment promotion agencies and communication consultancies across Europe, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
He has been working in Indonesia since early 2013, on numerous EU-Indonesia TCF missions within BKPM. Beyond Indonesia, he has worked with the investment promotion agencies of Uzbekistan, The Gambia, Latvia, the UK, Florida, Liverpool, Cardiff and Birmingham as well international organisations like the Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). With a decade’s experience working with management and communication consultancy firms, Dan Nicholls has extensive B2B experience and insight into to private-sector investment drivers and perspectives.
Key Expert, Technology & Innovation
Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro was born in Delft (Netherlands). He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of California at Berkeley, USA in 1985 in the field of mechanical engineering, and he joined the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) after that. He has been a professor with more than 99 scientific national and international publications and is currently visiting professor in mechanical engineering at the Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, and at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. His grounding is therefore in technology and innovation. He is familiar with Intellectual Property Rights as a technology developer and in working with DG IPR.
Apart from his expertise in mechanical engineering, and more specific in mechanical design, where he has completed 12 major engineering consulting projects from 1986 until now, he has an extensive experience in the field of higher education reform and quality improvement for competitiveness. In 1992 he was elected as the Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department of ITB where he initiated the implementation of self-evaluation processes in the department, which was later adopted by ITB.
Under his leadership, higher education reform in Indonesia started in December 2000 when four of the major public HEIs were converted into legal entities, which initiated the basis for good corporate governance. With the new status as a legal entities, HEIs will be autonomous and accountable, and therefore competitive.
Senior Expert, M&E / Visibility
Denada Stottele is a Monitoring and Evaluations specialist, focusing particularly on developing results chains and monitoring & results measurement (MRM) systems in accordance with the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standard. Having worked previously for GIZ Germany, GIZ Indonesia, UNDP Nepal, the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Swisscontact, Denada joined TCF in October 2013, since when she has been responsible for developing and conducting the baseline study and for building and implementing the project’s communication and visibility plan, ensuring that the activities completed and results achieved are fully reported in the project’s website and newsletter.
With 16 years’ M&E experience in donor-funded projects across Indonesia and the ASEAN region, Denada brings to the project the strong analytical and conceptual skills indispensable to the M&E role. She was awarded an MBA by Montesquieu University in France in 2005 and in 2010 earned a MA in International Relations – Diplomacy and Strategy from the University of Malaysia. She continues to update her M&E skills, attending a number of training workshops on results measurement in private sector development.
Senior Expert in Strategic Planning
Ninasapti Triaswati joined the TCF project in 2015 to lead a team of consultants working with the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) on economic modelling and forecasting, together with experts from Oxford Economics in the UK.
Ninasapti Triaswati is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Indonesia specialising in micro- and macroeconomics, public finance and public policy. She has over 20 years’ experience as an expert for projects funded by the EU, ADB, USAID, AusAid, CIDA and UNESCO in the fields of public sector management, labour economics, economic analysis and sector-specific studies.
In addition, she has worked as an adviser to the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs (MENKO) in 2014 and a member of National Economic Council – an advisory team for President during 2010 to 2014. She also has worked as an economic consultant for Ministry of Planning/Bappenas, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Finance since 1995.
Ninasapti has a PhD in Public Finance, Trade and Human Resources from the University of Illinois in the US, where she also was also awarded an MSc in International Trade.
Ninasapti’s involvement in the TCF project provides a valuable link with the University of Indonesia as a source of sustainable and ongoing support for the development of macro-economic modelling and policy advice in BAPPENAS.
Senior Expert, Sustainable Energy
Said Fauzan Baabud is responsible for supporting the renewable energy component of TCF working on promoting waste to energy in Indonesia with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) especially in Bio Energy Unit – Directorate New and Renewable Energy and Conservation, local governments and investors. He regularly supports MEMR in Waste to Energy promotion, capacity building, policy support and stakeholders relations. And he provides technical preparation support for sub-national governments that are interested in the waste to energy sector.
Said Fauzan Baabud has worked in the development sector since 2005, generally in large projects financed by international development agencies such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has extensive experience ranging from emergency and recovery post disaster, livelihoods recovery and sustainable development projects. He has experience in renewable energy projects in Indonesia such as wind farm and mini hydro and waste management infrastructure.
Senior Expert, Investment and Nation Branding
Ms Nurmala Martin is a marketing, communications and branding strategy specialist. She joined the EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility project (TCF) in mid-2014 as Senior Investment Expert and has been based full-time at the EU Desk at the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) in Jakarta, where she has been advising investors on licensing requirements, liaising with the technical ministries and developing market intelligence information. She has also been providing training to provincial BKPM officers on marketing and investor services.
Additionally, under the TCF Nation Branding component, Nurmala has been providing strategic advice to the Ministry of Trade (DGNED), helping to formulate a high-level unified nation branding concept for key stakeholders in the Government of Indonesia.
Nurmala’s extensive private sector and market-entry strategy expertise were gained over more than 10 years’ working in global brand strategy and market research consulting, diversified agricultural and construction businesses, real estate, and financial services. Prior to joining TCF, Nurmala had been working for a London-based consultancy specialising in the valuation and branding of intangible assets, providing advice and consultancy on various corporate and nation brands through offices in the UK, Dubai, Seoul and Singapore.
Nurmala is alumni of University of Edinburgh (MBA in International Business), ESSEC Business School (Mergers & Acquisition and Luxury Brand Management, part of an MBA exchange) and University of Brighton (BA (Hons) Business Studies – Marketing). She holds certificates in Business Coaching from the University of Edinburgh, and in Factoring & Invoice Discounting through the financial arm of General Motors.
Firrisky Nurtomo is a business development specialist with widespread experience in local business development with the private sector gained over more than a decade. His range of expertise covers engineering, procurement and construction in the infrastructure, mining, transportation, oil and gas services and property sectors. He has recently been working with a number of publicly listed companies, providing strategic planning and partnership building during due diligence exercises conducted during merger and acquisition activities.
Firrisky has joined the EU-Indonesia Technical Cooperation Facility project (TCF) as Senior Advisor responsible for providing technical assistance to ensure pipeline growth of foreign investment at the EU Desk in Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). Before this move, he held two positions in the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and was Business Services Coordinator in the EU–Indonesia Business Network, where he was responsible for coordinating a team of multi-nationals promoting Indonesia as a high-potential trade and investment destination. As part of this role, he published sector reports and provided a number of specialised services designed to exploit Indonesia’s market potential, such as market intelligence, organising inward and outward visits, partner searches and offering advice and consultancy to enterprises from all over the EU.
Firrisky holds an MBA from the Technical University of Applied Science in Nuremberg, Germany, and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Parahyangan University, Bandung. He has also been awarded a Mining Supervisor licence from the Directorate General of Mining at the ESDM, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. In addition, he is a certified Stock Market Analyst.
Ms. Maya Herlina holds a Bachelor’s degree from IBM ASMI, majoring in business administration. Her previous assignment was with the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) under its Environmental Support Programme Phase 2 (ESP2).
Maya joined the EU-TCF project in 2013 as Office Manager, working closely with the Technical Support Office in GOPA headquarters to provide full administrative support. She ensures the efficient functioning of the project office and works alongside the short- and long-term experts to facilitate their inputs through logistical support and by organizing training sessions and workshops for them. In addition, she is a key focal point in relations between the EU-TCF project and the Implementing Agencies, helping to guarantee the smooth running of the project.
Ms. Maulina Manurung holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Indonesia. Before joining this project, she was working for the EU-ASEAN Statistical Capacity Building Programme, another EU project managed by GOPA. Maulina’s role in the EU-TCF programme is to look after day-to-day financial management and accountancy tasks and to ensure proper financial management of the project based on EU requirements. She liaises closely with GOPA headquarters in the preparation and submission of the monthly financial reports and is responsible for collection of the experts’ timesheet and maintaining a record of their utilization.
Ms. Sitti Fatmawati holds a diploma from the University of Indonesia in the field of Public Relations. She is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree from the same university in the field of Business Administration. Sitti previously worked for GIZ and ADB Technical Assistance 7452 – Local Government Finance and Governance Reform Project. Her role in the EU-TCF project is that of Assistant Office Manager, supporting the office manager in the smooth and efficient operation of the office.
GOPA HQ is available to support the team in Jakarta in any strategic or technical matter. Vital back office administrative and financial support for the EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility (TCF) is provided at GOPA HQ by Marina Eichhorn.
Finance & Contract Manager
Marina Eichhorn was educated in European Studies at Maastricht University and in International and East Asian Politics at Kyung Hee University in Suwon, South Korea. She holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Development Studies which she obtained at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
As Finance and Contract Manager with GOPA, Marina Eichhorn is responsible for financial and contractual matters in a number of EU funded projects as well as those of other donor organizations such as GIZ, KfW and the World Bank.
Based in GOPA’s Headquarter in Bad Homburg, Germany, her main tasks include the management of contractual and financial questions with the client, consortium partners and consultants; tracking of project progress by monitoring the project budget; and ensuring compliance with formal specifications and procedures. Regular visits to Indonesia facilitate her close cooperation with the project team in Jakarta.