Dr. Indroyono Soesilo, since 2014 member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ZMT, has been appointed Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs. In this position he will head four ministries and other governmental organisations. Joko Widodo, the new Indonesian president, presented his cabinet in Jakarta on Sunday, October 26th.
Indroyono Soesilo and the ZMT are connected through a long-standing cooperation. His home country Indonesia, due to its geographical location in the centre of marine biodiversity, is one of the priority countries for scientific and technical cooperation with Asia. Together with the ZMT, Soesilo paved the way for bilateral cooperation in the marine sciences, from which a long-standing partnership programme for the research and protection of Indonesian coastal ecosystems (SPICE) evolved, which is coordinated at the ZMT.
The scientist received his PhD degree in Geological Remote Sensing at the University of Iowa in the United States and developed applications for the post-disaster management and the inventory of marine resources. Later he held prominent positions in the Indonesian government, including the Ministry of Marine Research and Fisheries. As first Indonesian, he held a leading position in the World Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as director of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. In his role as executive scretary of the World Ocean Conference in 2009, he facilitated the adoption of the Declaration of Manado, in which around 80 countries commit themselves to protecting the world’s oceans.
The ZMT is very pleased to have Dr. Soesilo as a member of its International Scientific Advisory Board.
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