Rudi Putra

Date of birth:


Place of birth:

Seruway, Aceh, Indonesia

Education History:

Bachelor Degree in Biology at Syiah Kuala University, 2000 Masters Degree in Biology at Bogor Agricultural University, 2014

Organisation you work for:

Forum Konservasi Leuser

Position title:


How did you get into the work you do presently?

Growing up, I was always fascinated by the environment. Living in Tamiang, a part of Aceh where floods almost always occur during the rainy season as a result of environmental mismanagement and weak policies. Since graduating, I have worked in organisations that focus on protecting the Leuser Ecosystem, an enchanted ecosystem in Aceh that plays a major role for more than 4 million people in Aceh. Forum Konservasi Leuser began immediately after the previous organization I worked for, Leuser Conservation Management Body (BPKEL) was disbanded. Alongside other staff from BPKEL, I formed FKL to serve as the organization that aims to protect the Leuser Ecosystem on the ground. Previously, I served as the Conservation Manager of the organization. As of 2018, I serve as the Director of FKL.

Describe the main aspects of your work:

The main aspect of my work is overseeing project management and budget management of the organization. In addition, I also maintain and make new connections with key government and NGO stakeholders as well as donors relating to forest conservation.

What do you like best about your job?

I love being able to show people around the world the beauty of the Leuser Ecosystem- the forest, the wildlife and everything inside of it. Protection of the Leuser Ecosystem also benefits the people of Aceh through the ecosystem services it provides.