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DESMA Center has broad network and strong relationship with various stakeholders in Indonesia. DESMA Center focuses its activities on responsible development, effective management and creative marketing of a tourism destination.

DESMA Center consists of qualified and experienced professionals, young creative people, full of innovation, idealism, passion and vision to achieve the common goals. 

Wiwik Mahdayani

Wiwik Mahdayani received her Master of Professional Studies on Tourism Destination Management, from Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France. She has worked and traveled to various countries in Asia and the Pacific and Europe. Wiwik has been working on ecotourism and sustainable tourism issues for over twelve years including as a staff at UNESCO Office Jakarta, where she was responsible to coordinate sustainable tourism development programmes in South Nias and East Nusa Tenggara, and assisted the tourism programmes implementation at Gunung Leuser National Park and Siberut Island. Wiwik is one of the authors of ecotourism guidebook (in French language) The Natural Guide to Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba and Flores, and The Natural Guide to Bali, Lombok, Sumba and Flores also published Ekowisata, Panduan Dasar Pelaksanaan and The Green Traveler: Catatan Perjalanan Ekowisata Keliling Indonesia. She received Asia Fellow Award and Asian Public Intellectual Award; and she spent 2 years in Thailand to conduct her research on ecotourism destination management at Khao Yai National Park and carried out research on promotion of ecotourism destination in the 18 national parks of Thailand. Wiwik is also currently a lecturer of tourism in the Vocational Institute, University of Indonesia. Contact Wiwik Mahdayani 

Suer Suryadi

Suer Suryadi is an advocate and has strong background in conservation. He received his Master on Conservation Biology from Universitas Indonesia. He has worked and traveled to various countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and America. Suer has been working on conservation issues since 1993 including for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Conservation International (CI), Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Studies, Universitas Indonesia (UI), and UNESCO Office in Jakarta. The experience gave him strong technical and advisory capacity to coordinate various conservation programs in Papua, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, and Java. Suer is actively writing for various scientific journals and popular articles. He is one of the editors of various publications such as Rapid Marine Assessment to Raja Ampat Islands, Papua, IndonesiaA Biodiversity Assessment of the Yongsu - Cyclops Mountains and The Southern Mamberamo Basin, Indonesia and Ecology of Papua. Contact Suer Suryadi


Juang Solala Laiya

Juang Solala Laiya studied International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan and received his Master degree from the Faculty of Arts, Institut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ). He has strong experience at web and graphic design in Bali and Jakarta since 1995 and finally running his creative ideas as art director at a multinational advertising agency, Lowe & Partners Worldwide, handling variety prominent clients in Indonesia. Juang has involved in the design concept and created visual communication materials to local NGOs and international organizations. He believes that visual communication is a learning tool for community empowerment. Juang has been working on the issues of community empowerment at ILO for local economic development programs in Banda Aceh and Nias Island, and also as a field coordinator at UNESCO Jakarta for community-based tourism development program in South Nias. Contact Juang Solala Laiya

Fitri Mahmuda

Fitri Mahmuda received her degree of public health from one of the leading private university in Medan, North Sumatra. She has more interest on marketing world that brought her to involve as a marketing support since 1998 for palm oil plantation management company in North Sumatra. She finally decided to work in the field of conservation with DESMA Center. Contact Fitri Mahmuda. Contact Fitri Mahmuda

Pornpan Kanjanatiwat

Pornpan Kanjanatiwat received her Master degree from Mahidol University, is currently assistant to DESMA office in Bangkok. Her expertise is women participation to community development. She has carried out numerous researches and projects on community development, gender issues, and indigenous people refugees at the Kingdom’s border. 

Maribeth Erb

Maribeth Erb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology; National University of Singapore. She is an anthropologist who has been doing research in Western Flores since the early 1980’s on ritual, mythology, tourism, politics and the environment. Her publications include: the monograph, The Manggaraians (1999, Singapore: Times Editions), co-edited volumes, Regionalism in Post-Suharto Indonesian (with Priyambudi Sulistiyanto and Carole Faucher, 2005, RoutledgeCurzon); Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in the Malay Archipelago (with Navjot Sodhi, Greg Acciaioli and Alan Tan Khee Jin, 2007, Cambridge University Press); and Deepening Democracy in Indonesia? Direct Elections for Local Leaders (Pilkada), (with Priyambudi Sulistiyanto, 2009, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies). She has also numerous articles and chapters in books. Contact Maribeth Erb

Catherine Allerton

Dr. Catherine Allerton is an expert, and lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, The London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK. She is specialist in the anthropology of Southeast Asia, particularly Eastern Indonesia, and has conducted fieldwork (1997-99, 2001, 2005, 2008) in rural Manggarai, Flores. She has written on the lives of unmarried women, hospitality, cosmetics, sarongs, tourism and schooling. Her forthcoming book, Potent Landscapes (University of Hawaii Press) is an ethnographic investigation of the power of place, moving out in a series of concentric circles from small household rooms to houses, paths, fields, forests and resettled villages in Manggarai. Her publications include: Introduction, Spiritual Landscape of Southeast Asia (2009), Static Crosses and Working Spirits: anti syncretism and agricultural Animisme in Chatolic West (2009), The secret life of sarongs: Manggarai textiles as super-skins (2007), The path of marriage : journeys and transformation in Manggarai, eastern Indonesia (2004), Authentic housing, authentic culture?: transforming a village into a 'tourist site' in Manggarai, eastern Indonesia (2003). Dr.Allerton has recently guest-edited a Special Edition of Anthropological Forum on 'Spiritual Landscapes of Southeast Asia: Changing Geographies of Religion and Potency'.

Kaewta Muangasame

Kaewta Muangasame is a lecturer at Travel Industry Management Division, Mahidol University International College, Thailand. She received her Master of International Hospitality Management from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and Ph.D in Hotel and Tourism Management from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Ms. Muangasame is specialist in green tourism and responsible tourism marketing issues in Thailand, and has carried out researches and projects on the issues across the Kingdom. Her numerous publications regarding tourism include: An Assessment of Thai Green Tourist Characteristics:  Shade of Green and Behavior (2011), and International Program Development in Regards to Gen Y Behavior in Tourism and Hospitality Programs (2011). She joined DESMA Center team in conducting research on Visitor Management at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand and as co-author of research result publication.