As director for Southeast Asia, Nurdiana Darus leads a diverse team in creating and implementing a strategic plan to grow the Rainforest Alliance’s footprint in the region, particularly in the palm oil sector.
Darus brings with her over 20 years’ experience in strategic management and program implementation. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) where she worked with more than 30 partners, government officials and international stakeholders in implementing ambitious commitments to sustainable palm oil production and sourcing. In this role, Darus also worked to greatly increase engagement of smallholder farms, local communities and indigenous people throughout Indonesia.
Prior to her role with IPOP Darus worked with the REDD+ Agency as Deputy Minister of Technology, Systems and Monitoring and was a senior advisor for the United Nations office for REDD+ in Indonesia. She has also held various leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies including Accenture, the world’s largest consulting firm operating in 56 countries where she worked for 16 years.
Darus is a distinguished and highly regarded leader in the Indonesian business community across various sectors including forestry, energy and finance. She is also a respected expert in business strategy, information systems, program implementation and business management. Her new role marks a major development in capacity for the Rainforest Alliance, particularly in the Indonesian palm oil sector.
Darus graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and earned a Master’s of Science in Information System Technology from George Washington University.