The Rainforest Alliance is pleased to announce it has appointed Nurdiana Darus as its inaugural director for Southeast Asia. In this role, Darus will lead an expert team in creating and implementing the organization’s strategy to expand its footprint in the region, particularly in the palm oil sector, which has fueled Indonesia’s deforestation crisis.
Darus has more than 20 years of experience in strategic management and program implementation at the intersection of business and sustainability. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the 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 the engagement of smallholder oil palm farmers.
As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the Rainforest Alliance has been working with members of the Consumer Goods Forum toward the goal of achieving zero-net deforestation in soy, palm oil, paper and pulp, and beef supply chains by the year 2020. The Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network are working with oil palm producers large and small to address critical challenges in this vital commodity, which has been a major driver of deforestation in many regions around the world. With a stronger foothold in Indonesia, we will have increased capacity to help companies and consumers understand and navigate the complexities of the international palm oil market. Please read more about our work in palm oil here.
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 a 16-year tenure at Accenture, the world’s largest consulting firm with operations in 56 countries.
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 the Rainforest Alliance’s capacity in the region.
Darus graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and earned a Master’s of Science in Information System Technology from George Washington University. She begins her new role with the Rainforest Alliance on October 17, 2016 and will be based in Jakarta.