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Dharsono Hartono

Dharsono Hartono is CEO of Rimba Makmur Utama, an Indonesian company that manages the Katingan Mentaya Project, which conserves large areas of peat forest in the Indonesian Borneo, while providing sustainable sources of livelihood for local communities. Following six years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and JP Morgan in New York, Dharsono went to executive roles at a local Indonesian company before starting his Katingan Mentaya Project in 2007. He leads the company in managing carbon market financing. Dharsono was Deputy Head of Permanent Committee in Sustainable Forestry, Conservation and Climate at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) in 2010-2015, during which he led the drafting of the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), a private sector-led initiative launched in 2014 during the Climate Summit, which aimed at finding sustainable solutions for palm oil in Indonesia. Since 2015, he is a Deputy Head of Permanent Committee for Americas and International Economic Institution at KADIN. Recently, he works with World Economic Forum (WEF) to form the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance. Dharsono won the EY Entrepreneur Award for Environmental Avant Garde in 2018. Dharsono has a bachelor’s degree in Operational Research and Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Financial Engineering from Cornell University.

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Rimba Makmur Utama

PT Rimba Makmur Utama implements a sustainable land-use model by reducing deforestation and degradation, promoting conservation, enhancing ecological integrity, and growing economic opportunities for rural communities in Central Kalimantan where it implements the Katingan Peatland Restoration and Conservation Project. The project protects and restores large areas of peat swamp forest while offering local communities sustainable income sources selling carbon credits. PT Rimba Makmur Utama won the Sustainable Business Awards Indonesia in 2018 and was chosen as the most committed new member by IGN, the Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact in 2019.