Robby has over five years of experience in sustainable palm oil and biodiversity conservation with a particular interest in understanding the connection between anthropogenic activities and biodiversity. Prior to his PhD, He worked in the High Conservation Value Network (HCVN) Secretariat, focusing on the Management and Monitoring of HCVs. He also contributed to the Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil Palm Research (SEnSOR) project with the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) and the University of York, UK, examining the impact of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification on biodiversity in oil palm plantations across Indonesia and Malaysia.
Robby also gained experience working for a private palm oil company in Indonesia, where he assisted with conservation efforts and ensured compliance with sustainability standards. He holds an MSc. in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Leeds, UK, which he obtained through a Chevening scholarship. His master’s research focused on Species Distribution Modelling for Sumatran Elephants in Aceh, Indonesia, and this project was awarded the prize for the best project during his master’s program. Additionally, he holds a BSc. in Agrotechnology from Universitas Jenderal Soedirman, Indonesia. Robby is from Indonesia and is fluent in both Bahasa Indonesia and English.