ACCEPT Project Core Team
Beni is the Manager of the Power Generation, Fossil Fuels, Alternative Energy and Energy Storage (PFS) of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE). He is in charge for various research projects in ACE, including the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT), the first energy project in ASEAN that build a coherent approach with climate change issue.
Monika did her MSc. at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Currently, she is a Research Analyst at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), who is also part of the research team of the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT). In addition to ACCEPT, she is also supporting the development of other projects such as ASEAN Interconnection Masterplan Study (AIMS) III and Feasibility Study of Multilateral Power Trade under ASEAN Power Grid Programme Area. With climate change awareness, she is actively proposing new approach and perspective in developing regional cooperation within ASEAN Members States (AMS) in power grid and generation.
Rizki did his MEng, master’s degree in engineering at the Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. Currently, he is a Research Analyst at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), and a member of the research team for the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT). In addition, he is also part of the modelling team in developing the 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook (AEO6). Besides the research activities, Rizki has been representing ACCEPT in attending several ASEAN and International meetings to share the ACCEPT project inception and progress. Last but not least, he is also actively involved in research publications, Op-ed and blogpost with topics related to energy and climate change.
Zharen obtained her BA in accounting from the Trisakti University, Indonesia. Currently, she is the administration and finance officer at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), and a member of the research team for the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT). She supports and assists the team in ensuring the smooth running of the operations and compliance with the rules and procedures. In addition, she leads the preparation of financial reports, which to be submitted to the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs (project donor), project implementing agencies and/or project partners.
Zulfikar is a Senior Research Analyst at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), and a member of the research team for the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT). He got his Ph.D. from Department of Energy Studies, Ajou University. Prior to ACE, he was a researcher in Green Technology Center (GTC) Korea. He also taught several classes in Ajou University. In ACCEPT, Zulfikar conducts research and cooperation activities to inject climate change perspective in ASEAN energy sector and improve the linkage between the two, including through ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) and ASEAN Energy Outlook (AEO). He also works on development of thematic papers in energy-climate nexus.
Indra Overland is Research Professor and Head of the Center for Energy Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He started working on Southeast Asia in 1992 and has since worked as a long-term political observer in Cambodia for the Joint International Observer Group (JIOG) and done field-based research in Indonesia and Myanmar. In 2016 he was a Visiting Fellow at the ASEAN Centre for Energy in Jakarta. He did his PhD at the University of Cambridge and has been awarded the Toby Jackman Prize, the Marcel Cadieux Prize, the Stuland Prize and co-authored the most cited article published by the Journal of Eurasian Studies. Some of his relevant publications include “Myanmar’s Attractiveness of Investment in the Energy Sector”, “An International Comparative Perspective on Energy Subsidy Reform in Myanmar”, “Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs”, and “A Match Made in Heaven? Strategic Convergence between China and Russia”.
Mikkel Frøsig Pedersen is a senior advisor who supports the senior management and research staff. His responsibilities include project development and management. He has management experience from several of NUPIs large projects in the area of peacekeeping, peacebuilding and mediation. Currently, he is involved in NUPI’s projects on Asia, and worked on projects in Africa and the Middle East. Before joining NUPI, he worked at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr Roman Vakulchuk is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He holds a PhD degree in Economics from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. His main geographical specialization is the countries of Central Asia and Southeast Asia and fields of research are trade, infrastructure and transport, public administration, climate change, energy and natural resource management, investment climate, and state capitalism in emerging markets. Vakulchuk has served as project leader and expert in research projects organized by, inter alia, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Development Network (GDN), the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the OECD, the Research Council of Norway, and the World Bank. He has also worked for the oil company Shell in Germany. In 2013, Vakulchuk was awarded the Gabriel Al-Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting. Recent publications include: ‘Myanmar: A Political Economy Analysis’, ‘The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy’, ‘Myanmar’s Attractiveness of Investment in the Energy Sector’.