ACCEPT II Core Team
Energy professional with 13+ years of experience in managing programs and conducting research on energy and climate change, supporting the governments of 10 countries in Southeast Asia to build climate-friendly energy sector development under the ASEAN Ministers on Energy overview.
Currently leading energy partnerships with the U.S., Russia, China, India, Norway, and international development agencies, overseeing multimillion projects’ portfolios, including the ASEAN Energy and Climate Change Project (ACCEPT); the first integrated official project that addressed the regional emissions reduction from the energy sector, endorsed by the ASEAN Ministers on Energy, and now extended into the ACCEPT Phase 2: 2022-2026.
A Non-Resident Fellow, The Energy for Growth, Washington, D.C. United States of America; Steering Committee of Global Consortium on Power System Transformation (G-PST), Core Member of Green Grid Initiative Asia-Pacific Working Group, Advisory Board of AGENCE FRANÇAISE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT (AFD) Indonesia, and former Sustainability Advisory Council of PT Aplikasi Karya Anak Bangsa (GO-JEK).
Aldilla joined the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) as Senior Officer of Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy and Storage where she also leads research for the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) as Senior Research Analyst. She manages and executes the implementation and coordination work of ACCEPT and aim to expands the project portfolio across Southeast Asia.
Her main duty is not only to lead research on low carbon energy in ASEAN region towards a net zero future, but also to lead information sharing on energy and climate nexus among policy makers in the region through capacity building and dissemination events and activities. Her expertise is in energy and climate change nexus, energy policy, energy transition, and carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). She also has special interest in promoting gender equity in the energy sector.
Prior to joining ASEAN Centre for Energy, she had seven years experience at Pertamina, the Indonesia’s state-owned Energy Company. She holds an MSc in Geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a BA in Economics from Airlangga University, Indonesia. She is currently finishing her doctoral degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Shidiq is the Senior Officer at Energy Modelling and Policy Planning (MPP) Department, ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) where he is currently also involved in ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) as Senior Research Analyst. He works to model energy-climate nexus and expand the ACCEPT portfolio across Southeast Asia. The main duties are to lead research and study on decarbonization of the energy system towards net-zero emission and carbon pricing as well as support any related studies on energy-climate nexus in ASEAN.
Shidiq started his early career as Researcher at Gadjah Mada University (UGM). Meanwhile, prior to joining ACE, Shidiq worked in research and inter-government relations to implement programs related to energy and climate in Southeast Asia region, among others have acted as Air Quality Lead at USAID-Clean Air Catalyst (CAC), Program Manager for Science, Technology & Innovation at ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade and E-commerce (IGNITE) with ASEAN Secretariat, and Technical Officer at ASEAN-German Energy Program (AGEP). He has had joint research experience with Gadjah Mada University, Bandung Institute of Technology, University of Groningen, Nanyang Technological University, Columbia University, Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Shidiq holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry from Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and a Erasmus Mundus Master in Energy and Environmental Science (M.Sc) from University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Dewa joined the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) as a Technical Officer of Sustainable and Renewable Energy (SRE), where he also involves in the research for the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT).
Dewa initiated his career as a Junior Geoscientist at JOB Pertamina-Medco E&P Simenggaris. His work primarily focused on conducting rock physics analysis for velocity and hydrocarbon prediction. Prior to joining the ACE, Dewa worked as a researcher at the Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center, an energy think-tank founded by Purnomo Yusgiantoro, a former Indonesian Minister of Energy. His research experiences ranged from flare gas utilization for Mini-LNG, cross-country analysis of carbon tax implementation, the correlation between foreign direct investment in the energy and environmental sector, and peer-to-peer electricity trading. He was also selected to present his research on a carbon tax at Japan’s International Association of Energy Economics Conference in 2022. He is intensely interested in energy transition, fuel subsidy reform, and carbon pricing.
Dewa holds a B.Sc. in Applied Geology and M.Sc. in Geophysics from Institut Teknologi Bandung.
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.
ACCEPT II Intern
Indira is part of the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) II intern team at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE). She supports the project through Op-Eds, Energy Insights, and Poicy Brief report writing. Prior to this, she was involved in ACE’s research project on Innovative Solar PV Utilisation to Support the Green Economic Recovery in ASEAN. She once was a Junior Research Assistant for Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Cornell University. Graduated from Department of Environmental Engineering ITS, she has a great interest on doing research related to climate change, energy, environmental, and sustainability issues.
Jessica is part of the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) II intern team at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE). Experienced in content writing, she contributes to ACCEPT II through Op-Eds, reportages, press releases, and social media copywriting and management.
She is currently in her penultimate year, majoring International Relations at Universitas Indonesia. During her studies, she demonstrates a big interest in writing articles on the topic of East Asia and Southeast Asia politics, economy, energy, climate, and gender issues. She is also actively partaking in international youth collaborative programs as the Vice President of the Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS).
Khansa is part of the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) II intern team at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE). She is a postgraduate student of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). She has experience in the environmental field, especially in air pollution control in the industrial sector, interested in research studies on Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Net Zero Emissions.
Hein is part of the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) II intern team at the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE). As an intern, he support as the social media team through writing op-ed articles, energy insights, and managing social media channels. He is a post graduate master student of ASEAN Master in Sustainability Management at the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and University of Agder in Norway. He has a great interest in Policy planning and the Energy Modeling opportunity to contribute to achieve net-zero ambition and the sustainability goals.
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’.