Social Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Winner Indonesia

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EY is proud to collaborate with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in the presentation of the Social Entrepreneur Of The Year award in several countries.

In 1997, after graduating from Bogor Agricultural University, Ruwindrijarto together with his friends established the Telapak Foundation (Yayasan Telapak), later to be known as the Telapak Organization. The organization was founded based on their shared vision on environmental safeguards. In 2001, Silverius joined Telapak and became the Vice President in 2006. Starting with 6 members, the organization has now grown to 88 members affecting more than 200,000 people in the surrounding communities, from West Java to Southeast Sulawesi. In 2006, the organization established Kedai Telapak, a coffee shop that promotes organic agricultural products, handicrafts, and other environmentally and socially-friendly products. Kedai Telapak also operates in Palu, Central Sulawesi and will soon open in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi and Bengkulu, Sumatera.

Telapak's activities in advocacy facilitated the process of voluntary partnership agreements in global environmental issues between Indonesia and the European Union as well as Indonesia and China. The organization is also active in the ornamental fishery market, inspired by The Marine Aquarium Council, certifying and ensuring that the ornamental fish from Indonesia are free from potassium. Telapak is the only non-profit organization that has developed unit businesses such as internet café, ornamental fish export, digital printing and media business.

In addition to his responsibilities at Telapak, Ruwindrijarto was a consultant for OXFAM on development of the fisheries program in Perkumpulan HAK (HAK Foundation) in East Timor in 2005 as well as a consultant for HIVOS on sustainable fisheries in East Timor. Silverius acts as Chairman of the Board for the Yascita Organization, an organization that investigates and conducts research on natural resources constructive in Southeast Sulawesi. He has also won the 2008 Conde Nast Traveler Environmental Award for his work promoting a sustainable, community-run alternative to state-owned forest management.

Upon winning the Social Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, Ambrosius and Silverius commented:  “This honor is confirmation of our beliefs that the future of our country relies on sustainability.”

 “Telapak spearheaded anti-illegal logging campaign globally. They've also created the first cyanide-free ornamental fish explorer and the first exclusively cultured corals and base rocks exporters. Their initiatives have a direct benefit to the people, farmers and fishers throughout Indonesia and in other countries.  As a civil organization and business company, Telapak invests their funds to expand initiatives and encourage the government to create conditions and policies to support their mission on community-logging and sustainable forestry” according to Giuseppe Nicolosi, EY Indonesia Country Managing Partner.