4th ARoFIIN Roundtable

Embracing Uncommon Collaborations for a Healthy Asia

Date: 26 July 2018

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia


The 4th ARoFIIN Roundtable is planned for 26 July 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia to discuss progress and identify strategies aimed at tackling the double burden of malnutrition.

Further to the successful launch of the report on “Tackling Obesity in ASEAN” in 2017 across several Asian countries and a series of follow-up workshops that identified tailored interventions to improve health in children; the roundtable will showcase some pilot initiatives that will be driven collectively by various stakeholders.

In parallel, the session will delve deeper in the area of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in Asia and explore opportunities to combat the growing pandemic in the region.

The 4th ARoFIIN roundtable aims to gather academia, civil societies, the public and private sectors from across the region to discuss and initiate multi-stakeholder strategies that drive food innovation, a positive shift in consumer behaviour and therefore fixing the broken food system to end all forms of malnutrition.

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Adhi Lukman
Indonesian Food & Beverages Association (GAPMMI)

Adhi Lukman graduated from IPB (Bogor Agricultural University), Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Food Technology & Human Nutrition in 1984. He is recognized internationally as an authority on the food industry. In addition to his role with GAPMMI, Adhi Lukman works with several organizations, as Chairman of Permanent Committee for Development of Food Industry, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN); Commissioner National Consumer Protection Agency(BPKN); Member of Working Team of Indonesia’s National Productivity Board (LPN); Member of Expert Working Group of National Food Security Council (DKP); Member of National Codex Committee; Coordinator Industrial and Government Relationship Division of The Indonesian Association of Food Technologist (PATPI); Member of Advisory Board PT SGS; Member of Impartiality Committee PT. TÜV NORD Indonesia; Member of Notification Body & Inquiry Point (TBT-WTO), National Standard Body (BSN); Advisory Board of Food Science & Technology Department, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB); Jury SNI Award (BSN); Steering Committee of Standard Community (MASTAN/BSN); Member of Working Group on Acceleration Nutrition Improvement, Ministry of Development Planning / BAPPENAS; Member of Working Group (3) Evaluation and Analysis Impact of Economic Policy, Ministry of Coordinating Economic of Republic Indonesia.

In 2017 he was the Advisor of Indonesia Australia Business Council, and also as President of AFBA (ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance). Adhi travels national & internationally as a speaker at various forums, as well as guest lectures at several universities.

Araya Rojjanawanicharkorn
Consultant, Bureau of food, Food and Drug Administration
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Araya Rojjanawanicharkorn has been working at the Bureau of food for the Food and Drug Administration at the Ministry of Public Health for Thailand since 2005. In his capacity, Araya is part of the team that develops the potential for small and medium scale food producers in Thailand, conduct research and studies on Food and Nutrition Labelling, GDA and Socio-economic impacts of Front-of-pack “Healthier Choice” Labelling for the country.

He was also key in the creation of the Nutrition Database for the “FOODiEat” and “FOODCHOICE” application.

Araya is a member of the Thai Health Fund as a specialist on Food Health Policy.

Rokiah Don
Nutrition and Dietetics Department
International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur

Associate Professor Rokiah Don is trained in Public Health Nutrition and is currently teaching in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur. She was formerly the Director of Nutrition Division in the Ministry of Health Malaysia. As Director and Head of the nutrition profession in Malaysia then, she had led the development of nutrition in the country in collaboration with other government and non-government agencies including the academicians, professional bodies, consumer groups and food and beverage industries. She has collaboratively designed and developed many nutrition policies and strategies, partly through the development of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition of Malaysia, to address the nutrition-related health challenges and to maintain the nutritional well-being of the Malaysian population. She chaired and is currently a member of many technical committees for nutrition program development in Malaysia. She is a Council Member of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia. Her tremendous contribution towards the development of nutrition in the country and the globe has led her to be a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia in 2003.

She has had several international technical appointments with WHO and UNICEF especially in the area of infant and young child feeding. She has recently been appointed to be a Member of the International Scientific Committee of the Choices International Program. Her involvement in the development of Codex Standards through the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) at the global level since 2003 has been substantial.

Kalpana Bhaskaran MSc, MPhil, PhD
Domain Lead, Applied Nutrition Research, Head, Glycemic Index Research Unit, School of Applied Science
Temasek Polytechnic

Dr Kalpana Bhaskaran is currently the Domain Lead for Applied Nutrition and Glycemic Index Research at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. She championed the design, planning and implementation of Singapore’s and the region’s first accredited Glycemic Index Research Unit (GIRU). She has a diverse portfolio of experience in clinical nutrition research, glycemic index testing, lecturing, project management, food product development and consultancy services. She is currently the Principal Investigator for five ongoing research studies in the area of Glycemic Index, Applied Nutrition,efficacy testing and dysphagia.

Her project management experience includes vendor management, contract negotiations, strategic planning, team leadership management with expertise in leading and building cohesive cross functional teams, collaborating with local and overseas companies.

She was awarded the “Inaugural Teaching Excellence Award” in 2009 for outstanding lecturing and pedagogy. She was conferred the National Day Honours award for recognition of her work and its impact to diabetes management and education in 2014. In September 2017, her team was awarded the Innergy award by the Ministry of Education. This award is to recognise project teams who brought about significant benefits to stakeholders through their innovation efforts.

She is invited to sit on the Singapore Armed Forces Feeding and Institutional Catering advisory panel to offer her expertise in the area of food and nutrition. She is also in the Ministry of Health (MOH) working group on “Patient empowerment” which is one the initiatives by MOH to beat diabetes. She regularly acts as a food and nutrition consultant to local and overseas food companies. A frequently featured commentator for her expert opinion on food and nutrition issues in both print and television media, Dr Kalpana is also invited to speak at local and overseas conferences and seminars.

She is the Vice President of Diabetes Singapore and the Vice President of Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association. She is also the member of Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, USA, Singapore Heart Foundation and Singapore Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Norhayati Kassim
Head, Health Promotion Centre
Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam

Norhayati Kassim is responsible for the overall management and monitoring of more than 50 multi-disciplinary personnel, operational expenditure and related facilities and resources at the Health Promotion Centre at Ministry of Health of Brunei. She reports directly to the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the Ministry of Health for the overall planning, coordination and management of national health promotion programmes and activities, particularly related to non-communicable diseases presentation.

She also directs and contributes to the development of policy papers and working briefs related to health promotion, non-communicable disease prevention and healthy lifestyle, which are the main focus areas for the Health Promotion Centre, for the Ministry of Health. In addition, she mentors, train, teach and supervise health personnel, undergraduates and postgraduate students on health promotion, public health and related issues as well as co-supervises the conduct of practicum and research work by graduate students at the Centre.

Norhayati is also a temporary Advisor to the Working Group on health education and health literacy for NCDs (WG 3.3), WHO global coordination mechanism on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (WHO GCM/NCD), Geneva and Technical advisor/committee member of 4 Cross Functional Teams, Multisectoral Task Force for Health [as of February 2017].

Ir. Doddy Izwardy
Director of Community Nutrition
Ministry of Health, Indonesia

Doddy Izwardy attended Academy of Nutrition Jakarta in 1985, He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Department of Community Nutrition and Family Resources, Bogor Agricultural University in 1994. His research interest in nutrition including micronutrient, sensory evaluation, infant and young children, maternal nutrition, behavior change, and deficiency disorder. On his first career as Coordinator of Vit A and Immunization Intervention program in Aceh Barat until 1988, and became staff at Department of Health, Aceh Province from 1988-1997. While worked at this place, he also assigned position as Director of Nutrition Academy in Aceh 1993-1997.

Since 1999 he moved to Jakarta and worked at Directorate General of Community Health, Ministry of Health and received Master’s degree of Art Interprofesional Health and Community Care of Bournemouth University, The United Kingdom in 2013. He assigned as Head of Foreign Cooperation relations, Bureau Planning and Budgeting In 2009 and as Head of Regional Cooperation Division, Center for overseas cooperation 2010-2013. Currently as Director of Community Nutrition, Directorate General of Community Health, He was also in 2009-2010.

Professor Andrew Hills BEd MSc PhD FASMF
Associate Dean Global, College of Health and Medicine
University of Tasmania

Andrew Hills is currently Associate Dean Global, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania. Prior to returning to Tasmania in 2016 he was Professor of Allied Health Research, Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland and Professor of Energy Metabolism, Queensland University of Technology. A prominent educator and exercise physiologist, his interests include prevention and management of obesity; physical growth and development; exercise prescription for weight management; body composition, physical activity and energy expenditure assessment; nutrition, weight control and exercise. He has a particular interest in maternal, infant and child health.

He has published over 260 papers and reviews, 30 book chapters and authored or edited 10 books. He is a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation (ASMF) and former President of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS).

Atmarita, MPH, Dr.PH
Head of Research and Publication Division
Indonesian Nutrition Association

Dr. Atmarita is Head of Research and Publication Division, Indonesian Nutrition Association (DPP-PERSAGI) 2012-present, a member of Indonesian Health Researcher Association (APKESI), a member of Ethic Committee, National Institute of Health Research and Development (NIHRD)-MOH, Senior Researcher at Yayasan Kegizian Pengembangan Fortifikasi Indonesia/KFI, and a member of Indonesian Institute of Nutrition/IGI.

She was a civil servant at Ministry of Health since 1980 as Nutritionist in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) provincial health office, then moved to Directorate of Community Nutrition in 1985, and officially retired in January 2014 from the NIHRD.

She has extensive experiences in National Large-Scale Surveys, such as National Basic Health Research (Riskesdas), Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey (IDHS), National Individual Consumption Survey, etc. She was involved in development of Food and Nutrition Surveillance System for Indonesia in 1980’s. She has involved actively in giving inputs for national health and nutrition policy/strategy for Bappenas. She has also work as consultant for the World Bank, ADB, IMA-World Health, and Abt Associates Inc. for data analysis and assessments as well as program/project evaluation in health and nutrition.

She is graduated from Academy of Nutrition in Jakarta (1979), and her Master in Public Health (1988) and Doctor in General Epidemiology (1998) from School of Public Health, University of Michigan, USA.

Diandra Pratami
Government Partnerships Officer
United Nations World Food Programme, Indonesia

Diandra Pratami works at the World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency, where she leads the government partnerships as well as private sector partnerships in the Indonesia Country Office. She began her professional career in public policy at the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and UNDP.

Her interests include international development cooperation, government partnerships, private sector relations, and social policy. She holds a Master of Public Policy, specializing in development policy, from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Bandung Institute of Technology.

Rina Agustina, MD, PhD
Chair of Human Nutrition Research Cluster
Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia

Dr. Agustina is Chair of the Human Nutrition Research Center at the Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute (IMERI), and Head of the Doctoral Program at the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia – Dr. Cipto Mangunkusuno Hospital. Her primary areas of expertise include dietary modulation of intestinal infection and inflammation, probiotics, prebiotics and micronutrients, obesity, and maternal and child health and nutrition.

She has extensive experiences in large scale clinical trials, and dietary and metabolic assessment across multiple ethnic groups. She founded the Probiotic Working Group involving 6 different countries in the Southeast Asia Region, and is a member of the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets and Sustainable Food Systems, and a lead scientist and author for the Lancet Series on Indonesia.

Pungkas Bahjuri Ali, STP, MS, PhD
Director, Public Health and Nutrition, Ministry of National Development Planning
National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta

Mr. Pungkas is the Director for Public Health and Nutrition at the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS). He has involved actively in the developing of health and nutrition concept in the framework of national planning. He is responsible in formulation of National Medium-Term Development Plan and Annual Working Plan, particularly in area of health and community nutrition.

He also serves as the Secretary of technical team for SUN Movement Indonesia. He works closely with all local government to align the national action plan on food and nutrition with the sub-national action plan on food and nutrition, as well as with the relevant stakeholders (private sector, academia, and civil society).

He also has strong cooperation with the international partners/ donors in term of designing, monitoring and evaluation of foreign loan and grants funded projects such as UNICEF, World Bank, ADB, etc. Pungkas earned his PhD Degree in 2013 at The Australia Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI), The Australian National University, Canberra.

Barnabas Chan

Barnabas has more than 20 years of experience with global pharmaceuticals and consumer health companies. He has a diversed and well-rounded experiences from downstream sales and marketing to up the value-chain in product development and manufacturing, and more than 15 years in cross-cultural business experiences in Asia Pacific Region.

Jee Hyun Rah
Chief Nutrition
UNICEF Indonesia

Dr. Jee Hyun Rah works for UNICEF Indonesia Country Office as Chief of Nutrition. Before moving to Indonesia, she was with UNICEF India Country Office as Nutrition Specialist, providing technical assistance to the Government of India in policy and strategy development regarding maternal and child nutrition.

Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked as Nutrition Manager for the public-private partnership between the UN World Food Programme and a multi-national company called DSM, and had also done consultancies with Academy for Education Development and the World Health Organization. In addition, she had worked in rural Bangladesh for two and a half years being involved with a large-scale community-based maternal and child health and nutrition research project called JiVitA Bangladesh funded by USAID and Gates Foundation.

She obtained her Ph.D. degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health focusing on international nutrition. She has worked extensively over the past few years in many developing countries in Asia and Africa conducting research and implementing nutrition programs.

Casper Sermsuksan
Co-Founder & Chief Excitement Officer

Casper Sermsuksan is the co-founder and CEO of Kulina, a food technology platform that works with cooks and restaurants to deliver curated lunch meals using a last-mile delivery algorithm, and only Indonesian startup at Google Launchpad Accelerator in 2018. He was previously leading product management and marketing for Product Madness, a game startup. While there, he helped the company broke revenue record every month he was in charge, and achieved $200M annual revenue.

Prior to those, he has worked with Belkin, Amazon, Sony Pictures and Deloitte in various roles from product management, data science and finance. He is currently the founding director of Startup Grind Yogyakarta, and serves as advisors and mentors for ProductTank, Google Developers Group, CS Leaders and 1,000 Startups. Casper earned a B.S. in Business Administration with focus on entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.