Erna Witoelar is a former Member of the General Assembly (MPR, 1997-1999) and Minister of Human Settlements and Regional Development of Indonesia (1999-2001). She also served as the UN Special Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals in Asia-Pacific (2003-2007) and was a member of the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (2006-2009).
She has more than thirty years of experience in civil society leadership at local, national, and international levels. She is one of the founders of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI, 1980), Friends of the Environment Fund (DML, 1983), Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (KEHATI, 1994), Clean Ciliwung River Movement (GCB, 1994), Partnership for Governance Reform Indonesia (PGRI, 2000), Foundation for Local Governance Innovation (YIPD, 2002), and others.
She is also the former chair of the Indonesian Consumer Foundation and President of Consumers International (1991-1997).
At present, she sits in the Governing Board of KEHATI and member of the Oversight Committee of its Tropical Forest Conservation Action (TFCA) Sumatra program, chairs the Board of Trustee of YIPD, co-chairs the Filantropi Indonesia, among others.
She is a chemical engineer from the Bandung Institute of Technology since 1974, and has a master degree in Human Ecology from the University of Indonesia since 1993.BACK