This academy was founded by Desti Alkano Ph.D. and Syarif Riyadi Ph.D. in August 2017.

Our Team


Desti Alkano, Ph.D.


Desti has a background in systems and control and been involved for years in several European smart grid and energy transition programs. She has experiences in setting up and leading research collaborations and partnerships with industries and knowledge institutions.


Syarif Riyadi, Ph.D.


Syarif is a material expert with knowledge on functional materials. He obtained his PhD in solid state physics and inorganic chemistry. He started his academic research from investigating the efficiency of thin film amorphous solar cells. He is actively keeping his eyes open on recent trends for materials related to renewable energy. After obtaining his PhD in 2012, up until now he is growing in industrial research and development atmosphere. Currently he is actively contributing to the forefront technology of the Extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) photo-lithography in the semiconductor industry.  

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Fean Davisunjaya Sarian, Ph.D.


As a chemist, Fean is drawn by the emphasis of the biotechnology on integrating the principles and techniques employed in both biology and chemistry. After receiving his Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, he started and obtained his PhD degree in Biotechnology at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. With a wide variety of research areas, particularly in genetic engineering and bioprocess technology, he gained expertise in genomics and proteomics-related topics, ranging from bacteria to microalgae. One particularly challenging fundamental renewable energy-related study he worked on was conversion of biomass economically into biofuel by enzymatic process through genetic modification of bacteria and yeast.


Taking up a new challenge, currently he undertakes both scientific and management responsibilities relating to waste treatment system project, in which collaboration with local government, home industries and communities.

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M. Hilmy Alfaruqi, Ph.D.


Hilmy received his B. Eng. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from the University of Indonesia. He also received his Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Chonnam National University (CNU), Rep. of Korea, and currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. degree at the same university. His research interests are focused on electrochemistry and nanomaterials for energy storage systems, including Li-, Na-, and Zn-ion batteries. In 2015, he co-founded Masyarakat Elektrokimia Indonesia. He has authored/co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed research articles.  He was also a nominee for the Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora Foundation Young Author Prize of International Society of Electrochemistry in 2015.

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Topan Setiadipura, Ph.D.


Topan is a nuclear reactor physicist and engineer, having a passion in taking the nuclear reactor power to reality in Indonesia. 

Started his bachelor study on theoretical string theory, then pivoting to nuclear reactor physics by doing a thorium-based small modular nuclear reactor design for his master study, both at Physics Dept. of Bandung Institute of Technology. Received his master and doctor degrees in engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology by building a Monte Carlo based computational tool for more accurate pebble bed nuclear reactor design. While doing his graduate study at Tokyo Tech., he was involved in Sustainable Energy project which exposed and widen his perspective on various new and renewable energy solutions.

Returned to Indonesia, he lead an engineering design team at National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) striving to deliver a design-by-Indonesian nuclear reactor as one of national sustainable energy solutions.

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Annisa Paramita Wiharani


Annisa is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of International Relations and the International Organizations University of Groningen. She is also a Fellowship Awardee of Asian Development Institute, Seoul National University. Her research mainly deals with cities, city networks, and global environmental governance. She is passionate about finding a new approach to resolve current social problems through various global initiatives - in which city networks is one of them. Cities and local governments are at the forefront of the problem, carrying the burden from the national and global government to implement the global goals, yet; their role tends to be overlooked. 

In doing so, she took a multidisciplinary approach and did an extensive field-works in Asia and Europe, and participated in several major United Nations events, such as UN-Habitat and UNFCCC (COP 21 and COP 23).

She also spent time as a guest researcher at United Cities and Local Governments - Asia Pacific office (UCLG - ASPAC) in Jakarta Indonesia and CITYNET in Seoul, South Korea. Outside academia, she also had a chance to disseminate her research as she invited by a group of high-level officials from the Ministry of Planning and Development of Indonesia as they are seeking policy recommendations.

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Akhmad Yulianto


Entered a professional career in 2013, Akhmad Yulianto (Anto) has been involved in several renewable energy project with PT Pasadena Engineering Indonesia (PT PEI). One of the notable project is the construction of PT IGG’s Sugar Factory in Banyuwangi, which include 2x10 MW Steam Engine generated by biomass (cane bagasse). With PT PEI, Anto also involved in couple projects of biogas from Palm Oil Mill Effluent. Since then, Akhmad Yulianto believes one of the future renewable energy in Indonesia can be achieved with integration of agriculture and power industry.


With Project Management skills and years of experiences in renewable energy industry, Anto never loses his interest in renewable energy. 


Grace Triana Peranginangin, M.Sc.


Grace is taking her master degree in Management of Technology, Delft University of Technology. She has prior experience as of the chief of Lentera Bumi Nusantara (LBN), a socio-techno-start up that provide solutions for energy access, particularly rural areas. She involved in the project of rural electrification for villages in Tulang Bawang, Lampung, Indonesia, in 2015. Likewise, she made strategies to improve the production and marketing of local products from local people in Ciheras, Jawa Barat Indonesia, which is the location of the research centre of LBN, with appropriate technologies. She believes that to support the research and implementation of renewable energy technologies in rural areas, cooperation with local society to make them have a better life is an essential point. She is a former vice coordinator of Energy Commission of Overseas Indonesian Students’ Association Alliance (Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia se-Dunia) 2018/2019 who responsible for coordinating with external stakeholder.


M.Z. (Zaki) Almuzakki, M.Sc.


As a researcher, Zaki has background in both theoretical and applied mathematics. He obtained a bachelor degree from Mathematics Department, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia. Three years later, in 2015, he got two Master's degrees in computational science from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, and Kanazawa University, Japan, with his work on mathematical epidemiology and coding theory.

Currently, driven by his interest in the academia, he is registered as a lecturer at the Computer Science Department , Universitas Pertamina, Indonesia. At the same time, in order to broaden his knowledge and to facilitate his new interest in renewable energies, he continues his study as a PhD student in system and control at the University of Groningen with research topics related to ocean wave energy converters, in particular, optimizing the performance of a hybrid energy collection and storage device.


Avianto Nugroho, M.Sc.


Avianto has interests in environmental sustainability and aquatic ecology topics. He studied fisheries science in bachelor’s program and received a master’s degree in environmental management with a specialisation in marine resources management. Furthermore, he has been involved in several projects in Europe and Asia about ecological assessment in relation to environmental changes incurred by natural factors or human-induced pressures. 

He wrote a master’s thesis about ecological impacts of offshore wind farms to benthic communities in the German North Sea. Recently, he has just finished undertaking a research exchange program in the topic of coastal community adaptation to climate change in the east coast of India funded by IGCS/DAAD Scholarship. Currently, he keeps actively participating in research activities and projects related to sustainable development.

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Fadhil Ahmad Qamar


Fadhil is currently a master degree student at the Sustainable Energy Technology, Delft University of Technology with special interest towards wind energy generation. He was actively involved in several projects and researches on wind turbine design conducted by his fellow researchers and professors in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, during his undergraduate study in Mechanical Engineering at the same university.

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