A leading natural resource manager, thinker, and scientist, Yurdi works as IRRI’s Regional Representative for Southeast Asia. He coordinates the institute’s activities in the region and leads the development of the overall regional as well as country strategies for IRRI’s research, outreach, training and capacity strengthening, and resource mobilization. He also leads the partnership with national governments, international research institutes, United Nations, development partners, private sector, regional bodies such as ASEAN, and other stakeholders.
Prior to joining IRRI, Yurdi served in various strategic leadership roles at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Agroforestry Centre, and the Center for People and Forests. He has also been appointed to serve in high-level expert panels by the World Bank, International Tropical Timber Organization, among others.
Yurdi received a PhD and MSc from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and Bachelor degree from IPB University in Indonesia.