Michael Suryaprawira

Researcher at Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center

Michael is a researcher at Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center. As a young sustainable energy enthusiast with an engineering background, he is always trying to connect these two aggressively progressing worlds. In 2022, he acquired his ocean engineering master’s degree from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), a program in which he had also acquired his bachelor’s degree 5 years prior. He took tidal current energy as the topic for his master’s thesis where he proved that there’s a huge ocean energy potential in the eastern part of Indonesia.

His interest in energy fits well in PYC. Here, he conducts research on renewable energy not only from an engineering perspective but also from a social, economic, and geopolitics point of view. He is currently involved in a joint peer-to-peer electricity trading using blockchain technology research project. Previously, he was involved in several research projects with topics such as the impact of foreign direct investment in low-carbon development, and regulatory impact analysis in government regulations related to electricity.

Apart from his research, he writes his opinions related to energy security and sustainability in several media. He engages in energy-related activities such as moderating events and preparing materials for lectures and conventions. Academic-wise, he took roles in several responsibilities such as serving as a lecturer’s assistant, giving guest lectures, and thesis mentoring.

All in all, deep down Michael is a highly curious learner who constantly wonders and asks questions. He finds joy in figuring out how things work, trying new things, and working with new people. Music is his solitude and he plays instruments in his free time. He watches football on the weekends and at the end of a long day, he reads novels and non-fiction books where, as he turns the pages, he finds out that the more he reads, the more he doesn’t know.

Prof. Ir. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, MSc, MA, PhD, IPU

Founder of Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC)

Purnomo Yusgiantoro is the Founder of Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC). He received his bachelor degree (Ir.) in Petroleum Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia; MSc in Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, USA; MA in Economics from University of Colorado, USA; and PhD in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines, USA. Since 2014, Purnomo dedicates much of his time, knowledge, and skills to teaching the subject of energy economics at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). In addition, Purnomo is the Co-founder of Universitas Pertahanan (Unhan), Indonesia, where he teaches the subject of energy security until now. He is now a senior advisor for the Executive Office of the President Republic of Indonesia.

Purnomo has vast experiences working and contributing in the energy and defence sector of Indonesia. He worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the field of energy economics and sustainable development. He also acted as the Chairman of Board of Commissioners for Pertamina. Purnomo has held a position as Vice Governor of National Defense Agencies (Lemhannas). Purnomo was the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia for three consecutive terms, from 2000 until 2009. After that, he held the position of Minister of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia between 2009 and 2014. In the global sphere, Purnomo served as the Governor of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its Secretary General as well as President, based in Vienna, Austria. He also carried the responsibility as the Chairman of the ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM). He continues his devotion to the energy sector development by establishing PYC in 2016.