Vivi Fitriyanti

Vivi is Research Assistant at the Purnomo Yusgiantoro Center (PYC).

At PYC, she is currently involved in research projects, such as Crowdfunding as New Approach to Indonesia’s NRE Project Financing and a joint research project with Heriot-Watt University. Before PYC, she has also conducted various research on integrated biorefinery and biomass, including a successful development on a novel method for fractionating biorefinery lignins according to molecular weight, with potential for carbon fibre applications, energy, and water savings during processing. She is also passionate for green energy research to make her able to published “Fractionation by Sequential Antisolvent Precipitation of Grass, Softwood, and Hardwood Lignins Isolated Using Low-Cost Ionic Liquids and Water” at ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Chemical Society.

Vivi is a learner who likes to contemplate life, and she is an enigmatic person full of contradiction. She always thinks that she can be categorised as an old soul who always feels she cannot get home even she is at home. Vivi also likes to create a web-like mass of information. She loves peace and solitude to generate her abstract idea and concept. She would love to serve people and value harmony, and she believes that education is a safe place for everyone. Thus, human has a freedom to choose on what they want to learn. Her passion for education makes her involved in developing education programs related to future education and critical thinking. She presented her research related to STEAM (Science, technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Education at the GESS Indonesia conference.

In her spare time, she enjoys making a cover song, reading books, learning chess, volunteering in The International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology (MILSET) to inspire youth through STEAM, and giving workshop related to critical thinking.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and a Master’s degree in Green Chemistry: Energy and the Environment from Imperial College London and awarded Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) Scholarship (2016-17) from the Ministry of Finance of Indonesia.

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Prof. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Ir., M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.

Purnomo Yusgiantoro is the Founder of the 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 teach the subject of energy economics at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). Also, 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 Executive Office of the President Republic of Indonesia.

He has vast experiences working and contributing in the energy and defense 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 also has held a position as Vice Governor of National Defense Agencies (Lemhannas). Purnomo was the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Republic of Indonesia for three consecutive terms, from year 2000 until 2009. He also held the position of Minister of Defense of 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.