Applying Knowledge and Experience from
IATSS Forum & Paying Forward to Community

Message from Alumni

Ms. Monica Nirmala

  • Country : Indonesia
  • Forum :
  • Current Position : ASRI, an NGO that dovertails human and environmental health / Planetary Health Activist, Senior Public Health Adviser

IATSS Forum is a springboard for my professional journey. It boosted my confidence and credential to pursue higher degree in global health as a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. IATSS Forum has helped me think in a broad perspective of sustainability, with Japan as a great example. Our visits to various places in Japan have taught me a vast range of elements to sustainability, including agriculture, art & culture, traffic system, fisheries, disaster management, elderly care, and tourism. The friendship among participants has also helped me think and act more in a regional ASEAN setting. The whole learning experience is important to my career in planetary health work in Indonesia. The group work in IATSS Forum has boosted the effort in my organization in Borneo, Indonesia with helping former illegal loggers give up their chainsaws and switch to more sustainable livelihoods