Experience and expertise inform every step of our business, from seed-to-shelf. Hear from our technical experts and leaders in the fields of agronomy, sustainability, food and nutrition, trading, shipping, commercial and consumer products.
Götz Martin has been with GAR since 2015, leading the company’s sustainability initiatives on-the-ground. His team focuses on areas such as 1) Forest and Peat conservation, rehabilitation and management, 2) Community Engagement with focus on participative action and alternative livelihoods, 3) Responsible Sourcing with focus on supplier engagement and supply chain transformation.
He has 12 years of experience in forest/land use and sustainability related topics, and has spent 11 years in South East Asia. As a leading subject matter expert in his field, Götz sits on various committees: High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Executive Committee, High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCVRN) Management Committee, RSPO Peatland Working Group, and the RSPO Biodiversity and High Conservation Value (BHCV) Working Group.
In his previous role at McKinsey & Company, Götz was one of the key authors of the McKinsey Global Greenhouse Gas Abatement Cost Curve, as well as the Indonesian Greenhouse Gas Abatement Cost Curve – the first document published by an Indonesian Government agency (DNPI) which recognized the role of peatlands as a source of carbon emissions. He was also lead author of the East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan Low Carbon Economic Growth Strategy.
Gotz has a PhD and Master Degree in Forestry Science, and a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Management, all from the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany.
“Growing up in a small village in Germany, nature in general and forests in particular have always been my favourite place to be. Realising soon during studies on what a downhill trajectory Earth was on, I pursued a career in sustainability. Governments and leading private sectors can turn the wheel and transform the way we all live, while still allowing emerging countries to pursue a growth path to lift millions of their people from poverty.”
Ian Suwarganda manages the company’s international advocacy efforts to ensure access to markets for commerce and investment. He formalises a policy agenda, develops positions, and implements strategies to address relevant policy threats and opportunities, as well as legislation and regulations influencing the organisation. In his role, he engages with stakeholders from policymakers to non-profit representatives about responsibly produced palm oil.
He has over eight years of experience in sustainability topics. Prior to joining GAR in 2014, he was with IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative as a programme manager in the pulp and paper sector. He worked closely with producers, industry associations, NGOs and relevant government agencies, developing and co-investing with them in sustainable forest management projects in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Ian represents GAR at High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), International Sustainability and Carbon Certification System (ISCC), and District Collaborative Forum to Achieve Sustainable Development in Indonesia.
Ian has a Master Degree in Business Administration from INSEAD.
“In my current role, I am advocating with the European Union for European buyers and member states to invest in the sustainable livelihoods of small-scale farmers and their local communities in Indonesia’s rural areas. To fight climate change, protect forests while alleviating poverty, stakeholders have yet to implement solutions for rural farmers and communities, at scale.”
Khoo Kok Yeow leads our IT and digital teams in GAR, managing around 230 employees. Since joining the company in 2017, Kok Yeow has re-organised the teams, allowing deep domain expertise to be nurtured internally. Kok Yeow is currently operating IT in two tracks – one focuses on traditional IT, and the second focuses on innovative digital agenda: cloud, remote sensing, internet of things, machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc.
He also heads the Corporate Functions Shared Services, driving cost efficiency, operational excellence and a continuous improvement mindset in his team. Building on the motto of ‘repeatable, predictable and measurable operations’, his focus here is on value-added services such as machine learning and artificial intelligence-based analytics.
Prior to GAR, Kok Yeow was with Accenture for 23 years. Over the last 20 years, he has been involved in a large number of transformation engagements, as well as other strategic consulting initiatives, predominantly with resources industry clients. Kok Yeow also has extensive Finance and Accounting, HR and IT shared services operations and governance experience, having architected, designed, transitioned and operated shared services (for these functions) at various large multi-nationals.
“In challenging times, I hold dear this quote from Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind – ‘Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect’. So no matter the trial, we must face it without fear, and work hard to adapt and change for the better.”
Lim Shu Ling has worked with GAR since 2015. She oversees the preparation and publication of the company’s annual Sustainability Report. She also handles GAR’s ESG disclosures and reporting on various international platforms including DJSI, FTSE4Good, CDP, Sustainalytics, SPOTT and others. She works closely with Investor Relations and Finance in briefing financial stakeholders on GAR’s ESG performance.
Shu Ling began her career as a journalist and has worked with various media organisations including the BBC’s Business News Division. She has also gained expertise in Indonesian and external stakeholder relations from her work on a UNDP project in Indonesia. Shu Ling has a Master Degree in Asian Politics from the School of Asian and African Studies (University of London).
“ESG reporting is not only about dry figures and data; increasingly and in the post COVID-19 world, ESG performance and reporting on that performance will be what distinguishes companies who will win out and stay in business in the long term from those who don’t.”
Rafael Buhay Concepcion, Jr. is an Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer of GAR. He has been a Director of GAR since August 2002.
He has over 30 years of experience in corporate and strategic finance. Rafael joined the company in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become Chief Financial Officer in January 2013. He is also currently the Commissioner of our subsidiary PT SMART Tbk, which is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange.
Prior to joining GAR, Rafael spent five years with the Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation.
Rafael studied at the University of the Philippines where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Economics in 1988. He later obtained a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines in 1992 with scholarship from SGV Philippines.
“Being a CFO isn’t just about financial stewardship – for me it’s also being fortunate enough to be part of the exciting growth story behind GAR, helping it to develop into a major integrated agri-business, and knowing that we’re supporting hundreds of thousands of workers and their families.”
Richard Fung leads GAR’s Investor Relations department, and is responsible for driving engagement with our analysts, investors, and shareholders. He works closely with senior management to provide timely and accurate information to investors, and reflecting stakeholder feedback to the board of directors – elements critical in achieving value for the company.
He has been with the company since 2008, and has more than 20 years of experience in Finance, particularly in the area of corporate finance.
Before joining GAR, Richard held leadership positions at Sampoerna Telecom, AcrossAsia Multimedia, and UBS Warburg. He has been involved in various capital market transactions including M&A, IPO, equity and bond issuance, and bank financing.
Richard has a Master Degree and PhD in Business Administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
“My focus is on providing investors with the best possible insight into the strategy, operations and performance of GAR. My passion is to make investors aware of the many benefits palm oil has to offer, not in the least that it can be produced in a sustainable manner.”
Tony Liwang leads our Plant Production and Biotechnology division, which looks into the biotechnology of oil palm, and carries out research activities to improve planting material and seed stock.
He has been with GAR for over 21 years, holding various research and development roles within the company. He was previously the Head of our SMART Research Institute.
Tony has more than 30 years of experience in agriculture-based technologies. He was part of the founding committee of ICOPE, the International Conference on Oil Palm and the Environment, serving as its first chairman in 2009.
Tony received his PhD from the Bogor Agricultural Institute, Indonesia. He also has Master and Bachelor Degrees in Agricultural Technology from Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands.
“Many people have a perception that farming and agriculture, being more to do with nature, has no relation to technology. However, that is not that case. As a company we are highly driven by research and technology. In fact, biotechnology for oil palm has seen rapid development, especially in the last five years in which we have identified its whole genetic map.”
Wong Hong Zhou focuses on transformation topics for the company, particularly in Business Intelligence and Governance Ecosystem Transformation. He led the design of GAR’s Central Business Services model and facilities, which streamlines the company’s functional processes such as finance and governance. With over 60 employees in his team, he is responsible for innovating GAR’s practices in control and compliance, data governance, operation and financial planning, statutory and management performance reporting.
He has over 20 years of experience in Finance and Controllership, Merger, Acquisition and Divestment turnaround, high stakes project delivery and SAP implementation.
Prior to joining GAR in 2016, he worked for Shell in Oman, UAE, Greater China and Malaysia, as Finance Director and Country Controller.
Hong Zhou has an Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Finance and Marketing) from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
“The most critical ingredient of transformation is positivity. It attracts creativity, fun and passion, and excites people to come up with wonderful new initiatives. Great things can happen when one starts believing.”