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About Us

The SAWA project made its formal debut in May 2022, but its origins trace back over a decade, when our visionary founder first began exploring financially sustainable solutions to the harmful practice of agricultural crop-burning in Indonesia. 


Though progress was initially slow, recent years have seen a surge of interest in carbon offsetting, with additional financial incentives provided through the voluntary carbon market. These developments have opened up new avenues for realizing our founder's early aspirations, empowering us to bring large-scale biochar production technologies to fruition and make a meaningful impact in the fight against climate change.


Our Vision

Our Mission

To deliver innovative solutions that combat climate change and create a more sustainable future.

Mitigate climate change and ensure food security through regenerative agricultural practices that follow an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable model.

Meet The Team


Phil Rickard

CEO and Founder Phil is a global entrepreneur based in Jakarta whose diverse portfolio of enterprises spans the natural resources, renewable energy, FinTech, and artificial intelligence sectors. With a proven track record of identifying and capitalizing on emerging trends, Phil is renowned for his visionary leadership and passion for sustainable innovation.

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Dr. Rachmat Pambudy

Boardmember Dr. Rachmat Pambudy is a renowned lecturer at the Bogor Agricultural Institute, with a distinguished career in development counseling and policy-making. His expertise has been instrumental in shaping policies that have had a transformative impact on Indonesia's agriculture sector, including the establishment of the Dewan Gula Indonesia. With a deep commitment to sustainable development, Dr. Pambudy is a respected authority in his field, sought after for his insights and expertise by colleagues and students alike.

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Irawan Mulyadi

Boardmember Irawan Mulyadi is a seasoned entrepreneur with a wealth of experience across multiple disciplines, including payments, e-commerce, and information technology. His track record of building successful ventures is a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit, strategic vision, and ability to navigate complex market landscapes.

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Dr. John Wiebe

Boardmember John Wiebe is a pioneering figure in the global sustainability movement, having devoted his career to uniting leaders from business and government around the common goal of promoting economic development while protecting the health of the planet. His unwavering commitment to sustainability has earned him a reputation as a respected thought leader and change agent in the field.

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Pierre Prunier

Boardmember With over eighteen years of experience in investment management, Pierre Prunier, excels in strategic planning and business development, demonstrating a profound ability to drive innovation and growth across diverse sectors including real estate, aquaculture, and financial services.


Ira Devianty

Operational Manager Ira Devianty has considerable experience as a Procurement Officer and Site Surveyor Manager, and Director of Terrasys Media, a Jakarta-based media monitoring company. With a degree in Public Relations from the University of Lampung, Ira is known for her exceptional organizational skills, strategic thinking, and ability to execute complex projects with precision and efficiency.


Axel Derian F.

Project Manager Axel brings experience in waste management and decarbonization to the Sawa Project. He spent several years in business development at one of Indonesia's largest TIC (Testing, Inspection, and Certification) companies, where he honed his skills in project management and communication. Currently, Axel is leveraging his expertise to oversee operational development at the Sawa site, driving the project towards achieving its sustainability goals.


Theresa Hopkins

Carbon Asset Development Theresa Hopkins brings a wealth of hands-on experience in the sustainability space, backed by a degree in political science. She has spent several years working on communication and marketing development for a prominent NGO in Sumba, Indonesia, honing her skills in stakeholder engagement, partnership building, and impact assessment.


Susilo Wibowo

Business Development Susilo is a Masters graduate in Jakarta who has experience in Marketing & Business Development in several companies. Currently Susilo is utilizing his experience and expertise to support Sawa’s business development.


Jihan Nur Sakinah

Public Relations and Marketing With six years of experience in public relations, Jihan has a proven track record in managing media relations and enhancing brand visibility. As a skilled communicator and project manager, Jihan excels in creating press releases, articles, presentations, and marketing materials, adapting effectively to challenging situations.

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Tri Yulianti

Accounting Tri Yulianti is an accountant who has 4 years of experience working in startup companies & construction consultants.

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Siti Zahwa Nur Annissa

Finance Admin Siti Zahwa Nur Annissa is a communications graduate who has 3 years of experience working as a financial administrator in a startup & media company.

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