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After the hard work, preparation and lengthy negotiations by our management team in Makassar, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, international development partner agencies and stakeholders associated with BaKTI, I hereby announce the establishment of the BaKTI Foundation to the public. All the legal procedures and all the necessary documents have been completed therefore we have full confidence in declaring that the BaKTI Foundation is an independent institution located in Makassar.

In the recent periods of our existence as BaKTI with our five years of experience, much has been achieved such as the BaKTINews with its initial publication in 2005 with only 8 pages and being distributed to only 200 recipients and currently, BaKTINews is published monthly with 32 pages and reaches 3000 recipients of the print version and 1000 recipients of the electronic version.

In the last 5 years, the BaKTI Information Services has answered more than 1000 inquiries for information on various KTI development programs and the stakeholders involved. BaKTI has also facilitates hundreds of collaborations between organizations and individuals from the Government, international development partners, the private sector, universities and other community-based organizations.

As the secretariat for the Eastern Indonesian Regional Forum, BaKTI has supported the convening of four annual meetings, four meetings of the Heads of the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) Forum, two the Eastern Indonesia Region Researchers’ Network (JiKTI) meetings and has also cooperated with Bappenas in the process of the 2010-2014 National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) Synchronization with its regional dimension in the KTI.

The BaKTI public development data access and library facility began operating in 2005 with less than 100 visitors each month and currently there are more than 1200 visits to BaKTI each month. There have been more than 500 meetings, trainings and visits held by BaKTI in the past 5 years.

In addition to the BaKTI website, (, BaKTI has also developed an online knowledge forum called BaKTI also has a Facebook profile and an active mailing list.

We wish to acknowledge those who have endeavored and shown their commitment to realize a vision to build a better future for our region. All this allows us as the Trustees to concentrate on our priorities for the coming five years which is the first cycle of this Foundation. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees provides its full support and cooperation through a consolidated management and organization in order to be able to work in a smart and effective manner. Despite maintaining the "modus operandi" of the organization, all parties have committed themselves to being involved in a transformational process for an effective movement for the Eastern Indonesia Region. In this context, we are prepared to cooperate responsibly with our partners in the Eastern Indonesia Region, national and international partners.

We express our gratitude to the Local Governments of the Eastern Indonesia Region, the Central Government especially the Ministry of Home Affairs and BAPPENAS, AusAID, CIDA and the World Bank who have played a role in the five years of BaKTI’s existence. We hope this cooperation can be enhanced in the future.

Last but not least, we express our highest appreciation to the staff of BaKTI, especially to Caroline Tupamahu, the BaKTI Executive Director who has taken BaKTI beyond its transitional period towards the establishment of the BaKTI Foundation during her leadership.


Willi Toisuta – Chairman of the BaKTI Foundation Board of Trustees

Willi Toisuta (Ketua)

Willi Toisuta, a prominent figure in education from Eastern Indonesia, received an Honorary Doctorate (DR.HC) in law from Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya-Osaka, Japan in 1997. He was an Advisor for the Association of Christian Colleges and Universities International Ecumenical Forum from 1996-2000 and active in several organizations and programs aimed at increasing the quality of education in Indonesia. At this moment, he holds positions as the Vice Chairman of Institute Committee Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Central Java.


Winarni Monoarfa

Winarni Monoarfa is the Regional Secretary of Gorontalo Province and the head of Eastern Indonesia Forum Working Group and also the Coordinator of Eastern Indonesia Heads of BAPPEDA Forum. She is also a lecturer at Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences.

Erna Witoelar

Erna Witoelar is the head of Partnership/Kemitraan  Board of Management and also the head of Board of Trustees of Yayasan Inovasi Pemerintahan  Daerah (YIPD). Erna was the Minister of  Settlements and Regional Infrastructure for the period of  1999-2001 and also the UN Special Ambassador  for MDGs in Asia Pacific (2003-2007).

M. J. Papilaya

MJ Papilaya is the former major of Ambon city and the former chairman of DPRD Kota Ambon for the period of 1999-2001. He received his Master of Accounting in Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta and at this time, he is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Economy in Pattimura University, Ambon.

Fary Franscis

Fary Franscis received his Master of Agribusiness Management (MMA) in Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) Bogor. He also studied”Peace and Conflict Resolution” at OHIO University, USA in 2003, and in 2005, he studied”Water Shed Management for Community Development” sponsored by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). He is currently the Director of INCREASE, the local NGO in NTT and is a member of the Indonesian National Parliament (DPR RI) for the period of 2009-2014.

Yan Pieter Karafir

Former Rector of Universitas Negeri Papua (UNIPA), Manokwari, Papua Barat. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at UNIPA and as the Bupati of Kabupaten Jayapura (1991-2001). He graduated from the  Universitas Cendrawasih and Institut Pertanian Bogor as well as the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

Alex Retraubun

Deputy Minister of Industry Republic of Indonesia. He was the former Director General of Kelautan, Pesisir, dan Pulau-Pulau Kecil (KP3K) in the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries.  Alex Retraubun graduated with a undergraduate degree from   Universitas Pattimura and a Masters in Marine Management from Newcastle University.