IDEAS 5.0Mila Nuh

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Mila Nuh is a Co-manager of Education Program at United in Diversity Forum and a consultant to the World Bank Indonesia supporting engagement with civil-society organizations in forestry-related issues as a Communications and Stakeholders Engagement Specialist.
Nuh was a leading student activist during her undergraduate years (1993-1997) in South Sumatra and was very active in the pro-democracy and environmental movements during the Suharto Era in the 1990s, until today. The story of her struggle is chronicled in Indonesia Betrayed: How Development Fails (2007, University of Hawai’i Press) by Ohio University professor Elizabeth Fuller Collins.

She was one of the founders of the first street children organization in South Sumatra, named Kuala Merdeka Foundation and has  lived with the children in an open house. In 1996, a year before her departure to the United States,  she was elected as South Sumatra Executive Director of Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI).

Nuh completed masters degrees in Southeast Asian Studies (Master of Arts, 2002) and Environmental Policy and Planning (Master of Science, 2003) at Ohio University, Athens, USA. Since her return to Indonesia a decade ago, Nuh has worked on sustainability related issues with LEAD Indonesia, WWF Indonesia, Partnership for Governance Reform, the Center for People and Forest (RECOFTC Thailand), and HIVOS South East Asia. From 2012 to 2013, she was a Stakeholders Engagement Coordinator with the Indonesia REDD+ Task Force, President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4).