1) When was the first time you got involved with seaweeds and why?
The first time I got involved with seaweed was actually during my college years, master and doctoral study. Then in 2016, I met the Chairman of Indonesian Seaweed Association in Denmark at ISS 2016, it is a 3 yearly international symposium on seaweed. He encouraged me to dive in further in the world of seaweed by involving me in every project this association has related to seaweed farming and business even with regulation issues. Ever since, I have been working with seaweed not only under the pretext of theoretical knowledge but also the practical.
2) What is your view on the Asia-Pacific seaweed industry in 2030?
I am visioning the industry of seaweed will grow exponentially throughout the year, and by the year 2030, seaweed will integrate more in our daily life, for example perhaps as staple food. Not only that, we can also see seaweed-based materials, like clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, etc. in our daily basis.
As we all know, the application of seaweed is remarkable and diverse, so there is no wonder if seaweed industries will rise in the future. Nevertheless, the growth will need to be supported with sustainable supply chain as well as technology.
3) What will you be talking about at Seagriculture Asia-Pacific 2023?
I will mostly talk about the existing of seaweed industries in Indonesia, like where we are, what we are doing, what are the challenges we are facing, and any related subjects.