Bernadinus Steni


Bernadinus Steni is our Chairman and an Environmental Lawyer with a Master of Law from the University of Indonesia and a Bachelor of Law from Gadjah Mada University. Steni has extensive experience providing legal assistance to indigenous peoples and local communities, especially in relation to natural resources. He has published several articles on indigenous peoples and human rights, covering topics including free prior and informed consent (2005), the legal framework of indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia (2008), the legal and political debate related to indigenous peoples’ rights in Indonesia (2008), and using human rights indicators to monitor REDD+ (2011). For the last five years he has been involved in climate change issues, focusing on tenure, safeguards, and REDD+ in Indonesia. He was also involved in drafting the National REDD+ safeguards, namely PRISAI (2012). At Kaleka, Steni coordinates the legal reviews and analyses, and leads the implementation of the jurisdictional work in West Papua. Get in touch with Steni at