Michael Putra has been a professional in the energy industry for almost twenty years, and is currently an independent part-time PhD candidate at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). His research is on the investment gap in the energy transition in carbon critical countries as part of the trade-offs within the Sustainable Development Goals nexus. This research agenda leverages his international and broad practical experience in the industry. He has held various roles in Shell in areas such as climate policy, asset management, project development, socio-environmental performance, and multi-billion dollar commercial negotiations. He has worked in The Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, and currently in Kazakhstan.
Michael has a keen interest in fostering constructive dialogue where private sector is geared as part of the solution. He has been involved in consultative sessions such as Open Government Partnership and a series of discussion as part of the formation of Sustainable Development Goals.
Michael is also affiliated among others with World Energy Council and Indonesia Global Compact Network. He lectures in various fora and occasionally writes at the Jakarta Post on sustainable energy transition.