Podcast Episode 5 – Humans of Bali with Gary Bencheghib

Podcast Episode 5 - Humans of Bali with Gary Bencheghib
Gary Bencheghib is one of three siblings who founded Make a Change World.

You can hear the podcast with Gary by clicking on the link above.

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Gary Bencheghib is one of three siblings who founded Make a Change World. They have been at the forefront of the environmental battle for 10-years and focus on getting plastic pollution on front-page-news and getting the world to know about the urgency to act now.

Growing up on the island of Bali in Indonesia, they saw first-hand the direct impact plastic pollution was having on their home island. In 2009, they started “Make A Change Bali” a youth-led environmental organization on a mission to clean up coastlines at ages 12 (Sam), 14 (Gary), and 16 (Kelly).

For the past 10-years, they have grown their operations to become a full-time media outlet and environmental organization. Their Make A Change videos have garnered over 600-million views across social media and their projects have included running across the US with up-cycled plastic shoes to traveling down the world’s most polluted river on plastic-bottle-kayaks, which inspired Indonesia’s biggest mass clean up.

In all of their travels, they have seen the detrimental effects plastic is having on communities and the environment. In 2020, they launched Sungai Watch, a river clean-up program to stop plastic in rivers before it enters the ocean. They have a team working on developing affordable and replicable solutions and deploying them in waterways, where trash can still be intercepted.

They believe that the best solutions need to be as affordable and as localized as possible for them to be massively scalable.

At the rate that we are destroying our planet, they believe that no idea is crazy enough to protect it.

You can follow Gary and his team on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok!

Website: https://makeachange.world/

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Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

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Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

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Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

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