Michael Padmanaba, also known as Nobo, started working with Inovasi Bumi (INOBU) as a Research Manager in January 2018. He holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in China and a masters degree in Wildlife Conservation from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. His research project was on the spread of invasive alien plant species in protected areas of Java and their potential distribution under environmental changes. Prior to joining INOBU, Nobo worked under the Forest and Environment Program at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he was involved in several biodiversity related projects, dissemination activities, as well as capacity building for local partners in North Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and Papua since 2003. From 2002 to 2003, he conducted research for his masters thesis on fruit consumption by Sumatran elephants and its implication for conservation in Lampung. He also interned at the Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesia Program (WCS-IP). In addition, he was a research staff and consultant at WWF Indonesia’s Kayan Mentarang and Ujung Kulon project and at The Nature Conservancy.