Coat of ArmsAn Indonesianist for over two decades, Bart W van Assen is endorsed by the High Conservation Value Resource Network as Quality Panel Member, by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil as a trainer (P&C Lead Auditor and SCC), by The Borneo Initiative as Certification Coach. He is co-founder and trustee of the Indonesian Auditor Network (Jaringan Auditor Nusantara) and Technical Adviser with the Orangutan Land Trust. He has an extensive track record covering all disciplines of certification (prosperity, people, and planet) in Indonesia.

Bart worked with various enterprises as an associate and a freelancer, including Control Union Certifications, Double Helix Tracking Technologies, Gaia Commoditas, Global Forest Watch, the Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute, Scientific Certification Services, the Tropical Forest Foundation Indonesia and the Zoological Society of London. He currently supports KAYON, a start-up piloting a ransom-a-tree approach to rainforest conservation.