Syarif is expert in the policy, political and regulatory dimensions of energy, natural resources, renewables, agribusiness, infrastructure and heavy industry in Indonesia. As manager, he leads BGA’s work in these sectors supporting companies to navigate the complex and often highly protectionist policy and market environment.
Syarif is adept at helping companies to mitigate commercial and reputational risks and in developing blueprints for market entry. For nearly a decade at BGA, Syarif has developed and maintained a network of policymakers and sector specialists that provide him insights on policy, political trends and risks and opportunities to support companies’ government relations and regulatory compliance.
In recent years Syarif has led BGA and client teams with due diligence on potential partners, obtaining crucial permits and licenses and crafting and implementing Indonesia-specific sustainability and policy advocacy strategies. His efforts help multinational companies build partnerships with key stakeholders such as state-owned enterprises, government institutions, think tanks and universities. His ability to build consensus between government and private sector stakeholders with multiple interests is one of Syarif’s key strengths.
Prior to his tenure with BGA, Syarif was a government affairs specialist at several Indonesian and international advisory firms. During five years at MediaComm, a Jakarta-based government relations and business advisory firm, he handled crisis management and grassroots communications for clients across the banking, infrastructure, energy and consumer goods industries.
Syarif holds a bachelor’s degree from Padjadjaran University and a master’s degree from the University of Birmingham. He has received further professional training at the National University of Singapore, Northwestern University, SOAS University of London and Leiden University in the Netherlands.