About the AWPRB
The Asia-Western Pacific Regional Branch (AWPRB) is a regional branch of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). The AWPRB was founded in April 2006 to promote geothermal research, information exchange, capacity building, and other collaboration among geothermal communities in the Asia and Western Pacific region, based on the objectives of the IGA. The Branch currently defines a region comprising the area outlined by the national boundaries of Mongolia, China, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, the Philippines, and Japan (see the countries shown in blue in the map below). All IGA members who live and/or work in the countries within the defined area are eligible to join the Branch.
Activities of the Brach are governed by a body called “Forum,” whose members are elected by the members of the Branch every three years.
The Asia Pacific has been in the forefront of geothermal energy exploration, development, utilization, pioneering research and technology development. The collaboration of the different national associations under the umbrella of the AWPRB provides an opportunity to continue the sharing of experiences, learnings and information that help promote further geothermal energy development in the region.
Forum Members 2020-2023
- AVP, Head – Geosciences Division
- Subsuface – Geothermal Resource Group
- Energy Development Corporation
Jeff Caranto leads a team of highly competent and driven professionals who shares his passion of growing the company in local and international arena. As Head of the Geosciences team of the Geothermal Resource Group of EDC, Jeff leads the organization in pursuing potential high value geothermal exploration, development and generating projects, while undertaking specific activities that help manage and maintain the current operating assets of the company. He is currently the National Geothermal Association of the Philippines (NGAP) President.
Vice-Chairman & Chair Finance Committee
- Senior Geothermal Geologist
Geothermal Geology and Modelling Team
Andrew Rae earned his PhD from the University of Tasmania in 2002, on the Southern Negros Geothermal Field, Philippines. He started at GNS in 2005 as a wellsite geologist, leading to management of the GNS geological wellsite services team. He presently works in multidisciplinary teams undertaking and managing geothermal resource assessment projects in New Zealand and across Southeast and Eastern Asia. These project teams integrate multiple geoscientific and engineering datasets to evaluate the geothermal resource potential with the aim to build confidence and the appropriate strategies for geothermal energy development.
- Technical Director, Hot Dry Rocks Pty Ltd
Graeme Beardsmore earned his PhD in Geophysics from Monash University in 1996, specializing in measuring and modelling temperature and heat flow in the crust, and began working in the geothermal energy sector shortly afterwards. He was the founding President of the Australian Geothermal Association, and continues to serve as a Director of that organisation. He is also Australia’s industry representative on the steering committee of the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology; co-author of the monograph ‘Geothermal Exploration’ (IGA Academy, 2016); and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Chair Information & Education
Chair Audit Committee
Immediate Past President
My name is Surya Darma and I am a former President and Board of Adviser of Indonesia Geothermal Association (INAGA) and a Chairman of Indonesia Renewable Energy Society (METI-IRES) since 2015
Samantha Alcaraz has been based at GNS Science Wairakei since March 2009. Samantha is GNS Sciences geothermal expert in GIS, 3D modelling, database management and image processing. Samantha has an MSc in Geographical Information Management from Cranfield University, UK (2004) as well as a Master of Engineering Geology from the Institut Geologique Albert-de-Lapparent, France (2004) and has worked on projects in Ecuador, Brazil, England, Montserrat, Reunion, and France
Chair Membership Committee
Since I entered Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. In 2003, I have been working on the construction of geothermal power plants Worldwide. My experience includes the construction of Yamagawa Binary Power Plant, where I worked as the Project Manager, Ulubelu Unit 3&4 Geothermal Power Plant, where I worked as the Project Leader, Ulubelu Unit 1&2 Geothermal Power Plant, where I worked as the Engineering Leader, Northern Negros Geothermal Power Plant, where I worked as the Engineer and Rantau Dedap Geothermal Power Plant, where I’m working as the Project Leader.Other than the Company’s business, I’m working as an organizer of the Board Meeting at GRSJ, and also as a member of Operation Committee at JGA.
Head of Group : Division of Engineering Geology and Water Resources
Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
OC and Heading WGC 2023
Forum Members Archive
- Surya Darma (Indonesia), Chairperson
- Shigeto Yamada (Japan), Vice Chairperson
- Lauro (Larry) Bayrante (Philippines), Secretary
- Toshihiro Uchida (Japan), Information and Education Committee Chair
- Andrew Rae (New Zealand), Finance Committee Chair
- Heribertus Yudha (Indonesia), Nominating Committee Chair
- Graeme Beardsmore (Australia), Membership Committee Chair
- Varun Chandrasekharan (India), Audit Committee Chair
- Samantha Alcaraz (New Zealand), Honorary Treasurer