About us

Forestwise is dedicated to creating #RainforestValue in order to sustain the rainforests of Borneo. Our mission is to #StopDeforestation and create #RainforestValue by developing a market for valuable products from the rainforest and empower local people to protect the remaining forest. By helping to maintain the wild rainforest, we also conserve wildlife, generate employment and income for local inhabitants, and safeguard fresh water, fresh air and fertile soils. We increase the economic value of the remaining forest, and give forest communities a sound incentive for continuing to protect it.

Forestwise was founded in 2018. We operate from the Netherlands (sales office) and we have our own factory (PT Forestwise Wild Keepers) which is located in Sintang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. PT Forestwise Wild Keepers is a full subsidiary company to Forestwise.

The processing methods of illipe butter from PT Forestwise Wild Keepers are certified by Ecocert with the Fair for Life, NOP Organic and EOS Organic certificates.
Forestwise in the Netherlands is also certified Fair for Life by Ecocert and certified EU Organic by SKAL.

OUr Mission and story

Our mission is to #StopDeforestation and create #RainforestValue by developing a market for valuable products from the rainforest and empower local people to protect the remaining forest

Theo Smits and Dirk-Jan Oudshoorn met in 2013, when they were both working for an Indonesian non-governmental organisation. Theo moved to Indonesia in 2007, looking for ways to share his 30-years of experience and extensive production technology knowledge with people in less developed areas.

After his masters in Industrial Engineering Dirk-Jan worked on multiple sustainable products and projects. He always had a passion for combining sustainability with making beautiful products. In 2013 he decided to move to Indonesia, together with his partner Alexandra Vosmaer. Dirk-Jan wanted to look for opportunities in Indonesia in sustainability and Alexandra started to work with the endangered orangutans in Borneo.

In the following years, Theo and Dirk-Jan witnessed at first hand the destruction caused by massive deforestation in Borneo. In 2018, they decided to set up their own social enterprise, Forestwise, to empower the local inhabitants to protect the remaining rainforest.

Forestwise does this by producing Rainforest products, creating more value for forest communities while increasing the value of the forest as a natural resource, and providing genuinely sustainable alternatives for consumers around the world.

OUr team

We are a team of professional all-rounders who are committed to creating #RainforestValue in order to sustain the rainforest in Borneo.

Flekurius Anom

Production staff

Herkulanus Aming

Security staff

Matius Mustofo Asen

Security Staff

Julianus Bambang

Security Staff


Production Staff

Martin Davidson

Factory Manager

Richard Eyles

Head of Sales & Marketing

Yemi Februati

Finance Staff

Florensius Jonifer

Field Staff

Marselus Julung

Maintenance Coordinator

Victor Kennedy

Production Coordinator

Petrus Deni Kurniawan

Security Staff

Oktaviana Intan Maharani

HRD and Legal Staff


Production Staff

Martinus Minto


Dirk-Jan Oudshoorn

Co-founder and CEO

Calvinosius Rasula

Security Staff

Adrianus Simpai

Administration Staff

Theo Smits

Co-founder and CTO

Riyanto Vrio

Warehouse & Logistics Coordinator

Alexandra Vosmaer


OUr advisory board

Dominique Lecossois

Senior Board Advisor

PT Forestwise wild keepers

The Forestwise entity in Indonesia is named PT Forestwise Wild Keepers. In February 2020 we have opened our own factory in Sintang (West-Kalimantan) to produce raw ingredients which are harvested from the areas around Sintang.

PT Forestwise Wild Keepers employs 30 Indonesians in the peak season, who work in finance, production, buying of raw materials and CSR activities.

OUR Approach to create #RainforestValue

1. Conserving the rainforest
Any farmer, community, cooperative, village or other type of organization that legally owns, manages or administers a forest area and is willing to protect it can apply to join Forestwise. Forestwise will advise the farmer or organization on how to best conserve the relevant forest area, provide practical assistance, and train people in how to prepare products that create #Rainforestvalue

2. Providing efficient processing technology
Forestwise advises which forest products have the most potential for creating #RainforestValue for the forest community in their specific area. Together with the relevant organization, Forestwise will set up efficient and sustainable supply chains that run from fresh forest produce through raw materials to consumer products. We aim to create most of this value as near to the forest as possible.

3. Sales and distribution
Forestwise sells the rainforest products both in Borneo and overseas. Each farmer gets the same fair price. 

Forestwise sells both to manufacturers and to consumers. We aim to maximize the financial benefit for the farmers and at the same time to create a financial incentive for them to conserve the forest and #StopDeforestation.

We are also establishing consumer brands around rainforest products to give consumers the opportunity to experience the power of previously undiscovered rainforest products.

  • Identify communities that legally manage areas of rainforest and are willing to protect these.

  • Analyse the needs and wishes of individual rainforest communities.

  • Conduct field assessment of crops and production capacity in the relevant area of rainforest.


Analyse market opportunities for these product


Map the area of rainforest (by satellite) in order to verify production capacity.


Secure sales so as tobe able to set up hub.


Once sales security is established, enter into agreements with communities for the supply of raw materials.


Once sales security is established, enter into agreements with communities for the supply of raw materials.

Continuously monitor the protected area of rainforest by satellite.

  • Train rainforest communities in how to prepare the products.

  • Purchase rainforest products and process these in our factory.


Our partners in conserving the wild rainforest:

Our partners in bringing our products to the market: