Kinari Webb was our 2018 Scholar. Kinari is an exceptional leader whose pioneering work is delivering outstanding results in rain forest conversation and primary health care for communities across Borneo, Indonesia.
The organisation she founded, Health in Harmony, works closely with communities to tie the provision of health care to the cessation of logging.
Kinari first developed the vision for Health In Harmony when studying orangutans in 1993 at Gunung Palung National Park. There she encountered not only a beautiful and threatened natural environment but also the dire health needs of the people surrounding the National Park. After her experience in Indonesia, Kinari decided to become a physician and return to Indonesia to work together with local communities to improve both their health and preserve the natural environment.
Dr. Webb graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with honors and then completed her residency in Family Medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. Kinari founded Health In Harmony in 2005 to support the combined human and environmental work that she planned in Indonesia. After a year of traveling around Indonesia looking for the best site for this program (unmet health care needs, a forest that could still be saved and a responsive government), Kinari helped co-found the ASRI program in West Kalimantan Indonesia with Hotlin Ompusunggu and Antonia Gorog. Kinari currently splits her time between Indonesia and the US.