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Announcing the Island of Happiness Webinar

The global interest in the webinar was incredible. Thank you for your contribution. If you’ve missed our webinar please check the recording here.


A 45-minute webinar with a Q&A session on November 28th at 9:00 am (Singapore time)

This is an opportunity to ask Kura Kura Bali team experts your burning questions.

Registration CLOSED.
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Welcome to the Island of Happiness Challenge, a global competition inviting creators and innovators from around the world to partake in the unique eco-development of Kura Kura Bali, a project premised on the concept of Tri Hita Karana for sustainable development and happiness.




The Balinese believe in “Tri Hita Karana” or the Three Ways to Happiness through the harmony of people with people, people with nature and people with the spiritual. “United in Diversity” has aligned the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals around the three harmonies in an elegant SDG Pyramid launched at the United Nations on the UN Day of Happiness.

In keeping with Balinese culture, Kura Kura Bali is looking for ideas in the co-creation of the island’s development aligned with the Tri Hita Karana philosophy:

Wisdom of The Crowd

Ideas Essential to the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy

The first challenge launched through the Hero X platform is the Coastal Design Competition, and it will be followed by a series of sustainability initiatives planned for the Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness. The Costal Design Competition seeks sustainable, original and mold-breaking designs for sea edge treatments.


The search for harmony between people and their environment is timeless, but our successes have traditionally come with a negative impact on the environment. Seawalls have been no exception to this legacy, but their function of protection from storms and erosion remains a vital need. That’s why Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness is looking to bridge the gap in sustainable seawalls, and that’s where we need new innovative designs.

There has yet to exist a treatment for the sea edge that is sustainably designed without sacrificing an elegant aesthetic. We’re looking to you to propose a new kind of sea edge treatment that can be created first for the Island of Happiness. This may become the new standard for sea edge treatments in the rest of Indonesian archipelago in collaboration with the United Nations global initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, that are invited to take part in the judging process. There will also be great visibility globally for this competition.

Submission closed on January 18, 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified.



Andrew Potts
SVP Construction and Engineering, Bali Turtle Island Development
Mr. Potts has recently joined BTID as Senior Vice President. Mr. Potts has a mechanical engineering background and previously worked for Shimizu for 24 years. Mr. Potts has worked in Hong Kong, Vietnam and the U.S.A. working on multiple large scale projects. He has been assigned to Vice President Construction since 2013. Prior to that Mr. Potts held positions as General Manager of construction and as Project manager. Mr. Potts is responsible for the overall management of the Engineering and construction division of Bali Turtle Island Development and other group projects. KEY PROJECTS Giti Tire - Project Director Construction of a 1,600,000 sf tire manufacturing facility in Richburg, SC. The project was a hybrid design and build fast track scheduled to complete in 13 months. TICA - Project Manager Construction of a 636,000 sf. automotive compressor facility in Pendergrass, Georgia. Project was a design and build fast track completed in 11 months. TACG - Project Manager The building is 350,000 sf. in area and sits on 150 acres of land. The plant makes high-end variable displacement air conditioning compressors for the automotive industry. Toyota Mississippi - Project Manager Construction of a 505,000 sf. manufacturing facility in Guntown, Mississippi. The project consisted of 4 principal manufacturing buildings, an office building and a waste water treatment building. The project also included various pits, tunnels and heavy equipment foundations. Project delivery method: Design Build (fast track) 3 Smart grids and development of Zero Net Energy Buildings Mr. Potts Led a team to develop 3 smart grid projects for the New Energy Development Organization of Japan (NEDO) 2 of the projects were in Albuquerque NM, Los Alamos NM and at the state university of New York (SUNY). They were collaborative research projects between the Govt of Japan and UNM and SUNY.
Konstantina Rappou
Technical Director, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas First Eastern office, Hong Kong
Konstantina is the Technical Director of the Camper & Nicholsons Marinas First Eastern office, Hong Kong, developing marina projects from feasibility/concept stage to commissioning stage. She began her tenure as a Technical Director in October 2013 and is focused on the direction of the current portfolio of marinas in South East Asia and China region. Her professional experience extends to Asia, Middle East, Africa, UK and Southern Europe. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in London, she spent eight years working for Atkins, specializing in coastal protection, maritime structures and port planning and management. She moved to Hong Kong six years ago as an engineering consultant to another global engineering, management and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald. Having completed more than ten years of post-graduate experience service in the maritime engineering sector, in design, project management, and construction supervisor roles, she proceeded to work in a fast, upscale environment, assuring client satisfaction on luxury marinas. Passionate about the water, sailing and creating a lifestyle, the move to Camper and Nicholsons First Eastern was a natural fit. For the past six years, she has been overseeing the planning, design, and construction of several marina developments in the Asia Pacific region and has been sharing her enthusiasm and experience on the 'living on the sea' way of life in this fascinating part of the world! Konstantina is from Athens, Greece. Having spent thirteen years in London, United Kingdom, she now lives in Hong Kong with her son.
Lim Kok Kim
Managing Director, KK Lim and Associates
Mr Lim Kok Kim has 34 years of international experience in the design of major civil and structural engineering projects. He started his early years of engineering practice in Australia where he was involved in the design of numerous 50-storey buildings in Melbourne. Mr Lim migrated to Singapore in 1991 when he joined TY Lin International. He spent 16 years with the firm and was the Head of Building Department for 6 years before leaving the company to set up his own practice. Mr Lim is a registered professional engineer in Singapore and Australia. As a consultant, Mr Lim has a wide and varied range of exposure in the field of civil engineering. He has directed and designed many major building and infrastructure projects both locally and in the region, including the Middle East. On top of designing many tall buildings, Mr Lim has also designed airports, hotels, shopping malls, bridges, MRT and waterfront infrastructure like seawalls and reclamation. Mr Lim’s most notable achievements to date are his roles as QP or PE for projects such as the Keppel Bay Development and The Maybank Tower of which he had won awards; Changi Airport Terminal 3 and Fusionopolis @ One-North of which he served as contractors alternative design PE; the chief designer for the iconic BNI Wisma 46 which was the tallest office tower in Jakarta at 263m up to 2016.
Mark Chambers
Director of Sustainability for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York
Mark Chambers is an urbanist, an architect, and the Director of Sustainability for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York. In this role, he leads the development of policies and programs that enhance the near-term and long-term sustainability of New York City, as outlined in One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) and the Building Energy Exchange. Most recently, Mark served as the Director of Sustainability and Energy for the Government of the District of Columbia where he led an interdisciplinary team to creatively manage energy supply and demand, as well as water and waste resource conservation efforts across Washington, D.C.’s municipal portfolio of buildings and properties. He holds a graduate degree in Public Policy and Management and an undergraduate degree in Architecture, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Patrick C. Augustin
FIEM, PEng, FICE, CEng, FIStructE, Chartered Structural Engineer
Patrick Augustin is currently the Director of Perunding FAISAL, ABRAHAM dan AUGUSTIN sdn. Bhd., a Kuala Lumpur based company in the field of civil and structural engineering. Patrick is a leading expert in design bridges and high rise structures. QUALIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS B.Sc. (Upper 2nd Class Honours Engineering Lancaster University (1977) DIC, M.Sc. (Concrete Structures) Imperial College London University (1981) Fellow of the Institution of Engineer, Malaysia (FIEM) Registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) Chartered Engineer, U.K. (C.Eng.) Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStruct.E) Member Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (MACEM) Council Member, ACEM 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005 Council Member, IEM 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2009-2010 PAPERS PUBLISHED 1. Computer Application in the Design of a Voided Slab Deck” – Regional Conference on Engineering (1988) 2. The Design of Prestressed Bridge Beams in Accordance with BS 5400 for Steel, Concrete and Composite Bridges : Part 2 : 1978 : (Specification for Loads) (and as Amended by Department of Transport (DTp), Highways and Traffic, Departmental Standard BD 37/88, Loads for Highways Bridges) Part 4 : 1984 (Code of Practice) for Design of Concrete Bridges). Published on July 1991 – Bulletin of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia 3. Construction of a New Railway Embankment and Trackworks on Soft Ground Adjacent to an Existing Mainline Track at Pondok Tanjung (AU41) for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) - 2nd International Conference on Advance in Soft Soil Engineering and Technologies (2nd - 4th July 2003) Putrajaya, Malaysia 4. Bow String Girders or Tied Arches, A Place in Malaysian Bridge Construction – Suara Perunding, Journal of the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia 5. “The Design and Construction of New Railway Bridge BR123 and Realignment of Tracks Between KM75.750 and Pondok Tanjung Station” - Railtech 2003 International Conference and Exhibition 6. Selection Criterion for Elastomeric Rubber Bearings for Bridges – A Technical Note IEM Bulletin July 2005 7. Lectured for 1 Day course, Introduction to Bridge Design 8. Construction and design of a 50m single span uhp ductile concrete composite road bridge The Structural Engineer 89 (15/16) 2 August 2011 page 24-31 awarded the Husband Prize: The Husband Prize is named after Professor J Husband, an Institution President from 1937 to 1938. The Husband Prize is awarded for papers of merit related to bridges, published in The Structural Engineer during the session. Yen Lei Voo, BE, PhD Dura Technology Sdn Bhd. Patrick C. Augustin, FIEM, PEng, FICE, CEng, FIStructE. Perunding FAISAL, ABRAHAM dan AUGUSTIN Sdn Bhd Consultants to Dura Technology Sdn Bhd. Thomas A. J. Thamboe, ANS, PMC, PJK, MIEM Endeavour Consult Sdn Bhd for Public Works Department, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Ridwan Djamaluddin
Deputy for Infrastructure, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
PROFESSIONAL CAREER 1. Deputy for Infrastructure, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs; May 4th, 2015 2. Deputy for Natural Resource Development Technology, Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology [BPPT], June 16th; 2010 – May 4th, 2015 3. Director, Center for Land, Region, and Disaster Mitigation Technology, BPPT; July 21st, 2009 – June 16th, 2010 4. Head, Technology Center for Marine Survey, BPPT. March 28th, 2003 – July 21st, 2009 5. Member, National Council for Engineers, since November 19th, 2007 6. Head, Division of Natural Resource Characterization Technology; Center for Natural Resource Inventory Technology, BPPT. November 12th, 2002 – March 28th, 2003 7. Civil Servant, BPPT. January 1st, 1990 EDUCATION 1. Doctor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, USA; 1999 2. Master of Science, International Institute for Aerospace and Earth Sciences [ITC, University of Twente], Enschede, The Netherlands;1993 3. Engineer, Bandung Institute Technology [ITB], 1989 Professional Organizations 1. ITB Alumni Association, Chairman, 2016–2020 2. Indonesian Association of Oceanologists [ISOI], Chairman, 2014–2017 3. Indonesian Association of Engineers [PII]; Division Head, Maritime and Fishery Technology, 2015 – 2018 4. Indonesian Association of Disaster Experts [IABI], Vice Chairman, 2014–2017 5. Indonesian Association of Geologists [IAGI], Secretary-General, 2005–2008 6. Indonesian Remote Sensing Society [MAPIN], Advisory Board Member, 2010–2013
Amin Rasidi
Senior Vice President of Planning and Design
Amin Rasidi joins PT Kura Kura Bali as the Senior Vice President of Planning and Design in 2018. From 2013 to 2017, Amin was the head of the master planning team at Aldar Properties, which merged with Sorouh Real Estate to become Abu Dhabi’s biggest property developer. While at Sorouh, Amin was its Director of Planning & (Acting Director of) Design. Amin has been active in the real estate industry for 25 years, developing projects in the UAE, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, many of which are waterfront and tourism developments. Prior to joining Sorouh, Amin worked with three related companies – Sentosa Development Corp, Sentosa Cove Pte Ltd and Sentosa Leisure Group – in developing Singapore’s Sentosa Island. As part of his roles, Amin authored the Sentosa Cove Development Guidelines and was a key player in the development’s early land sale launches. In between working with Sentosa and Sorouh, Amin worked for Teo A. Khing Design Consultants in Singapore and Dubai. Amin was the consultant firm’s team leader in the master planning of Palm Jebel Ali (Palm Island 2) and Palm Deira (Palm Island 3) in Dubai. In Aldar, Amin was instrumental in a number of Aldar master developments – especially the legacy projects of Shams (on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island) and Yas Island – where a Detailed Master Plan and a Framework Plan respectively were approved by the authority for the first time in the ten-year history of these projects. Amin is the author of “Benchmark Places: Dubai – Singapore” (ISBN 978-9948-17-366-3), a planning, design and travel book published in 2014.




The Island of Happiness Coastal Design Competition is offering up to $180,000 for prizes and prototype development. The money is just the beginning though. Winners of the ideation phase who advance into prototyping will travel to the Island of Happiness to collaborate with Kura Kura Bali and other firms to develop and test their prototype (all expenses paid).

Other prizes may include:

Recognition at the United Nations global initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


Recognition in the Shanghai Gallery of Art at Three on the Bund.


Potential happiness job in the Island of Happiness, based on availability. 


Scholarship (subject to meeting admission criteria) to enroll in UID’s flagship leadership development course conducted in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, or other courses at our partners  Tsinghua University, Bandung Institute of Technology, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Udayana University,  Paramadina University and University of Indonesia. Potential happiness job in the Island of Happiness, based on availability.


The opportunity to apply your solution to seawalls in different parts of the Indonesian archipelago.




There are a number of remarkable, accomplished individuals who have recognized the need for breakthroughs in sustainable development and endorsed the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we welcome you to join this movement. Included in that group is Unilever CEO Paul Polman, legendary American record producer, Quincy Jones, and many more.


This is your opportunity to be part of a global community that provides a unique chance to collaborate in realizing Kura Kura Bali Island of Happiness’ development.