Remembering Nurul Almy (Emmy) Hafild

The Center is saddened to hear of the passing of UW-Madison alumna, Nurul Almy Hafild (or Emmy, as she was more familiarly called) on July 3, 2021 in Jakarta, Indonesia. She received a Fulbright Master’s Degree Scholarship and was admitted to UW-Madison in Fall of 1992, receiving her Masters of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the Institute of Environmental Studies (now the Nelson Institute) in May of 1994. During her time in Madison she was affiliated with CSEAS and worked with faculty and students involved in our community.

She went on to become the Executive Director of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI) in 1996. Her activism extended to the political arena, as she became a key member of the NasDem Party. Professor Ian Coxhead (AAE and CSEAS) remembers Emmy as an energizing presence during her time at UW, someone who brought at least as much knowledge to the campus as she took away. She was, he said, “truly an amazing environmentalist, feminist and pro-democracy activist in Indonesia.”

You can find the AMINEF obituary for Nurul Almy Hafild here.