Medrilzam works for the Indonesian Ministry for National Development Planning or known as BAPPENAS. He has been serving his institution for 24 years with current position as the Director for Environment Affairs. He completed his Phd in Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2013. Medrilzam did his master degree in economics at the same university and finished his environmental engineering background for his bachelor education at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Most of his theses from bachelor to PhD were related to modeling works, in particular in System Dynamics modeling. His particular interests are related to environment and climate change, forestry and land-use management, including conservation and peatland management. At the moment, among others, he is preparing the Strategic Environmental Management (SEA) for the next National Mid-Term Development Plan 2020-2024 and collaborates with IIASA to accomplish the task in the land based sector.