Fadli Jaka, or  Jaka, was born in Bogor, West Java. Jaka graduated from Diponegoro University in Semarang, Central Java where he studied Marine Science.

Before working for Anambas Foundation, he had a stint as an Aquarist in a public aquarium in Jakarta that served not only for recreational, but also educational purposes. He is also involved in several reef health monitoring activities under Indonesian Institute of Science, The Nature Conservancy and Reef Check Indonesia in various locations from Sumatra to Papua.