Alberto Selan

Mining Consultant

Alberto completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Nusa Cendana, majoring in mining engineering. He joined in software training for mining plan and design activities at Minescape and Surpac. After finishing that training he was accepted at a mining consulting company in Kupang which provides mining services to complete proposed mining project documents such as feasibility studies, mine reclamation, closure planning and environmental assessments. Alberto is currently widening his knowledge and in areas like geotechnology and hydrogeology by following online training and webinars.

Alberto also enjoys volunteering. Since he was in university, he has been actively engaged in many volunteering activities in the areas of education and environment. Furthermore, on several occasions, he has been an interpreter for students from overseas who come to his home province of East Nusa Tenggara to undertake their projects.

Christopher Buur

Laws and Arts Student, University of Melbourne

Chris is a fourth year student completing a Bachelor of Laws and Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne, with a major in Indonesian language. Chris works in the e-commerce space whilst studying, but is passionate about international relations and development, and hopes to one day work in a career where he can contribute to Australia's relationship with the nations of South East Asia, whatever form that might take. When the pandemic subsides he hopes to spend time travelling and studying in Indonesia.

Lachlan Colgrave

International Studies and Languages (Indonesian and French) Student, RMIT University

Lachlan is currently undertaking his final year in the Bachelor of International Studies and Diploma of Languages (French & Indonesian) at RMIT University. He is a Melbourne Team Leader of the Sydney-based not-for-profit, Educating the Future, which provides pre-school infrastructure to improve educational outcomes and quality of life in Timor-Leste. In 2019 Lachlan undertook ACICIS’ Development Studies Immersion Program in Yogyakarta, this being his first exposure to Indonesian language and culture. During this time, Lachlan worked as a Research Assistant and Events Intern at the Center for Digital Society in Universitas Gadjah Mada. Alongside this, Lachlan spent time volunteering at Yayasan SATUNAMA's Mental Health and Disability Department (RPKJ). Lachlan has a strong interest in research and policy and hopes for a future career that engages across community, government, and business sectors with an appreciation of the Indo-Pacific.

Rizky Junior Ully

Student, University Nusa Cendana

Rizky is a final year student at Nusa Cendana University in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. He received a UniBRIDGE Project Award in 2017 for an in-country study trip to Australia. He is also an Indonesian language mentor for Australian mentees who learn through the UniBRIDGE Project. Teaching has always been his passion. He volunteers with the MITRA Community and actively teaches elementary to junior high school students at the Oesapa traditional market area in Kupang. Rizky has been part of the Duta Bahasa Nusa Tenggara Timur Association since 2019 and reached 4th place in the competition for Duta Bahasa selection in the East Nusa Tenggara Province.


Master of Public Health Student, University of Melbourne

Creative and scientifically-inclined learner with extensive experiences in regulatory framework, policy and analysis. Worked as Medical Device Reviewer in the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia and spearheaded various health administrative initiatives through managing projects and performing analysis for improving health outcomes towards efficient health policies.
Pursuing Master of Public Health (Health Economics and Economic Evaluation) at The University of Melbourne under the Australia Awards Scholarship Program. Keen for opportunities that will enhance my leadership skills and take my postgraduate experience beyond academic horizons to become future leaders who are needed in this society – Global Public Health Leader.

Fadilah Rahma

International Relations Student, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Fadilah is in her last year of study, finishing with a major in International Relations and focusing on environmental and sustainability issues. She has been a member of AIYA since 2017 and has been involved with the committee ever since. She is a program intern at ASEAN Studies Center Universitas Gadjah Mada and a communication manager of Sinergia Animal, an NGO focusing on animal welfare. Fadilah received a scholarship to study at Singapore Management University for a summer school in 2019 and represented Indonesia in the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program in 2018. She is interested in sustainability, environment, and international development.

Jade Lee

Recent Economics and Indonesian Graduate, Monash University

Jade recently graduated with a double degree in Bachelors of Business and Arts, majoring in Economics and Indonesian at Monash University. Throughout her degree, she has successfully completed two exchange programs in Indonesia with ACICIS. Early 2018, she participated in the intensive short Indonesian Language course in Salatiga and in early 2019, she also participated in the Business Professional Practicum where she interned at Hill & Associates in Jakarta. Jade has strongly involved herself through several volunteering positions including presently serving as Social Media Officer at AIYA Victoria as well as Programs Coordinator for NAILA (National Australia Indonesia Language Awards). In 2019, she interned at the AIBC (Australia Indonesia Business Council) headquarters in Melbourne and managed membership renewals whilst assisting with networking events. She is very passionate on encouraging the continuous learning of Bahasa Indonesia and hopes to further strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations.

Anggi Nurqonita

National Specialist of Comms Division, UN Environment Programme

Anggi obtained her BA in Russian Studies from Universitas Indonesia. She is now working for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Being a Borneo-born person drives her interest in natural resources. She enjoys deploying advocation through different kinds of fun platform. In 2017, the team which she leads received the 1st Winner of UNESCO Worldwide Multimedia Contest and in the same year she snatched the Top 5 Best Project of UN Global Pulse Big Data on Climate Change National Contest.

Her passion for communications and content creation paved the way for her to be AIYA National Social Media Officer in 2018-2019. Experiencing great moments with AIYA and having a background from foreign language major, drives her to volunteer as the Language Officer of AIYA NAILA in 2019. Until now she has been enjoying the cultural exchange and youth collaboration for this bilateral relationship. In 2020 she initiated Etniku, a social eco enterprise that sells upcycled souvenirs made of traditional waste fabrics.

Wisnu Trianugeraha

Australia Awards Scholar, Australian National University

Wisnu has a BA in International Relations, majoring in International Political Economy and Development Studies from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. He has been involved in the Australia-Indonesia relations since 2011 and has been active in AIYA since 2014 as a volunteer at the South Australia Chapter. Previously, he was AIYA Yogyakarta Chapter President and AIYA Jakarta Chapter Vice President before continuing with the National Chapter as the Operations Coordinator (Indonesia). Wisnu previously worked at the Office of International Affairs at Universitas Gadjah Mada as Program Coordinator overseeing international partnership agreements, and is currently undertaking his postgraduate degree in Canberra, Australia.

Dinda Amalia Ichsan

Geography Student, Universitas Indonesia

Dinda is a third-year student in the Department of Geography at Universitas Indonesia (UI) with a major interest in regional development, remote sensing, and Geography Information System (GIS). She is actively involved in several organizations and committees. She joined in AIYA Jakarta Chapter as a member in early 2020 and currently contributes to Australia-Indonesia's relationship with AIYA National team as a Blog Editor. Dinda also volunteers with WWF-Indonesia in spreading conservation messages to the Indonesian public through campaign and education activities on a program called Panda Mobile. She is highly passionate about multicultural relationships and youth empowerment in which she has participated in AIESEC UI's volunteering project in promoting and introducing Indonesian culture to the international exchange participants. Aside from her study, she also has a strong interest in learning finance and aviation.

Kirby Taylor

Master of Diplomacy Student, Australian National University

Kirby is currently pursuing a Master of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. She has vast experience working in the education sector, at both the school and higher education level. Kirby first engaged with AIYA’s Yogyakarta Chapter in 2015 during a semester of study at Universitas Gadjah Mada with ACICIS which was supported by a prestigious Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship. She continued her involvement with the Victoria and ACT Chapters and now volunteers as one of AIYA’s National Partnership Officers. She has also lived in Jakarta twice: in 2012 she interned at the United Nations Information Centre as part of her undergraduate degree and in 2019 she took part in the Australian Embassy’s postgraduate internship program. Kirby is passionate about a strong multi-faceted Australia-Indonesia relationship and the opportunities this offers to both countries. She hopes to remain actively engaged in strengthening these relations for many years to come.

Nadia Romadhona

Indonesian Language Teacher

Nadia F. Romadhona who always prefers to go by Dhona is Indonesian language teacher for foreigners at one of Indonesian language school in Yogyakarta. She has a deep passion for education and how to make it accessible for all of Indonesians. It encourages her to start her business with her friends to create foreign languages learning platform, LingoTalk. She also has an interest in international issues and inter-state relations. After participating in a student exchange program, Dhona gained much thought and insight through her friends from other countries and decided to contribute in AIYA. She believes that the problems among nations can be solved if states have shared trust, understanding of each other and work together to solve a problem. She joins UNFPA as Youth Advisory Panel and create a podcast, Lavanya, to help her friends or her surrounding see different perspective of mental health, gender equality, and humanitarian issues.

Jason Rumengan

IT (Information Systems) Student, Queensland University of Technology

I am an excellent, reliable and problem-solving IT (Information Systems) student at Queensland University of Technology. I am passionate about information systems and how they can be used to help organisations and people reach their objectives. I am active in my community, volunteering as an International Student Services Mentor and in the Australian Red Cross. I also received the International Merit Scholarship in recognition of my academic excellence.

Minh Bui

Economics and Indonesian Studies Student, University of Sydney

Minh Bui is currently studying Economics and Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia. He was also awarded a ‘Young Researcher Scholarship’ by the Social Science and Humanities Research Association (SSHRA). Under this scholarship, he presented his research on competition within the Australian banking sector at the VIth International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language & Psychology (ICBELLP) in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also a recipient of two mobility grants under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s NCP program, where he undertook a semester exchange at Universitas Indonesia (UI) in the second half of 2018. Minh has completed exchanges at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) in Ningbo and at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana in Salatiga. As an active participant in NAILA and AIYA Jakarta, Minh believes that an in-depth understanding of Indonesian language and culture are cornerstones for closer cultural and business ties between Australia and Indonesia.

Anita Sutrisno

Account Manager

Anita has recently completed her Master degree from the University of York, England, majoring in International Relations (2019). She is now back in Jakarta and working as an Account Manager for a multinational Market Intelligence company based in London.

Her passion to Indonesia-Australia relations began when she took Asia Pacific course during her undergraduate time and later on involved in international short courses on Indonesia-Australia bilateral relations (2017) and on Indonesia-Australia cooperation in the Indian Ocean (2018) held by Universitas Paramadina and the University of Western Australia.

After completing her Master degree in the UK, Anita attended AIYA Jakarta Chapter’s events in the beginning of 2020 and instantly fell in love with AIYA great vibes therefore she has been more than eager to get involved more with AIYA! Australia has a very special place to her heart and she has faith to get involved in creating a better and stronger relationship between the two countries.

Stephanie Augustine

Economics Student, Gadjah Mada University

Stephanie Dame Augustine (18) is an enthusiastic second-year economics student at Universitas Gadjah Mada with a major interest in the global economic phenomenon, especially in demography and development economics. Throughout college, Stephanie is actively involved in various organizations and conferences. She is currently appointed as the Head of Research and Studies Division of the Economics Students Association of Universitas Gadjah Mada and was the representative of Universitas Gadjah Mada for Economics Summit 2019. She is highly passionate about doing social projects and activities that tend to promote youth and economic empowerment such as: Nurturing Young Talent Project in Vietnam held by AIESEC in NEU, Jogjapreneur 4.0 Project held by AIESEC in UGM, and Indonesia International Contribution Project UGM x Hiroshima University of Economics Japan. Asides from that, she has also championed various competitions, including but not limited to business plan and paper competitions.

Meta Putri

Final Year Student, Griffith University

Meta has finished her Bachelor of Commerce (accounting & finance) in Griffith University Queensland Australia. Currently, She is an active President for Indonesian Student Association of Griffith University 2019/2020. She joined AIYA as General Committee of AIYA Chapter Queensland since early 2019 until now. Since joining AIYA she fell in love with Australia-Indonesia relationship and willing to contribute more for this bilateral relations in the future. She is really passionate about community development and socio-cultural activities. She loves to do any kind of sports and dances. Hence, during her study in Australia, she has volunteered for Gold Coast Marathon 2019 and did several Indonesian traditional dance performances around Queensland with Seharum Nusantara dance crew. Now, Meta is on the process to pursue her career in finance and accounting areas. As an aspiring finance specialist, gaining related professional hard-skills and soft-skills are really matter for her.

Dana Throssel

International Security Student, Australian National University

Dana is currently undertaking her final year of Honours in International Security at the ANU, writing a thesis on deradicalisation and gender in Indonesia. Dana is passionate about engagement with Indonesia and South-East Asia, a passion furthered by spending 2019 in Indonesia studying, interning and travelling as part of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Through her academic studies and internships, Dana has found a specific interest in counterterrorism and modern slavery. She is the current Project Manager for Break the Chain, an ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership project working to bring together young leaders to discuss modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour. She is also spending her final year at university working with the College of Asia-Pacific Student Society as an Education Officer and as an ANU Ambassador.

Freya Gaunt

Rural Project Advisor

Freya’s first introduction to Indonesia was on a language program in Salatiga, Central Java, in 2014. From this experience, her love for Indonesia’s cultures, languages and landscapes was strongly cemented. Since then, Freya has continued her engagement with the region by undertaking a year-long exchange in 2015 at Gadjah Mada University and Parahyangan Catholic University, where she completed her thesis on Artist Communities in Bandung. Freya is a former Vice President of AIYA ACT Chapter and was Cultural Performance and Events Coordinator for the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program 2016/2017. Since graduating from the ANU with a BA Asia-Pacific Studies/Science in 2017, Freya has been working in health, advocacy and women’s microfinance organisations in Indonesia through the Australian Volunteers Program, a DFAT funded initiative.

Adila Khansa

Indonesian Language Tutor

Khansa has a BA in English Language and Literature from Universitas Gadjah Mada. Currently, she works as an Indonesian Language Tutor. Her first engagement with the Australia-Indonesia relation was in 2016 when she undertook an internship program at the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). Then shortly after she graduated, she rejoined ACICIS as a Program Assistant. She is also an active committee member of AIYA Yogyakarta Chapter. She is passionate about language and culture. Not only love to hear stories and ideas from people with different backgrounds and cultures, she also loves to learn and understand more about her own culture so she can share it to the world.

Rebekah Baynard-Smith

Community-Based Bushfire Management Project Officer

Bekah is a Monash University graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Human Geography and International Relations. During her studies, she undertook a Development Studies semester exchange program in Yogyakarta through ACICIS, and following her studies she was an Australian delegate on the DFAT-sponsored Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program, held in Riau Province. Bekah has held positions in AIYA committees in both Victoria and Jakarta chapters, as Socio-cultural Officer and Events Officer respectively. She is also the recipient of the Hamer Scholarship while enabled her to study Bahasa Indonesia in Jakarta in the beginning part of 2020. Bekah is now based in regional Victoria, working with local government councils in bushfire management. She is passionate about seeing communities lead the way towards resilience and being part of greater collaboration between Australia and Indonesia as we seek to achieve these goals together.

Yohanes Vianei Belo Boli

Public Health Student, University of Nusa Cendana

Vian is currently pursuing his final year of his Bachelor of Public Health at the University of Nusa Cendana. He has a strong interest in public health and has participated in various health-related community development projects. He was a delegate for the ASEAN Youth Initiative Conference, where he discussed about the Sustainable Development Goals. He also has experience working within public health during his time as a delegate for the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program 2019/2020. During his internship at the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University, he was involved in writing literature reviews and compiling data from Indonesian government surveys as well as peer-reviewed journal papers. Moreover, he was involved in the University of Queensland’s PEATLI project where he learnt about peatland areas and its impact on the health of local communities. After graduating, Vian aspires to promote public health within the Australia-Indonesia sphere.

Jake Turvey

International Project Officer and Graduate Student

Jake Turvey is an International Project Officer with a demonstrated history of working within research and the international aid and development industry. He is skilled in Health Research, Cultural Awareness, Community Development as well as Qualitative Research. He has a keen interest in issues of social justice, health equality, social-enterprises and entrepreneurship. He is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Infectious Disease Intelligence at UNSW and has a Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Science from UWA.

Hilaria Pangestu

English Language Education Student, Sanata Dharma University

Hilaria is an English language education student at Sanata Dharma University. She is very enthusiastic in language, teaching and volunteering. To gain more experience and knowledge in teaching, she worked as an English tutor in Domby Kids Hope, an NGO that moves in education, character, and health for children in Kali Code, Yogyakarta. Her experience, teaching at Domby Kids Hope, inspires her to be an Assistant Lecturer to teach English for non-English departments at Sanata Dharma University. She got an Excellent Scholarship under the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia. To serve Indonesia, she is also actively involved in Bule Mengajar, an NGO that works in education, tourism, and culture to promote Kulon Progo.

Edward Wright

Commercial Graduate, Victorian Government

Edward is a commercial graduate with the Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) in the Department of Transport. He holds a Master of International Relations from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business from Monash University. Edward has a keen interest in international affairs and international political economy, particularly in South Asia and South East Asia. During his studies, Edward interned with the Consulate General of Nepal to Victoria and volunteered as a projects officer for Young Australians in International Affairs. In 2019, Edward received the Melbourne Global Scholars Award for his overseas study from The University of Melbourne. He has an interest in the role and impact social, informal and business relationships have on bilateral relationships.

Ashley Ramachandran

International Relations Student, Flinders University

Ashley is a final year Law and International Relations student at Flinders University in Adelaide. She first visited Indonesia in 2017 on a New Colombo Plan study tour and developed her curiousity towards Australia-Indonesia relations and reignited her connection with Southeast Asia. Upon the completion of her mobility experience, she supported other students to become engaged with Australia's neighbours as a 2018-19 NCP Alumni Ambassador. Aspiring for a deeper in-country experience, Ashley commenced the ACICIS' Flexible Language Immersion Program at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta in 2020. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, she returned to Australia early completing the remainder of the program remotely. Ashley remains connected with the region as a Sub-Editor at the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership and is a co-convenor of the Indo Pacific Student Mobility Dialogue, a joint initiative of prominent youth organisations including AIYA.