Alfan Amiruddin

Alfan is a Diplomat at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), with 11 years of experience. Currently, he works at the Directorate of Public Diplomacy as the person in charge of interfaith dialogue programs, Indonesian art and culture scholarships, and public diplomacy campaigns. 

He is part of the collaboration team between MOFA with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Education, and Research, in sectors such as the Developing Countries Partnership Scholarship (Beasiswa Kemitraan Negara Berkembang/KNB), Darmasiswa Scholarships, and efforts to increase the utilisation of Indonesian abroad through the Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers program (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing/BIPA).

Alfan holds a Master of International Security Degree from the University of Sydney and was a CAUSINDY delegate in 2014.

Anastasia Pavlovic

Anastasia is passionate about technology and currently works as a Strategic Account Manager at Facebook. In this role, she supports the growth of small-medium businesses in Australia and New Zealand by providing strategic direction in digital marketing. Anastasia has represented Facebook at numerous industry events, where her favourite presentation was teaching an audience how to create rainbow text on Instagram Stories in Jakarta.

Outside of work, Anastasia volunteers for The Codette Project, an NGO that empowers minority/Muslim women with technology-related workshops and career opportunties. She also co-hosts the Young Changemakers Podcast, which shares stories of fearless young people from across the world creating impact in their communities. Previously, Anastasia was selected to represent Australia as a delegate at the Global Youth Summit 2019 in Zurich and the Yenching Social Innovation Forum 2018 in Beijing.

Anastasia resides in Singapore and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney majoring in Sociology and Indonesian Studies. She loves matcha, has a penchant for all types of handicrafts, and is a proud marathon runner (but might never do it again).

Andreas Pandu Wirawan

Andreas is a Co-Founder of Ecoxyztem or XYZ Venture Builder, a venture builder for startups in the ClimateTech sector. He is a connector in the sustainability landscape who also works as the CSR and Sustainability Consultant for a solar energy company in Indonesia. He is currently undertaking a Master's degree in Management of Sustainability at Trisakti University.

Ashifa Rahma Wulandari

Shifa is originally from Bandung but currently resides in Brisbane while pursuing a Master's degree at Queensland University of Technology with a major in human resources.

Before coming to Brisbane, Shifa was co-owner of a Bandung local brand focusing on customised notebooks and stationery, and creative events. Now, besides being an international student, she also works as a student advisor at QUT. Occasionally, she also arranges charity and donation events with her sister in Bandung. She has a big interest in consulting, human resources and non-profit organisations. Through the PATHWAYS Mentoring Program, she is keen to expand her network, gain new knowledge and form new friendships with people from different backgrounds.

Astri Arini Waluyo

Astri has worked on a wide range of development and public policy issues in Indonesia representing international organisations, research institutes and the private sector. She currently works as a Public Policy and Government Relations Associate at Gojek where she engages with government and non-government organisations in issues especially related to sustainability and development.

In the past, she conducted research on carbon market governance and policy in Indonesia, and supports review on the implementation of the special autonomy fund for Papua and West Papua. Prior to that, Astri was a Research Associate at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Southeast Asia, where she oversaw a quantitative and qualitative research project in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She had worked for several United Nations bodies. She holds a double master’s degree in Public Policy and Diplomacy from ANU.

Biondi Sanda Sima

Biondi is a digital government consultant at the World Bank. He also lectures in international relations at Hasanuddin University.

Biondi previously worked with the West Java Governor’s team, serving as the Head of Implementation of the award-winning digital delivery unit, Jabar Digital Service, where he designed the Digital Village program and played a leadership role in tech and data driven intervention for West Java’s COVID-19 task force.

Born and raised in Palu, Biondi gives back to the community as one of the Smart City advisers to the Palu City Mayor and recently cofounded a platform to improve local talent’s competitiveness and productivity, @paluproduktif. Biondi holds a double Master’s degree in Economc Policy and Sustainable Development from SciencesPo, Paris and Peking University, Beijing.

Dinah Yunitawati

Fadly Haley Tanjung

Fadly is an enthusiastic urban infrastructure planner who currently works for the Regional Development Planning Board of Jakarta Capital City Government as a Water Resources and Environment Specialist. He has a Master's degree in Regional and City Planning from the Bandung Institute of Technology. He is also an active member and was appointed head of Smart City and Big Data at the Indonesian Association of Regional and Urban Planner (IAP) Jakarta Chapter. In his spare time he likes to read, listen to music and enroll in courses to enhance his knowledge and competence professionally.

Fitri Mayang Sari

Fitri has 11 years of experience in governmental organisations handling budgeting, finance, public relations and bureaucracy reform. Currently, she is pursuing an MPA degree at Columbia University and hopes to return to Indonesia to strengthen blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure.

Gatra Priyandita

Gatra is a PhD candidate at the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University, where he studies Indonesia's response to the rise of China. He is also a Young Leader at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum International, a foreign policy think tank. A security studies scholar by training, his research interests cover Southeast Asian security and Indonesian foreign policy. He provides regular commentary on foreign policy and security issues. Prior to his PhD candidature, he was a research assistant at Jinan University. He received a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Security (Honours) from ANU in 2014. 

A long-term resident of Canberra, Gatra has a deep interest in Australia-Indonesia relations and has been actively involved in various initiatives promoting Southeast Asian and Indonesian societal literacy in Australia. He was a delegate for CAUSINDY in 2017.

Jay Stevens

Jay is a Strategy Consultant at Monitor Deloitte in Jakarta. He remains active in the Indonesia-Australia business space in Australia. His interest in Indonesia and its relationship with Australia originated from his Indonesian language high school studies which he continued at university in both Melbourne and Indonesia. Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University with majors in Accounting, Economics and Indonesian Language, and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (CAANZ).

He has worked across Southeast Asia and the Americas throughout his management consulting career, specialising in advising global telecommunications, technology and retail companies on growth strategy and business transformation.

John Cheong-Holdaway

John is an economist and policy adviser with a long association with Indonesia. He first moved to Indonesia as a child in the early 1990s, and has spent much of his life since then living and working in and around Indonesia.

John’s career has mainly been focused on the interface between the public and private sector in the delivery of public services, especially infrastructure. He has worked on these issues throughout Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. John currently works in policy in the Australian energy industry, returning to Melbourne from Indonesia in 2017. Prior to this, John split his career between private advisory, investment banking and work for multilateral and bilateral donor agencies.

John speaks fluent Indonesian, was the inaugural Executive Awardee for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA), and was a delegate of CAUSINDY 2016. In his private life, John is a dad and is passionate about arts and culture (especially music); he plays in several bands and musical ensembles, and is Treasurer of Melbourne-based community Balinese gamelan ensemble Gamelan Dananda.

Kade Denton

Kade is the Senior Project Officer at the National Farmers’ Federation. At the NFF Kade leads project management, leadership activities and reporting on the sector’s goal to reach $100 billion by 2030. As part of this work, Kade is interested in raising the profile of the role of agriculture in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Before joining the NFF, Kade held multiple roles with the Australian Government where he worked in natural resource management and sustainability for the agriculture and resources sector.

Kade has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Environmental and Resource Economics from the Australian National University. In his spare time, Kade is a backyard beekeeper and enjoys cycling and good coffee.

Kirrilly McKenzie

Kirrilly is a CAUSINDY Director, an Indonesian language teacher at Haileybury Rendall School and the current Secretary of the Language Teachers’ Association of the Northern Territory. She is a former AIYA ACT Chapter President and ACT Indonesian Language Teachers’ Network Leader, an ACICIS alumni and an AIYEP alumni. Kirrilly has taught in the ACT and Victoria and is currently based in Darwin.

Kirrilly completed a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Security and Graduate Diploma of Asia-Pacific Studies at ANU where she focused predominantly on research related to Southeast Asia and the Pacific as well as Indonesian and Javanese languages. Kirrilly is passionate about and advocates for Indonesian language education in Australia as an avenue to develop a stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

Kurniastuti Lestari

Ayi currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as a Marketing & Student Recruitment Officer, following her passion for the Australia-Indonesia relationship and aspiring to take part in efforts to improve people-to-people relationships between the two countries. Within her role at ACICIS, Ayi works closely with six Australian universities in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to promote ACICIS programs to Australian and international audiences. 

Ayi obtained her Master of Applied Linguistics from Monash University in 2018. During her postgraduate study, she was selected to present her research in the International Journals of Arts and Sciences (IJAS) in Paris in 2017 and at the Indonesian Students Discussion Forum (ISDF) in Melbourne in 2018.

In her spare time she loves travelling, photography and being a foodie; tasting food from different and unique eateries she can find on her travels while photo hunting would be an ideal day out. She also loves doing voluntary activities relating to education, culture and arts, and the environment.

Lia Zakiyyah

Lia is an associate researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Earth and Resources, University of Indonesia, tasked with managing the Collaborative Australia-Indonesia Program on Sustainable Development & Climate Change. Her research focus is in the field of behavioural change communication related to low-carbon lifestyle for individuals and organisations. She is the incoming PhD student at George Mason University in North Virginia to further research climate change communication.

She worked at the Office of the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change between 2015-2019. She has been trained as a Climate Reality Leader at Climate Reality, an organisation led by former US Vice President Al Gore. She has been involved in various initiatives related to the environment and climate change nationally and globally. She has represented Indonesia at several international conferences, speaking about low-carbon development and a climate resilient future. She sits on the board of several organisations, including Youth for Climate Change Indonesia and Alumni of Junior Achievement in Indonesia.

She has a mission to contribute towards solving the climate crisis through better public communication and engaging organisations and individuals to adopt a low-carbon lifestyle. She is a keen urban gardener, beekeeper, composter, enthusiastic drummer and Latin dancer. 

Luqman Yanuar Rachman

Luqman Yanuar Rachman is currently working at West Java Provincial Health Office as the head of the Health Financing and Insurance Department. Luqman is a medical doctor (MD) and is now involved in the West Java Covid-19 Task Force especially in telemedicine consultation and vaccination.

Luqman obtained his Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne in 2018. That same year, he was selected as a participant of Global Health Diplomacy training in Bandung. In 2019, he was assigned by the West Java Government to attend a teachers’ training in Turku Finland to observe its mental health program.

Luqman loves doing voluntary work related to blood donors and cultural exchange. His hobbies include travelling, reading and sightseeing.

Made Utari Rimayanti

Made is a passionate learner who understands the value of mentoring from her own personal journey. Without the advice of a respected mentor, she would not have continued her medical degree when her mother passed away, nor would she have applied for the LPDP scholarship, which led her to study a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne. Mentoring was also a core part of the Australia-Indonesia Medical English Development program (AIMED) program, which was the love child between AIYA Victoria and a Student Engagement Grant awarded to her by the University of Melbourne. Currently, she is studying a PhD in motivational interviewing sponsored by La Trobe University, and she hopes that her experience as a PATHWAYS mentor will help her realise her dream of helping Indonesian students reach their fullest potential.

Mirza Natadisastra

Mochamad Nalendra

Nalendra is a consultant, social entrepreneur and industry speaker dedicated to the development of sustainable tourism in Indonesia. With a Master’s in International Sustainable Tourism Management from Monash University, he has 11 years of consulting experience and founded Wise Steps Consulting in 2020. Nalendra is also a former advisor to the Bali Tourism Board and an authorised trainer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Noudhy Valdryno

Valdryno is a policy and government relations professional at Facebook. In his current position, he is responsible for maintaining the company’s relationships with government stakeholders, academics and civil society organisations in the Asia-Pacific market. He is a keen observer of the Indonesia-Australia relationship and has been active in the sector since his university days. Valdryno has worked in multiple sectors during his career, including politics, philanthropy and public affairs.

Paul Mead

Paul is an experienced leader and business owner originally from New Zealand. His connection with Indonesia started when he was living in Darwin in 2010, heading to Bali for holidays as it was closer than the Australian east coast. Captured by the culture, Paul sought out more opportunities to engage with Indonesia and became involved with CAUSINDY. He has gone on to visit Indonesia multiple times, developing Diamonds in the Rough, a bilateral sport leadership program for youth through baseball, and running STEM engagement programs in schools and with youth.

Rani Wahyu Angghraini Praba Noerhadhie

Rani has worked in the development sector for more than 30 years, with 24 years dedicated to Australia-Indonesia bilateral development cooperation programs. She recently switched career from generalist to specialist as an independent consultant. She has overcomed a lot of challenges and gained numerous skills and knowledge throughout her career, and would love to pass on the skills, knowledge and tips and tricks of navigating a career in the development sector - or just be a sounding board for her mentee.

Rio Afifuddin

Rio is a development practitioner with a decade of demonstrated experience in managing donor-funded development aid programs. In addition to program management and implementation, Rio also specialises in monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, advocacy and communication outreach, and evidence-based policy analysis. Rio has a Master’s degree in International Development Practice from Monash University and currently volunteers for CAUSINDY as a member of the Board of Directors.

Robbie Gaspar

Robbie was the first Australian footballer to play professionally in Indonesia. He played in Indonesia for over seven years, including for Indonesia’s most prestigious football club, Persib Bandung. Robbie is fluent in Indonesian, is the Vice-Chair of the Western Australian branch of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) and works for the Professional Footballers’ Australia. 

During his time in Indonesia, Robbie was an executive committee member of the Players Association from 2011-2014. He also appeared regularly on ESPN SOCCERNET on NET TV as an expert pundit. In late 2014, Robbie was awarded a Life Membership of the Professional Footballers Australia for his outstanding contribution in supporting professional football players across Southeast Asia, especially throughout Indonesia.

In 2017, Robbie was the recipient of the Australia Indonesia Award for the Sports Category, one of only two people in Western Australia to receive an Australian Indonesia Award (Professor David Hill AM being the other). Over the las three to four years, Robbie has also been attending schools, talking about his experiences in Indonesia and the benefits of learning Indonesian. He also runs soccer sessions for the students in Indonesian, which the students love.

Ruri Syailendrawati

Ruri serves as an Engagement Officer at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle, where she manages relationships with high-level stakeholders and the uptake of the Institute's health estimates in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific. Prior to joining IHME, she planned and executed outreach strategies for both non-profit and for-profit organisations, and worked on socioeconomic and public policy issues in the US and abroad. In Indonesia, she was part of an DFAT project team focusing on improving the legal system, for which her work portfolio included organising an anti-corruption initiative and leading a field research project on trafficking in person. She received her Master’s degree in International Development under the Fulbright program from American University, where she co-founded the Southeast Asia Student Network.

Savira Lavinia Raswari

Born and raised in Jakarta, Savira is the founder of Sav Lavin brand. She graduated from Esmod Jakarta and received the Special Jury Award by Yongki Komaladi. She has won various competitions in Indonesia such as an IFW fashion design competition and Reka Baru Design Indonesia 100% Design London. After finishing her course scholarship at Koefia Rome in Italy, she was an intern at Iris Van Herpen in Amsterdam. She then actively participated in fashion weeks both in Jakarta and abroad, including Los Angeles Fashion Week. Savira is also an Australia Awards recipient and debuted her collection at FOMA in Sydney by invitation from KJRI Sydney. She exhibited her work at Superstudio at Milan Design Week, curated by ICAD Artura. During the pandemic she launched her Sav Lavin collection at Fashion Project Gold Coast. She’s active within the Indonesian Fashion Chamber, a non-profit organisation focusing on the fashion sector, as the Vice Chairman for International Business Development.

Sekar Langit

Lala is a Cyber Security Analyst at the Canberra-based cyber security firm Internet 2.0. She has built her career in the information technology sector across Indonesia and Australia for eigh years. Her involvement in the Australia-Indonesia space started when she volunteered for both AIYA and CAUSINDY from 2015 to 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to science podcasts, riding her bicycle around Canberra, playing squash and cooking Indonesian food.

Sharyn Davies

Sharyn is Director of the Herb Feith Indonesia Engagement Centre at Monash. Sharyn has worked on Indonesia-related topics for over two decades and has published widely on gender and sexuality in the archipelago.

Siswani Sari

Siswani has experience working for Sabang Local Government for more than fifteen years. She has served in wide ranging fields such as marine and fisheries, local development and planning, and environmental and disaster management. She completed her Master's degree at Flinders University in South Australia, majoring in environmental management, and continued with a PhD at the Geography Institute, Bonn University, Germany. Her PhD focused on governmental and non-governmental strategies to promote medium and long-term disaster resilience after the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004 in Aceh. During her PhD, she worked at United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn as a visiting scientist in the Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management, and Adaptive Planning section. She is also an expert consultant for Aceh Province Environmental Protection and Management Plan and has been a disaster risk expert for the Aceh Government’s Environmental Management Performance Report since 2019.

Siti Camelia Harahap

Camelia has been the Head of Arts and Creative Industries at British Council Indonesia since 2019. She first joined British Council in 2011, working on creative enterprise programs with a special focus on fashion, design and music sectors, and then oversaw the showcasing activities of UK/Indonesia 2016-18, a three year season celebrating new relationships between Indonesia and UK. Her roles included curating and managing the annual UK/ID Festival. Prior to the British Council, Camelia worked as a writer and journalist at various regional and local publications. She also freelances as a copywriter and fashion business consultant. Camelia studied Communications and International Studies and holds a Master's degree in International Business from Monash University. In 2015, she joined the cohort of the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme, a joint program held by Hong Kong University with Clore Leadership UK. Her interests include cultural diplomacy, creative enterprise and sustainable fashion.

Siti Fuadilla

Siti has worked in child protection programs for the past four years. The work focuses on strengthening child protection system at a sub-national level and involves a humanitarian response. She has also expanded her interest in its intersections with gender issues. She began promoting gender equality by co-founding a women empowerment project named Empowomen in 2017. This program focuses on young women in leadership, and gender issues in a local context, through capacity building and advocacy. In 2019, Siti initiated with friends a collaborative learning platform named Perempuan (di) Makassar to discuss women issues in Makassar. She has recently discovered a passion for writing as an act of resistance towards gender inequality.

Surya Setiyaputra

Thomas Hill

Tom has worked across Australian Federal Government and Indonesian development sectors, focusing on digital transformation and corporate/digital strategies. His interests are in economics, technology, music and sport.

Tifa Laily Savitri

Tifa holds a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University under the Australia Awards Scholarship scheme. Currently, she is one of 40 public sector leaders who have the opportunity to take part in the Virtual Leadership Initiatives from ATLAS Corps supported by the US Embassy in Indonesia. Tifa has 17 years of working experience in four government agencies. Since 2015, she has worked at the National Civil Service Agency (NCSA), serving as Head of the International Cooperation Subdivision since October 2020. Before joining NCSA, Tifa worked at the Directorate Vector Borne Disease Control, Ministry of Health from 2010 to 2015, and the Indonesia National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Coordinating Ministry for People Welfare from 2006-2010. Her first employment was as a research assistant at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Studies, Bogor Agricultural University, in 2004-2006.

All of these experiences provided her with the skills to support her future career. Working in these important organisations has given Tifa a broad overview of how important it is for Indonesia to develop strategies to encourage more people to pursue education. She believes that a more educated population leads to a better government for everyone. Education plays a role in creating young people as agents of change who can make real change.

Tisha E. C. Rumbewas

Tisha is the director and one of the founders of SAGU Foundation, a non-profit organisation established in 2015 in Papua and with a focus on human resources development and research. She earned her MSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong under the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship. For her MSc research, she conducted phytochemical studies on Alstonia scholaris from Papua under the supervision of Prof Stephen Pyne. She has worked on phytochemical studies on traditional medicinal plants from her village on Kurudu Island. She was a two-time Alumni Grant Scheme recipient in 2015 and 2019 for this research. Tisha has been involved in the ELTA program as one of their ELTA Master Trainers since 2013.

Tisha attended the 2018 CAUSINDY in Makassar and the 2019 conference in Darwin as an Indonesian delegate. She is also a YSEALI Professional Fellow (Fall 2017). She was placed at Brainfood in Washington D.C. for her internship. She was selected to attend the YSEALI Summit in Singapore in 2018.