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NAILA is driven by a dynamic and talented group of young Australian  and Indonesian volunteers who are dedicated to improving the bilateral relationship by encouraging deeper communication, respect and understanding between our two nations.
Co-Director

Sheila Hie

Co-Director

Melanie Kilby

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Finance Coordinator

Minh Bui

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Adeline Tinessia

Creative and IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Language Team Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugeraha

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Co-Director

Sheila Hie

Sheila grew up in Jakarta before arriving in Brisbane to study in 2011. Her love of Indonesia is and will always be part of her, and became the main reason for her involvement in NAILA and AIYA. Sheila is the founder of AIYA Queensland Chapter and served as AIYA’s National Treasurer between 2015-2019. 

Sheila thoroughly believes that language is a key to a successful relationship. She also believes that Indonesia is truly the land of opportunities. These two factors emphasise the importance of learning Indonesian language for Australians and NAILA aims to spread this message across Australia.

Sheila enjoys making Indonesian traditional desserts in her free time. Professionally, she currently works as a Senior Manager in their Trade Portfolio Management team within the Institutional Banking division of ANZ Banking Group.

Co-Director

Melanie Kilby

Melanie has engaged in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship for over fifteen years and continues to learn Indonesian today. Her passion for Indonesian language and culture began in high school and continued through to university, where she completed an Honours degree in Indonesian Studies. Melanie is the Secretary on the board of AIYA and currently works at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Melanie believes that language learning is a key tool in the development of strong Australia-Indonesia relations. She considers NAILA to be a vital platform for both promoting language learning and connecting future leaders in the relationship, and is excited to contribute her efforts to the competition.

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a BA(Hons) at the University of Melbourne, writing his thesis on the intersection between Chinese Indonesian religious and political developments. He also works in administration at the Australia Indonesia Business Council.

Michael has previously interned with YCAB Foundation, an Indonesian not-for-profit and social enterprise specialising in microfinance and education, and has completed short courses at Udayana University, Denpasar and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He was president of the Melbourne University Indonesian Studies and Language Association for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesia, with particular interests in the fields of history, religion, literature and bilateral business/finance. He has volunteered for NAILA since 2015 and began coordinating partnerships in 2018.

Finance Coordinator

Minh Bui

Minh is an undergraduate student in the School of Economics, University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Young Researcher Scholarship (YRS) instituted by the Social Science and Humanities Research Association (SSHRA). Under this scholarship, he presented his research paper “Neoclassical and Classical perspectives on Competition in the Australian banking sector” at the VIth International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language & Psychology (ICBELLP) in Jakarta. He is also a recipient of a mobility grant under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan (NCP), where he undertook a semester exchange at Universitas Indonesia in the second half of 2018.

Minh is currently undertaking another semester exchange at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Minh has represented Australia as a delegate at the 8th Australia-China Emerging Leader’s Summit (ACELS8), held in Shanghai, China, on the theme of Sino-Australian trade, the challenges surrounding it, and the future trajectory of the Chinese economy.

He has also been very active in AIYA since 2018. Minh believes that an in-depth understanding of Indonesian language and culture are cornerstones for stronger cultural and trade relations between Australia and Indonesia. It is Minh’s hope that his contribution to NAILA can help Australians of all ages to undertake study of Indonesian language and culture.

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Jade is completing a double degree in Business and Arts, majoring in Economics and Indonesian. She hopes to finish her degree in 2020 by completing an ACICIS Semester Program in Yogyakarta.

She is the Sociocultural Officer for AIYA Yogyakarta and presently interns with the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC), which aims to strengthen business ties between Australia and Indonesia. Throughout 2019, Jade has organised cultural events that aim to encourage high school students to continue with their Indonesian language studies.

Since encountering Indonesian studies in high school, Jade’s passion to support the Australia-Indonesia relationship has continually expanded. She has participated in two ACICIS programs, including an intensive language learning program in Salatiga, Java, as well as the Business Professional Practicum in Jakarta. During her time in Jakarta in early 2019, she interned at Hill & Associates, a security risk firm active throughout South-East Asia. She also attended several AIYA Jakarta and professional networking events.

As she progresses through her degree and career, Jade hopes to be involved in the kind of work that is meaningful, significant and purposeful for both Australia and Indonesia.

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

As an Indonesian living in Australia, Levina is aware of the potential benefits of a strong bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia, as well as the shared interests and challenges. Joining AIYA has been a way of contributing to and strengthening the relationship and being a bridge between two countries. This is her second year as Engagement Coordinator for NAILA, and she also serves as AIYA QLD Chapter President.

Levina believes that language is a powerful tool that should be utilised to comprehend different cultures. NAILA’s goal to improve the study of Indonesian language in Australia fits her vision to enhance partnerships and networking between the two countries by encouraging communication and meaningful connections.

Levina holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada, and finished her Masters degree at UQ and Kaplan Business School. She is currently based in Brisbane and works as a financial analyst in a global credit ratings company.

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Rebekah is a recent Law and International Studies graduate, majoring in Indonesian at Deakin University. Her love for Indonesia extends back to 2013, where she participated in the Indonesian Australian Association’s six-week high-school exchange to Bandung. Since then she has completed a language intensive at Universitas Negeri Padang and interned with the Victorian Trade and Investment Office in Jakarta. She is excited to join NAILA and advance Indonesian language studies across Australia.

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Adeline Tinessia

Ade is currently pursuing an Honours degree in International Security Studies from the Australian National University focusing on health security and Indonesia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She lived in Indonesia until the end of primary school before moving to Canberra where she has lived for the past 10 years.

Ade’s interest is in non-traditional security in Southeast Asia and in particular the role of non-government organisations. She has interned at a women’s rights organisation in Singapore before returning on exchange to Yale-NUS with a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship. She then interned at the Human Rights Working Group in Jakarta conducting field research on refugees in Jakarta. She has also interned at the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Ade has been involved in AIYA in ACT since 2017 and is the AIYA Links Officer. She is passionate about exploring the grassroots bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia and improving each other’s cultural understanding. She believes the study of Indonesian language in Australia is an integral part of improving the bilateral relations and NAILA is an important aspect in the encouragement to study Indonesian.

Creative and IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan is a freelance writer and reviewer living on the lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people. He is an Arts (Honours) graduate in foreign languages and creative writing, and his thesis examined the transgressive attitudes of young writers in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara. Lachlan is a New Colombo Plan Scholar and an alumnus of AIYEP, ACICIS and RUILI, and has volunteered extensively for organisations such as CAUSINDY and AIYA at national and chapter levels. A highlight of his NAILA involvement has been sharing in the passion for language learning and observing the valuable connections forged between awardees, their families, NAILA committee members and judges.

Language Team Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugeraha

Wisnu has a BA in International Relations, specialising in International Political Economy and Development Studies, and Australian Studies, from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since 2011 and is currently the Operations Officer (Indonesia) for AIYA National. He 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.

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Agus graduated from the English Department of Syiah Kuala University in Aceh. He currently works as a freelance English tutor, interpreter and translator. He has obtained extensive experience in teaching English since 2012 for numerous educational organisations both private and state. In the following year, he upgraded his skills in the field of translation as well as interpreting. As a result, he was involved in a variety of projects with both local and international institutions such as Green Doctor from South Korea in 2015 and the International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS) from 2014 to 2017.

Agus has been an active member of the Office of International Affairs of Syiah Kuala University since 2015. He also participated in a student exchange program at the prestigious Scotch College in Perth, Western Australia in 2007. Spending a four-week experience in Australia made him realise how much Indonesia and Australia share mutual interests in improving prosperity for both countries.

Agus realises that language plays a paramount role in reinforcing the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia. Thus, he hopes joining NAILA as a Language Officer will provide him with an opportunity to have direct access to promoting the Indonesian language in Australia.

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Darcy is currently completing a Master of Teaching (Indonesian) after recently graduating from a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Informatics alongside a Diploma of Indonesian Language at the University of Melbourne.

Since beginning Indonesian language studies in primary school, Darcy has developed a keen interest in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Darcy is an avid participant in AIYA and has spent time volunteering with both the Victoria and Yogyakarta chapters. He is also a member of the Krakatoas football club, a team made up of Indonesians living in Australia, and Australians with a strong connection to Indonesia.

He has completed a semester abroad through ACICIS at Universitas Gadjah Mada for his Diploma of Languages. He has also spent time studying at Universtias Udayana. Looking towards the future as he completes his degree, Darcy wishes to further involve himself in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Hillari earned her BSc in Public Health with a focus on Public Health Nutrition from Universitas Diponegoro. During her time as a student, she actively engaged in student organizations and became a research assistant. Currently she is assisting patient safety and quality committee at a hospital and freelancing as a translator.

Having a passion for community development, Hillari encourages herself to be involved in community services. Hillari has been involved in numerous volunteer and field work activities across Java. She is an active volunteer for Leprosy Care Community and previously volunteered for Nganget International Work Camp (NIWC) in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, she was the Indonesian delegate for the World Village Conference.

Hillai is also interested in research, project management and language learning. Hillari realises that not only are languages beneficial in communicating and connecting, but they can also help foster bilateral relationships. Through NAILA she hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

Indra is studying a Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia. He is originally from Bandar Lampung. Prior to his Master Degree, he studied at English Department, Diponegoro University in Semarang where he studied translation for two years from a basic to an advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is starting a translation service business in his hometown.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Earth Hour Bandar Lampung, Berbagi Nasi Lampung, and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Joey completed his Master degree in Asia-Pacific Studies at ANU in 2017 with an Endeavour Scholarship from the Australian Department of Education and Training. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) in Tangerang, Indonesia.

While studying in Australia, Joey acted as Delegates Coordinator at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Week committee. He also had the opportunity to tutor an Australian friend who was taking a university Indonesian course. Through the tutoring experience, he became interested in teaching Indonesian as a way of connecting Indonesians and Australians. He hopes by being a part of NAILA, he will be able to use the platform to improve Australia-Indonesia relations by promoting the language and Indonesia’s diverse cultures to Australians. He believes that by teaching Indonesian to Australians, Australians will be one step closer to understanding Indonesia as its closest neighbour.

Joey currently works in Bangkok in the business operations field. His interests are world geography, languages, traveling, and watching Youtube & Netflix.

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Based in Melbourne, Laura works in business development as a tender writer for a national NGO that works to combat homelessness and disadvantage across Australia. Alongside this, she is also currently undertaking a Master of Translation and Interpreting (Indonesian>English) at RMIT. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Languages (Indonesian) from the University of Melbourne, and during her undergraduate studies undertook a semester abroad at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta through the ACICIS program in 2012.

Her experience abroad, her interest in contemporary Asia issues and Australia’s engagement with Indonesia have motivated her to become part of the community dedicated to strengthening the bilateral relationship. Laura is a member of AIYA (acting as Treasurer of the Victoria Chapter in 2016), and is a dancer for Sanggar Lestari Melbourne, an Indonesian dance and theatre group. Though Sanggar Lestari, Laura has made lifelong friends and developed a strong understanding of how Indonesian culture is expressed through music and dance. Key highlights include dancing at her friend’s wedding in Yogyakarta, and traveling to Indonesia with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism – Wonderful Indonesia, for a week of cultural immersion activities.  

Through her experiences, Laura feels positive about the future of the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Laura hopes to see continued and long-term investment in language learning, which she sees as being a key part of the future success for our two county’s bilateral relations.

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Lolita received her BA in English Literature from Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta. Interested in learning English since young age, she is passionate about teaching English as foreign language and teaching Indonesian to foreign speakers.

Previously, Lolita worked as an English tutor, including for an Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course for foreign students at her university’s language centre. Beside teaching, Lolita also loves to learn foreign languages. In 2018, she was awarded a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and recently completed her study at the Mandarin Training Center run by the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

Lolita has a high appreciation for anyone who is willing to learn and develop themselves. She believes that a strong and lifelong relationship between Indonesia and Australia is in the hands of youth, a belief which motivated her to volunteer for NAILA as a Language Officer.

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Siti currently works as a data analyst and scientist. In her spare time, she works as a freelance translator for local and international agencies. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature from the State University of Malang. She is interested in studying data science, AI, machine learning, programming languages, and linguistics as well as baking as a side hobby. She thinks that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond in the long term.

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Sheila Hie

Director

Melanie Kilby

Past Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Outgoing Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Incoming Creative & IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian Tedja

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

Media & Communications Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Finance Officer

Meta Azalia

Finance Officer

Minh Bui

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Partnerships Officer

Wilson Chandra

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Language Officer

Anggi Nurqonita

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

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Language Officer

Jack Johnstone

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Language Officer

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Sheila Hie

Sheila grew up in Jakarta before arriving in Australia to study in 2011. Her love of Indonesia is and will always be part of her, and became the reason for her involvement in both AIYA and NAILA.

Sheila thoroughly believes that language is an important aspect of building a relationship. She also believes that Indonesia is truly the land of opportunities. These two factors emphasise the importance of learning Indonesian language and NAILA aims to spread this message across Australia.

Professionally, she currently works for ANZ Banking Group as a Senior Manager in their Trade and Supply Chain Finance division.

Sheila had the privilege of attending the NAILA Awards Night in 2018, where she was deeply touched by the experience and thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people passionate about the Indonesian language. She is excited to contribute to another successful year of NAILA.

Director

Melanie Kilby

Melanie has engaged in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship for over fifteen years and continues to learn Indonesian today. Her passion for Indonesian language and culture began in high school and continued through to university, where she completed an Honours degree in Indonesian Studies. Melanie is the Secretary on the board of AIYA and currently works at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Melanie believes that language learning is a key tool in the development of strong Australia-Indonesia relations. She considers NAILA to be a vital platform for both promoting language learning and connecting future leaders in the relationship, and is excited to contribute her efforts to the competition.

Past Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Maighdlin is a public servant. She recently completed a year-long assignment as an Australian Volunteer for International Development working as a Communications Consultant at The Asia Foundation’s Jakarta Office.

Maighdlin holds a double degree in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies (Honours), with majors in Indonesian Language and Indonesian Studies, from the Australian National University. In 2015, Maighdlin completed a semester-long exchange program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2015-2016, she was the ACT Chapter President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association.

Outgoing Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as Stakeholder Relations and Internships Manager. Beside NAILA, he was previously active in AIYA’s Victoria Chapter as the Creative Officer in 2014-2015. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Prior to joining ACICIS, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Based in Yogyakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts. Asa was an integral part of NAILA’s development in its inaugural year and looks forward to growing NAILA in subsequent years.

Incoming Creative & IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan is a writer and editor with experience in interpreting, social media management and partnerships. He is an Arts (Honours) graduate in Indonesian language and literature, completed via exchange in Java and West Nusa Tenggara. Lachlan is a New Colombo Plan Scholar 2016, an alumnus of both RUILI and ACICIS, and was chosen as a participant in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2018-2019. He has dedicated much of recent years volunteering for AIYA chapters in Queensland and Yogyakarta. A highlight of his involvement in NAILA has been sharing in the passion for language learning and observing the forging of valuable connections between awardees and their families, team members and judges.

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian Tedja

Stephen recently completed his Australian education and currently works for retail and ecommerce as an accountant.

Stephen is passionate about community development through P2P cultural exchange and language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and AIYA is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations. This has driven Stephen to be involved extensively in the Australia-Indonesia sphere since he arrived in Australia.

Stephen has been involved with NAILA’s Finance portfolio since 2016. He is also the former AIYA Victoria Chapter President (2017/2018).

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a BA(Hons) at the University of Melbourne, writing his thesis on the intersection between Chinese Indonesian religious and political developments. He also works in administration at the Australia Indonesia Business Council.

Michael has previously interned with YCAB Foundation, an Indonesian not-for-profit and social enterprise specialising in microfinance and education, and has completed short courses at Udayana University, Denpasar and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He was president of the Melbourne University Indonesian Studies and Language Association for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesia, with particular interests in the fields of history, religion, literature and bilateral business/finance. He has volunteered for NAILA since 2015 and began coordinating partnerships in 2018.

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Jade is completing a double degree in Business and Arts, majoring in Economics and Indonesian. She hopes to finish her degree in 2020 by completing an ACICIS Semester Program in Yogyakarta.

She is the Secretary for AIYA Victoria and presently interns with the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC), which aims to strengthen business ties between Australia and Indonesia. Throughout 2019, Jade has organised cultural events that aim to encourage high school students to continue with their Indonesian language studies.

Since encountering Indonesian studies in high school, Jade’s passion to support the Australia-Indonesia relationship has continually expanded. She has participated in two ACICIS programs, including an intensive language learning program in Salatiga, Java, as well as the Business Professional Practicum in Jakarta. During her time in Jakarta in early 2019, she interned at Hill & Associates, a security risk firm active throughout South-East Asia. She also attended several AIYA Jakarta and professional networking events.

As she progresses through her degree and career, Jade hopes to be involved in the kind of work that is meaningful, significant and purposeful for both Australia and Indonesia.

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

As an Indonesian who lives in Australia, Levina is aware of the potential benefits that could grow from a strong bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia, as well as the shared interests and challenges. Joining AIYA has been one of her ways of contributing to strengthen the relationship and being a bridge between the two countries. She began as AIYA National’s Finance Officer in 2017 and this year joined the NAILA committee as Engagement Coordinator.

Levina believes that language is a powerful tool that should be utilised to comprehend different cultures. NAILA’s goal to improve the study of Indonesian language in Australia fits her vision to enhance partnerships and networking between the two countries by encouraging communication and meaningful connections.

Levina holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from UGM and received her Masters degree in finance from UQ. Having just finished her MBA, she currently works as a financial controller for a franchising company in East Brisbane.

Media & Communications Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Rebekah is a fifth year Law and International Studies student, majoring in Indonesian at Deakin University. Her love for Indonesia extends back to 2013, where she participated in the Indonesian Australian Association’s six-week high-school exchange to Bandung. Since then she has completed a language intensive at Universitas Negeri Padang and interned with the Victorian Trade and Investment Office in Jakarta. She is excited to join NAILA and advance Indonesian language studies across Australia.

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Adhie is a certified translator of Indonesia and English. He is the CEO of a professional translation startup company named Transletin, leading hundreds of translators in Indonesia.

He believes that language is very important and the learning process should be fun. He co-founded English Fun Club, a community that teaches English to thousands of children in Indonesia.

He has a BA in international relations from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. Having majored in diplomacy, he understands the importance of Indonesia-Australia relations. With international relations as his academic background and translation as his professional expertise, Adhie has found that NAILA is the best place for him to accommodate his passions.

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Wisnu has a BA in International Relations, majoring in International Political Economy and Development Studies and Australian Studies, from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. He has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since 2011 and is currently the Communications Officer for AIYA Jakarta.

He previously worked in the Office of International Affairs at Universitas Gadjah Mada as Program Coordinator overseeing partnership agreements in North and South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, he has worked as a Communications Officer at Neliti, an Australian-based company digitising Indonesian researches, and is currently freelancing as a translator.

Wisnu believes in the importance of people-to-people diplomacy between Australian and Indonesian youth as a strong base of the countries’ mutual partnership and hopes that his contribution to NAILA can foster these relationships.

Finance Officer

Meta Azalia

Meta is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith University in Queensland, majoring in accounting. She loves to learn and develop her analytical thinking and creativity. Beside accounting and finance, she is also interested in business and data. During her studies, she worked as a Business Development Intern at Garuda Indonesia Airlines and an Accounting and Finance Intern at Elnusa Petrofin. Outside her academic and work life, she is active in a running community called IndoRunners, and various other sports communities.

As she is passionate about Indonesian traditional dance and the diverse ethnicity of Indonesia, she enjoys promoting the country to everyone, especially her friends in Australia. She believes Australia and Indonesia have much potential to empower a strong relationship and collaboration between them. The bilateral relationship has inspired her to become actively involved in several relevant organisations. She is part of AIYA’s Queensland Chapter and is a volunteer for Balai Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia- Queensland (BBIQ).

In order to advance her contribution to Indonesian language and culture, to meet new faces of inspiring people, and to advance her accounting and finance knowledge and skills, she is pleased to join NAILA in 2019 as a Finance Officer.

Finance Officer

Minh Bui

Minh is an undergraduate student in the School of Economics, University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Young Researcher Scholarship (YRS) instituted by the Social Science and Humanities Research Association (SSHRA). Under this scholarship, he presented his research paper “Neoclassical and Classical perspectives on Competition in the Australian banking sector” at the VIth International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language & Psychology (ICBELLP) in Jakarta. He is also a recipient of a mobility grant under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan (NCP), where he undertook a semester exchange at Universitas Indonesia in the second half of 2018. 

Minh is currently undertaking another semester exchange at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Minh has represented Australia as a delegate at the 8th Australia-China Emerging Leader’s Summit (ACELS8), held in Shanghai, China, on the theme of Sino-Australian trade, the challenges surrounding it, and the future trajectory of the Chinese economy.

He has also been very active in AIYA since 2018. Minh believes that an in-depth understanding of Indonesian language and culture are cornerstones for stronger cultural and trade relations between Australia and Indonesia. It is Minh’s hope that his contribution to NAILA can help Australians of all ages to undertake study of Indonesian language and culture.

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Hakim currently works as a Student Leader at the Graduate Student Learning Hub in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Hakim is a student at Monash University completing a Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) through LPDP Scholarship (Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education) scheme. He holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in English Education from IAIN Salatiga (State Institute of Islamic Studies), which he completed in 2015. Hakim was a member of the International Class Program and worked as an assistant lecturer while he completed his undergraduate study. As a postgraduate student, Hakim actively engages in the Campus Community Division as an International Student Ambassador. He is also involved in the Melbourne-based Krakatoas, a football community club.

Hakim is passionate about language education. He believes education and language study can strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Partnerships Officer

Wilson Chandra

Wilson graduated from Binus University in 2017 with a double degree in Information Systems and Industrial Engineering. He began his career as a Management Trainee at Danone Indonesia, during which time he was assigned to the Sales Strategic and Planning Department. As a Project Manager, he handled projects across Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Sumatra. The projects were concerned with sales intelligence, route to market and business development, and worked to drive profit for Danone Indonesia and distributor businesses.

Experienced handling different challenging project, already create my capability to have managerial mindset such as negotiation,  communication, critical, dynamic and opportunities thinking. This success meant he graduated from Danone’s Management Trainee Program with honours, and he continued his journey at Danone in a permanent role as Assistant Manager Associate, Business Development, Channel and Category Strategy for Sumatra, Jakarta, and West Java.

While at university, Wilson participated in activities both academic (study case competition, laboratory assistant) and non-academic (youth organisation, student exchange), and was awarded scholarships from the Asia-Europe Foundation and South Korea’s Duksung University. Wilson believes learning something new and sharing in something great improves one’s self-development, an opportunity which he sees in NAILA. His interest in people-to-people networking, project management and multicultural partnerships motivates him to further collaboration between Indonesian and Australian youth.

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Danica is a final year student at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Political Science. In 2016, she was a delegate for a leadership program in Youth Excursion Japan 2016 “History of The Nation and Technologies for Future Generations in The World.”

Having a passion for art, Danica works as a freelance editor and graphic designer. She is currently a General Manager in Information and Technology Department at Association of Business Administration Students Padjadjaran University. She is also the Head of Media in Advocacy Department in her faculty organization.

Danica loves travelling around Indonesia and overseas. She also has an interest in studying other cultures and building relationships. Through NAILA Danica hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Destania graduated from Parahyangan Catholic University with a Bachelor of Political Science. She enjoys being actively involved in volunteer activities that support youth leadership. She also loves to work with children and started a project to teach child prisoners in Bandung for two years. Destania believes in the value of “living beyond ourselves,” that life is not always about yourself but also others. Working for UNICEF is one of her dreams.

Destania’s involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from involvement in a youth leadership homestay program in Australia by Gerakan Mari Berbagi in 2016, as well as her prior experience working at Australia Awards in Indonesia.

By volunteering with NAILA, Destania is excited by the prospects of future collaboration between Australia and Indonesian youth.

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Agus is an alumnus of the English Department of Syiah Kuala University in Aceh. He currently works as a freelance English tutor, interpreter, and translator. He has been teaching English since 2012 for both private and state schools, including private courses. In 2013, he focused on enhancing his skills in translation and interpreting, and has since worked in a variety of local and international institutions such as Green Doctor from South Korea in 2015 and the International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS) from 2014 to 2017.

Agus is an active volunteer at the Office of International Affairs at Syiah Kuala University where he plays a role in organising numerous international and local events conducted by the institution. Previously, Agus had a chance to participate in a student exchange program at Scotch College in Perth in 2007. The four-week experience made him realize how much Indonesia and Australia shares a mutual interest in improving the prosperity of both countries.

Agus realises that language plays a paramount role in reinforcing the bilateral relationship. Thus, he hopes joining NAILA as a translator will provide him an opportunity to have direct access to promoting the Indonesian language in Australia.

Language Officer

Anggi Nurqonita

Anggi obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Universitas Indonesia, with a major in Eastern European Literature. She is passionate about journalism and foreign languages and keen on fostering the Australia and Indonesia relationship.

In addition to acting as a Social Media Officer for AIYA National, Anggi is currently the Supervisor of the Film Department at SAE Education in Jakarta. She believes having the ability to speak foreign languages is one of the essential methods of fostering diplomatic relations. Her interest in foreign languages motivated her to participate in and emerge as the 1st Winner of the UNESCO Multimedia Contest 2018. Anggi hopes by taking part in NAILA as a Language Officer, she can contribute to supporting the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Darcy is currently completing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Informatics alongside a Diploma of Indonesian Language at the University of Melbourne.

Since beginning Indonesian language studies in Primary school, Darcy has developed a keen interest in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Darcy is an avid participant in AIYA and has spent time volunteering with both the Victoria and Yogyakarta chapters. He is also a member of the Krakatoas football club, a team made up of Indonesians living in Australia and Australians with a strong connection to Indonesia.

He has completed a semester abroad through ACICIS at Universitas Gadjah Mada completing his Diploma of Languages. He has also spent time studying at Universtias Udayana.

Looking towards the future as he completes his degree, Darcy wishes to further involve himself in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Hillari earned her BSc in Public Health with a focus on Public Health Nutrition from Universitas Diponegoro. During her time as a student, she actively engaged in student organizations and became a research assistant. Currently she is assisting patient safety and quality committee at a hospital and freelancing as a translator.

Having a passion for community development, Hillari encourages herself to be involved in community services. Hillari has been involved in numerous volunteer and field work activities across Java. She is an active volunteer for Leprosy Care Community and previously volunteered for Nganget International Work Camp (NIWC) in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, she was the Indonesian delegate for the World Village Conference.

Hillai is also interested in research, project management and language learning. Hillari realises that not only are languages beneficial in communicating and connecting, but they can also help foster bilateral relationships. Through NAILA she hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

Indra is studying a Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia. He is originally from Bandar Lampung. Prior to his Master Degree, he studied at English Department, Diponegoro University in Semarang where he studied translation for two years from a basic to an advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is starting a translation service business in his hometown.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Earth Hour Bandar Lampung, Berbagi Nasi Lampung, and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Language Officer

Jack Johnstone

Jack is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Interpreting and Translation Studies at Monash University, specialising in Indonesian. He graduated this year with a Bachelor degree in Global Studies, majoring in Indonesian, from Monash University.

Other than his native English language, Jack speaks fluent Indonesian and Malay as well as conversational German. He had the opportunity to study as an ACICIS student under the New Colombo Plan at Gadjah Mada University, where he studied Javanese culture and history, Indonesian history and general literature with local Indonesian students, as well as improved his Indonesian with INCULS (Indonesian Language Program for International Students).

Jack was inspired to learn Indonesian in high school because of his mum, who is a Malaysian Chinese from Penang, as well as the similarities between Indonesian and Malaysian. He travels regularly around Asia, especially back to Penang to visit his family and relatives and be immersed in the culture.

Jack has been a private Indonesian tutor for the past four years. He tutors different age groups from children to adults. He has found tutoring Indonesian a passion as he loves meeting new people and sharing knowledge of Indonesia and its language.

Jack believes that there is a vital need to create awareness of the growing importance of Indonesia to Australia. This is not only through the geographical closeness but also due to both nations sharing similar understanding and economic opportunities via trade, finance and investment. As one of the Language Officers at NAILA in 2019, he is excited to open doors in the future to live and work in Indonesia as a translator and contribute to the prosperity of the Australian-Indonesian relationship.

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Joey completed his Master degree in Asia-Pacific Studies at ANU in 2017 with an Endeavour Scholarship from the Australian Department of Education and Training. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) in Tangerang, Indonesia.

While studying in Australia, Joey acted as Delegates Coordinator at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Week committee. He also had the opportunity to tutor an Australian friend who was taking a university Indonesian course. Through the tutoring experience, he became interested in teaching Indonesian as a way of connecting Indonesians and Australians. He hopes by being a part of NAILA, he will be able to use the platform to improve Australia-Indonesia relations by promoting the language and Indonesia’s diverse cultures to Australians. He believes that by teaching Indonesian to Australians, Australians will be one step closer to understanding Indonesia as its closest neighbour.

Joey currently works in Bangkok in the field of client service. His interests are geography, language, travel and YouTube.

Language Officer

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Kristel is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Chemistry at UNSW. She moved to Sydney after completing her High School Certificate in Jakarta. Kristel completed a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry with first class Honours in 2014 and then received an international student Postgraduate Scholarship from UNSW to pursue her doctoral studies.

Kristel is interested in cross-cultural exchange between Australian and Indonesian students. As an undergraduate she was a member of PPIA and thoroughly enjoyed working with others to bring about events to promote Indonesia in the wider society.

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Based in Melbourne, Laura works in business development as a tender writer for a national NGO that works to combat homelessness and disadvantage across Australia. Alongside this, she is also currently undertaking a Master of Translation and Interpreting (Indonesian>English) at RMIT. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Languages (Indonesian) from the University of Melbourne, and during her undergraduate studies undertook a semester abroad at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta through the ACICIS program in 2012.

Her experience abroad, her interest in contemporary Asia issues and Australia’s engagement with Indonesia have motivated her to become part of the community dedicated to strengthening the bilateral relationship. Laura is a member of AIYA (acting as Treasurer of the Victoria Chapter in 2016), and is a dancer for Sanggar Lestari Melbourne, an Indonesian dance and theatre group. Though Sanggar Lestari, Laura has made lifelong friends and developed a strong understanding of how Indonesian culture is expressed through music and dance. Key highlights include dancing at her friend’s wedding in Yogyakarta, and traveling to Indonesia with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism – Wonderful Indonesia, for a week of cultural immersion activities.  

Through her experiences, Laura feels positive about the future of the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Laura hopes to see continued and long-term investment in language learning, which she sees as being a key part of the future success for our two county’s bilateral relations.

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Lolita received her BA in English Literature from Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta. Interested in learning English since young age, she is passionate about teaching English as foreign language and teaching Indonesian to foreign speakers.

Previously, Lolita worked as an English tutor, including for an Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course for foreign students at her university’s language centre. Beside teaching, Lolita also loves to learn foreign languages. In 2018, she was awarded a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and recently completed her study at the Mandarin Training Center run by the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

Lolita has a high appreciation for anyone who is willing to learn and develop themselves. She believes that a strong and lifelong relationship between Indonesia and Australia is in the hands of youth, a belief which motivated her to volunteer for NAILA as a Language Officer.

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Siti currently works as a freelance translator for various local and international agencies. She has extensive experience in the translation. She completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature at the State University of Malang. She is interested in studying international business and linguistics as well as learning Swedish and Korean. She understands that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond.

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Media & Communications Coordinator

Yani Lauwoie

Partnerships Officer

Maxine Williams

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Finance Officer

Handal Suryaputra

Finance Officer

Johanes Warsono

Engagement Officer

Lachlan Haycock

Engagement Officer

Sarifa Rahma

Syahputra Ganda Turnip
Engagement Officer

Syahputra Ganda Turnip

Engagement Officer

Krista Macdougall

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Media & Communications Officer

Vini Damayanti

Programs Officer

Stephanie Hartanto

Programs Officer

Ziporah Bangguna

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Creative Officer

Shidqi Irbah

Translations Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Translations Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Translator

Frans Judea Samosir

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Translator

Joey Gildas

Translator

Siti Nurhalimah

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Maighdlin is a public servant. She recently completed a year-long assignment as an Australian Volunteer for International Development working as a Communications Consultant at The Asia Foundation’s Jakarta Office.

Maighdlin holds a double degree in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies (Honours), with majors in Indonesian Language and Indonesian Studies, from the Australian National University. In 2015, Maighdlin completed a semester-long exchange program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2015-2016, she was the ACT Chapter President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association.

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as Stakeholder Relations and Internships Manager. Beside NAILA, he was previously active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (Victoria) as the Creative Officer in 2014-2015. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Prior to joining ACICIS, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Based in Yogyakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts. Asa was an integral part of NAILA’s development in its inaugural year and looks forward to growing NAILA in its subsequent years.

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Languages from The University of Melbourne.

Michael is currently interning with Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in microfinance and education, and is based in Jakarta.

Michael’s experience with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He is a recipient of the Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship from the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra (2013). He has taken part in intensive study in Jogjakarta (2014) and at Universitas Udayana (2016). Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and was President of the Melbourne University Indonesian Studies and Language Association (2015-2017).

Michael is passionate about Indonesian studies, with particular interests in the fields of literature, history, religion and bilateral business/finance.

He has volunteered for NAILA since 2015.

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian

Stephen is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen is passionate about community development through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. In his opinion, an integral aspect of such cultural exchange is language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and also, AIYA (Australian Indonesian Youth Association), is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations, particularly on a grassroots level. Stephen is glad to be involved in both organisations.

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Aris Huang is co-founder and researcher at Nagara, a civic tech initiative focusing on technology, data and governance. He is also a professional translator and has taught Indonesian as well as Translation Studies at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. He calls Melbourne and Jakarta home(s), having spent equal amount of time living in both Australia and Indonesia. Aris received his Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Media & Communications Coordinator

Yani Lauwoie

Yani has been working in media industry for 13 years. She has experienced in print media (magazine), electronic media (radio) and online/digital media (website and social media). In her last role, she lead the digital platforms of Femina Magazine (the first and the biggest women magazine in Indonesia). Leading Femina’s website and social media were her main responsibilities.

In her spare time Yani, who has Bachelor of Communication degree from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, loves to travel. The idea of learning new cultures in new places has always captured her. She has travelled through Asia, Europe, and Australia. Since the first time she stepped in Melbourne in 2014, she realised the strong bond between Australia and Indonesia. By joining AIYA and NAILA she hopes to contribute to strengthening that bond.

Partnerships Officer

Maxine Williams

Maxine is currently studying a Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in Asian Studies and Geography alongside a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian at the University of Sydney.

In 2017, she participated in a six-month Geography Immersion Program at the University of Indonesia during which she became obsessed with climbing Indonesian volcanoes. Since returning to flat ground, Maxine has since had the opportunity to intern at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Jakarta. Maxine is now in the early stages of planning her Geography Honours thesis which she hopes to undertake on issues related to food insecurity in Eastern Indonesia.

Although Maxine is relatively new to the Australia-Indonesia space, she is very passionate about encouraging Australian school students to take up Indonesian language classes as she wishes they had been available to her when she was younger. Her next trip to Indonesia will likely involve crossing a few more volcanoes of her checklist, especially Gunung Agung in Bali and Gunung Kerinci in Sumatra.

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Hakim currently works as a Student Leader at the Graduate Student Learning Hub in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Hakim is a student at Monash University completing a Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) through LPDP Scholarship (Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education) scheme. He holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in English Education from IAIN Salatiga (State Institute of Islamic Studies), which he completed in 2015. Hakim was a member of the International Class Program and worked as an assistant lecturer while he completed his undergraduate study. As a postgraduate student, Hakim actively engages in the Campus Community Division as an International Student Ambassador. He is also involved in the Melbourne-based Krakatoas, a football community club.

Hakim is passionate about language education. He believes education and language study can strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Finance Officer

Handal Suryaputra

Growing up in the United Kingdom (UK) from a very young age and educated in the UK, Handal obtained his Bachelor of Science with Honours in Information and Communications Technology from Birmingham City University. He previously positioned as an Investment Analyst at Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) London before joining the Treasury Department then Trade (Import & Export) and Business Operations department at PT Bank Negara Indonesia, London Branch.

He gained a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) form the UK Government for his achievements in Badminton. He was part of the Badminton England National team setup and has represented England in various International tournaments at junior level.

Australia and Indonesia have special relationship even though the two countries are different in terms of history, geography, ethnicity, political systems, and economic development. Handal believes these differences can be an important asset for bilateral relations as they can actually be used to complement each other to ensure the relationship continues to grow stronger.

Finance Officer

Johanes Warsono

Johanes Warsono (a.k.a Yichen) is currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Accounting and Finance at the University of Melbourne. As a language enthusiast speaking 7 languages and a traveller who has been to 23 countries, Warsono is especially fascinated by Indonesia’s diversity and richness in culture and language after his visit to Riau Islands in 2017. Therefore, he decided to get involved in the Indonesian community in Melbourne. Warsono is now working as a treasurer for the Victoria Chapter of Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) as well as doing some photography work for Ozip Magazine.

Warsono believes that language barrier is the fundamental obstacle for people from different cultural backgrounds to eliminate mutual misunderstanding and establish friendship. Therefore, other than studying Indonesian in his own leisure, Warsono is also interested in promoting popularity of Indonesian language studies among Australian university students. Motivated by his passion in Indonesian and his belief in language studies as a passport to success in cross-cultural exchange, Warsono joins the NAILA 2018 team so that he can help people who share similar passions and interests in Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Engagement Officer

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indonesian language and literature completed via exchange in Yogyakarta and Mataram, Lombok, and has held various roles with the Australia- Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) at both national and chapter levels. His involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from high school study of the language and travel to the region for intensive short courses during university. His passion for the written word has led him to seek out a variety of dynamic experiences – from interning as a copy editor at the Jakarta Globe to interpreting for a USC International Development capacity building project. Lachlan believes that initiatives such as NAILA should be greatly encouraged to provide a much-needed boost to Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Engagement Officer

Sarifa Rahma

Sarifa recently completed a Bachelor of Politics, majoring in International Relations, at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung. Throughout her study, Sarifa was interested in diplomacy, regimes, and international organisations. To apply her interests, she interned at The Embassy of Republic Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam and learned about the processes of bilateral diplomacy between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. Sarifa also volunteered with Greenpeace Indonesia to promote peace, global disarmament, and non-violence.

Sarifa became interested in Australia-Indonesia relations, especially in people-to-people approaches, through her involvement as a liaison officer for ACICIS students at her university, as well as being inspired by her brother who is interning as a public diplomacy officer at the Australian Consulate-General in Bali. Sarifa believes that people-to-people links are the main pathway to increase mutual understanding between our two countries through respecting each other’s diversity.

Engagement Officer

Syahputra Ganda Turnip

Engagement Officer

Krista Macdougall

Krista completed her high school education in Busselton, Western Australia and went on to gain an Associate Diploma of Performing Arts at the Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. After leaving the region for over 20 years, to work in other states in Australia and Hawaii, she returned and accepted a position managing the retail and tourism sector for The Busselton Jetty’s Interpretive Centre. Working in the tourism industry peaked her desire to learn languages and she decided to pursue the dream full-time.

Krista has commenced a Bachelor of Languages degree at The University of New England, majoring in Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia. The journey has provided the opportunity to study overseas and has enriched her life meeting new friends and embracing different cultures.

As a mature age student living in a regional area, Krista impresses the success of her online study is due to advancement of online learning technology and her involvement with like minded individuals and organisations.

In order to advance her own language skills and inspire others, young and old, Krista is excited to represent NAILA in the role as Engagement Officer which in turn will assist in developing the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Banny Rahayu earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from the University of Indonesia. In the third year of her study, she worked as a freelance translator for LINE bilingual English-Indonesian Dictionary. She is currently an editor of a Jakarta-based lifestyle magazine, where she is able to grow an extensive network and hone her English skills through writing and interviewing.

Banny’s interest in Australia-Indonesia relationship has grown since she travelled to Australia to study hospitality management and wrote about tourism in Australia during her stint as a magazine editor. She believes that cultural and language exchanges are the keys to nurturing the long-standing relationship between the two neighbouring countries.

Media & Communications Officer

Vini Damayanti

Vini is a Freelance Writer for several lifestyle media in Indonesia. Before starting a writing business, Vini spent 12 years as a journalist for Cita Cinta Magazine and Femina Media, lifestyle medias focusing on women’s development and empowerment. Her passion for writing has grown since studying English at the University of Indonesia where she participated as writer for a student magazine.

Vini enjoys playing badminton in her spare time. Her interest led to Vini being a contributor for Badzine, an international badminton website, for two years. Vini also loves to travel, which she considers to be one of the best forms of education. During her journeys across Asia and Europe she has met people from different backgrounds and learned new cultures.

Although Vini has not traveled to Australia yet, she feels a strong personal connection to Australia because her aunt and two uncles live here. Through their stories, she realised that Indonesia and Australia are not only geographically close, but also across other fields such as tourism and education. Through NAILA, Vini hopes to be able to contribute to the development of bilateral relations between these two neighbouring countries. She believes this mission can be fulfilled by understanding each other’s language.

Programs Officer

Stephanie Hartanto

Stephanie is currently studying a Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in International Relations and Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. She regards Indonesian language education very highly, having studied Indonesian through distance education from Year 9 up until her Higher School Certificate wherein she achieved a rank of 1st in the State for Indonesian Heritage Studies. Indonesian language education has not only helped her to bridge the communication distance between herself and her family but imparted upon her a responsibility to share her cultural heritage with others.

Stephanie is currently interning at Asialink Business, an organisation supported by the Australian Government, which seeks to equip Australian businesses with Asia capable skills to ensure they are able to seize the potential of the Asian market. Her time at Asialink, along with her studies and her cultural heritage have fostered her interest in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

This interest has been further nurtured by an opportunity to travel to Indonesia along with the University of Sydney’s Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. During her time in Indonesia, Stephanie will be studying the issues of women’s empowerment and the work of the Australian and Indonesian initiative, Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction Program (MAMPU). Through this experience, Stephanie hopes she will be able to better understand the ways in which Australia has directly engaged with Indonesia and its development of social issues.

Programs Officer

Ziporah Bangguna

Zipora holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in English Language and Literature at Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga.

Zipora currently works as a Process Specialist in PT. Home Credit Indonesia with responsibilities of creating and reviewing policy and procedure. Previously, Zipora took part in a project called Roll Out which aimed to expand the company’s business by opening branch offices in big cities in Indonesia. She was relocated to cities every three months. Due to the project, she had travelled to six cities in total, mostly in Eastern Indonesia.

Prior to her current job, Zipora started her career as a Project Officer in an Education Consultancy in Jakarta for two years. Zipora was trusted to become person-in-charge in Indonesia to assist the project team of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) at managing in-land administration for projects funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australian Government called Australian Award Fellowship (AAF) and Government Partnership for Development (GPFD).

Based on the above experiences, Zipora found her passion and interest in project management and travelling. By joining NAILA, Zipora wishes to gain more skills and knowledge as well as strengthening relationship of Australia-Indonesia.

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Destania graduated from Parahyangan Catholic University with a Bachelor of Political Science. She enjoys being actively involved in volunteer activities that support youth leadership. She also loves to work with children and started a project to teach child prisoners in Bandung for two years. Destania believes in the value of “living beyond ourselves,” that life is not always about yourself but also others. Working for UNICEF is one of her dreams.

Destania’s involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from involvement in a youth leadership homestay program in Australia by Gerakan Mari Berbagi in 2016, as well as her prior experience working at Australia Awards in Indonesia.

By volunteering with NAILA, Destania is excited by the prospects of future collaboration between Australia and Indonesian youth.

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Danica is a final year student at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Political Science. In 2016, she was a delegate for a leadership program in Youth Excursion Japan 2016 “History of The Nation and Technologies for Future Generations in The World.”

Having a passion for art, Danica works as a freelance editor and graphic designer. She is currently a General Manager in Information and Technology Department at Association of Business Administration Students Padjadjaran University. She is also the Head of Media in Advocacy Department in her faculty organization.

Danica loves travelling around Indonesia and overseas. She also has an interest in studying other cultures and building relationships. Through NAILA Danica hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Creative Officer

Shidqi Irbah

Shidqi graduated from the State University of Malang with a major in Psychology. Through his involvement in “Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing” 2015-2016 as a photographer and videographer, Shidqi gained a better understanding of Indonesia’s language and culture. Shidqi continued his study at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta with a major in Clinical Psychology. His hobbies are photography and videography.

Shidqi is interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship because of the bilateral ties in education, the economy and the tourism sector. He hopes to contribute to improving the relationship through his involvement in NAILA.

Translations Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Adhie is a final-year international relations student in Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Other than speaking fluent English, he also speaks intermediate Spanish due to his experience of studying in Universitat Jaume I, Spain in 2015.

He admits that he mostly learned English autodidactically through games and movies. In 2010, he and two of his friends founded a community that teaches English to children for fun, namely English Fun Club, because he believes that learning another language is very important and the learning process should be fun.

He has worked as a freelance translator since 2013. Now, he is the founder and CEO of a professional translation company named Transletin. Majoring in diplomacy concentration in his study, Adhie realises the importance of Indonesia – Australia relations. Through NAILA, Adhie wishes to use his skills and experiences to contribute for the goodness of Indonesia and Australia’s relations.

Translations Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Wisnu Trianugeraha is finishing his Bachelor of Politics with a major in International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As one of the Indonesian representatives to go on a cultural exchange program funded by the BRIDGE Program in 2011, he has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since high school. His commitment to the bilateral relationship has given him the opportunity to study in Adelaide in 2014 through a scholarship scheme between Universitas Gadjah Mada and the University of Adelaide.

He is working part time at the moment as a staff member of his university’s Office of International Affairs while finishing his Bachelor thesis on Australia’s Public Diplomacy in Indonesia through international volunteering. He has also been very active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) since 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Yogyakarta Chapter.

Wisnu believes in the importance of people-to-people diplomacy between Australian and Indonesian youth as a strong base of the two countries’ mutual partnership and hopes that his contribution in NAILA can foster these relationships.

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Andry graduated from The London School of Public Relations – Jakarta majoring in Communication

and minoring in International Relations. He interned at the Embassy of Peru in Jakarta and learned the importance of bilateral relationships. The relationship between Australia and Indonesia is essential given their geographical proximity.

Andry is passionate about learning languages and translation. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia, English, Mandarin, German and a little bit of French. Andry hopes to contribute to strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship through his involvement in NAILA.

Translator

Frans Judea Samosir

Frans Judea Samosir is currently completing his services as Trainer, Speaker and Lecturer on issues related to health and education in Medan, North Sumatra. He is also helping PKBM Tabes to develop non-formal education programs. Previously Frans served as the Head of Rector’s Bureau at UNIKA Santo Thomas (2017-2018) and Head of Health Division of Caritas PSE (2010-2016), and engaged in the issues of prevention of adverse effects of drugs and HIV. From 2008-2009 Frans worked as a Human Resource officer at PT. Infomedia Nusantara. After completing his Bachelor of Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of North Sumatra in 2007 he worked as a numerator at Save The Children for one month. Frans has also worked as an English tutor.

Frans completed his Master Degree at the University of Georgia, US with concentrations on Health Promotion and Behaviour. He is interested in issues of mental health, counseling, self-development, management, HIV, drug abuse, reproductive health and sexual diversity in society.

Frans hopes to build a bridge of understanding and support between Indonesia and Australia through Indonesian language and his diverse experiences.

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Indra is studying a Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia. He is originally from Bandar Lampung. Prior to his Master Degree, he studied at English Department, Diponegoro University in Semarang where he studied translation for two years from a basic to an advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is starting a translation service business in his hometown.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Earth Hour Bandar Lampung, Berbagi Nasi Lampung, and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Translator

Joey Gildas

Joey just completed his Master in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) under the Endeavour Scholarship by the Australian Department of Education and Training. He holds a Bachelor of Social Studies in International Relations from Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Indonesia.

In 2012, he had an internship at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jakarta office, working on Strengthening Access to Justice in Indonesia (SAJI) Project. Whilst studying in Australia, Joey had the opportunity to be the part of the 2016 Asia-Pacific Week Committee as the Delegates Coordinator. Earlier this year, he also had the opportunity to tutor an Australian friend who was taking Bahasa Indonesia course at the university.

Through the tutoring experience, he became interested in teaching Bahasa Indonesia as the way to deliver the diverse Indonesian culture to Australians. Through NAILA, he hopes to be able to contribute to Australia-Indonesia relations by promoting Bahasa Indonesia and its diverse cultures to Australians. He also hopes to be able to teach Bahasa Indonesia in Australia someday as he believes that teaching Bahasa Indonesia is not only just learning the language, but also the method to understand Indonesia more as one of Australia’s closest neighbours.

Translator

Siti Nurhalimah

Siti currently works as a freelance translator for various local and international agencies. She has extensive experience in the translation. She completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature at the State University of Malang. She is interested in studying international business and linguistics as well as learning Swedish and Korean. She understands that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond.

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Partnerships Officer and Translator

Lachlan Haycock

Senior Communications and Media Officer

Yani Lauwoie

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Engagement Officer - Schools

Kartika Brand

Engagement Officer

Yudha Farizky

Engagement Officer

Desmarnov Tirto Pamangin

Photographer and Videographer

Abbie Boyd

Web and IT Officer

Sunan Widya Soendoro

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Translator

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Translator

Samantha Demitria

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Translator

Ima Nurhalimah

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Translator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Translator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Maighdlin is completing a year-long assignment as an Australian Volunteer for International Development working as a Communications Consultant at The Asia Foundation’s Jakarta Office. She works on Program Peduli, a unique Australian Government investment that supports the Indonesian Government to promote social inclusion as a pathway out of poverty for Indonesia’s marginalised groups.

In 2016, Maighdlin completed an Honours thesis at the College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University looking at the influences of Indonesia on national identity in Timor-Leste. She holds a double degree in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies, with majors in Indonesian Language and Indonesian Studies.

In 2015, Maighdlin completed a semester-long exchange program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2015-2016, she was the ACT Chapter President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association.

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as Stakeholder Relations and Internships Manager. Beside NAILA, he was previously active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (Victoria) as the Creative Officer in 2014-2015. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Prior to joining ACICIS, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Based in Yogyakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts. Asa was an integral part of NAILA’s development in its inaugural year and looks forward to growing NAILA in its subsequent years.

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Aris Huang is co-founder and researcher at Nagara, a civic tech initiative focusing on technology, data and governance. He is also a professional translator and has taught Indonesian as well as Translation Studies at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. He calls Melbourne and Jakarta home(s), having spent equal amount of time living in both Australia and Indonesia. Aris received his Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

Eleanor has studied Indonesian since high school and through her tertiary studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, which she completed in 2015.

Promoting the importance of language study for strengthening people-to-people links and for personal development is of particular interest to Eleanor. She would love to see higher levels of engagement of Australian students in Indonesian language study, at both school and tertiary levels. As a recipient of a Walter Mangold Scholarship in 2014-15 she has spoken to school and university groups about the many benefits of language study.

Eleanor currently works at the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources in the International Education Unit.

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Sunny is completing a Master of Translating and Interpreting degree at RMIT University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, and Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia.

Having grown up bilingual in Indonesia, and moving to Perth at age 14, Sunny was greatly disappointed when she faced several barriers to maintain her Indonesian studies once in Australia. She studied Indonesian through distance education in high school, and at university spent a semester in Yogyakarta through the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. She later moved to Melbourne to pursue further studies in Indonesian. Sunny hopes that through her involvement with NAILA she can contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship through encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Ella currently works as the Engagement Officer at The Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University.

Ella completed her Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Political Sciences in International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She also worked at UGM as a Program Coordinator for the Office of International Affairs. In 2010, Ella was awarded a full scholarship from the Lotus Undergraduate Exchange Program – Erasmus Mundus and spent one semester studying in Sciences Po. Paris, France.

Having been educated and raised in Australia and Indonesia, Ella has always had an interest to develop bilateral relations between the two countries. Ella is particularly passionate about language education as she grew up being bilingual, speaking both English and Bahasa Indonesia at home.

Ella is an advocate for children’s rights. She has two years of experience in the development sector with Save the Children Australia. During this time she worked closely with immigrant and refugee children from Africa and the Middle East. She has also spent time working as a Teacher in Indonesia.

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Hafidh is a recipient of Australian Award Scholarship and currently studying a Master of Management (Accounting and Finance) at University of Melbourne. He holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada. He has eight years’ experience working in auditing including three years at as a Senior Associate in Assurances at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and five years working for SKK Migas a state-owned legal entity which controls upstream oil and gas activities and manages contractors operating in Indonesia such as Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Hafidh believes that a healthy relationship between two neighbouring countries, Australia and Indonesia, is key to regional stability. The relationship can be developed through people-to-people links. He hopes to contribute to building a greater understanding by participating in NAILA.

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Stephen is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen is passionate about community development through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. In his opinion, an integral aspect of such cultural exchange is language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and, by extension, AIYA (Australian Indonesian Youth Association), is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations, particularly on a grassroots level. Stephen is glad that the opportunity has presented itself for him to be involved in both organisations. Stephen himself likes learning languages and speaks, in varying levels of proficiency, Sundanese, Indonesian, English, Mandarin, German, and French.

Stephen is also active in the international student sector of the City of Melbourne, through his involvement with the Australian Federation of International Students. He is humbled to have been selected as one of the advisors for Longerenong College to attract international students to rural Victoria.

Partnerships Officer and Translator

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indonesian language and literature completed via exchange in Yogyakarta and Mataram, Lombok, and has held various roles with the Australia- Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) at both national and chapter levels. His involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from high school study of the language and travel to the region for intensive short courses during university. His passion for the written word has led him to seek out a variety of dynamic experiences – from interning as a copy editor at the Jakarta Globe to interpreting for a USC International Development capacity building project. Lachlan believes that initiatives such as NAILA should be greatly encouraged to provide a much-needed boost to Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Senior Communications and Media Officer

Yani Lauwoie

Yani has been working in media industry for 13 years. She has experienced in print media (magazine), electronic media (radio) and online/digital media (website and social media). In her last role, she lead the digital platforms of Femina Magazine (the first and the biggest women magazine in Indonesia). Leading Femina’s website and social media were her main responsibilities.

In her spare time Yani, who has Bachelor of Communication degree from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, loves to travel. The idea of learning new cultures in new places has always captured her. She has travelled through Asia, Europe, and Australia. Since the first time she stepped in Melbourne in 2014, she realised the strong bond between Australia and Indonesia. By joining AIYA and NAILA she hopes to contribute to strengthening that bond.

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Banny Rahayu earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from the University of Indonesia. In the third year of her study, she worked as a freelance translator for LINE bilingual English-Indonesian Dictionary. She is currently an editor of a Jakarta-based lifestyle magazine, where she is able to grow an extensive network and hone her English skills through writing and interviewing.

Banny’s interest in Australia-Indonesia relationship has grown since she travelled to Australia to study hospitality management and wrote about tourism in Australia during her stint as a magazine editor. She believes that cultural and language exchanges are the keys to nurturing the long-standing relationship between the two neighbouring countries.

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a Diploma of Indonesian at the University of Melbourne.

Michael’s experience thus far with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He was a recipient of the 2013 Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship, a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 VILTA oral competitions, and took part in a two-week intensive language course in Yogyakarta in January 2014. Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and was President of the Melbourne University Indonesian Students’ Language Association (ISLA) for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesian studies and fostering and promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship at all levels of society. He hopes to be able to advance young Australians’ understanding of Indonesia through his work with NAILA and AIYA.

Engagement Officer - Schools

Kartika Brand

Tika is an aspiring teacher in her final semester of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts in French at the University of New South Wales and in Indonesian at the University of Sydney. It is thus only natural that she strives to contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship by encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Her motivation to spread the Indonesian language is sourced from a personal journey. Observing a stronger connection with her Indonesian heritage once developing a fluency in Indonesian, she hopes that others will find their own connections with Indonesia through language.

During this journey to language and cultural fluency, Tika was a recipient of a full scholarship for the 2013 DREAM International Summer Program at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Her journey continues today, spending every opportunity in the archipelago and learning the art of Indonesian dance through Suara Indonesia.

Engagement Officer

Yudha Farizky

Yudha received his bachelor degree in International Relations from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), Indonesia. Prior to his graduation, he became an academic tutor for several courses in International Relations Department UMY, and continues to be an assistant lecturer after graduation. During college, he concentrated on Multi-National Corporations (MNC). He also interned at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok, Thailand.

He believes that Australia-Indonesia relationship is very dynamic and is shaped by individuals. The relationship relied on people-to-people diplomacy which is vital in driving the direction of the bilateral relationship. With greater interconnectedness and ease of mobility, strengthening the relationship relies on individuals, as well as government. By joining NAILA committee, Yudha hopes he can play a part in driving the relationship.

Engagement Officer

Desmarnov Tirto Pamangin

Tirto’s professional experience working in business has afforded him the opportunity to strengthen his skills, knowledge and experience in working and negotiating with clients from varying backgrounds. He currently works at PT. TPIL Logistics, a freight forwarding company belonging to the FETA Freight Systems International (FFSI) network, which is represented in 70 countries.

Tirto’s volunteer experience has included experience with community-based organizations such as Rotaract Club and AIESEC. He hopes to broaden his network with young Australian and Indonesian entrepreneurs.

Photographer and Videographer

Abbie Boyd

Abbie is a student at the University of Wollongong completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Photography and minoring in Marketing Communications & Advertising and Graphic Design. She studied Bahasa Indonesia for her HSC and as a cross institutional subject at university.

Through her active involvement in AIYEP 2016/2017 (Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program) she gained a better understanding of the culture and relationship between Australia and Indonesian. During the program, Abbie completed a photography and journalism internship at Harian Fajar, a newspaper agency in Makassar, South Sulawesi Indonesia. Abbie currently works as a freelance photographer and a marketing assistant.

Since AIYEP, Abbie has become more passionate about the bilateral relationship between Australian and Indonesia. She wants to strengthen this repaul by bringing young people-to-people relationships of Australia and Indonesia closer together and to further cultural understanding between our two countries, especially through media communication.

Web and IT Officer

Sunan Widya Soendoro

Sunan discovered his talent for computers in primary school, and since then has pursued a career working with technology. He studied a Bachelor Degree at Mercubuana University majoring in Computer Science. Sunan also enjoys drawing.

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Maggie Yang currently works as a translator at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms in Jakarta. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and International Studies and minoring in Korean Language. She has completed a research internship at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, examining Indonesia’s contribution in global peace-building efforts, and has participated in several Model United Nations Conferences including in Australia and New York.

Keen to contribute to international affairs, Maggie believes that language (communication and dialogue) is key to sustaining strong and healthy relationships, be it people-to-people links or intergovernmental relationships.

Translator

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Kristel is a PhD Candidate at the School of Chemistry, The University of New South Wales. She moved to Sydney seven years ago, after completing her High School Certificate (HSC) in Jakarta. Kristel completed a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry with first class Honours in 2014 and then received an international student Postgraduate Scholarship from UNSW to continue her studies.

Kristel is interested in cross-cultural exchange between Australian and Indonesian students. As an undergraduate she was a member of PPIA and thoroughly enjoyed working with others to bring about events to promote Indonesia in the wider society.

Translator

Samantha Demitria

Samantha is a second-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Chemistry. She is working as a Red Cross volunteer and as a casual Math’s tutor. She enjoys reading about politics, travelling and trying different cuisines of the world. Prior to moving to Australia for university, she enjoyed translating different articles for school. She feels that Indonesia, being one of Australia’s closest neighbours, would benefit well if a mutually beneficial relationship is maintained through good communication. She hopes to foster greater interest by Australian towards Indonesian language and culture by participating in NAILA.

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Andry graduated from The London School of Public Relations – Jakarta majoring in Communication

and minoring in International Relations. He interned at the Embassy of Peru in Jakarta and learned the importance of bilateral relationships. The relationship between Australia and Indonesia is essential given their geographical proximity.

Andry is passionate about learning languages and translation. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia, English, Mandarin, German and a little bit of French. Andry hopes to contribute to strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship through his involvement in NAILA.

Translator

Ima Nurhalimah

Ima currently works as a freelance translator for various local agencies. She has extensive experience in the translation. She also works as a Field Reporter at Confirmis ASEAN and is currently in the training process.

Ima has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature at the State University of Malang. She was on the committee for English Month 2013 conducted by Legato, a student club in English Department. She is interested in studying international business and linguistics, and an interest in learning Swedish and Korean.

She has been part of various English speech and debate competitions ranging from regional to the provincial level. She hopes that one day she can use her skills to educate the younger generation and broaden their perspectives, especially those who have limited access to education and the Internet.

She hopes that by contributing to NAILA, she’ll improve the relationship between Australia-Indonesia. She also understands that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond.

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Indra is a graduate of English Department, Diponegoro University, Semarang, originally from Bandar Lampung. In the English Department, he studied translation for two years from basic to advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is taking IELTS course and preparing himself to apply for master degree scholarship. While studying IELTS, Indra is working as English teacher for children at an English course.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Berbagi Nasi Lampung and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Translator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Adhie is a final-year international relations student in Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Other than speaking fluent English, he also speaks intermediate Spanish due to his experience of studying in Universitat Jaume I, Spain in 2015.

He admits that he mostly learned English autodidactically through games and movies. In 2010, he and two of his friends founded a community that teaches English to children for fun, namely English Fun Club, because he believes that learning another language is very important and the learning process should be fun.

He has worked as a freelance translator since 2013. Now, he is the founder and CEO of a professional translation company named Transletin. Majoring in diplomacy concentration in his study, Adhie realises the importance of Indonesia – Australia relations. Through NAILA, Adhie wishes to use his skills and experiences to contribute for the goodness of Indonesia and Australia’s relations.

Translator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Wisnu Trianugeraha is finishing his Bachelor of Politics with a major in International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As one of the Indonesian representatives to go on a cultural exchange program funded by the BRIDGE Program in 2011, he has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since high school. His commitment to the bilateral relationship has given him the opportunity to study in Adelaide in 2014 through a scholarship scheme between Universitas Gadjah Mada and the University of Adelaide.

He is working part time at the moment as a staff member of his university’s Office of International Affairs while finishing his Bachelor thesis on Australia’s Public Diplomacy in Indonesia through international volunteering. He has also been very active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) since 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Yogyakarta Chapter.

Wisnu believes in the importance of people-to-people diplomacy between Australian and Indonesian youth as a strong base of the two countries’ mutual partnership and hopes that his contribution in NAILA can foster these relationships.

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Nurfitra Asa

Communications Coordinator

Maighdlin Doyle

Partnerships Coordinator

Heather Mofflin

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Programs Coordinator

Athalia Irwansjah

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Competitions Officer

Ellie Wallis

Grants Officer

David Sandbach

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Logistics Officer

Ella Kelly

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

University Engagement Officer

Jesse Mentha

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Translator

Jevelin Nathamia Wendiady

Translator

Jonathan Soerjoko

Translator

Ayu Risma

Indonesian Engagement Officer & Translator

Michael York

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Nurfitra Asa

Communications Coordinator

Maighdlin Doyle

Partnerships Coordinator

Heather Mofflin

Heather Mofflin is in her final year of a Master of International Relations degree at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of specialisation are in international security, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. Her interest in this region stemmed from studying in Vietnam during her Bachelor of Communications degree at RMIT University, and continued to grow after extensive travel throughout the region, culminating in a two-month development practicum in Jakarta this year. Heather hopes to share her passion for Indonesia with others, encouraging young Australians to build meaningful relationships with Indonesians to improve our bilateral relationship, and our understanding and appreciation of other cultures more generally.

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Ella currently works as the Engagement Officer at The Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University.

Ella completed her Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Political Sciences in International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She also worked at UGM as a Program Coordinator for the Office of International Affairs. In 2010, Ella was awarded a full scholarship from the Lotus Undergraduate Exchange Program – Erasmus Mundus and spent one semester studying in Sciences Po. Paris, France.

Having been educated and raised in Australia and Indonesia, Ella has always had an interest to develop bilateral relations between the two countries. Ella is particularly passionate about language education as she grew up being bilingual, speaking both English and Bahasa Indonesia at home.

Ella is an advocate for children’s rights. She has two years of experience in the development sector with Save the Children Australia. During this time she worked closely with immigrant and refugee children from Africa and the Middle East. She has also spent time working as a Teacher in Indonesia.

Programs Coordinator

Athalia Irwansjah

Athalia grew up in a bilingual environment with English and Indonesian. In this environment, she participated in a range of Indonesian cultural activities through school and the local Indonesian community. Athalia has completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Asian Studies (Korean) from the Australian National University. During this time, she took a year off to teach underprivileged students in rural South Korea via the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) program. In 2012, she went on a student exchange at Yonsei University, Seoul, thanks to scholarships from the Australia-Korea Foundation and Yonsei University. In 2014, Athalia received a scholarship from the ANU’s Korea Institute and commenced her Master of Arts (Asia-Pacific Studies).

Whilst studying, Athalia has undertaken an internship at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and was a Content Coordinator for ANU’s Asia Pacific Week conference in 2015. Last year, she began volunteering at the National Library of Australia, assisting with the Indonesian election ephemera collection. She currently works at the Australian Taxation Office and assists with international visits, secondments and translation work from Bahasa Indonesia to English. Earlier this year, Athalia became an Asia Literacy Ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation and participated in the Indonesian showcase at the National Multicultural Festival. In her role at NAILA, Athalia hopes to further contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship, promoting the importance of Indonesian language and culture for Australians.

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a Diploma of Indonesian at the University of Melbourne.

Michael’s experience thus far with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He was a recipient of the 2013 Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship, a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 VILTA oral competitions, and took part in a two-week intensive language course in Yogyakarta in January 2014. Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and was President of the Melbourne University Indonesian Students’ Language Association (ISLA) for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesian studies and fostering and promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship at all levels of society. He hopes to be able to advance young Australians’ understanding of Indonesia through his work with NAILA and AIYA.

Competitions Officer

Ellie Wallis

Ellie is a young entrepreneur and student of Asia-Pacific Studies and Law at the Australian National University. Majoring in Indonesian studies and language, in 2014 Ellie was awarded the ANU Ethel Tory Scholarship and was selected by the Indonesian government to represent Australia at the Open Governance Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Bali.

After spending a year working and travelling in remote Indonesia, Ellie developed a passion for sustainable tourism which led to her develop the Nusa Penida Tourist Information Centre as well as her own business, Penida Tours.

Ellie firmly believes that obtaining proficiency in Indonesian is essential to conducting business and building lasting relationships with our closest neighbours.

Grants Officer

David Sandbach

David is currently a Graduate with the Department of Defence. He has completed a Juris Doctor at Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Melbourne. After studying Indonesian in high school, Indonesian history and politics is an area David has wanted to learn more about. For his history honors thesis David investigated how Australian soldiers remembered their experiences of the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation and how this compared with the public memory of the conflict. He travelled to Indonesia and Malaysia to find primary sources presenting the Indonesian and Malaysian viewpoint.

Promoting the Australia-Indonesia friendship is an area of particular interest for David. He hopes that his participation in NAILA will assist in fostering greater interest in Indonesian language and culture.

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Hafidh is a recipient of Australian Award Scholarship and currently studying a Master of Management (Accounting and Finance) at University of Melbourne. He holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada. He has eight years’ experience working in auditing including three years at as a Senior Associate in Assurances at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and five years working for SKK Migas a state-owned legal entity which controls upstream oil and gas activities and manages contractors operating in Indonesia such as Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Hafidh believes that a healthy relationship between two neighbouring countries, Australia and Indonesia, is key to regional stability. The relationship can be developed through people-to-people links. He hopes to contribute to building a greater understanding by participating in NAILA.

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Stephen is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen is passionate about community development through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. In his opinion, an integral aspect of such cultural exchange is language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and, by extension, AIYA (Australian Indonesian Youth Association), is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations, particularly on a grassroots level. Stephen is glad that the opportunity has presented itself for him to be involved in both organisations. Stephen himself likes learning languages and speaks, in varying levels of proficiency, Sundanese, Indonesian, English, Mandarin, German, and French.

Stephen is also active in the international student sector of the City of Melbourne, through his involvement with the Australian Federation of International Students. He is humbled to have been selected as one of the advisors for Longerenong College to attract international students to rural Victoria.

Logistics Officer

Ella Kelly

Ella is currently completing a double degree in Arts / Law majoring in Indonesian langauge at the Australian National University. Her interest in Indonesia began during her high school years and further developed in 2014 as a result of her participation in an intensive Indonesian language course taught in Salatiga. Since then Ella has conducted anthropological field work in Rote and participated in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in West Kalimantan over the summer of 2015-16. Ella aspires to inspire young students to continue their language studies by sharing her personal experiences of learning Indonesian as well as explaining the unique opportunities that language studies present.

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

Eleanor has studied Indonesian since high school and through her tertiary studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, which she completed in 2015.

Promoting the importance of language study for strengthening people-to-people links and for personal development is of particular interest to Eleanor. She would love to see higher levels of engagement of Australian students in Indonesian language study, at both school and tertiary levels. As a recipient of a Walter Mangold Scholarship in 2014-15 she has spoken to school and university groups about the many benefits of language study.

Eleanor currently works at the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources in the International Education Unit.

University Engagement Officer

Jesse Mentha

Jesse is a recent graduate of a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from La Trobe University, minoring in Indonesian language studies. His interest in Indonesia matured throughout his degree, and now frequently travels for study and leisure.

Jesse has a strong interest in working towards driving social change and transforming the habitual conversation surrounding how Australians consider our relationship with Indonesia. Jesse is passionate about breaking down the common misconceptions by encouraging more Australians to understand and appreciate our cultural diversity.

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Maggie Yang currently works as a translator at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms in Jakarta. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and International Studies and minoring in Korean Language. She has completed a research internship at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, examining Indonesia’s contribution in global peace-building efforts, and has participated in several Model United Nations Conferences including in Australia and New York.

Keen to contribute to international affairs, Maggie believes that language (communication and dialogue) is key to sustaining strong and healthy relationships, be it people-to-people links or intergovernmental relationships.

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Sunny is completing a Master of Translating and Interpreting degree at RMIT University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, and Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia.

Having grown up bilingual in Indonesia, and moving to Perth at age 14, Sunny was greatly disappointed when she faced several barriers to maintain her Indonesian studies once in Australia. She studied Indonesian through distance education in high school, and at university spent a semester in Yogyakarta through the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. She later moved to Melbourne to pursue further studies in Indonesian. Sunny hopes that through her involvement with NAILA she can contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship through encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Translator

Jevelin Nathamia Wendiady

Jevelin is an awardee of the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education Scholarship (LPDP) and in her first year of a Master in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Atma Jaya Catholic University.

After completing her bachelor’s degree, she gained her experience in teaching Indonesian language for foreigners at Language Center, Atma Jaya Catholic University. She taught Indonesian language to foreign diplomats, exchange students, ACICIS participants, international companies and foreign media outlets. Before moving to Melbourne, she worked in Development Policy and Disaster Management in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Embassy, Jakarta and involved in several programs related to Indonesia Australia bilateral relationship.

Her passion is teaching Indonesian language for foreigners and the Indonesia-Australia bilateral relationship. She believes language is a soft power to strengthen people-to-people links.

Translator

Jonathan Soerjoko

Jonathan is in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts double degree at the University of Sydney. Jonathan has a broad range of interests in his studies, with majors in Accounting, Indonesian Studies and Philosophy. Although originally from Jakarta, his active interest in Indonesia only began during his time at university where he first became involved with AIYA.

Recently he undertook the 2016 Jakarta Business Professional Practicum by ACICIS and this experience gave him a useful perspective into the realities of the Australia-Indonesia relationship, particularly from the perspective of business. Jonathan believes that Australia’s Indonesia ‘capabilities’ need to be improved, namely on the level of education and leadership within the realms of government and business. Jonathan aims to work in Indonesia for his early career and hopes to establish further roots within the country with more exchange experiences.

All of Jonathan’s experiences have led to his interest in NAILA. Through NAILA Jonathan wishes to promote study of the language and region, on top of developing his own personal proficiency.

Translator

Ayu Risma

Ayu teaches traditional and contemporary dance at ‘CHANTIQA’ Art Institution in Mataram, Lombok. This year, she is completing a bachelor degree at the English Department of Mataram University, while research assisting for an American PhD student. In 2015, she was the 3rd runner-up for the China-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. She is currently working as a Ballet Dance instructor in ‘Tunas Daud,’ a Christian Kindergarten school in Mataram.

Ayu’s academic background in English language teaching has led to the establishment of the first bilingual art institution in the region. At the institution Ayu aims to design a more effective language-learning environment by combining language, culture and art.

Indonesian Engagement Officer & Translator

Michael York

Michael is a post-graduate student at the Australian National University and since 2013 has spent over three years, living, working and studying in Indonesia. He holds a Bachelor degree in politics and security sciences from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, and a Master’s degree in politics and international relations from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. In 2015, Michael was awarded an Endeavor scholarship from the Australian Government and worked for an Indonesian political organisation on human rights, security and democratic development issues. Michael has a passion for Indonesian language and culture, has experience in language translation through the Himpunan Penerjemah Indonesia (Association of Indonesian Translators) based in Jakarta. Michael believes fervently in the importance of Indonesia in Australia and acknowledges the significant role of language, culture and youth exchange in building a bilateral relationship which will enable the two counties to reach their potential in providing economic, social and cultural benefits for the future. Michael has been involved in many Indonesian initiatives and enjoys every opportunity to engage across the breath of this diverse, vibrant, dynamic and developing relationship.

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Inaugural Committee Member

Aris Huang

Inaugural Committee Member

Ben Davis

Inaugural Committee Member

Daniel Peterson

Inaugural Committee Member

Emma Clark

Inaugural Committee Member

Ellie Wallis

Inaugural Committee Member

Elizabeth Nugraha

Inaugural Committee Member

Heather Mofflin

Inaugural Committee Member

Kirrilly McKenzie

Inaugural Committee Member

Maighdlin Doyle

Inaugural Committee Member

Maggie Yang

Inaugural Committee Member

Michael Anderson

Inaugural Committee Member

Nurfitra Asa

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Inaugural Committee Member

Aris Huang

Inaugural Committee Member

Ben Davis

Inaugural Committee Member

Daniel Peterson

Inaugural Committee Member

Emma Clark

Inaugural Committee Member

Ellie Wallis

Inaugural Committee Member

Elizabeth Nugraha

Inaugural Committee Member

Heather Mofflin

Inaugural Committee Member

Kirrilly McKenzie

Inaugural Committee Member

Maighdlin Doyle

Inaugural Committee Member

Maggie Yang

Inaugural Committee Member

Michael Anderson

Inaugural Committee Member

Nurfitra Asa

2020
Co-Director

Sheila Hie

Co-Director

Melanie Kilby

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Finance Coordinator

Minh Bui

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Adeline Tinessia

Creative and IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Language Team Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugeraha

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Co-Director

Sheila Hie

Sheila grew up in Jakarta before arriving in Brisbane to study in 2011. Her love of Indonesia is and will always be part of her, and became the main reason for her involvement in NAILA and AIYA. Sheila is the founder of AIYA Queensland Chapter and served as AIYA’s National Treasurer between 2015-2019. 

Sheila thoroughly believes that language is a key to a successful relationship. She also believes that Indonesia is truly the land of opportunities. These two factors emphasise the importance of learning Indonesian language for Australians and NAILA aims to spread this message across Australia.

Sheila enjoys making Indonesian traditional desserts in her free time. Professionally, she currently works as a Senior Manager in their Trade Portfolio Management team within the Institutional Banking division of ANZ Banking Group.

Co-Director

Melanie Kilby

Melanie has engaged in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship for over fifteen years and continues to learn Indonesian today. Her passion for Indonesian language and culture began in high school and continued through to university, where she completed an Honours degree in Indonesian Studies. Melanie is the Secretary on the board of AIYA and currently works at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Melanie believes that language learning is a key tool in the development of strong Australia-Indonesia relations. She considers NAILA to be a vital platform for both promoting language learning and connecting future leaders in the relationship, and is excited to contribute her efforts to the competition.

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a BA(Hons) at the University of Melbourne, writing his thesis on the intersection between Chinese Indonesian religious and political developments. He also works in administration at the Australia Indonesia Business Council.

Michael has previously interned with YCAB Foundation, an Indonesian not-for-profit and social enterprise specialising in microfinance and education, and has completed short courses at Udayana University, Denpasar and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He was president of the Melbourne University Indonesian Studies and Language Association for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesia, with particular interests in the fields of history, religion, literature and bilateral business/finance. He has volunteered for NAILA since 2015 and began coordinating partnerships in 2018.

Finance Coordinator

Minh Bui

Minh is an undergraduate student in the School of Economics, University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Young Researcher Scholarship (YRS) instituted by the Social Science and Humanities Research Association (SSHRA). Under this scholarship, he presented his research paper “Neoclassical and Classical perspectives on Competition in the Australian banking sector” at the VIth International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language & Psychology (ICBELLP) in Jakarta. He is also a recipient of a mobility grant under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan (NCP), where he undertook a semester exchange at Universitas Indonesia in the second half of 2018.

Minh is currently undertaking another semester exchange at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Minh has represented Australia as a delegate at the 8th Australia-China Emerging Leader’s Summit (ACELS8), held in Shanghai, China, on the theme of Sino-Australian trade, the challenges surrounding it, and the future trajectory of the Chinese economy.

He has also been very active in AIYA since 2018. Minh believes that an in-depth understanding of Indonesian language and culture are cornerstones for stronger cultural and trade relations between Australia and Indonesia. It is Minh’s hope that his contribution to NAILA can help Australians of all ages to undertake study of Indonesian language and culture.

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Jade is completing a double degree in Business and Arts, majoring in Economics and Indonesian. She hopes to finish her degree in 2020 by completing an ACICIS Semester Program in Yogyakarta.

She is the Sociocultural Officer for AIYA Yogyakarta and presently interns with the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC), which aims to strengthen business ties between Australia and Indonesia. Throughout 2019, Jade has organised cultural events that aim to encourage high school students to continue with their Indonesian language studies.

Since encountering Indonesian studies in high school, Jade’s passion to support the Australia-Indonesia relationship has continually expanded. She has participated in two ACICIS programs, including an intensive language learning program in Salatiga, Java, as well as the Business Professional Practicum in Jakarta. During her time in Jakarta in early 2019, she interned at Hill & Associates, a security risk firm active throughout South-East Asia. She also attended several AIYA Jakarta and professional networking events.

As she progresses through her degree and career, Jade hopes to be involved in the kind of work that is meaningful, significant and purposeful for both Australia and Indonesia.

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

As an Indonesian living in Australia, Levina is aware of the potential benefits of a strong bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia, as well as the shared interests and challenges. Joining AIYA has been a way of contributing to and strengthening the relationship and being a bridge between two countries. This is her second year as Engagement Coordinator for NAILA, and she also serves as AIYA QLD Chapter President.

Levina believes that language is a powerful tool that should be utilised to comprehend different cultures. NAILA’s goal to improve the study of Indonesian language in Australia fits her vision to enhance partnerships and networking between the two countries by encouraging communication and meaningful connections.

Levina holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada, and finished her Masters degree at UQ and Kaplan Business School. She is currently based in Brisbane and works as a financial analyst in a global credit ratings company.

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Rebekah is a recent Law and International Studies graduate, majoring in Indonesian at Deakin University. Her love for Indonesia extends back to 2013, where she participated in the Indonesian Australian Association’s six-week high-school exchange to Bandung. Since then she has completed a language intensive at Universitas Negeri Padang and interned with the Victorian Trade and Investment Office in Jakarta. She is excited to join NAILA and advance Indonesian language studies across Australia.

Media and Communications Co-Coordinator

Adeline Tinessia

Ade is currently pursuing an Honours degree in International Security Studies from the Australian National University focusing on health security and Indonesia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She lived in Indonesia until the end of primary school before moving to Canberra where she has lived for the past 10 years.

Ade’s interest is in non-traditional security in Southeast Asia and in particular the role of non-government organisations. She has interned at a women’s rights organisation in Singapore before returning on exchange to Yale-NUS with a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship. She then interned at the Human Rights Working Group in Jakarta conducting field research on refugees in Jakarta. She has also interned at the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Ade has been involved in AIYA in ACT since 2017 and is the AIYA Links Officer. She is passionate about exploring the grassroots bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia and improving each other’s cultural understanding. She believes the study of Indonesian language in Australia is an integral part of improving the bilateral relations and NAILA is an important aspect in the encouragement to study Indonesian.

Creative and IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan is a freelance writer and reviewer living on the lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people. He is an Arts (Honours) graduate in foreign languages and creative writing, and his thesis examined the transgressive attitudes of young writers in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara. Lachlan is a New Colombo Plan Scholar and an alumnus of AIYEP, ACICIS and RUILI, and has volunteered extensively for organisations such as CAUSINDY and AIYA at national and chapter levels. A highlight of his NAILA involvement has been sharing in the passion for language learning and observing the valuable connections forged between awardees, their families, NAILA committee members and judges.

Language Team Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugeraha

Wisnu has a BA in International Relations, specialising in International Political Economy and Development Studies, and Australian Studies, from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since 2011 and is currently the Operations Officer (Indonesia) for AIYA National. He 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.

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Agus graduated from the English Department of Syiah Kuala University in Aceh. He currently works as a freelance English tutor, interpreter and translator. He has obtained extensive experience in teaching English since 2012 for numerous educational organisations both private and state. In the following year, he upgraded his skills in the field of translation as well as interpreting. As a result, he was involved in a variety of projects with both local and international institutions such as Green Doctor from South Korea in 2015 and the International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS) from 2014 to 2017.

Agus has been an active member of the Office of International Affairs of Syiah Kuala University since 2015. He also participated in a student exchange program at the prestigious Scotch College in Perth, Western Australia in 2007. Spending a four-week experience in Australia made him realise how much Indonesia and Australia share mutual interests in improving prosperity for both countries.

Agus realises that language plays a paramount role in reinforcing the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia. Thus, he hopes joining NAILA as a Language Officer will provide him with an opportunity to have direct access to promoting the Indonesian language in Australia.

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Darcy is currently completing a Master of Teaching (Indonesian) after recently graduating from a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Informatics alongside a Diploma of Indonesian Language at the University of Melbourne.

Since beginning Indonesian language studies in primary school, Darcy has developed a keen interest in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Darcy is an avid participant in AIYA and has spent time volunteering with both the Victoria and Yogyakarta chapters. He is also a member of the Krakatoas football club, a team made up of Indonesians living in Australia, and Australians with a strong connection to Indonesia.

He has completed a semester abroad through ACICIS at Universitas Gadjah Mada for his Diploma of Languages. He has also spent time studying at Universtias Udayana. Looking towards the future as he completes his degree, Darcy wishes to further involve himself in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Hillari earned her BSc in Public Health with a focus on Public Health Nutrition from Universitas Diponegoro. During her time as a student, she actively engaged in student organizations and became a research assistant. Currently she is assisting patient safety and quality committee at a hospital and freelancing as a translator.

Having a passion for community development, Hillari encourages herself to be involved in community services. Hillari has been involved in numerous volunteer and field work activities across Java. She is an active volunteer for Leprosy Care Community and previously volunteered for Nganget International Work Camp (NIWC) in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, she was the Indonesian delegate for the World Village Conference.

Hillai is also interested in research, project management and language learning. Hillari realises that not only are languages beneficial in communicating and connecting, but they can also help foster bilateral relationships. Through NAILA she hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

Indra is studying a Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia. He is originally from Bandar Lampung. Prior to his Master Degree, he studied at English Department, Diponegoro University in Semarang where he studied translation for two years from a basic to an advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is starting a translation service business in his hometown.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Earth Hour Bandar Lampung, Berbagi Nasi Lampung, and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Joey completed his Master degree in Asia-Pacific Studies at ANU in 2017 with an Endeavour Scholarship from the Australian Department of Education and Training. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) in Tangerang, Indonesia.

While studying in Australia, Joey acted as Delegates Coordinator at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Week committee. He also had the opportunity to tutor an Australian friend who was taking a university Indonesian course. Through the tutoring experience, he became interested in teaching Indonesian as a way of connecting Indonesians and Australians. He hopes by being a part of NAILA, he will be able to use the platform to improve Australia-Indonesia relations by promoting the language and Indonesia’s diverse cultures to Australians. He believes that by teaching Indonesian to Australians, Australians will be one step closer to understanding Indonesia as its closest neighbour.

Joey currently works in Bangkok in the business operations field. His interests are world geography, languages, traveling, and watching Youtube & Netflix.

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Based in Melbourne, Laura works in business development as a tender writer for a national NGO that works to combat homelessness and disadvantage across Australia. Alongside this, she is also currently undertaking a Master of Translation and Interpreting (Indonesian>English) at RMIT. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Languages (Indonesian) from the University of Melbourne, and during her undergraduate studies undertook a semester abroad at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta through the ACICIS program in 2012.

Her experience abroad, her interest in contemporary Asia issues and Australia’s engagement with Indonesia have motivated her to become part of the community dedicated to strengthening the bilateral relationship. Laura is a member of AIYA (acting as Treasurer of the Victoria Chapter in 2016), and is a dancer for Sanggar Lestari Melbourne, an Indonesian dance and theatre group. Though Sanggar Lestari, Laura has made lifelong friends and developed a strong understanding of how Indonesian culture is expressed through music and dance. Key highlights include dancing at her friend’s wedding in Yogyakarta, and traveling to Indonesia with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism – Wonderful Indonesia, for a week of cultural immersion activities.  

Through her experiences, Laura feels positive about the future of the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Laura hopes to see continued and long-term investment in language learning, which she sees as being a key part of the future success for our two county’s bilateral relations.

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Lolita received her BA in English Literature from Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta. Interested in learning English since young age, she is passionate about teaching English as foreign language and teaching Indonesian to foreign speakers.

Previously, Lolita worked as an English tutor, including for an Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course for foreign students at her university’s language centre. Beside teaching, Lolita also loves to learn foreign languages. In 2018, she was awarded a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and recently completed her study at the Mandarin Training Center run by the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

Lolita has a high appreciation for anyone who is willing to learn and develop themselves. She believes that a strong and lifelong relationship between Indonesia and Australia is in the hands of youth, a belief which motivated her to volunteer for NAILA as a Language Officer.

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Siti currently works as a data analyst and scientist. In her spare time, she works as a freelance translator for local and international agencies. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature from the State University of Malang. She is interested in studying data science, AI, machine learning, programming languages, and linguistics as well as baking as a side hobby. She thinks that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond in the long term.

2019
Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Sheila Hie

Director

Melanie Kilby

Past Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Outgoing Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Incoming Creative & IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian Tedja

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

Media & Communications Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Finance Officer

Meta Azalia

Finance Officer

Minh Bui

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Partnerships Officer

Wilson Chandra

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Language Officer

Anggi Nurqonita

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

2019_Team_Jack-Johnstone
Language Officer

Jack Johnstone

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Language Officer

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Sheila Hie

Sheila grew up in Jakarta before arriving in Australia to study in 2011. Her love of Indonesia is and will always be part of her, and became the reason for her involvement in both AIYA and NAILA.

Sheila thoroughly believes that language is an important aspect of building a relationship. She also believes that Indonesia is truly the land of opportunities. These two factors emphasise the importance of learning Indonesian language and NAILA aims to spread this message across Australia.

Professionally, she currently works for ANZ Banking Group as a Senior Manager in their Trade and Supply Chain Finance division.

Sheila had the privilege of attending the NAILA Awards Night in 2018, where she was deeply touched by the experience and thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people passionate about the Indonesian language. She is excited to contribute to another successful year of NAILA.

Director

Melanie Kilby

Melanie has engaged in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship for over fifteen years and continues to learn Indonesian today. Her passion for Indonesian language and culture began in high school and continued through to university, where she completed an Honours degree in Indonesian Studies. Melanie is the Secretary on the board of AIYA and currently works at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Melanie believes that language learning is a key tool in the development of strong Australia-Indonesia relations. She considers NAILA to be a vital platform for both promoting language learning and connecting future leaders in the relationship, and is excited to contribute her efforts to the competition.

Past Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Maighdlin is a public servant. She recently completed a year-long assignment as an Australian Volunteer for International Development working as a Communications Consultant at The Asia Foundation’s Jakarta Office.

Maighdlin holds a double degree in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies (Honours), with majors in Indonesian Language and Indonesian Studies, from the Australian National University. In 2015, Maighdlin completed a semester-long exchange program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2015-2016, she was the ACT Chapter President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association.

Outgoing Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as Stakeholder Relations and Internships Manager. Beside NAILA, he was previously active in AIYA’s Victoria Chapter as the Creative Officer in 2014-2015. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Prior to joining ACICIS, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Based in Yogyakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts. Asa was an integral part of NAILA’s development in its inaugural year and looks forward to growing NAILA in subsequent years.

Incoming Creative & IT Coordinator

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan is a writer and editor with experience in interpreting, social media management and partnerships. He is an Arts (Honours) graduate in Indonesian language and literature, completed via exchange in Java and West Nusa Tenggara. Lachlan is a New Colombo Plan Scholar 2016, an alumnus of both RUILI and ACICIS, and was chosen as a participant in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2018-2019. He has dedicated much of recent years volunteering for AIYA chapters in Queensland and Yogyakarta. A highlight of his involvement in NAILA has been sharing in the passion for language learning and observing the forging of valuable connections between awardees and their families, team members and judges.

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian Tedja

Stephen recently completed his Australian education and currently works for retail and ecommerce as an accountant.

Stephen is passionate about community development through P2P cultural exchange and language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and AIYA is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations. This has driven Stephen to be involved extensively in the Australia-Indonesia sphere since he arrived in Australia.

Stephen has been involved with NAILA’s Finance portfolio since 2016. He is also the former AIYA Victoria Chapter President (2017/2018).

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a BA(Hons) at the University of Melbourne, writing his thesis on the intersection between Chinese Indonesian religious and political developments. He also works in administration at the Australia Indonesia Business Council.

Michael has previously interned with YCAB Foundation, an Indonesian not-for-profit and social enterprise specialising in microfinance and education, and has completed short courses at Udayana University, Denpasar and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He was president of the Melbourne University Indonesian Studies and Language Association for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesia, with particular interests in the fields of history, religion, literature and bilateral business/finance. He has volunteered for NAILA since 2015 and began coordinating partnerships in 2018.

Programs Coordinator

Jade Lee

Jade is completing a double degree in Business and Arts, majoring in Economics and Indonesian. She hopes to finish her degree in 2020 by completing an ACICIS Semester Program in Yogyakarta.

She is the Secretary for AIYA Victoria and presently interns with the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC), which aims to strengthen business ties between Australia and Indonesia. Throughout 2019, Jade has organised cultural events that aim to encourage high school students to continue with their Indonesian language studies.

Since encountering Indonesian studies in high school, Jade’s passion to support the Australia-Indonesia relationship has continually expanded. She has participated in two ACICIS programs, including an intensive language learning program in Salatiga, Java, as well as the Business Professional Practicum in Jakarta. During her time in Jakarta in early 2019, she interned at Hill & Associates, a security risk firm active throughout South-East Asia. She also attended several AIYA Jakarta and professional networking events.

As she progresses through her degree and career, Jade hopes to be involved in the kind of work that is meaningful, significant and purposeful for both Australia and Indonesia.

Engagement Coordinator

Levina Risdya

As an Indonesian who lives in Australia, Levina is aware of the potential benefits that could grow from a strong bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia, as well as the shared interests and challenges. Joining AIYA has been one of her ways of contributing to strengthen the relationship and being a bridge between the two countries. She began as AIYA National’s Finance Officer in 2017 and this year joined the NAILA committee as Engagement Coordinator.

Levina believes that language is a powerful tool that should be utilised to comprehend different cultures. NAILA’s goal to improve the study of Indonesian language in Australia fits her vision to enhance partnerships and networking between the two countries by encouraging communication and meaningful connections.

Levina holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from UGM and received her Masters degree in finance from UQ. Having just finished her MBA, she currently works as a financial controller for a franchising company in East Brisbane.

Media & Communications Coordinator

Rebekah de Keijzer

Rebekah is a fifth year Law and International Studies student, majoring in Indonesian at Deakin University. Her love for Indonesia extends back to 2013, where she participated in the Indonesian Australian Association’s six-week high-school exchange to Bandung. Since then she has completed a language intensive at Universitas Negeri Padang and interned with the Victorian Trade and Investment Office in Jakarta. She is excited to join NAILA and advance Indonesian language studies across Australia.

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Adhie is a certified translator of Indonesia and English. He is the CEO of a professional translation startup company named Transletin, leading hundreds of translators in Indonesia.

He believes that language is very important and the learning process should be fun. He co-founded English Fun Club, a community that teaches English to thousands of children in Indonesia.

He has a BA in international relations from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. Having majored in diplomacy, he understands the importance of Indonesia-Australia relations. With international relations as his academic background and translation as his professional expertise, Adhie has found that NAILA is the best place for him to accommodate his passions.

Language Team Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Wisnu has a BA in International Relations, majoring in International Political Economy and Development Studies and Australian Studies, from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. He has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since 2011 and is currently the Communications Officer for AIYA Jakarta.

He previously worked in the Office of International Affairs at Universitas Gadjah Mada as Program Coordinator overseeing partnership agreements in North and South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, he has worked as a Communications Officer at Neliti, an Australian-based company digitising Indonesian researches, and is currently freelancing as a translator.

Wisnu believes in the importance of people-to-people diplomacy between Australian and Indonesian youth as a strong base of the countries’ mutual partnership and hopes that his contribution to NAILA can foster these relationships.

Finance Officer

Meta Azalia

Meta is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce at Griffith University in Queensland, majoring in accounting. She loves to learn and develop her analytical thinking and creativity. Beside accounting and finance, she is also interested in business and data. During her studies, she worked as a Business Development Intern at Garuda Indonesia Airlines and an Accounting and Finance Intern at Elnusa Petrofin. Outside her academic and work life, she is active in a running community called IndoRunners, and various other sports communities.

As she is passionate about Indonesian traditional dance and the diverse ethnicity of Indonesia, she enjoys promoting the country to everyone, especially her friends in Australia. She believes Australia and Indonesia have much potential to empower a strong relationship and collaboration between them. The bilateral relationship has inspired her to become actively involved in several relevant organisations. She is part of AIYA’s Queensland Chapter and is a volunteer for Balai Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia- Queensland (BBIQ).

In order to advance her contribution to Indonesian language and culture, to meet new faces of inspiring people, and to advance her accounting and finance knowledge and skills, she is pleased to join NAILA in 2019 as a Finance Officer.

Finance Officer

Minh Bui

Minh is an undergraduate student in the School of Economics, University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Young Researcher Scholarship (YRS) instituted by the Social Science and Humanities Research Association (SSHRA). Under this scholarship, he presented his research paper “Neoclassical and Classical perspectives on Competition in the Australian banking sector” at the VIth International Conference on Business, Economics, Law, Language & Psychology (ICBELLP) in Jakarta. He is also a recipient of a mobility grant under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan (NCP), where he undertook a semester exchange at Universitas Indonesia in the second half of 2018. 

Minh is currently undertaking another semester exchange at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Minh has represented Australia as a delegate at the 8th Australia-China Emerging Leader’s Summit (ACELS8), held in Shanghai, China, on the theme of Sino-Australian trade, the challenges surrounding it, and the future trajectory of the Chinese economy.

He has also been very active in AIYA since 2018. Minh believes that an in-depth understanding of Indonesian language and culture are cornerstones for stronger cultural and trade relations between Australia and Indonesia. It is Minh’s hope that his contribution to NAILA can help Australians of all ages to undertake study of Indonesian language and culture.

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Hakim currently works as a Student Leader at the Graduate Student Learning Hub in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Hakim is a student at Monash University completing a Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) through LPDP Scholarship (Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education) scheme. He holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in English Education from IAIN Salatiga (State Institute of Islamic Studies), which he completed in 2015. Hakim was a member of the International Class Program and worked as an assistant lecturer while he completed his undergraduate study. As a postgraduate student, Hakim actively engages in the Campus Community Division as an International Student Ambassador. He is also involved in the Melbourne-based Krakatoas, a football community club.

Hakim is passionate about language education. He believes education and language study can strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Partnerships Officer

Wilson Chandra

Wilson graduated from Binus University in 2017 with a double degree in Information Systems and Industrial Engineering. He began his career as a Management Trainee at Danone Indonesia, during which time he was assigned to the Sales Strategic and Planning Department. As a Project Manager, he handled projects across Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Sumatra. The projects were concerned with sales intelligence, route to market and business development, and worked to drive profit for Danone Indonesia and distributor businesses.

Experienced handling different challenging project, already create my capability to have managerial mindset such as negotiation,  communication, critical, dynamic and opportunities thinking. This success meant he graduated from Danone’s Management Trainee Program with honours, and he continued his journey at Danone in a permanent role as Assistant Manager Associate, Business Development, Channel and Category Strategy for Sumatra, Jakarta, and West Java.

While at university, Wilson participated in activities both academic (study case competition, laboratory assistant) and non-academic (youth organisation, student exchange), and was awarded scholarships from the Asia-Europe Foundation and South Korea’s Duksung University. Wilson believes learning something new and sharing in something great improves one’s self-development, an opportunity which he sees in NAILA. His interest in people-to-people networking, project management and multicultural partnerships motivates him to further collaboration between Indonesian and Australian youth.

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Danica is a final year student at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Political Science. In 2016, she was a delegate for a leadership program in Youth Excursion Japan 2016 “History of The Nation and Technologies for Future Generations in The World.”

Having a passion for art, Danica works as a freelance editor and graphic designer. She is currently a General Manager in Information and Technology Department at Association of Business Administration Students Padjadjaran University. She is also the Head of Media in Advocacy Department in her faculty organization.

Danica loves travelling around Indonesia and overseas. She also has an interest in studying other cultures and building relationships. Through NAILA Danica hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Destania graduated from Parahyangan Catholic University with a Bachelor of Political Science. She enjoys being actively involved in volunteer activities that support youth leadership. She also loves to work with children and started a project to teach child prisoners in Bandung for two years. Destania believes in the value of “living beyond ourselves,” that life is not always about yourself but also others. Working for UNICEF is one of her dreams.

Destania’s involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from involvement in a youth leadership homestay program in Australia by Gerakan Mari Berbagi in 2016, as well as her prior experience working at Australia Awards in Indonesia.

By volunteering with NAILA, Destania is excited by the prospects of future collaboration between Australia and Indonesian youth.

Language Officer

Agus Firman

Agus is an alumnus of the English Department of Syiah Kuala University in Aceh. He currently works as a freelance English tutor, interpreter, and translator. He has been teaching English since 2012 for both private and state schools, including private courses. In 2013, he focused on enhancing his skills in translation and interpreting, and has since worked in a variety of local and international institutions such as Green Doctor from South Korea in 2015 and the International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS) from 2014 to 2017.

Agus is an active volunteer at the Office of International Affairs at Syiah Kuala University where he plays a role in organising numerous international and local events conducted by the institution. Previously, Agus had a chance to participate in a student exchange program at Scotch College in Perth in 2007. The four-week experience made him realize how much Indonesia and Australia shares a mutual interest in improving the prosperity of both countries.

Agus realises that language plays a paramount role in reinforcing the bilateral relationship. Thus, he hopes joining NAILA as a translator will provide him an opportunity to have direct access to promoting the Indonesian language in Australia.

Language Officer

Anggi Nurqonita

Anggi obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Universitas Indonesia, with a major in Eastern European Literature. She is passionate about journalism and foreign languages and keen on fostering the Australia and Indonesia relationship.

In addition to acting as a Social Media Officer for AIYA National, Anggi is currently the Supervisor of the Film Department at SAE Education in Jakarta. She believes having the ability to speak foreign languages is one of the essential methods of fostering diplomatic relations. Her interest in foreign languages motivated her to participate in and emerge as the 1st Winner of the UNESCO Multimedia Contest 2018. Anggi hopes by taking part in NAILA as a Language Officer, she can contribute to supporting the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Darcy Murphy

Darcy is currently completing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Informatics alongside a Diploma of Indonesian Language at the University of Melbourne.

Since beginning Indonesian language studies in Primary school, Darcy has developed a keen interest in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Darcy is an avid participant in AIYA and has spent time volunteering with both the Victoria and Yogyakarta chapters. He is also a member of the Krakatoas football club, a team made up of Indonesians living in Australia and Australians with a strong connection to Indonesia.

He has completed a semester abroad through ACICIS at Universitas Gadjah Mada completing his Diploma of Languages. He has also spent time studying at Universtias Udayana.

Looking towards the future as he completes his degree, Darcy wishes to further involve himself in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Hillari Dita

Hillari earned her BSc in Public Health with a focus on Public Health Nutrition from Universitas Diponegoro. During her time as a student, she actively engaged in student organizations and became a research assistant. Currently she is assisting patient safety and quality committee at a hospital and freelancing as a translator.

Having a passion for community development, Hillari encourages herself to be involved in community services. Hillari has been involved in numerous volunteer and field work activities across Java. She is an active volunteer for Leprosy Care Community and previously volunteered for Nganget International Work Camp (NIWC) in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, she was the Indonesian delegate for the World Village Conference.

Hillai is also interested in research, project management and language learning. Hillari realises that not only are languages beneficial in communicating and connecting, but they can also help foster bilateral relationships. Through NAILA she hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Language Officer

Indra Pujianto

Indra is studying a Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia. He is originally from Bandar Lampung. Prior to his Master Degree, he studied at English Department, Diponegoro University in Semarang where he studied translation for two years from a basic to an advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is starting a translation service business in his hometown.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Earth Hour Bandar Lampung, Berbagi Nasi Lampung, and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Language Officer

Jack Johnstone

Jack is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Interpreting and Translation Studies at Monash University, specialising in Indonesian. He graduated this year with a Bachelor degree in Global Studies, majoring in Indonesian, from Monash University.

Other than his native English language, Jack speaks fluent Indonesian and Malay as well as conversational German. He had the opportunity to study as an ACICIS student under the New Colombo Plan at Gadjah Mada University, where he studied Javanese culture and history, Indonesian history and general literature with local Indonesian students, as well as improved his Indonesian with INCULS (Indonesian Language Program for International Students).

Jack was inspired to learn Indonesian in high school because of his mum, who is a Malaysian Chinese from Penang, as well as the similarities between Indonesian and Malaysian. He travels regularly around Asia, especially back to Penang to visit his family and relatives and be immersed in the culture.

Jack has been a private Indonesian tutor for the past four years. He tutors different age groups from children to adults. He has found tutoring Indonesian a passion as he loves meeting new people and sharing knowledge of Indonesia and its language.

Jack believes that there is a vital need to create awareness of the growing importance of Indonesia to Australia. This is not only through the geographical closeness but also due to both nations sharing similar understanding and economic opportunities via trade, finance and investment. As one of the Language Officers at NAILA in 2019, he is excited to open doors in the future to live and work in Indonesia as a translator and contribute to the prosperity of the Australian-Indonesian relationship.

Language Officer

Joey Gildas

Joey completed his Master degree in Asia-Pacific Studies at ANU in 2017 with an Endeavour Scholarship from the Australian Department of Education and Training. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) in Tangerang, Indonesia.

While studying in Australia, Joey acted as Delegates Coordinator at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Week committee. He also had the opportunity to tutor an Australian friend who was taking a university Indonesian course. Through the tutoring experience, he became interested in teaching Indonesian as a way of connecting Indonesians and Australians. He hopes by being a part of NAILA, he will be able to use the platform to improve Australia-Indonesia relations by promoting the language and Indonesia’s diverse cultures to Australians. He believes that by teaching Indonesian to Australians, Australians will be one step closer to understanding Indonesia as its closest neighbour.

Joey currently works in Bangkok in the field of client service. His interests are geography, language, travel and YouTube.

Language Officer

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Kristel is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Chemistry at UNSW. She moved to Sydney after completing her High School Certificate in Jakarta. Kristel completed a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry with first class Honours in 2014 and then received an international student Postgraduate Scholarship from UNSW to pursue her doctoral studies.

Kristel is interested in cross-cultural exchange between Australian and Indonesian students. As an undergraduate she was a member of PPIA and thoroughly enjoyed working with others to bring about events to promote Indonesia in the wider society.

Language Officer

Laura Reinwald

Based in Melbourne, Laura works in business development as a tender writer for a national NGO that works to combat homelessness and disadvantage across Australia. Alongside this, she is also currently undertaking a Master of Translation and Interpreting (Indonesian>English) at RMIT. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Languages (Indonesian) from the University of Melbourne, and during her undergraduate studies undertook a semester abroad at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta through the ACICIS program in 2012.

Her experience abroad, her interest in contemporary Asia issues and Australia’s engagement with Indonesia have motivated her to become part of the community dedicated to strengthening the bilateral relationship. Laura is a member of AIYA (acting as Treasurer of the Victoria Chapter in 2016), and is a dancer for Sanggar Lestari Melbourne, an Indonesian dance and theatre group. Though Sanggar Lestari, Laura has made lifelong friends and developed a strong understanding of how Indonesian culture is expressed through music and dance. Key highlights include dancing at her friend’s wedding in Yogyakarta, and traveling to Indonesia with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism – Wonderful Indonesia, for a week of cultural immersion activities.  

Through her experiences, Laura feels positive about the future of the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Laura hopes to see continued and long-term investment in language learning, which she sees as being a key part of the future success for our two county’s bilateral relations.

Language Officer

Maria Amabilis Lolita Viviana

Lolita received her BA in English Literature from Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta. Interested in learning English since young age, she is passionate about teaching English as foreign language and teaching Indonesian to foreign speakers.

Previously, Lolita worked as an English tutor, including for an Indonesian Language and Culture Intensive Course for foreign students at her university’s language centre. Beside teaching, Lolita also loves to learn foreign languages. In 2018, she was awarded a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and recently completed her study at the Mandarin Training Center run by the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

Lolita has a high appreciation for anyone who is willing to learn and develop themselves. She believes that a strong and lifelong relationship between Indonesia and Australia is in the hands of youth, a belief which motivated her to volunteer for NAILA as a Language Officer.

Language Officer

Siti Nurhalimah

Siti currently works as a freelance translator for various local and international agencies. She has extensive experience in the translation. She completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature at the State University of Malang. She is interested in studying international business and linguistics as well as learning Swedish and Korean. She understands that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond.

2018
Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Media & Communications Coordinator

Yani Lauwoie

Partnerships Officer

Maxine Williams

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Finance Officer

Handal Suryaputra

Finance Officer

Johanes Warsono

Engagement Officer

Lachlan Haycock

Engagement Officer

Sarifa Rahma

Syahputra Ganda Turnip
Engagement Officer

Syahputra Ganda Turnip

Engagement Officer

Krista Macdougall

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Media & Communications Officer

Vini Damayanti

Programs Officer

Stephanie Hartanto

Programs Officer

Ziporah Bangguna

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Creative Officer

Shidqi Irbah

Translations Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Translations Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Translator

Frans Judea Samosir

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Translator

Joey Gildas

Translator

Siti Nurhalimah

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Maighdlin is a public servant. She recently completed a year-long assignment as an Australian Volunteer for International Development working as a Communications Consultant at The Asia Foundation’s Jakarta Office.

Maighdlin holds a double degree in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies (Honours), with majors in Indonesian Language and Indonesian Studies, from the Australian National University. In 2015, Maighdlin completed a semester-long exchange program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2015-2016, she was the ACT Chapter President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association.

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as Stakeholder Relations and Internships Manager. Beside NAILA, he was previously active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (Victoria) as the Creative Officer in 2014-2015. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Prior to joining ACICIS, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Based in Yogyakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts. Asa was an integral part of NAILA’s development in its inaugural year and looks forward to growing NAILA in its subsequent years.

Partnerships Coordinator

Michael Anderson

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Languages from The University of Melbourne.

Michael is currently interning with Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in microfinance and education, and is based in Jakarta.

Michael’s experience with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He is a recipient of the Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship from the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra (2013). He has taken part in intensive study in Jogjakarta (2014) and at Universitas Udayana (2016). Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and was President of the Melbourne University Indonesian Studies and Language Association (2015-2017).

Michael is passionate about Indonesian studies, with particular interests in the fields of literature, history, religion and bilateral business/finance.

He has volunteered for NAILA since 2015.

Finance Coordinator

Stephen Sebastian

Stephen is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen is passionate about community development through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. In his opinion, an integral aspect of such cultural exchange is language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and also, AIYA (Australian Indonesian Youth Association), is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations, particularly on a grassroots level. Stephen is glad to be involved in both organisations.

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Aris Huang is co-founder and researcher at Nagara, a civic tech initiative focusing on technology, data and governance. He is also a professional translator and has taught Indonesian as well as Translation Studies at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. He calls Melbourne and Jakarta home(s), having spent equal amount of time living in both Australia and Indonesia. Aris received his Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Media & Communications Coordinator

Yani Lauwoie

Yani has been working in media industry for 13 years. She has experienced in print media (magazine), electronic media (radio) and online/digital media (website and social media). In her last role, she lead the digital platforms of Femina Magazine (the first and the biggest women magazine in Indonesia). Leading Femina’s website and social media were her main responsibilities.

In her spare time Yani, who has Bachelor of Communication degree from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, loves to travel. The idea of learning new cultures in new places has always captured her. She has travelled through Asia, Europe, and Australia. Since the first time she stepped in Melbourne in 2014, she realised the strong bond between Australia and Indonesia. By joining AIYA and NAILA she hopes to contribute to strengthening that bond.

Partnerships Officer

Maxine Williams

Maxine is currently studying a Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in Asian Studies and Geography alongside a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian at the University of Sydney.

In 2017, she participated in a six-month Geography Immersion Program at the University of Indonesia during which she became obsessed with climbing Indonesian volcanoes. Since returning to flat ground, Maxine has since had the opportunity to intern at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Jakarta. Maxine is now in the early stages of planning her Geography Honours thesis which she hopes to undertake on issues related to food insecurity in Eastern Indonesia.

Although Maxine is relatively new to the Australia-Indonesia space, she is very passionate about encouraging Australian school students to take up Indonesian language classes as she wishes they had been available to her when she was younger. Her next trip to Indonesia will likely involve crossing a few more volcanoes of her checklist, especially Gunung Agung in Bali and Gunung Kerinci in Sumatra.

Partnerships Officer

Muhammad Hakim

Hakim currently works as a Student Leader at the Graduate Student Learning Hub in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Hakim is a student at Monash University completing a Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages) through LPDP Scholarship (Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education) scheme. He holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in English Education from IAIN Salatiga (State Institute of Islamic Studies), which he completed in 2015. Hakim was a member of the International Class Program and worked as an assistant lecturer while he completed his undergraduate study. As a postgraduate student, Hakim actively engages in the Campus Community Division as an International Student Ambassador. He is also involved in the Melbourne-based Krakatoas, a football community club.

Hakim is passionate about language education. He believes education and language study can strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Finance Officer

Handal Suryaputra

Growing up in the United Kingdom (UK) from a very young age and educated in the UK, Handal obtained his Bachelor of Science with Honours in Information and Communications Technology from Birmingham City University. He previously positioned as an Investment Analyst at Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) London before joining the Treasury Department then Trade (Import & Export) and Business Operations department at PT Bank Negara Indonesia, London Branch.

He gained a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) form the UK Government for his achievements in Badminton. He was part of the Badminton England National team setup and has represented England in various International tournaments at junior level.

Australia and Indonesia have special relationship even though the two countries are different in terms of history, geography, ethnicity, political systems, and economic development. Handal believes these differences can be an important asset for bilateral relations as they can actually be used to complement each other to ensure the relationship continues to grow stronger.

Finance Officer

Johanes Warsono

Johanes Warsono (a.k.a Yichen) is currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Accounting and Finance at the University of Melbourne. As a language enthusiast speaking 7 languages and a traveller who has been to 23 countries, Warsono is especially fascinated by Indonesia’s diversity and richness in culture and language after his visit to Riau Islands in 2017. Therefore, he decided to get involved in the Indonesian community in Melbourne. Warsono is now working as a treasurer for the Victoria Chapter of Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) as well as doing some photography work for Ozip Magazine.

Warsono believes that language barrier is the fundamental obstacle for people from different cultural backgrounds to eliminate mutual misunderstanding and establish friendship. Therefore, other than studying Indonesian in his own leisure, Warsono is also interested in promoting popularity of Indonesian language studies among Australian university students. Motivated by his passion in Indonesian and his belief in language studies as a passport to success in cross-cultural exchange, Warsono joins the NAILA 2018 team so that he can help people who share similar passions and interests in Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Engagement Officer

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indonesian language and literature completed via exchange in Yogyakarta and Mataram, Lombok, and has held various roles with the Australia- Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) at both national and chapter levels. His involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from high school study of the language and travel to the region for intensive short courses during university. His passion for the written word has led him to seek out a variety of dynamic experiences – from interning as a copy editor at the Jakarta Globe to interpreting for a USC International Development capacity building project. Lachlan believes that initiatives such as NAILA should be greatly encouraged to provide a much-needed boost to Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Engagement Officer

Sarifa Rahma

Sarifa recently completed a Bachelor of Politics, majoring in International Relations, at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung. Throughout her study, Sarifa was interested in diplomacy, regimes, and international organisations. To apply her interests, she interned at The Embassy of Republic Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam and learned about the processes of bilateral diplomacy between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. Sarifa also volunteered with Greenpeace Indonesia to promote peace, global disarmament, and non-violence.

Sarifa became interested in Australia-Indonesia relations, especially in people-to-people approaches, through her involvement as a liaison officer for ACICIS students at her university, as well as being inspired by her brother who is interning as a public diplomacy officer at the Australian Consulate-General in Bali. Sarifa believes that people-to-people links are the main pathway to increase mutual understanding between our two countries through respecting each other’s diversity.

Engagement Officer

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Engagement Officer

Krista Macdougall

Krista completed her high school education in Busselton, Western Australia and went on to gain an Associate Diploma of Performing Arts at the Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. After leaving the region for over 20 years, to work in other states in Australia and Hawaii, she returned and accepted a position managing the retail and tourism sector for The Busselton Jetty’s Interpretive Centre. Working in the tourism industry peaked her desire to learn languages and she decided to pursue the dream full-time.

Krista has commenced a Bachelor of Languages degree at The University of New England, majoring in Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia. The journey has provided the opportunity to study overseas and has enriched her life meeting new friends and embracing different cultures.

As a mature age student living in a regional area, Krista impresses the success of her online study is due to advancement of online learning technology and her involvement with like minded individuals and organisations.

In order to advance her own language skills and inspire others, young and old, Krista is excited to represent NAILA in the role as Engagement Officer which in turn will assist in developing the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Banny Rahayu earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from the University of Indonesia. In the third year of her study, she worked as a freelance translator for LINE bilingual English-Indonesian Dictionary. She is currently an editor of a Jakarta-based lifestyle magazine, where she is able to grow an extensive network and hone her English skills through writing and interviewing.

Banny’s interest in Australia-Indonesia relationship has grown since she travelled to Australia to study hospitality management and wrote about tourism in Australia during her stint as a magazine editor. She believes that cultural and language exchanges are the keys to nurturing the long-standing relationship between the two neighbouring countries.

Media & Communications Officer

Vini Damayanti

Vini is a Freelance Writer for several lifestyle media in Indonesia. Before starting a writing business, Vini spent 12 years as a journalist for Cita Cinta Magazine and Femina Media, lifestyle medias focusing on women’s development and empowerment. Her passion for writing has grown since studying English at the University of Indonesia where she participated as writer for a student magazine.

Vini enjoys playing badminton in her spare time. Her interest led to Vini being a contributor for Badzine, an international badminton website, for two years. Vini also loves to travel, which she considers to be one of the best forms of education. During her journeys across Asia and Europe she has met people from different backgrounds and learned new cultures.

Although Vini has not traveled to Australia yet, she feels a strong personal connection to Australia because her aunt and two uncles live here. Through their stories, she realised that Indonesia and Australia are not only geographically close, but also across other fields such as tourism and education. Through NAILA, Vini hopes to be able to contribute to the development of bilateral relations between these two neighbouring countries. She believes this mission can be fulfilled by understanding each other’s language.

Programs Officer

Stephanie Hartanto

Stephanie is currently studying a Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in International Relations and Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. She regards Indonesian language education very highly, having studied Indonesian through distance education from Year 9 up until her Higher School Certificate wherein she achieved a rank of 1st in the State for Indonesian Heritage Studies. Indonesian language education has not only helped her to bridge the communication distance between herself and her family but imparted upon her a responsibility to share her cultural heritage with others.

Stephanie is currently interning at Asialink Business, an organisation supported by the Australian Government, which seeks to equip Australian businesses with Asia capable skills to ensure they are able to seize the potential of the Asian market. Her time at Asialink, along with her studies and her cultural heritage have fostered her interest in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

This interest has been further nurtured by an opportunity to travel to Indonesia along with the University of Sydney’s Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. During her time in Indonesia, Stephanie will be studying the issues of women’s empowerment and the work of the Australian and Indonesian initiative, Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction Program (MAMPU). Through this experience, Stephanie hopes she will be able to better understand the ways in which Australia has directly engaged with Indonesia and its development of social issues.

Programs Officer

Ziporah Bangguna

Zipora holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in English Language and Literature at Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga.

Zipora currently works as a Process Specialist in PT. Home Credit Indonesia with responsibilities of creating and reviewing policy and procedure. Previously, Zipora took part in a project called Roll Out which aimed to expand the company’s business by opening branch offices in big cities in Indonesia. She was relocated to cities every three months. Due to the project, she had travelled to six cities in total, mostly in Eastern Indonesia.

Prior to her current job, Zipora started her career as a Project Officer in an Education Consultancy in Jakarta for two years. Zipora was trusted to become person-in-charge in Indonesia to assist the project team of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) at managing in-land administration for projects funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australian Government called Australian Award Fellowship (AAF) and Government Partnership for Development (GPFD).

Based on the above experiences, Zipora found her passion and interest in project management and travelling. By joining NAILA, Zipora wishes to gain more skills and knowledge as well as strengthening relationship of Australia-Indonesia.

Programs Officer

Destania Ika Putri

Destania graduated from Parahyangan Catholic University with a Bachelor of Political Science. She enjoys being actively involved in volunteer activities that support youth leadership. She also loves to work with children and started a project to teach child prisoners in Bandung for two years. Destania believes in the value of “living beyond ourselves,” that life is not always about yourself but also others. Working for UNICEF is one of her dreams.

Destania’s involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from involvement in a youth leadership homestay program in Australia by Gerakan Mari Berbagi in 2016, as well as her prior experience working at Australia Awards in Indonesia.

By volunteering with NAILA, Destania is excited by the prospects of future collaboration between Australia and Indonesian youth.

Creative Officer

Danica Vania Limawan

Danica is a final year student at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Political Science. In 2016, she was a delegate for a leadership program in Youth Excursion Japan 2016 “History of The Nation and Technologies for Future Generations in The World.”

Having a passion for art, Danica works as a freelance editor and graphic designer. She is currently a General Manager in Information and Technology Department at Association of Business Administration Students Padjadjaran University. She is also the Head of Media in Advocacy Department in her faculty organization.

Danica loves travelling around Indonesia and overseas. She also has an interest in studying other cultures and building relationships. Through NAILA Danica hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Creative Officer

Shidqi Irbah

Shidqi graduated from the State University of Malang with a major in Psychology. Through his involvement in “Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing” 2015-2016 as a photographer and videographer, Shidqi gained a better understanding of Indonesia’s language and culture. Shidqi continued his study at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta with a major in Clinical Psychology. His hobbies are photography and videography.

Shidqi is interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship because of the bilateral ties in education, the economy and the tourism sector. He hopes to contribute to improving the relationship through his involvement in NAILA.

Translations Co-Coordinator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Adhie is a final-year international relations student in Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Other than speaking fluent English, he also speaks intermediate Spanish due to his experience of studying in Universitat Jaume I, Spain in 2015.

He admits that he mostly learned English autodidactically through games and movies. In 2010, he and two of his friends founded a community that teaches English to children for fun, namely English Fun Club, because he believes that learning another language is very important and the learning process should be fun.

He has worked as a freelance translator since 2013. Now, he is the founder and CEO of a professional translation company named Transletin. Majoring in diplomacy concentration in his study, Adhie realises the importance of Indonesia – Australia relations. Through NAILA, Adhie wishes to use his skills and experiences to contribute for the goodness of Indonesia and Australia’s relations.

Translations Co-Coordinator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Wisnu Trianugeraha is finishing his Bachelor of Politics with a major in International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As one of the Indonesian representatives to go on a cultural exchange program funded by the BRIDGE Program in 2011, he has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since high school. His commitment to the bilateral relationship has given him the opportunity to study in Adelaide in 2014 through a scholarship scheme between Universitas Gadjah Mada and the University of Adelaide.

He is working part time at the moment as a staff member of his university’s Office of International Affairs while finishing his Bachelor thesis on Australia’s Public Diplomacy in Indonesia through international volunteering. He has also been very active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) since 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Yogyakarta Chapter.

Wisnu believes in the importance of people-to-people diplomacy between Australian and Indonesian youth as a strong base of the two countries’ mutual partnership and hopes that his contribution in NAILA can foster these relationships.

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Andry graduated from The London School of Public Relations – Jakarta majoring in Communication

and minoring in International Relations. He interned at the Embassy of Peru in Jakarta and learned the importance of bilateral relationships. The relationship between Australia and Indonesia is essential given their geographical proximity.

Andry is passionate about learning languages and translation. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia, English, Mandarin, German and a little bit of French. Andry hopes to contribute to strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship through his involvement in NAILA.

Translator

Frans Judea Samosir

Frans Judea Samosir is currently completing his services as Trainer, Speaker and Lecturer on issues related to health and education in Medan, North Sumatra. He is also helping PKBM Tabes to develop non-formal education programs. Previously Frans served as the Head of Rector’s Bureau at UNIKA Santo Thomas (2017-2018) and Head of Health Division of Caritas PSE (2010-2016), and engaged in the issues of prevention of adverse effects of drugs and HIV. From 2008-2009 Frans worked as a Human Resource officer at PT. Infomedia Nusantara. After completing his Bachelor of Psychology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of North Sumatra in 2007 he worked as a numerator at Save The Children for one month. Frans has also worked as an English tutor.

Frans completed his Master Degree at the University of Georgia, US with concentrations on Health Promotion and Behaviour. He is interested in issues of mental health, counseling, self-development, management, HIV, drug abuse, reproductive health and sexual diversity in society.

Frans hopes to build a bridge of understanding and support between Indonesia and Australia through Indonesian language and his diverse experiences.

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Indra is studying a Master Degree in International Relations at the University of Indonesia. He is originally from Bandar Lampung. Prior to his Master Degree, he studied at English Department, Diponegoro University in Semarang where he studied translation for two years from a basic to an advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is starting a translation service business in his hometown.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Earth Hour Bandar Lampung, Berbagi Nasi Lampung, and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Translator

Joey Gildas

Joey just completed his Master in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) under the Endeavour Scholarship by the Australian Department of Education and Training. He holds a Bachelor of Social Studies in International Relations from Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Indonesia.

In 2012, he had an internship at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jakarta office, working on Strengthening Access to Justice in Indonesia (SAJI) Project. Whilst studying in Australia, Joey had the opportunity to be the part of the 2016 Asia-Pacific Week Committee as the Delegates Coordinator. Earlier this year, he also had the opportunity to tutor an Australian friend who was taking Bahasa Indonesia course at the university.

Through the tutoring experience, he became interested in teaching Bahasa Indonesia as the way to deliver the diverse Indonesian culture to Australians. Through NAILA, he hopes to be able to contribute to Australia-Indonesia relations by promoting Bahasa Indonesia and its diverse cultures to Australians. He also hopes to be able to teach Bahasa Indonesia in Australia someday as he believes that teaching Bahasa Indonesia is not only just learning the language, but also the method to understand Indonesia more as one of Australia’s closest neighbours.

Translator

Siti Nurhalimah

Siti currently works as a freelance translator for various local and international agencies. She has extensive experience in the translation. She completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature at the State University of Malang. She is interested in studying international business and linguistics as well as learning Swedish and Korean. She understands that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond.

2017
Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Partnerships Officer and Translator

Lachlan Haycock

Senior Communications and Media Officer

Yani Lauwoie

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Engagement Officer - Schools

Kartika Brand

Engagement Officer

Yudha Farizky

Engagement Officer

Desmarnov Tirto Pamangin

Photographer and Videographer

Abbie Boyd

Web and IT Officer

Sunan Widya Soendoro

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Translator

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Translator

Samantha Demitria

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Translator

Ima Nurhalimah

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Translator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Translator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Maighdlin Doyle

Maighdlin is completing a year-long assignment as an Australian Volunteer for International Development working as a Communications Consultant at The Asia Foundation’s Jakarta Office. She works on Program Peduli, a unique Australian Government investment that supports the Indonesian Government to promote social inclusion as a pathway out of poverty for Indonesia’s marginalised groups.

In 2016, Maighdlin completed an Honours thesis at the College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University looking at the influences of Indonesia on national identity in Timor-Leste. She holds a double degree in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies, with majors in Indonesian Language and Indonesian Studies.

In 2015, Maighdlin completed a semester-long exchange program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2015-2016, she was the ACT Chapter President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association.

Creative & IT Coordinator

Nurfitra Asa

Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as Stakeholder Relations and Internships Manager. Beside NAILA, he was previously active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (Victoria) as the Creative Officer in 2014-2015. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Prior to joining ACICIS, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Based in Yogyakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts. Asa was an integral part of NAILA’s development in its inaugural year and looks forward to growing NAILA in its subsequent years.

Programs Coordinator

Aris Huang

Aris Huang is co-founder and researcher at Nagara, a civic tech initiative focusing on technology, data and governance. He is also a professional translator and has taught Indonesian as well as Translation Studies at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. He calls Melbourne and Jakarta home(s), having spent equal amount of time living in both Australia and Indonesia. Aris received his Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

Eleanor has studied Indonesian since high school and through her tertiary studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, which she completed in 2015.

Promoting the importance of language study for strengthening people-to-people links and for personal development is of particular interest to Eleanor. She would love to see higher levels of engagement of Australian students in Indonesian language study, at both school and tertiary levels. As a recipient of a Walter Mangold Scholarship in 2014-15 she has spoken to school and university groups about the many benefits of language study.

Eleanor currently works at the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources in the International Education Unit.

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Sunny is completing a Master of Translating and Interpreting degree at RMIT University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, and Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia.

Having grown up bilingual in Indonesia, and moving to Perth at age 14, Sunny was greatly disappointed when she faced several barriers to maintain her Indonesian studies once in Australia. She studied Indonesian through distance education in high school, and at university spent a semester in Yogyakarta through the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. She later moved to Melbourne to pursue further studies in Indonesian. Sunny hopes that through her involvement with NAILA she can contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship through encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Ella currently works as the Engagement Officer at The Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University.

Ella completed her Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Political Sciences in International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She also worked at UGM as a Program Coordinator for the Office of International Affairs. In 2010, Ella was awarded a full scholarship from the Lotus Undergraduate Exchange Program – Erasmus Mundus and spent one semester studying in Sciences Po. Paris, France.

Having been educated and raised in Australia and Indonesia, Ella has always had an interest to develop bilateral relations between the two countries. Ella is particularly passionate about language education as she grew up being bilingual, speaking both English and Bahasa Indonesia at home.

Ella is an advocate for children’s rights. She has two years of experience in the development sector with Save the Children Australia. During this time she worked closely with immigrant and refugee children from Africa and the Middle East. She has also spent time working as a Teacher in Indonesia.

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Hafidh is a recipient of Australian Award Scholarship and currently studying a Master of Management (Accounting and Finance) at University of Melbourne. He holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada. He has eight years’ experience working in auditing including three years at as a Senior Associate in Assurances at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and five years working for SKK Migas a state-owned legal entity which controls upstream oil and gas activities and manages contractors operating in Indonesia such as Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Hafidh believes that a healthy relationship between two neighbouring countries, Australia and Indonesia, is key to regional stability. The relationship can be developed through people-to-people links. He hopes to contribute to building a greater understanding by participating in NAILA.

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Stephen is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen is passionate about community development through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. In his opinion, an integral aspect of such cultural exchange is language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and, by extension, AIYA (Australian Indonesian Youth Association), is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations, particularly on a grassroots level. Stephen is glad that the opportunity has presented itself for him to be involved in both organisations. Stephen himself likes learning languages and speaks, in varying levels of proficiency, Sundanese, Indonesian, English, Mandarin, German, and French.

Stephen is also active in the international student sector of the City of Melbourne, through his involvement with the Australian Federation of International Students. He is humbled to have been selected as one of the advisors for Longerenong College to attract international students to rural Victoria.

Partnerships Officer and Translator

Lachlan Haycock

Lachlan has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indonesian language and literature completed via exchange in Yogyakarta and Mataram, Lombok, and has held various roles with the Australia- Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) at both national and chapter levels. His involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from high school study of the language and travel to the region for intensive short courses during university. His passion for the written word has led him to seek out a variety of dynamic experiences – from interning as a copy editor at the Jakarta Globe to interpreting for a USC International Development capacity building project. Lachlan believes that initiatives such as NAILA should be greatly encouraged to provide a much-needed boost to Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Senior Communications and Media Officer

Yani Lauwoie

Yani has been working in media industry for 13 years. She has experienced in print media (magazine), electronic media (radio) and online/digital media (website and social media). In her last role, she lead the digital platforms of Femina Magazine (the first and the biggest women magazine in Indonesia). Leading Femina’s website and social media were her main responsibilities.

In her spare time Yani, who has Bachelor of Communication degree from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, loves to travel. The idea of learning new cultures in new places has always captured her. She has travelled through Asia, Europe, and Australia. Since the first time she stepped in Melbourne in 2014, she realised the strong bond between Australia and Indonesia. By joining AIYA and NAILA she hopes to contribute to strengthening that bond.

Communications and Media Officer

Banny Rahayu

Banny Rahayu earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from the University of Indonesia. In the third year of her study, she worked as a freelance translator for LINE bilingual English-Indonesian Dictionary. She is currently an editor of a Jakarta-based lifestyle magazine, where she is able to grow an extensive network and hone her English skills through writing and interviewing.

Banny’s interest in Australia-Indonesia relationship has grown since she travelled to Australia to study hospitality management and wrote about tourism in Australia during her stint as a magazine editor. She believes that cultural and language exchanges are the keys to nurturing the long-standing relationship between the two neighbouring countries.

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a Diploma of Indonesian at the University of Melbourne.

Michael’s experience thus far with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He was a recipient of the 2013 Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship, a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 VILTA oral competitions, and took part in a two-week intensive language course in Yogyakarta in January 2014. Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and was President of the Melbourne University Indonesian Students’ Language Association (ISLA) for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesian studies and fostering and promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship at all levels of society. He hopes to be able to advance young Australians’ understanding of Indonesia through his work with NAILA and AIYA.

Engagement Officer - Schools

Kartika Brand

Tika is an aspiring teacher in her final semester of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts in French at the University of New South Wales and in Indonesian at the University of Sydney. It is thus only natural that she strives to contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship by encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Her motivation to spread the Indonesian language is sourced from a personal journey. Observing a stronger connection with her Indonesian heritage once developing a fluency in Indonesian, she hopes that others will find their own connections with Indonesia through language.

During this journey to language and cultural fluency, Tika was a recipient of a full scholarship for the 2013 DREAM International Summer Program at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Her journey continues today, spending every opportunity in the archipelago and learning the art of Indonesian dance through Suara Indonesia.

Engagement Officer

Yudha Farizky

Yudha received his bachelor degree in International Relations from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), Indonesia. Prior to his graduation, he became an academic tutor for several courses in International Relations Department UMY, and continues to be an assistant lecturer after graduation. During college, he concentrated on Multi-National Corporations (MNC). He also interned at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok, Thailand.

He believes that Australia-Indonesia relationship is very dynamic and is shaped by individuals. The relationship relied on people-to-people diplomacy which is vital in driving the direction of the bilateral relationship. With greater interconnectedness and ease of mobility, strengthening the relationship relies on individuals, as well as government. By joining NAILA committee, Yudha hopes he can play a part in driving the relationship.

Engagement Officer

Desmarnov Tirto Pamangin

Tirto’s professional experience working in business has afforded him the opportunity to strengthen his skills, knowledge and experience in working and negotiating with clients from varying backgrounds. He currently works at PT. TPIL Logistics, a freight forwarding company belonging to the FETA Freight Systems International (FFSI) network, which is represented in 70 countries.

Tirto’s volunteer experience has included experience with community-based organizations such as Rotaract Club and AIESEC. He hopes to broaden his network with young Australian and Indonesian entrepreneurs.

Photographer and Videographer

Abbie Boyd

Abbie is a student at the University of Wollongong completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Photography and minoring in Marketing Communications & Advertising and Graphic Design. She studied Bahasa Indonesia for her HSC and as a cross institutional subject at university.

Through her active involvement in AIYEP 2016/2017 (Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program) she gained a better understanding of the culture and relationship between Australia and Indonesian. During the program, Abbie completed a photography and journalism internship at Harian Fajar, a newspaper agency in Makassar, South Sulawesi Indonesia. Abbie currently works as a freelance photographer and a marketing assistant.

Since AIYEP, Abbie has become more passionate about the bilateral relationship between Australian and Indonesia. She wants to strengthen this repaul by bringing young people-to-people relationships of Australia and Indonesia closer together and to further cultural understanding between our two countries, especially through media communication.

Web and IT Officer

Sunan Widya Soendoro

Sunan discovered his talent for computers in primary school, and since then has pursued a career working with technology. He studied a Bachelor Degree at Mercubuana University majoring in Computer Science. Sunan also enjoys drawing.

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Maggie Yang currently works as a translator at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms in Jakarta. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and International Studies and minoring in Korean Language. She has completed a research internship at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, examining Indonesia’s contribution in global peace-building efforts, and has participated in several Model United Nations Conferences including in Australia and New York.

Keen to contribute to international affairs, Maggie believes that language (communication and dialogue) is key to sustaining strong and healthy relationships, be it people-to-people links or intergovernmental relationships.

Translator

Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra

Kristel is a PhD Candidate at the School of Chemistry, The University of New South Wales. She moved to Sydney seven years ago, after completing her High School Certificate (HSC) in Jakarta. Kristel completed a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry with first class Honours in 2014 and then received an international student Postgraduate Scholarship from UNSW to continue her studies.

Kristel is interested in cross-cultural exchange between Australian and Indonesian students. As an undergraduate she was a member of PPIA and thoroughly enjoyed working with others to bring about events to promote Indonesia in the wider society.

Translator

Samantha Demitria

Samantha is a second-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Chemistry. She is working as a Red Cross volunteer and as a casual Math’s tutor. She enjoys reading about politics, travelling and trying different cuisines of the world. Prior to moving to Australia for university, she enjoyed translating different articles for school. She feels that Indonesia, being one of Australia’s closest neighbours, would benefit well if a mutually beneficial relationship is maintained through good communication. She hopes to foster greater interest by Australian towards Indonesian language and culture by participating in NAILA.

Translator

Andry Hartanto

Andry graduated from The London School of Public Relations – Jakarta majoring in Communication

and minoring in International Relations. He interned at the Embassy of Peru in Jakarta and learned the importance of bilateral relationships. The relationship between Australia and Indonesia is essential given their geographical proximity.

Andry is passionate about learning languages and translation. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia, English, Mandarin, German and a little bit of French. Andry hopes to contribute to strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship through his involvement in NAILA.

Translator

Ima Nurhalimah

Ima currently works as a freelance translator for various local agencies. She has extensive experience in the translation. She also works as a Field Reporter at Confirmis ASEAN and is currently in the training process.

Ima has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature at the State University of Malang. She was on the committee for English Month 2013 conducted by Legato, a student club in English Department. She is interested in studying international business and linguistics, and an interest in learning Swedish and Korean.

She has been part of various English speech and debate competitions ranging from regional to the provincial level. She hopes that one day she can use her skills to educate the younger generation and broaden their perspectives, especially those who have limited access to education and the Internet.

She hopes that by contributing to NAILA, she’ll improve the relationship between Australia-Indonesia. She also understands that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond.

Translator

Indra Pujianto

Indra is a graduate of English Department, Diponegoro University, Semarang, originally from Bandar Lampung. In the English Department, he studied translation for two years from basic to advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is taking IELTS course and preparing himself to apply for master degree scholarship. While studying IELTS, Indra is working as English teacher for children at an English course.

Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Berbagi Nasi Lampung and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.

In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.

Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.

Translator

Adhie Putra Perwira

Adhie is a final-year international relations student in Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Other than speaking fluent English, he also speaks intermediate Spanish due to his experience of studying in Universitat Jaume I, Spain in 2015.

He admits that he mostly learned English autodidactically through games and movies. In 2010, he and two of his friends founded a community that teaches English to children for fun, namely English Fun Club, because he believes that learning another language is very important and the learning process should be fun.

He has worked as a freelance translator since 2013. Now, he is the founder and CEO of a professional translation company named Transletin. Majoring in diplomacy concentration in his study, Adhie realises the importance of Indonesia – Australia relations. Through NAILA, Adhie wishes to use his skills and experiences to contribute for the goodness of Indonesia and Australia’s relations.

Translator

Wisnu Trianugraha

Wisnu Trianugeraha is finishing his Bachelor of Politics with a major in International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As one of the Indonesian representatives to go on a cultural exchange program funded by the BRIDGE Program in 2011, he has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since high school. His commitment to the bilateral relationship has given him the opportunity to study in Adelaide in 2014 through a scholarship scheme between Universitas Gadjah Mada and the University of Adelaide.

He is working part time at the moment as a staff member of his university’s Office of International Affairs while finishing his Bachelor thesis on Australia’s Public Diplomacy in Indonesia through international volunteering. He has also been very active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) since 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Yogyakarta Chapter.

Wisnu believes in the importance of people-to-people diplomacy between Australian and Indonesian youth as a strong base of the two countries’ mutual partnership and hopes that his contribution in NAILA can foster these relationships.

2016
Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Director

Nurfitra Asa

Communications Coordinator

Maighdlin Doyle

Partnerships Coordinator

Heather Mofflin

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Programs Coordinator

Athalia Irwansjah

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Competitions Officer

Ellie Wallis

Grants Officer

David Sandbach

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Logistics Officer

Ella Kelly

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

University Engagement Officer

Jesse Mentha

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Translator

Jevelin Nathamia Wendiady

Translator

Jonathan Soerjoko

Translator

Ayu Risma

Indonesian Engagement Officer & Translator

Michael York

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Director

Nurfitra Asa

Communications Coordinator

Maighdlin Doyle

Partnerships Coordinator

Heather Mofflin

Heather Mofflin is in her final year of a Master of International Relations degree at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of specialisation are in international security, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. Her interest in this region stemmed from studying in Vietnam during her Bachelor of Communications degree at RMIT University, and continued to grow after extensive travel throughout the region, culminating in a two-month development practicum in Jakarta this year. Heather hopes to share her passion for Indonesia with others, encouraging young Australians to build meaningful relationships with Indonesians to improve our bilateral relationship, and our understanding and appreciation of other cultures more generally.

Senior Translations Adviser

Elisabeth Nugraha

Ella currently works as the Engagement Officer at The Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University.

Ella completed her Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Political Sciences in International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She also worked at UGM as a Program Coordinator for the Office of International Affairs. In 2010, Ella was awarded a full scholarship from the Lotus Undergraduate Exchange Program – Erasmus Mundus and spent one semester studying in Sciences Po. Paris, France.

Having been educated and raised in Australia and Indonesia, Ella has always had an interest to develop bilateral relations between the two countries. Ella is particularly passionate about language education as she grew up being bilingual, speaking both English and Bahasa Indonesia at home.

Ella is an advocate for children’s rights. She has two years of experience in the development sector with Save the Children Australia. During this time she worked closely with immigrant and refugee children from Africa and the Middle East. She has also spent time working as a Teacher in Indonesia.

Programs Coordinator

Athalia Irwansjah

Athalia grew up in a bilingual environment with English and Indonesian. In this environment, she participated in a range of Indonesian cultural activities through school and the local Indonesian community. Athalia has completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Asian Studies (Korean) from the Australian National University. During this time, she took a year off to teach underprivileged students in rural South Korea via the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) program. In 2012, she went on a student exchange at Yonsei University, Seoul, thanks to scholarships from the Australia-Korea Foundation and Yonsei University. In 2014, Athalia received a scholarship from the ANU’s Korea Institute and commenced her Master of Arts (Asia-Pacific Studies).

Whilst studying, Athalia has undertaken an internship at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and was a Content Coordinator for ANU’s Asia Pacific Week conference in 2015. Last year, she began volunteering at the National Library of Australia, assisting with the Indonesian election ephemera collection. She currently works at the Australian Taxation Office and assists with international visits, secondments and translation work from Bahasa Indonesia to English. Earlier this year, Athalia became an Asia Literacy Ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation and participated in the Indonesian showcase at the National Multicultural Festival. In her role at NAILA, Athalia hopes to further contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship, promoting the importance of Indonesian language and culture for Australians.

Programs Officer

Michael Anderson

Michael is completing a Diploma of Indonesian at the University of Melbourne.

Michael’s experience thus far with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He was a recipient of the 2013 Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship, a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 VILTA oral competitions, and took part in a two-week intensive language course in Yogyakarta in January 2014. Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and was President of the Melbourne University Indonesian Students’ Language Association (ISLA) for two years.

Michael is passionate about Indonesian studies and fostering and promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship at all levels of society. He hopes to be able to advance young Australians’ understanding of Indonesia through his work with NAILA and AIYA.

Competitions Officer

Ellie Wallis

Ellie is a young entrepreneur and student of Asia-Pacific Studies and Law at the Australian National University. Majoring in Indonesian studies and language, in 2014 Ellie was awarded the ANU Ethel Tory Scholarship and was selected by the Indonesian government to represent Australia at the Open Governance Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Bali.

After spending a year working and travelling in remote Indonesia, Ellie developed a passion for sustainable tourism which led to her develop the Nusa Penida Tourist Information Centre as well as her own business, Penida Tours.

Ellie firmly believes that obtaining proficiency in Indonesian is essential to conducting business and building lasting relationships with our closest neighbours.

Grants Officer

David Sandbach

David is currently a Graduate with the Department of Defence. He has completed a Juris Doctor at Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Melbourne. After studying Indonesian in high school, Indonesian history and politics is an area David has wanted to learn more about. For his history honors thesis David investigated how Australian soldiers remembered their experiences of the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation and how this compared with the public memory of the conflict. He travelled to Indonesia and Malaysia to find primary sources presenting the Indonesian and Malaysian viewpoint.

Promoting the Australia-Indonesia friendship is an area of particular interest for David. He hopes that his participation in NAILA will assist in fostering greater interest in Indonesian language and culture.

Finance Officer

Hafidh Arifianto

Hafidh is a recipient of Australian Award Scholarship and currently studying a Master of Management (Accounting and Finance) at University of Melbourne. He holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada. He has eight years’ experience working in auditing including three years at as a Senior Associate in Assurances at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and five years working for SKK Migas a state-owned legal entity which controls upstream oil and gas activities and manages contractors operating in Indonesia such as Chevron and ExxonMobil.

Hafidh believes that a healthy relationship between two neighbouring countries, Australia and Indonesia, is key to regional stability. The relationship can be developed through people-to-people links. He hopes to contribute to building a greater understanding by participating in NAILA.

Finance Officer

Stephen Sebastian

Stephen is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Melbourne.

Stephen is passionate about community development through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. In his opinion, an integral aspect of such cultural exchange is language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and, by extension, AIYA (Australian Indonesian Youth Association), is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations, particularly on a grassroots level. Stephen is glad that the opportunity has presented itself for him to be involved in both organisations. Stephen himself likes learning languages and speaks, in varying levels of proficiency, Sundanese, Indonesian, English, Mandarin, German, and French.

Stephen is also active in the international student sector of the City of Melbourne, through his involvement with the Australian Federation of International Students. He is humbled to have been selected as one of the advisors for Longerenong College to attract international students to rural Victoria.

Logistics Officer

Ella Kelly

Ella is currently completing a double degree in Arts / Law majoring in Indonesian langauge at the Australian National University. Her interest in Indonesia began during her high school years and further developed in 2014 as a result of her participation in an intensive Indonesian language course taught in Salatiga. Since then Ella has conducted anthropological field work in Rote and participated in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in West Kalimantan over the summer of 2015-16. Ella aspires to inspire young students to continue their language studies by sharing her personal experiences of learning Indonesian as well as explaining the unique opportunities that language studies present.

Partnership Coordinator

Eleanor Everist

Eleanor has studied Indonesian since high school and through her tertiary studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, which she completed in 2015.

Promoting the importance of language study for strengthening people-to-people links and for personal development is of particular interest to Eleanor. She would love to see higher levels of engagement of Australian students in Indonesian language study, at both school and tertiary levels. As a recipient of a Walter Mangold Scholarship in 2014-15 she has spoken to school and university groups about the many benefits of language study.

Eleanor currently works at the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources in the International Education Unit.

University Engagement Officer

Jesse Mentha

Jesse is a recent graduate of a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from La Trobe University, minoring in Indonesian language studies. His interest in Indonesia matured throughout his degree, and now frequently travels for study and leisure.

Jesse has a strong interest in working towards driving social change and transforming the habitual conversation surrounding how Australians consider our relationship with Indonesia. Jesse is passionate about breaking down the common misconceptions by encouraging more Australians to understand and appreciate our cultural diversity.

Senior Translator

Maggie Yang

Maggie Yang currently works as a translator at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms in Jakarta. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and International Studies and minoring in Korean Language. She has completed a research internship at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, examining Indonesia’s contribution in global peace-building efforts, and has participated in several Model United Nations Conferences including in Australia and New York.

Keen to contribute to international affairs, Maggie believes that language (communication and dialogue) is key to sustaining strong and healthy relationships, be it people-to-people links or intergovernmental relationships.

Translations Coordinator

Sunny Reken

Sunny is completing a Master of Translating and Interpreting degree at RMIT University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, and Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia.

Having grown up bilingual in Indonesia, and moving to Perth at age 14, Sunny was greatly disappointed when she faced several barriers to maintain her Indonesian studies once in Australia. She studied Indonesian through distance education in high school, and at university spent a semester in Yogyakarta through the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. She later moved to Melbourne to pursue further studies in Indonesian. Sunny hopes that through her involvement with NAILA she can contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship through encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.

Translator

Jevelin Nathamia Wendiady

Jevelin is an awardee of the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education Scholarship (LPDP) and in her first year of a Master in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Atma Jaya Catholic University.

After completing her bachelor’s degree, she gained her experience in teaching Indonesian language for foreigners at Language Center, Atma Jaya Catholic University. She taught Indonesian language to foreign diplomats, exchange students, ACICIS participants, international companies and foreign media outlets. Before moving to Melbourne, she worked in Development Policy and Disaster Management in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Embassy, Jakarta and involved in several programs related to Indonesia Australia bilateral relationship.

Her passion is teaching Indonesian language for foreigners and the Indonesia-Australia bilateral relationship. She believes language is a soft power to strengthen people-to-people links.

Translator

Jonathan Soerjoko

Jonathan is in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts double degree at the University of Sydney. Jonathan has a broad range of interests in his studies, with majors in Accounting, Indonesian Studies and Philosophy. Although originally from Jakarta, his active interest in Indonesia only began during his time at university where he first became involved with AIYA.

Recently he undertook the 2016 Jakarta Business Professional Practicum by ACICIS and this experience gave him a useful perspective into the realities of the Australia-Indonesia relationship, particularly from the perspective of business. Jonathan believes that Australia’s Indonesia ‘capabilities’ need to be improved, namely on the level of education and leadership within the realms of government and business. Jonathan aims to work in Indonesia for his early career and hopes to establish further roots within the country with more exchange experiences.

All of Jonathan’s experiences have led to his interest in NAILA. Through NAILA Jonathan wishes to promote study of the language and region, on top of developing his own personal proficiency.

Translator

Ayu Risma

Ayu teaches traditional and contemporary dance at ‘CHANTIQA’ Art Institution in Mataram, Lombok. This year, she is completing a bachelor degree at the English Department of Mataram University, while research assisting for an American PhD student. In 2015, she was the 3rd runner-up for the China-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. She is currently working as a Ballet Dance instructor in ‘Tunas Daud,’ a Christian Kindergarten school in Mataram.

Ayu’s academic background in English language teaching has led to the establishment of the first bilingual art institution in the region. At the institution Ayu aims to design a more effective language-learning environment by combining language, culture and art.

Indonesian Engagement Officer & Translator

Michael York

Michael is a post-graduate student at the Australian National University and since 2013 has spent over three years, living, working and studying in Indonesia. He holds a Bachelor degree in politics and security sciences from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, and a Master’s degree in politics and international relations from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. In 2015, Michael was awarded an Endeavor scholarship from the Australian Government and worked for an Indonesian political organisation on human rights, security and democratic development issues. Michael has a passion for Indonesian language and culture, has experience in language translation through the Himpunan Penerjemah Indonesia (Association of Indonesian Translators) based in Jakarta. Michael believes fervently in the importance of Indonesia in Australia and acknowledges the significant role of language, culture and youth exchange in building a bilateral relationship which will enable the two counties to reach their potential in providing economic, social and cultural benefits for the future. Michael has been involved in many Indonesian initiatives and enjoys every opportunity to engage across the breath of this diverse, vibrant, dynamic and developing relationship.

2015
Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Inaugural Committee Member

Aris Huang

Inaugural Committee Member

Ben Davis

Inaugural Committee Member

Daniel Peterson

Inaugural Committee Member

Emma Clark

Inaugural Committee Member

Ellie Wallis

Inaugural Committee Member

Elizabeth Nugraha

Inaugural Committee Member

Heather Mofflin

Inaugural Committee Member

Kirrilly McKenzie

Inaugural Committee Member

Maighdlin Doyle

Inaugural Committee Member

Maggie Yang

Inaugural Committee Member

Michael Anderson

Inaugural Committee Member

Nurfitra Asa

Founder & Director

Sally Hill

Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.

During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.

Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.

Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).

As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.

Inaugural Committee Member

Aris Huang

Inaugural Committee Member

Ben Davis

Inaugural Committee Member

Daniel Peterson

Inaugural Committee Member

Emma Clark

Inaugural Committee Member

Ellie Wallis

Inaugural Committee Member

Elizabeth Nugraha

Inaugural Committee Member

Heather Mofflin

Inaugural Committee Member

Kirrilly McKenzie

Inaugural Committee Member

Maighdlin Doyle

Inaugural Committee Member

Maggie Yang

Inaugural Committee Member

Michael Anderson

Inaugural Committee Member

Nurfitra Asa

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