- Aqmarina Andira – Co-Founder and Director, Rumah Cerita
- Johanis Aryo P B Bay – Lecturer, electrical and electronic engineering, Cenderawasih University
- Gabriel Mukuan – Associate, Otto Cornelis Kaligis & Associates
- Risti Permani – Lecturer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide
- Ida Puspita – Lecturer, English Literature, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan
- Christian Donny Putranto – Protection Associate, UNHCR Jakarta
- Nurina Savitri – Producer at ABC Australia Plus
- Stefano Salomo Sibarani – Process Engineer, PT. Saipem Indonesia
- Marlisa Wahyuningsih Soepeno – Foreign Service Officer, Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Zeva Aulia Sudana – Communications Officer, United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination Indonesia
- Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto – Indonesian Presidential PhD scholar, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University (ANU)
- Agung Wasono – Executive Director, LANSKAP Indonesia (Institute for Economics Politics and Public Policy Analysis)
- Dicky Khaerul Wallad – Master of International Relations student at University of Melbourne
- Feliciana Natali Wienathan – Founder and Group Head of Marketing, Eagle Group Indonesia
- Filda Yusgiantoro – PhD candidate, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University
Aqmarina Andira (Ina, @inandira) is the Co-Founder and Director of Rumah Cerita, a not for profit creative writing center for kids. She holds a masters degree in Publishing from the University of Sydney and was one of the editors of Perspective, the University of Sydney Student Anthology in 2014, responsible for content selection and layout design. She also worked on Home Project: Mapping the Stories of Redfern with Sydney Story Factory, Random House Australia and local Aboriginal community as the design intern.
Professionally, Ina works as a Content and Presentation Designer at telkomtelstra, a joint venture between two leading communication enterprises, Telkom Indonesia and Telstra Australia. Her role combines her engineering knowledge that she achieved through her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung and her professional career as a writer and editor. She loves literature, manages a book club and does some reading as well as fiction writing in her spare time.
Johanis Aryo P B Bay
Johanis Aryo Purwo Binoko Bay is originally from Jayapura, Papua, in eastern Indonesia. He works as a lecturer in electrical and electronic engineering department at Cenderawasih University, where he is responsible for teaching, student mentoring, and monitoring academic activity. Previously, during his service as the head of Bachelor program, he developed a new curriculum for telecommunication and electronics course and helping the improvement of his department accreditation.
Moreover, he has developed a microcontroller study program for students in the lab, where they can learn to design and develop embedded system projects based on their own creativity. In his spare time he likes to do community service, such as teaching English for highlander student, playing basketball and music. He recently received an Australia Awards Scholarship to continue his doctoral degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.
Gabriel Mukuan received an LLB/SarjanaHukum and graduated top of his class with Honor from Universitas Negeri Manado in 2011. He then completed an LL.M from Cornell Law School in 2015.
Mr. Mukuan joined Otto Cornelis Kaligis& Associates as an Associate in 2011. He focuses on representing corporations and individuals in complex commercial and corporate matters including shareholder derivative, arbitrations and commercial and transactional litigation. He also handles civil litigation cases such as breach of contracts and torts.
He was a member of the Indonesian delegation in the Asean Law Association General Assembly and an awardee in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Aside from working as a lawyer, he also coaches several universities to compete in law moot court competitions. He is a member of the Indonesian Bar Association (Peradi) and also the American Bar Association (2014-2015).
Risti (@Risti_Permani) is a Lecturer in Agricultural Economics at Global Food Studies, the University of Adelaide. She came to Australia in 2004 to pursue her Masters and PhD in Economics at the University of Adelaide after completing Bachelor of Science (Statistics) at Bogor Agricultural University. Risti is the co-founder of GoLive Indonesia, a network which facilitates discussions on development issues in Indonesia and has published on various socio-economic topics in Indonesia. Her recent work focuses on dairy and beef cattle sectors including live cattle trade, dairy value chains, and school milk programs in Indonesia. She still calls Indonesia ‘home’.
Ida Puspita works as a lecturer at English Literature Department of Universitas Ahmad Dahlan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Since 2013, she has served as the Head of International Office, after completing her Masters Degree at School of English Literatures and Philosophy, University of Wollongong, Australia. The topic of her thesis was a comparative literature between the author from Indonesia (Pramoedya Ananta Toer) and Australia (Katharine Susannah Prichard).
Since 2013, some new collaborative activities have been created with UAD’s partner institutions abroad such as inbound and outbound international community program, sending the alumni to teach at our partner schools within ASEAN as our effort to face the ASEAN community 2015, more activities in the degree and non degree cooperation, and so forth. In 2014, Ida was appointed as the Vice Chairperson of Muhammadiyah and Aisyiyah Higher Education Institution Consortium, and in 2015 was appointed as the Chairperson of this consortium. This will enable her to broaden the internationalisation program to the other Muhammadiyah and Asyiyah institutions.
Christian Donny Putranto
Christian Donny Putranto (@cdonnyp) is a Master of Laws (human rights law) student at the Melbourne Law School as an Australia Awards Scholar. Born and bred in Jakarta, Donny’s attraction and passion towards human rights law have brought him unique experiences. After completing a bachelor’s of law at Atma Jaya Catholic University, he worked for a national NGO advocating child’s rights.
In 2011, he was recruited by the International Committee of the Red Cross regional delegation in Jakarta to manage and carry out human rights and humanitarian laws training for the Indonesian police and armed forces across the country. Between 2013 and 2015, Donny worked at the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Jakarta adjudicating asylum claims from asylum-seekers in Indonesia. Lastly, Doyle, Orwell, Kafka, and Camus are some of his favourite authors with Sherlock as his all-time favourite character.
Christian is one of this year’s three Australia Awards delegates.
Nurina Savitri – Producer at ABC Australia Plus
Nurina Savitri resides in Jakarta, Indonesia. She does journalism by heart and currently works with ABC International-Australia Plus as a multiplatform producer. Prior to her post in ABC, she finished her master degree at Institute of Development Policy and Management, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, majoring Governance and Development. Her bachelor background was International Relations from Airlangga University, Surabaya.
In 2010, she got the PPIA-VOA Broadcasting Fellowship that took her to Washington DC for one year as a broadcasting fellow in Voice of America. Nurina previously started her journalism career at Metro TV as a news reporter and after returning from US she joined Kompas TV as news producer and anchor.
On her leisure, she actively involves in several organizations such as Soroptimist International, Toastmasters International and Jakarta International Community Choir. She just returned from South Korea where she became one of the Indonesian delegates for MIKTA Young Professional Camp 2015.
Stefano Salomo Sibarani
He has a strong interest in the Energy sector especially in modern gas exploration and processing. Currently he is working as Process Engineer at an Italian-listed Company which focusses on oil and gas engineering and construction. At the moment he is involved in a project to build a FPU (floating production unit) offshore which will deliver 450 MMSFCD natural gas, boosting Indonesia’s national production.
Marlisa Wahyuningsih Soepeno
Marlisa is a Foreign Service Officer with the Political, Social and Security Division in the Office of the Minister at Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is also the interpreter to the President of Indonesia and the First Lady. Previously, she was a foreign policy analyst on Indonesia’s emerging markets, covering Latin American countries, and an Intern at the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, France.
Marlisa holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Hasanuddin University, Makassar. She obtained a double Master’s degree in Public Policy and Diplomacy from the Australian National University. During her time in Canberra, she was active in various activities on efforts to strengthen Australia – Indonesia relations, among others: her participation at the Canberra Multicultural Festival; her involvement in various visits of Indonesia’s high officials to Canberra, as well as her work as interpreter to Australia – Indonesia Partnership for Decentralization (AIPD) study visits to states and territories in Australia where she met and interviewed Indigenous Australians in Tiwi Island, Darwin.
Her previous field experience in development work has transformed Marlisa into a person with continuous passion to contribute back to the community. In her capacity as an Australian Awards Alumni, she joined the Alumni Reference Group of Poverty Reduction, Disadvantaged Area and Post-Conflict Regions cluster and contribute her ideas as well as collaborate with other alumni in this field. She is also the Founder of Makassar Interpreter Training (MINT) Initiative, a program funded by Alumni Grant Scheme aimed at enhancing the capacity and improving the livelihood of local-based interpreters in the Eastern Part of Indonesia.
Zeva Aulia Sudana
Zeva (@zevasudana) is passionate towards justice and rights issues. She currently works at the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID). She was one of the coordinators of Youth Ecopreneurship (YEP) Camp, an eco-business initiative for underprivileged Indonesian youths. She was a Program Officer for conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs at Search for Common Ground.
Zeva obtained her MA in Social and Global Justice from the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics and International Relations. She received a full scholarship from the University of Nottingham and George Soros’s The Open Society Foundations. She graduated as valedictorian for her bachelors’ degree in International Relations at Parahyangan Catholic University.
In 2014, she was chosen to represent Indonesian youths at the Y20 Summit, one of the G20 engagement groups. She is a part of the core organisers of Indonesian Youth Diplomacy.
She also received sponsorships, fellowships, and scholarships for various international politics and human rights programs in Indonesia, Taiwan, Germany, Turkey, and the USA.
Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto
Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto (Andi, @atriandi) is Indonesian Presidential PhD scholar with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). Before joining ANU, Andi was Associate Research Fellow with the Maritime Security Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore and a researcher with the International Relations Department of the University of Indonesia. His research interests cover maritime security, Australia-Indonesia relations, and Indonesia’s strategic policy.
Andi’s most recent publications include a co-authored chapter with Leonard Sebastian and I Made Andi Arsana in a book edited by Christopher Roberts, Leonard Sebastian, and Derry Habir, Indonesia’s Ascent: Power, Leadership, and the Regional Order (Palgrave Macmillan, March 2015). He regularly attends international conferences and seminars and a commentator on maritime security and defence issues. Andi holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from RSIS and a Bachelor of Social Science in International Relations from the University of Indonesia.
Agung (@agungwasono) was born in Magelang, a small city in Central Java, Indonesia. His bachelor’s degree was in law. He obtained master’s degree in Planning and Public Policy at Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta and now he is taking combined masters degree in Public Policy and Governance and Development Studies at UNSW Australia.
Agung is the founder and the Executive Director of LANSKAP Indonesia (Institute for Economics Politics and Public Policy Analysis). The aim of this organisation is to conduct research and to provide assistance on the improvement of public policy in Indonesia especially in local regions. He also serves as a Program Manager of Democratic and State Governance Unit at Kemitraan (Indonesia-based NGO on governance reform).
During his work at Kemitraan, he has managed several programs/projects such as: budget transparency, electoral reform, political party reform, women’s representation in politics, Millennium Development Goals, and the Preparation of the Post-2015 Development Goals. He was also the National Coordinator for the monitoring of 2014 General Elections.
Agung is this year’s UNSW delegate.
Dicky Khaerul Wallad
D.K. Wallad graduated from the Master of International Relations programme at the University of Melbourne in July 2015. In 2011-2013, he worked as External Relations Officer at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta where he was responsible for facilitating the organisation’s external relations and projects with partners such as Australia, India, Russia, and the United Nations. In Canberra, September 2011, he was one of the ASEAN Secretariat’s delegates in the 24th ASEAN-Australia Forum, an annual meeting between Permanent Representatives of ASEAN and Ambassador of Australia to ASEAN which aims at reviewing and advancing ASEAN-Australia cooperation.
As an Indonesian who lived in Melbourne during increased strains between Indonesia and Australia (2013-2015), he was well exposed to various issues and views on Indonesia-Australia relationship, including the perspectives of local Australians and the Indonesian diaspora in Melbourne.
D.K. Wallad was awarded the Australia Awards Scholarship from the Government of Australia and the Melbourne Global Scholars Award from the University of Melbourne.
Dicky is one of this year’s three Australia Awards delegates.
Feliciana Natali Wienathan
Felicia (@feliciananaw) is a Founder and Group Head of Marketing for Eagle Group Indonesia, a business process outsourcing company that focuses on areas such: marketing communication, sales, and distribution. Felicia also works as an Independent Marketing Communication Consultant advising for wide variety of local and multinational clients both from private and public sector.
Felicia is a degree holder of Business (Marketing) and Behavioral Studies from Monash University, where she was active as Vice President of Monash University’s Indonesian Students Association of Australia (PPIA). Her entrepreneurial enthusiasm, undergraduate experiences, coupled with previous tenure in Edelman Indonesia under the Health and Human Services division, has sharpened her aspirations to improve youth empowerment and education through the creation of the right social enterprise.
Filda (@fyusgiantoro) is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University. Her research focuses on the issues of improving the financial sector to promote the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia. She completed her undergraduate in engineering at Bandung Institute of Technology, and held two masters in Master of Business Management from University of Padova and in Master of Business Administration (MBA) specializing in finance from Nanyang Business School.
She is also active in preserving the Indonesian heritage and culture through education and performing arts, as well as leading social missions for underprivileged schoolchildren. She has also conducted a series of events supporting the role of women in society and business. Her experiences led her to be selected as one of the Indonesian delegates to attend the United Nations 58th Commission Status of Women and the APEC 3rd Women and the Economic Forum.