- Mahendra Siregar — Chairman of Board of Commissioners, PT Semen Indonesia and former Vice Minister for Finance
- Hon Minister Peter Styles MLA – Northern Territory Government. Minister for Business, Racing Gaming and Licensing, Asian Engagement and Trade, Employment and Training, Corporate and Information Services, Multicultural Affairs, Young Territorians, Senior Territorians, Defence Industries
- Tracey Hayes — CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association
- Richard Price – Deputy Director of Australia-Indonesia Centre
- Fendi Liem — Founder and Managing Director of SEDAYU
- Edgar Collins — CEO of AustAsia Food
- Catherine Patinah — Finance Director at SC Johnson
- Greg Fealy — Associate Professor, Australian National University
- Andre Omer Siregar — Indonesian Consulate, Darwin
- Alex Murphy — Managing Director of UTS:INSEARCH
- Kate Walker — Director, Asian Engagement in the NT Department of Business
- Shafiah F Muhibat — Researcher at CSIS Indonesia
- Paul Thomas — Coordinator of Indonesian Studies, Monash University
- Susie Sugden — Co-founder and joint Managing Director, Paraplou Group
- Dr Steven Farram — Lecturer in North Australian and Regional Studies (History) at Charles Darwin University
- Terry O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Darwin Port Corporation
- Janet Gibson — UTS:INSEARCH Program Manager, Communication
- Allan Clarke — Indigenous Affairs Reporter at BuzzFeed Australia
- Self Rumbewas — University of Sydney
- Dan Bourchier — Indigenous Affairs Correspondent at Sky News Australia
- Lauren Moss — Member for Casuarina
- Julia Martínez — Associate Professor of History at University of Wollongong
- James Oaten — Reporter at ABC News
- Andini Effendi —News Anchor for Metro TV
Mahendra Siregar — Chairman of Board of Commissioners, PT Semen Indonesia
Mr Mahendra was Indonesian Vice Minister of Trade from 2009 until 2011, and later held the positions of Vice Minister of Finance from 2011 to 2013, and Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board, BKPM, from 2013 to 2014.
He currently serves on the boards of a number of companies and organisations, including as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for PT Semen Indonesia, one of the country’s largest companies, and for the Australia Indonesia Centre.
Mahendra graduated with a Bachelor degree in Economics from University of Indonesia in 1986, and received a Master in Economics from Monash University in 1991. He joined the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1986 and was assigned to various postings including Economic Third Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in London (1992-1995) and Information Counsellor of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC (1998-2001).
Hon Minister Peter Styles MLA – Northern Territory Government
Born and raised in Perth Western Australia, Peter Styles was a partner/owner of a small mutli-purpose ship used in oil exploration and fishing industries; employed in the WA public service and the Western Australia Police Force before moving to Darwin in the Northern Territory in 1981.
Peter Styles was a Police Officer in the NT Police Force for 27 years where his work with youth in schools and in the community focussed on helping young people to achieve their full potential. He was successfully elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly as the Member for Sanderson in the August 2008 Northern Territory general election.
In August 2012, Peter Styles was re-elected and was appointed as the first Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister for Young Territorians, Senior Territorians and Multicultural Affairs. He was also appointed to the position of Government Whip and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. On 14 March 2013, Peter Styles was sworn in as the Minister for Infrastructure; Minister for Transport; Minister for Multicultural Affairs; Minister for Senior Territorians and Minister for Young Territorians, in the Giles Government.
Peter Styles has achieved a Master of Business Administration; Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies and Graduate Diploma in Communication and Media, at Charles Darwin University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management.
Following a portfolio reshuffle in December 2014, Peter Styles was appointed as the Minister for Business; Minister for Racing Gaming and Licensing; Minister for Corporate and Information Services; Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Young Territorians. Peter Styles holds the current portfolios in the Northern Territory Government: Business, Racing Gaming and Licensing, Asian Engagement and Trade, Employment and Training, Corporate and Information Services, Multicultural Affairs, Young Territorians, Senior Territorians, Defence Industries.
Tracey Hayes — CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association
Tracey Hayes is the CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, a not-for-profit organisation that heads up the billion dollar Northern Territory Cattle Industry. Tracey has qualifications in Rangeland Management, Agri-Business and Business Management. She owns a successful equipment hire business and has over 25 years’ experience in beef production and land management.
Richard Price – Deputy Director of Australia-Indonesia Centre
Richard is Director (Research) and Deputy Director of the Australia Indonesia Centre, an Adjunct Professor at the International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (University of Southern Queensland) and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment & Society (Australian National University).
Between 2003 and 2014 Richard was Managing Director of Kiri-ganai Research, heading up offices in Australia and China. Here he led international teams in the preparation of environmental policy, guidelines and regulations, including for China’s central and provincial governments. Previously he worked with Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. While at the Ministry of Primary Industries & Energy he penned the Primary Industries & Energy R&D Act which established 15 national R&D Corporations. Richard helped establish Land & Water Australia where he created and oversaw over a dozen national innovation programs.
Richard won an Australian Banksia Award for research in 2008 and in 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. He has sat on Boards of Cooperative Research Centres and various Non-Government Organisations.
Fendi Liem — Founder and Managing Director of SEDAYU
Fendi Liem is the founder and Managing Director of PT Selaras Daya Utama, also known as SEDAYU, Indonesia’s leading Renewable Energy Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) Company in Indonesia with Solar and Mini Hydro Power Plants projects throughout Indonesia.
Fendi graduated from UNSW in Australia with a Bachelors of Computer Science with Honours and is a Certified expert in the field of Climate and Renewable Energy Finance. He also worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM in Australia before returning to Idonesia.
Once back in Indonesia, Fendi continued his longstanding connection with Australia by serving as the Program Officer for the 2015 Business Practicum for the Australian Consortium of In-country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).
Edgar Collins — CEO of AustAsia Food
Edgar Collins grew up on a farm in Papua New Guinea and has made it his life’s work to ensure that Greenfields customers enjoy nothing but the highest quality milk, and to help them empower their active, urban lifestyles. He and his partners founded the company in
In the years since, he has worked with the Greenfields team to ensure the highest product hygiene and safety standards, and is proud that Greenfields has consistently met the high benchmarks set for it. The firm has gone from strength to strength, and today has close to 6,000 cows at its Malang, Indonesia dairy. The company has also grown from its Indonesian home pasture, to serve the needs of food service customers and consumers in many major Asian markets. Today, it has expanded its product line with its new addition of cheeses.
Edgar has also set his sights on entering the China market. The company currently has two dairy farms in operation, and a third currently under construction. He is currently based in Shanghai, and is married with two children.
Catherine Patinah — Finance Director at SC Johnson
Catherine Patinah has had an international career in finance, with 17 years spent studying and working across Australasia. Covering multiple sectors including beauty care, snacks, pet foods, insecticides and home care, she is known for her strong leadership and competitive drive. As a coach and manager she has transformed the careers of many others, resulting in strong business partnerships and multifunctional teams. Educated in both Australia and Indonesia, Catherine is a driving force in the bilateral relationship.
Greg Fealy — Associate Professor, Australian National University
Greg Fealy is Associate Professor and Department Head of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific at ANU. He is also a visiting Professor in Indonesian Politics at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC; Lecturer in Southeast Asian History, Monash University; an Indonesia analyst for the Australian government; and a consultant on Indonesian civil society, election and Islamic education programs.
He has completed a PhD thesis on the traditionalist Muslim party, Nahdlatul Ulama, and has conducted extensive research on terrorism, transnational Islamist movements and religious commodification in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Greg has also written many key publications including ‘The Legacy of Soeharto’s New Order: Essays in Honour of Harold Crouch’ (co-edited with Edward Aspinall), and Expressing Islam: Islamic Life and Politics in Indonesia (co-edited with Sally White).
Andre Omer Siregar — Indonesian Consulate, Darwin
Andre Omer Siregar is the Indonesian Consul in Darwin. From 2011 to 2014, he was the interpreter for former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Prior to this, he held a number of policy and interpreting roles in Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Head of International Financial Institutions and in Timor Leste, the United Nations, and the United States. He studied at Victoria University in Wellington, and holds a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University in Melbourne.
Alex Murphy — Managing Director of UTS:INSEARCH
Mr Murphy has 23 years’ experience with UTS:INSEARCH in education, marketing and senior management roles.
Mr Murphy has had a long interest in higher education, intercultural business and ethics, and has lived and worked in Indonesia. He studied linguistics, philosophy and Indonesian and Malayan studies at university and undertook research at two Australian universities, where he also lectured in linguistics. Mr Murphy ensures that learning and development of staff is fully-supported by INSEARCH and he accesses executive training programs and coaching regularly to support his own learning and development.
Mr Murphy has been a member of the St James Ethics Centre since 1997.
Kate Walker — Director, Asian Engagement in the NT Department of Business
Kate worked with the Australian Federal Government for many years and the majority of her Federal Government career was spent with the Department of Defence and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Kate was posted to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta between 2006-2011, as the Counsellor for Customs and Border Protection. During this time, Kate formed new working relationships with both Indonesian Government Ministries and local community members.
Making the switch to Northern Territory Government, Kate is the Director of Asian Engagement , Department of Business, Office of Asian Engagement Trade and Investment. The Asian Engagement team coordinates a program of initiatives to strengthen the Northern Territory’s international engagement through strategic political, economic and cultural partnerships.
Kate holds a Masters Degree from the University of New South Wales.
Shafiah F Muhibat — Researcher at CSIS Indonesia
Shafiah F Muhibat has been part of CSIS’ research team in the Department of International Relations since 2000, where she has done and taken part in extensive research projects on politics and regional security in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. She has special interest in issues of regional security cooperation and maritime security.
She is currently the Chief Editor of The Indonesian Quarterly, a quarterly academic journal published by CSIS.
She obtained a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg with full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.
Her latest publication is Evolving Approaches to Regional Security Cooperation: A conceptual analysis of cooperative security with illustrations of practices in East Asia (Baden-baden: Nomos Publishers, 2013).
Paul Thomas — Coordinator of Indonesian Studies, Monash University
Paul Thomas is Coordinator of Indonesian Studies and lecturer in Translation Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University, Victoria. His initial interest in Indonesia began as a participant on the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) after which he majored in Indonesian and Italian in his undergraduate degree. Upon graduating, Paul moved to Southeast Asia teaching in Bandung, Indonesia and Singapore where he also worked as a freelance translator.
On returning to Australia, he took up tertiary teaching positions in South Australia and then Victoria while completing a Masters in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. Paul’s PhD was in the field of translation history and explored the history of communication between Australia and the Indonesian archipelago from the pre-European period through to the Cold War.
Paul is currently researching the history of the English language press in Indonesia and is completing an edited volume on the history of the Indonesian-Malay language in Australia entitled Talking North: History, Literacy and Policy in Australia’s First Asian Language due for publication later this year.
Susie Sugden — Co-founder and joint Managing Director, Paraplou Group
Susie Sugden is a co-founder and Managing Director of the Paraplou Group. Together with Bede Moore, she founded Paraplou Group in founded in 2012 to support fashion brands and manufacturers to sell online in the growing Indonesian eCommerce market. Paraplou Group operates premium fashion retailer www.paraplou.com as well as end-to-end eCommerce for brands such as Havaianas, G2000 and Lee Cooper.
Susie originally hails from Tasmania, Australia, but grew up in Southeast Asia. After obtaining Economics and Law degrees from the University of Melbourne, she spent several years working in retail with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and Indonesia. She left BCG to co-found Zalora and Lazada Indonesia in 2011, developing the full marketing capability for both retailers, which are now the two largest eCommerce players in their markets.
Susie and Bede were named Endeavor Entrepreneurs for Indonesia in 2014 for their work with Paraplou Group, becoming the first foreigners to receive the honour in that country.
Dr Steven Farram — Lecturer in North Australian and Regional Studies (History) at Charles Darwin University
Dr Steven Farram is Lecturer in North Australian and Regional Studies (History) at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. His research interests include the history of northern Australia and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He has published extensively in these areas and is also a regular contributor of book and exhibition reviews to various journals. Steven is an active member of the history community through organisations such as the Professional Historians Association (NT) and the Historical Society of the Northern Territory. He is a regular participant at international and local conferences and has been coordinator of the Annual History Colloquium held in Darwin for several years.
Terry O’Connor – Chief Executive Officer, Port of Darwin
Terry O’Connor joined Darwin Port Corporation in June 2008 as General Manager Landside Operations, following a long career in the Royal Australian Navy. He has held positions within the Federal Government as a maritime specialist and with the private sector in logistics management. Terry was appointed as CEO of the Darwin Port Corporation in August 2011.
Janet Gibson — UTS:INSEARCH Program Manager, Communication
Ms Gibson has over twenty years of experience in the tertiary education sector, lecturing in Communication Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), English Communication and other subject areas at different learning institutions.
Ms Gibson holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature, a Master of Arts in Theatre and Film Studies, a Master of Applied Linguistics, a Master of Adult Education and a Graduate Diploma in Communication. She has recently completed a PhD in dementia, narrative and performance and also runs a small production company with a disability focus.
Allan Clarke — Indigenous Affairs Reporter at BuzzFeed
Allan Clarke is a Muruwari man who grew up in the small town of Bourke in Western NSW. Allan is currently BuzzFeed Australia’s National Indigenous Affairs reporter, travelling the country and filing a range of stories on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Before joining the BuzzFeed team, Allan was the western Sydney reporter for ABC News filing for television, radio and online.
Prior to working at the ABC, Allan spent seven years as a video journalist at SBS Television’s current affairs department, where he was a senior reporter on the station’s flagship Indigenous news and current affairs programme Living Black, travelling as a solo video journalist and filing investigative pieces. Allan is also a co-host on the NITV program Around the Traps.
Self Rumbewas — University of Sydney
Self Rumbewas is a final year law student (Juris Doctor) at the University of New South Wales. He is an alumnus of the University of Sydney where he completed an Honours degree in Indonesian and Malay Studies. Self’s interest in the bilateral relationship is exhibited by 18 months work experience as an Australian Volunteer for International Development (AVID) at Syah Kuala University, Banda Aceh between 2010 and 2011. Uniquely, Self possesses an intimate pathfinder’s knowledge of the Indonesian archipelago, having toured the length of the country’s landmass from Sabang to Merauke by motorcycle.
Dan Bourchier — Indigenous Affairs Correspondent at Sky News Australia
Dan Bourchier is Darwin Reporter and National Indigenous Affairs Correspondent at SKY NEWS. Dan grew up in the remote Northern Territory outback mining town of Tennant Creek and began reporting at the local newspaper when he was 14.
Dan then moved on to the NT News where he overhauled the daily metropolitan’s pop culture and social news coverage. In 2010 he began working with National Indigenous Television (NITV) in both Sydney and Canberra, before moving to Darwin to join SKY NEWS in January 2012.
With SKY NEWS Dan has covered the fourth inquest in to the death of Azaria Chamberlain, President Barack Obama’s visit to the Top End and subsequent deployment of US Marines to the Territory.
Lauren Moss — Member for Casuarina
Lauren Moss is the Labor member for Casuarina, and holds a number of key positions, including the NT Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs. She has a strong interest in community and youth development that has been recognised both locally and nationally.
Lauren was awarded the Excellence in Youth Leadership award at the NT Young Achiever Awards, and was also a finalist in the NT Young Australian of the Year, Darwin City Council Young Citizen of the Year, as well as the Australian Woman’s Weekly Women of the Future.
She is also the Founder of The Skin Deep Project, and manages her own small business.
Julia Martínez — Associate Professor of History at University of Wollongong
Julia Martínez is an Associate Professor of History and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at University of Wollongong, NSW. Her interests include Australian and Asian history and in particular the connections between Darwin, Broome, north Queensland and Asia. She publishes on Indigenous and Asian labour history and on Chinese diaspora in Australia and Southeast Asia.
Her ARC-funded projects include a history on the migration and ‘traffic’ in women in Australia and Southeast Asia and a study of colonial domestic service with Claire Lowrie, Victoria Haskins, & Frances Steel. In 2013 she co-edited with Professor Adrian Vickers a special edition of the SOAS journal Indonesia and the Malay World on histories of overseas Indonesians. Her book, with Adrian Vickers, is The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian labor and Indigenous encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network (University of Hawai’i Press, 2015).
James Oaten — Reporter at ABC News
James Oaten is a cross media reporter for ABC News in Darwin. He moved to the Top End after spending more than three-years with the ABC’s Asia Pacific News Centre in Melbourne, working as a television and radio reporter, producer and presenter. He has filed for various ABC news outlets, including The World, AM, The World Today, 730 Victoria and News Breakfast. He was formerly a reporter with WIN News in Albury, and a content maker at SBS.
Andini Effendi- News Anchor for Metro TV
News anchor for metro TV’s daily prime time show, Trending Topic and a weekly English news program, Indonesia Now. Andini am also an international affairs correspondent. Her coverage experience includes Thailand conflict, the Libyan war, 2012 US election, and Syrian refugees in Iraq. She hold a master degree in global affairs, concentrating in peacemaking and peacebuilding. She has also produced a short documentary called “peace it forward” that focuses on peacebuilding approach through arts and sports in Sri Lanka and Timor Leste.
Helen Davidson – Darwin Correspondent at The Guardian Australia
Helen Davidson is Guardian Australia’s Northern Territory correspondent, covering breaking news, politics, Indigenous affairs and regional issues.
She has reported from across the country for the Guardian since its Australian launch in 2013, including the fallout of the Australian-Indonesian spying revelations, Bali 9, the Sydney siege, and Australia’s controversial asylum seeker policies. She has also liveblogged numerous major world news events. Helen was previously a journalist for SBS and News Corp where she covered the rebuilding efforts in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.