AIYA partner organisations
The Australia-Indonesia Institute, or AII, provides a focus for the collection, exchange and dissemination of information in relation to the ways in which relations between Australia and Indonesia could be encouraged, strengthened and developed. Established in 1989, the AII works within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to make recommendations about the broadening of Australia’s knowledge and experience of Indonesia through cultural, sports, and exchange programs in both countries.
Established in 1946, The Australian National University (ANU) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities.
The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific houses a remarkable assembly of scholars and resources devoted to the study of Australia’s neighbourhood. Dedicated to outstanding research and education, the College is a centre for Australia’s intellectual engagement and scholarly dialogue with the societies, worlds of thought, economies and cultures of Asia and the Pacific, including Indonesia.
Through the Indonesia Project, it analyses recent economic developments in Indonesia; informs Australian governments, business, and the wider community about those developments; and stimulates research on Indonesia. The College teaches Indonesian culture, history and language through the Island Southeast Asia Centre, which also gives students in-country experience in Indonesia through the year in Asia program.
The Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies, or ACICIS, is a non-profit national education consortium charged with developing and coordinating high-quality, semester-long study programs for Australian students at Indonesian partner universities. Since its foundation in 1994, ACICIS has sent over 1,400 participants to universities around Indonesia, including Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Universitas Muhammadiyah in Malang, and Universitas Parahyangan in Bandung. Before its inception, virtually no Australian student had undertaken semester-long study in Indonesia for credit at their own institution in Australia.
The Australia-Indonesia Business Council is the peak business association for the promotion and facilitation of trade and investment between Australia and Indonesia. AIBC members coordinate branches across Australia, and include major corporations, education providers, government departments, and manufacturers, amongst others.
The Indonesia Institute is a Western Australia-based non-governmental organisation charged with improved community, social, political and welfare exchange between Australia and Indonesia. Working with the AIBC and like-minded organisations in Indonesia and Australia, they commentate, lobby, and assist governments in improving the bilateral relationship.
The Sydney University Southeast Asia Centre is Australia’s premier centre of interdisciplinary academic excellence on Southeast Asia. From a central position within the University of Sydney, SSEAC brings together academics, teachers and researchers from more than a dozen faculties, working to forge an innovative and engaged approach to the region that reflects its rich diversity and challenging problems.
The Department of Indonesian Studies evolved from the former department of Indonesian and Malayan Studies, which was the earliest Australian university department to specialise in the study of Indonesian languages and societies. Indonesian language is available for beginning, advanced and background speaker students, with further unites of study covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society, offered through the Asian Studies program.
PPI Australia, or the Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Australia, was founded in 1981. It supports Indonesian students in Australia by creating a platform to expand their skills and conscience in accordance with their Indonesian identity. The PPIA has chapters at in nearly every state of Australia, and is active in coordinating events at campuses throughout the country.
AMCA is the first management consulting based student society in The Australian National University. Its main objectives are to build business acumen through improved management consulting and leadership skills, to create value for its stakeholders, and allow them to build value for others, and to inspire a new culture of management consulting with the ANU community.
AIYA is comprised of an Executive Committee with seven members in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Jakarta, who set the strategic direction of AIYA as a whole. AIYA also has a number of Chapters around Australia and Indonesia, presently based in Jakarta, Canberra, Darwin, Queensland, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Arjuna Dibley — President
Arjuna has cumulatively spent over 10 years studying, working and living between Australia and Indonesia. While completing a combined Law and Asian Studies (Honours) degree from the Australian National University, Arjuna worked in or Indonesia with universities, the Commonwealth Government, NGOs and the private sector. Arjuna has written about Indonesian law and politics, and the Australia-Indonesia relationship, including in The Age, the East Asia Forum and the Lowy Interpreter. Through these experiences Arjuna has developed a strong interest in expanding the scope and depth of Australia’s engagement with Indonesia. Arjuna’s day job is as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie.
Contact Arjuna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fe Donaghue — Director, Partnerships
Fe’s interest in Indonesia was cemented after a year spent studying there in 2008 and she has been firmly addicted to it ever since. In 2010 Fe graduated from the ANU with a Bachelor of Arts/Asian Studies (Hons), for which she was awarded first class Honours for her thesis on corruption in Indonesia. Fe maintains a keen interest in improving Indonesian literacy in Australia and was previously involved in running a Federal government funded ACT-wide Indonesian language exchange program in 2009-10. Fe currently works in the Australian Public Service.
Hugh Passmore — Director, External Relations
Hugh has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and in 2010 graduated from ANU with a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Hons), for which he was awarded a University Medal. Hugh has previously worked on Indonesia related issues at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, as a teacher at Islamic boarding schools in Central Java, and with the AIBC. Hugh currently works in the Public Service.
Rachelle Cole — Director, Operations
Rachelle has been passionate about Indonesia since spending a year studying there in 2008. Since graduating from the ANU with an Arts/Asian Studies (Indonesian Specialist) degree, she has worked to strengthen the educational relationship (through the Australian Consortium for In-Country Studies) and the business relationship (through the Australia-Indonesia Business Council). Rachelle recently spent time in Jakarta where she worked for an international communications consultancy and helped to establish AIYA. She is currently completing Honours in Indonesian Studies and is employed as a translator by the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government.
Sally Hill — Treasurer
Sally is in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws/International Relations with two diplomas of languages in Advanced Indonesian and Modern Standard Arabic. She has been spent the last eight years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure. She has previously interned at Ashurt’s Jakarta office (Oentong Suria & Partners) and has represented Australia in a number of international conferences including the ASEAN International Youth Conference and the Asian Law Students Association Conference. Sally is passionate about increasing the opportunities for Australian and Indonesian graduates to obtain work in each other’s countries and hopes that AIYA will be the perfect platform to do so.
Karina Akib — Director, Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY)
Karina currently works in Jakarta as an Associate for Boston Consulting Group. Moving to Indonesia originally to learn more about her family heritage, she realized how vibrant the country was and how important it is to Australia. This importance has been even more obvious since working as a consultant advising several Australian companies looking to enter or grow their operations in one of the most vibrant regions in the world.
Karina is passionate about social entrepreneurship and prior to joining BCG, she led a product launch at Jakarta based social business RUMA which uses mobile phone technology as a tool to develop the livelihood of individuals at the base of the pyramid and also lead business development as a Director at the Inaugural Global Social Change Film Festival in Bali.
Bede Moore — Director, Indonesian Operations and Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY)
Bede Moore is an Australian entrepreneur living and working in Indonesia. Bede is a founder of Vela Asia, a logistics and e-commerce support services company operating in Indonesia. Previously, Bede co-founded, and worked as Managing Director of the Indonesian e-commerce company, Lazada.co.id, and served as a Senior Associate in the Boston Consulting Group’s Jakarta and Melbourne offices.
He has been living and working in Jakarta since 2011, where he has been fortunate to witness the growth and development of Indonesia first hand. As a student, Bede studied Indonesian history, receiving his BA from Harvard and then an MPhil from Leiden university, where he received honours for his research focusing on the relationship between Australia and Indonesia during the struggle for Indonesian independence.
Bede has written extensively on Asian politics, business and history in various publications such as The Jakarta Globe, Crikey!, the Harvard International Review and ABC News. As both a student of, and contributor to, the Australia-Indonesia relationship, Bede is committed to helping young people from both countries to enjoy similar experiences.
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