Key People

AIYA is comprised of an Executive Committee with members in both Australia and Indonesia, who set the strategic direction of AIYA as a whole.


Nicholas Mark — President

Nicholas Mark is a Sydney based lawyer with a passion for all things Australia-Indonesia. Nicholas has been learning Bahasa Indonesia since he was in high school, and continued all through university. Nicholas is an alumni of ACICIS, and has experience working in the legal sector on Indonesia-related matters, as well as in compliance at ANZ. He works as a solicitor in the Property, Planning and Projects team at Swaab Attorneys. His semangat for Indonesia also led him to write and publish a children’s book in Bahasa Indonesia in 2012, entitled ‘Petualangan Anak Indonesia‘ (‘The Indoventurers’). The book is now used by schools in both Australia and Indonesia, and the project has enabled him to present at international literature festivals, such as the Ubud Writer’s and Reader’s Festival.

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Sheila Hie — Treasurer

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 11.39.33 amSheila came to Australia for the very first time in July 2011 as a scholarship recipient from the University of Queensland – Universitas Indonesia partnership. As a student, she was actively involved in various student associations and introduced AIYA to Queensland for the first time in 2012. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce and Sarjana Ekonomi degrees, she decided to keep pursuing her passion of the Australia-Indonesia relationship and increasing Indonesians’ presence in Australia. This passion also brought her to her current role at ANZ Banking Group as International & Institutional Banking Management Trainee. During her free time, she enjoys travelling, playing music and archery. Sheila hopes that through her involvement in AIYA she will contribute in strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two neighbouring countries.

Melanie Kilby – Company Secretary

Melanie is a recent graduate of the University of Queensland, completing an Honours degree in Indonesian studies in 2016. Her love for Indonesian language and culture began in high school and was fuelled by a semester studying and travelling on the ACICIS program. Melanie’s involvement in both AIYA Yogyakarta and AIYA Queensland further fostered her passion for connecting the youth of Australia and Indonesia. Melanie recently commenced a Graduate Programme at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Sam Shlansky — Director, Partnerships and Memberships

Sam Shlansky believes Australia and Indonesia will be firm friends which is why he joined AIYA. He knows from a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Monash University that Indonesia is an exciting place to explore. His Diploma of Youth Work at RMIT makes it clear that young people are the future. Living abroad for an ACICIS semester of Development studies cemented this belief. Another chance with AIYEP proved the power of people; Sam loved learning the stories and strengths of his host community. Over 10 years of Indonesian studies drives this passion for Indonesia. Since moving from Warrnambool Sam has had a variety of AIYA Victoria Chapter roles and is a committed volunteer for a variety of other organisations. Sam is excited to work with members and communities to connect Indonesia and Australia.

Fitri Mayang Sari — Director, Partnerships and Memberships

Clarice Campbell — Director, Operations

Clarice has spent the last eleven years learning about and engaging in the Australia-Indonesia relationship. She is a graduate of Monash University, majoring in Linguistics and Indonesian Studies and completed an Honours degree in Indonesian morphosyntax in 2016. She is a recipient of the Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship to the University of Indonesia and since completing her studies has been working at the Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office in Jakarta. In her spare time, she tries to travel to as many places in Indonesia and Asia as possible and her most recent trip in Indonesia saw her travel to South Sulawesi to compete in the Toraja Marathon and officially open AIYA’s Eastern Indonesia chapter. Clarice is passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship and believes that AIYA plays a great role in its development at a grass-roots level.

Sinead Maguire — Director, Communications

Sinead Maguire was previously a Social Media Communications Consultant at the World Bank Office in Jakarta. She acted as a project associate on a randomised control research trial that assess the extent to which social media communication channels can be leveraged to improve uptake of public health programs in Indonesia. In this role, Sinead worked closely with influential Indonesians and government personnel that have particular influence in social media. Prior to the World Bank, Sinead managed Joko Widodo’s Facebook page during the Presidential campaign- an exciting experience that was both fascinating and stressful. Since majoring in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney, Sinead has always had a strong interest in the bilateral relationship, spending a semester studying at the University of Gadjah Mada in 2012. She currently works at Employsure as a Marketing Coordinator.

Sally Hill — Director, National Australian Indonesian Language Awards

Sally Hill photoSally has spent the last eleven years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure. She holds Bachelors of Laws/International Relations/Asian Studies (Hons) and two diplomas of languages in Indonesian/Malay and Arabic. During her most recent stay in Indonesia as a recipient of the Australian Prime Minister’s Endeavour Award, she conducted research at Universitas Gadjah Mada, held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference, provided executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies, and won first place at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Cup (PABM). Sally is passionate about increasing the opportunities for Australian and Indonesian graduates to obtain work in each other’s countries and believes that AIYA is the perfect platform to do so.

Iona Main — Chief Editor, AIYA Annual

Iona MainIona is a South-East Asia adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she advises on the Prime Minister’s engagement with South-East Asian leaders and the region. Prior to this, she studied Economics and Indonesian at the University of Sydney, including a year in Indonesia in 2013 as part of the ACICIS program.

Iona has published opinion pieces on Australia-Indonesia relations in The Australian and The Jakarta Post, and was a CAUSINDY delegate in 2016. She also volunteers with the Nusa Tenggara Association, an NGO committed to improving the livelihoods of people in Eastern Indonesia.

National Team

Lachlan Haycock — Editor, AIYA Blog

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 within AIYA at a chapter level. 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. Lachlan’s 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.

Laura Porter-Jacobs — Editor, AIYA Blog

Laura has a background in communications and research across energy and environment in non-profit and higher education research institutions in both Australia and Indonesia. Laura’s interest in and passion for Indonesia began when she started to learn Indonesian language at age thirteen. Since then, Laura has been actively engaged in strengthening Australia-Indonesia relations through increasing awareness about the glory that is tempeh as well as undertaking study, work and research in Indonesia. Alongside her love of Indonesian literature, culture and food, Laura is passionate about advancing social and environmental equality and people-to-people ties between the two countries.

With an understanding that achieving sustainable futures requires interdisciplinary capability, Laura completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with a double major in Politics and International Studies and Geography alongside a Diploma in Spanish and Latin American studies. In 2016, Laura relocated to Indonesia to work alongside with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) to research transbounday haze and political economy under the support of The New Colombo Plan.

Disty Winata — AIYA Links Editor, Web and Video Officer

Disty is a Master of Commerce student at the University of Sydney majoring in marketing and strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. Having spent many years growing up in Vancouver and worked in London and New York, she felt that she wanted to be closer to Indonesia. It was when she first visited Australia in 2013, fell in love with Sydney and determined that she wanted to live there. She is also active in promoting youth participation in development, from the G20, female empowerment events and other high-level international development discussions. As a big newsletter reader, she is excited to be crafting AIYA Links and discovering the latest insights on the two countries she now calls home. Currently, she is a Content Strategy Lead at a content marketing platform startup in Singapore and also works as a freelance market research consultant.

Kaitlin Pepper — Social Media Officer

Kaitlin is a University of the Sunshine Coast student. After studying Indonesian throughout high school, Kaitlin fell in love with the language and decided to pursue her passion through to university, enrolling in a Bachelor of Laws/Arts in 2014, majoring in Indonesian language. She has completed in-country exchange programs in Mataram and Yogyakarta, the latter of which saw her complete an internship at an Indonesian legal aid organisation, speak about cybersecurity at an international conference and teach English at a local primary school. Throughout her travels, she saw firsthand AIYA’s role in connecting young people from Australia and Indonesia and couldn’t imagine a better way to support her fellow youth in chasing their passions than to become actively involved. Kaitlin has high hopes for the Australian-Indonesian relationship in the coming years, and can think of nothing better than to be a part of it.

Anbar Jayadi — Social Media Officer

Admira Nuradzhani — Communications Officer (Graphic Design)

Admira completed her bachelor of Electrical Engineering in Indonesia. Her passion in human-centered design motivated her to pursue a master degree in that field. In 2016, Admira received a Master’s Degree scholarship from Indonesian Government to study Interaction Design and Electronic Arts at the University of Sydney. During her study, she was involved in several multidisciplinary projects, that help her to integrate her passion for design and her desire to work with a diverse group of people. Her interest in visual arts led her to join AIYA as a graphic designer. She involves in designing AIYA Survey, infographics, banners and social media graphics for AIYA National.

Nori Hesviandani — Communications Officer (Graphic Design)

Jane Fendyk —AIYA Annual Officer

Tanisha Banaszczyk — Executive Officer (Indonesia)

Tanisha is an Investment Analyst based in Jakarta, working with one of Indonesia’s most active venture capital funds. Since early 2017 she has supported a number of investments into early stage tech companies, with a strong focus on identifying disruptive and impactful businesses for both Indonesia and the broader Southeast Asian region. This exposure to the tech and innovation space in Indonesia ignited her passion for the country, as she continues to promote the strong potential this ecosystem presents for Australia, and for the rest of the world. Prior to relocating to Indonesia, Tanisha gained extensive experience in investment banking and business advisory services with three leading global advisory firms. She graduated as graduated as Valedictorian of her year from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelors degree in Commerce.

Last Updated 12th December 2017.