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

Sheila came to Australia in 2011 to pursue her Bachelor of Commerce degree at University of Queensland. She was actively involved in PPI Australia before she was approached with the opportunity to start AIYA Queensland chapter in 2012. She realised that there is a need for an organisation like AIYA to be the platform for the young people to be involved and connected to Australia-Indonesia related opportunities.  Since then, Sheila is a proud member of AIYA and became AIYA National Treasurer in 2015.

Being an Indonesian professional living in Australia, she is very passionate in promoting Indonesia’s beautiful holiday destinations, Indonesian food and Indonesian-related opportunities to her friends and colleagues at ANZ Banking Group. Sheila is currently working as a Manager of ANZ Institutional Loans and Specialised Finance team and based in Brisbane.

Outside work, Sheila enjoys travelling, singing, playing the piano 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.

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 is currently undertaking a PhD in Indonesian morphosyntax. She is an alumnus of the Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship to the University of Indonesia and is currently the Director of TAFE Victoria at the Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office, Jakarta. She was recently a delegate of the 36th Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) to Bengkulu, Sumatra where she worked on several community development projects. In her spare time, she tries to travel to as many places in Indonesia and Asia as possible and she has a keen interest in Indonesian dancing through her Melbourne-based dance group Bhinneka. Clarice is passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship and believes that AIYA plays a great role in its development at a grass-roots level.

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.

Tanisha Banaszczyk— Director, Partnerships and Memberships (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 Valedictorian of her year from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelors degree in Commerce.

Disty Winata — Director, Communications

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, she wanted to be closer to Indonesia by joining AIYA and support the mission to connect, empower, and inspire Australian and Indonesian youths. She is also a content marketer with working experience in Jakarta, Sydney, and Singapore, helping businesses craft their stories through great content. She is also active in promoting youth participation in development, from the G20, female empowerment events and other high-level international development discussions.

Sally Hill — Director, National Australian Indonesian Language Awards (NAILA)

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

Risdya Levina — Finance Officer

As Indonesian who lives in Australia, Levina is aware of how much potential benefits that could grow from a bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia, as well as the shared interests and challenges. Joining AIYA is one of her ways to contribute to strengthen the relationship and to be a bridge between the two countries. Before AIYA, Levina participated in UQ International Development project, where she worked alongside Australia Awards Indonesia to manage short course in Australia for Indonesian participants discussing national key points e.g. public-private partnership. Levina holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada and received her master degree in finance from The University of Queensland. She is currently working as an accountant for a hospitality company in East Brisbane. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time devouring books and trying new recipes in the kitchen.

Sophie Hewitt — Operations Officer (Indonesia)

Sophie is a Law/Asia Pacific Studies (Year in Asia) student at The Australian National University. In 2015 she studied in Bandung for a semester and has returned in 2018 to continue studying and interning throughout Java as funded by the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Sophie is passionate about promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship, particularly through the avenue of ‘food diplomacy’ as chronicled through her Indonesian food blog,

Dan Trevanion — Memberships Officer

Dan Trevanion photo

Dan is an Arts/Law graduate from the Australian National University. Dan began studying Bahasa Indonesia in primary school and decided to pursue his language studies through until university. Dan has extensive experience working in youth organisations. In 2015, he presented at the International Youth Organisation Forum in Beijing, China. In 2016/17, he was the President of the Australian Law Students’ Association.

Dan has both Australian and Indonesian heritage, which has made him passionate about supporting the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Dan was a delegate of the 36th Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. He is currently completing his Diploma of Legal Practice to be admitted as an Australian lawyer.

Bryce Morton — Partnerships Officer

Following the completion of his Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy, Bryce started his professional career in a protective/security risk consultancy before finding his calling within International Education. Currently working in the Macquarie University International Relations office, he coordinates international strategy and relationship management for the University. This role allows him to work closely with Indonesian Universities on joint-research projects, social initiatives, capacity development, and student/staff mobility.

A frequent traveller to Indonesia for both work and leisure, Bryce is passionate about the Indonesian-Australia Relationship and is keen support its growth through youth and education focused initiatives.

Outside of work Bryce enjoys studying Bahasa Indonesia both in Sydney and Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Bandung), mentoring a student-lead aged-care start up, and Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Stewart Palmer — Partnerships Officer

Stewart Palmer is a young professional passionate about building the bilateral relationship through real-life experiences, connections and partnerships. Since learning Indonesian in high school, he keeps a keen-eye on Indonesia, particularly political and legal current affairs. Stewart spent a very memorable year in Indonesia with ACICIS and upon returning to Perth promptly joined the committee of AIYA WA. For the last two years, he has been President of the AIYA WA Chapter and was instrumental in delivering the widely successful JALANAN event at Fringe World 2016. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist – Indonesian) from Murdoch University and is in the final stages of completing his law degree whilst also working in the legal sector.

Sinead Maguire — Social Media Officer

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.

Jayne Fendyk — AIYA Links Editor

Jayne is a recent graduate of the University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree alongside a concurrent Diploma of Languages (Indonesian). She began studying Indonesian in primary school and has since fallen in love with the place, people and language. Jayne was the Assistant Editor of the 2017 AIYA Annual Report and now compiles the AIYA Links e-newsletter which gets distributed each week. Jayne hopes to study law through the University of Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) at the beginning of next year, and ultimately combine her passions for the politics, law and of course, Indonesia.

Wella Andany — Blog Editor

Wella is a Sydney based creative content writer who most of her writings reflect her care and passion for society at large. Through her year of volunteering as Radio Announcer and Creative Content Producer in West Borneo, Wella found her passion in Media and Creative industry. Through her time studying in Sydney, she found a profound bond for both countries she spent her youth at. Her mission joining AIYA is to take part in bridging both Indonesia and Australia through her writing. Wella is a Culture Enthusiast, she spends most of her leisure time studying culture from literature, documentaries, Museum visits, and mostly talk to people about diversities and then write them down. Reach out to her for any ideas to be featured in our blog at!

Lauren Wilkins — Blog Editor

Lauren is a Bachelor of Justice student and 2017 New Colombo Plan Scholar with a love for all things Indonesia. She recently completed two ACICIS semesters in International Relations and Bahasa Indonesia and is currently based in Makassar where she is undertaking an internship with the Australian Consulate-General. Lauren has a background in human rights and development, having previously worked in organisations including the Asia Foundation and the Australian Human Rights Commission. 

 Lauren is keen to help connect, empower and inspire young Australian and Indonesian people and hopes that through her involvement in AIYA will help contribute to the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Connect with her at to share any ideas to be featured in the AIYA Blog! 

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)

Vania Djunaidi — Communications Officer (Graphic Design)

Vania is a recent graduate from University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and is currently working at a local architectural firm, Scott and Ryland Architects (Paddington), focusing on childcare design. Since moving to Australia in 2006, she grew up within a mix of both Australian and Indonesian culture and therefore is very motivated in contributing to the cross-cultural relationship between the two nations. Through her architectural design background, she believes in the power of design thinking and communication. She believes that design can contribute significantly on how individuals respond and interact to each other, to their natural and built environment or to the present global issues that are affecting our daily lives. After interning at Bali, Indonesia at the beginning of 2018 with SecondMuse, a Certified B Corporation and social innovation agency and taking a short break from work to travel Indonesia, Vania is exposed to reconnect with her Indonesian culture and traditions, therefore further appreciating the beauty and diversity of Indonesia. By joining AIYA National as a graphic designer, she hopes to engage the wider public on the importance of the bilateral relationship between the two contrasting yet wonderful countries.

Raihansyah Ramadhan — Communications Officer (Web Officer)

Ray is a UX and web designer, and a recent IT master graduate of Monash University with a huge interest in Australia politics and its effect on Indonesia and Australia relationship. First time learning about politics when he joined a model united nation conference in Yogyakarta and in Seoul, South Korea years ago. Now, he regards his time to learn more about IT from business perspective and looking to connect more with Indonesian and Australian fellow through exchange of both cultures in AIYA.


Australian Capital Territory – Peter Gilbert

Peter is studying a Bachelor of Languages and International Relations at ANU and has studied Indonesian in country through several short programs. Peter is interested in the continued evolution of Australia-Indonesia relations and believes that a mutual understanding is the first step in establishing better relations. Peter was recently in Indonesia as a delegate of AIYEP 2017/18.

New South Wales – Owen James

Owen is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. He has studied in both Australia and Indonesia throughout his degree and loves to keep up to date with developments in the bilateral relationship. In 2018 he finished his thesis on the internal management of Indonesian political parties. Owen has been an AIYA member since 2016 and has loved it ever since. Currently, he is passionate about expanding AIYA NSW programs to new university campuses throughout New South Wales.

Victoria – Stephen Sebastian Tedja

Stephen is currently an undergraduate in the University of Melbourne. Highly passionate about languages and inter-cultural communities, he sees AIYA as an excellent initiative to bridge the gap and barriers between the two neighbouring countries. Being in both NAILA and AIYA has given him many different insights on the bilateral relationship, something that has been improving dramatically ever since he first came to Australia. On a grassroots level, he is happy to connect diverse individuals through AIYA events in Victoria, and also (gently) correcting people’s Indonesian during LX’s (Language Exchanges).

Tasmania – Brolin Barr

Brolin has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy and a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian from the University of Tasmania. Brolin has spent a year and a half in Indonesia participating in multiple exchange programs, including one year in Yogyakarta with ACICIS, two short programs with RUILI and a youth exchange with AIYEP. He is passionate about the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship and hopes to increase Tasmania’s involvement in this relationship through AIYA.

South Australia – Krystal Buckle

Krystal Buckle is currently in her fourth year of a Media/International Studies degree at the University of Adelaide. She completed a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian and has participated in both the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (2017/18) and an ACICIS Semester Exchange in Yogyakarta. Krystal’s academic interests lie in strategic culture and the facilitation of intercultural dialogue within the media. These interests have led her to film production work in Adelaide and an editorial internship in Jakarta. As President, Krystal hopes to strengthen the development of meaningful ties between young Australians and Indonesians and increase AIYA engagement within South Australia.

Western Australia

Northern Territory – Max Stretton

Max was born in Bali and moved to Darwin when he was two years old. He spends a lot of time back in Indonesia staying with family and exploring all the wonders of its islands. Max is currently in his third year of studying a Bachelor of Law at Charles Darwin University whilst continuing his passion in fishing, the arts and sport. He believes that the relationship between Indonesia and Australia should be of upmost importance and is excited about the future of Indonesia. Max just completed a semester of studying law at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta where he also acted as Communications Officer for AIYA Yogya.

Queensland – Liam Mckinnie

Liam adalah mahasiswa Universitas Sunshine Coast, yang mempelajari hubungan internasional dan bahasa Indonesia. Liam memiliki ketertarikan yang kuat terhadap politik Indonesia dan hubungan Indonesia Australia. Sebelumnya dia pernah belajar hubungan internasional di Universitas Katolik Parahyangan di Bandung, Jawa Tengah dan Indonesia di Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur. Dia baru saja kembali dari magang dengan Trade and Investment Queensland di Jakarta untuk mempromosikan universitas-universitas di Queensland dan industri lainnya. Liam percaya bahwa Indonesia dan Australia adalah kunci kesuksesan masing-masing yang dapat direalisasikan dengan pemahaman yang lebih baik satu sama lain dan mengembangkan hubungan orang-orang yang lebih kuat.

Jakarta – Greg Reynolds

Greg is an Australian lawyer working in international development and partnership building. His journey in Indonesia began when he moved to Jakarta on an Australian Volunteers in International Development project as an advisor to an Indonesian NGO, Yayasan Hidung Merah. Since then he has become keenly interested in Indonesian culture and Bahasa Indonesia, with a particular passion for Indonesian cooking. Greg holds a Bachelor of International Studies (Honours), Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Adelaide. He is currently the Indonesia Program Manager at International Internships, and is responsible for managing its external relationships. He believes that partnerships between Australia and Indonesia will play a significant role in the future of both nations.

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Yogyakarta – Wisnu Trianugeraha

Wisnu’s initial fascination with Australia started in 2011 when he became one of his high school’s representatives of BRIDGE Project to Kormilda College in Darwin. He returned to Australia in 2014 to undergo a year-long Study Abroad Program supported by the ISEP Scholarship from the University of Adelaide. During his stay in Australia, he was introduced to AIYA SA Chapter, represented the University of Adelaide in Sydney Unigames 2014 in Fencing, and also won two medals in Fencing SA State Competitions. Shortly after his return to Indonesia, he completed his internship with ACICIS in Yogyakarta and is currently working on his Bachelor thesis. He studies International Relations with a major in Political Economy and Development Studies in Universitas Gadjah Mada and hopes that his study can help him facilitate Indonesia-Australia youth-to-youth diplomacy.

East Nusa Tenggara – Claudya Dhaja

Dije is currently undertaking professional education in veterinary medicine at the University of Nusa Cendana (Undana) Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara and will be finishing her study in December 2017. Since 2012, Dije became interested in the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia during the University BRIDGE Pilot Project in 2012 where she was selected as the most enthusiastic student at the pilot project and become one of the project awardees, and got a chance to do study trip in Sydney and Canberra for 3 weeks. Since then, Dije become actively involved in UniBRIDGE as a mentor and as a student committee in the Indonesian for Foreign Students (BIPA) program for Australian students at Undana. Dije was also a co-founder and president of a student association called Eastern Indonesia Students Foreign Relations Association or MITRA at Undana in 2014 which works to be a pillar for education, international relations and environment. By taking part in AIYA, Dije hopes to make more networking opportunities between youth in Australia and Indonesia as well as to share insights about Australia and Indonesia in the community.

South Sulawesi – Mentari Rahman

Mentari holds a Bachelor’s degree in communication from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY). During her undergraduate studies in Yogyakarta, Mentari also volunteered in HIV, disaster relief, sustainable tourism, and youth development. Mentari’s passion for helping others has drawn her to work in a non-for-profit organisation in Makassar. Furthermore, Mentari’s involvement as a volunteer for the ACICIS and AIYEP, as well as her interest in early contact between Makassar and Northern Australia prompted her to establish an AIYA Eastern Indonesia in Makassar to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries. As a co-founder, Mentari also introduced an entrepreneurial Australian student organisation, the Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Technology Society (IPITS), to Makassar and Indonesia.  Mentari hopes that initiatives such as AIYA and IPITS will help drive Makassar’s economy by increasing local tourism, study, trade, and private investment. These key factors will serve in launching her hometown’s reputation on the international stage.

Last Updated 10th September 2018. 

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