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 an Arts/Law graduate from the University of Sydney. 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 is currently working as a solicitor at Swaab Attorneys in Sydney. His passion 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 2013 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 Bashfield — Director, Partnerships


Sam has been studying Indonesian since high school, and completed his honours degree in Indonesian Studies at Monash University. During Sam’s studies, he undertook an ACICIS flexible immersion program at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, and was awarded an Anne Wallace Memorial Travel Grant, as well as a Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship. Previously, Sam was the AIYA Victoria Chapter President. Since graduating, Sam interned at the Jakarta Globe newspaper, and completed a motorcycle journey from Banda Aceh to Jakarta. Sam worked at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney, and is now a project officer in strategic partnerships at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific.

Katrina Steedman — Director, Operations

Katrina is a Bachelor of Arts Graduate with Honours in Indonesia Studies from the University of Sydney  and is also an ACICIS (2010) and AIYEP (2013/14) alumni. Katrina’s journey in the Australia-Indonesia relationship began with studying Indonesian to understand her Indonesian heritage better and has since evolved into a love affair with Indonesia’s culture, people,  music, history, cuisine and a commitment to improve and celebrate the Australia-Indonesia relationship.  Katrina also enjoys the performing arts and is a current student of Suara Indonesia Dance, as well as an avid traveller of Indonesia’s archipelago.  Katrina currently works at LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network as the Office Manager in their Sydney Office where she oversees the internal event management and social impact program, LinkedIn For Good.

Clarice Campbell — Operations Officer (Indonesia)

Clarice’s passion for Indonesia began in 2007 when she started studying Indonesian language. She is a recent graduate of Monash University, completing an Honours degree in Indonesian morphosyntax and is a recipient of the Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship to the University of Indonesia. She is currently working at the Victorian Government Business Office in Jakarta and is also a research assistant in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University as the editorial assistant of the International Journal of Language and Culture. Clarice is passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship and believes that AIYA plays a great role in its development at a grass-roots level. Before moving to Jakarta, Clarice was the AIYA Victoria Chapter President.

Natasha Burrows — Director, Communications

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.10.52 pmNatasha works as Alumni Coordinator at the United States Consulate General Sydney. Her deep affinity with Indonesia developed through research and work the country. In 2014, Natasha was a part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program, working as Communications Officer for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2013 Natasha completed Honours at the Department of Government and International Relations in the University of Sydney, writing about democratisation and governance in Indonesia with a focus on flooding in Jakarta. She is currently studying a Masters of Communication Management at UTS.

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. Her latest minor project is which, as the name would suggest, is a daily celebration of batik.

National Team

Lachlan Haycock — Editor, AIYA Blog

Lachlan is an Arts (Honours) graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast. As an enthusiast of Indonesia and the written word, his research explored transgressive literature from female writers in Mataram, Lombok. He is a RUILI and ACICIS alumnus and a New Colombo Plan Scholar 2016. Lachlan recently completed an internship at the Jakarta Globe, and is currently an interpreter 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.

Hafizah Jusril — Communications Officer

 Fiza is currently studying a Master of Health Communication at University of Sydney as scholarship awardee from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education. After completing her bachelor degree in Public Health from Universitas Indonesia on 2013, Fiza worked as a junior researcher at Centre of Health Research Universitas Indonesia. This work fostered an interest in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship as numerous research she involved includes were Australia-Indonesia collaborative projects. Fiza’s enthusiasm to youth organization is rooted back to her bachelor degree years, when she took communications role in various student organisations. She was awarded as Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Scholar by Temasek Foundation for an academic exchange in National University of Singapore. This experience has shown her the capacity of youth organisation in networking and providing opportunities for development.

Anastasia Pavlovic — Web and Video Officer

Anastasia is currently studying Indonesian studies and sociology at the University of Sydney. Upon entering university, Anastasia was keen to return to her Indonesian roots and has since developed an interest in the bilateral aid relationship and technology development in Indonesia. A 2016 ACICIS alumni, Anastasia aims to engage with both Indonesian and Australian youth through developing unique approaches to AIYA’s social media presence. Her biggest achievement to date is her hand being featured in a Toyota commercial.

Sinead Maguire — Social Media Officer

Sinead Maguire is a Social Media Communications Consultant at the World Bank Office in Jakarta. She is 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 works 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.

Last Updated 25th May, 2017.