AIYA Links: 18 August

In the news

  • AIYA member, Jaime Berrill, helps us celebrate Independence day with this short mix of tracks by talented Indonesian artists.
  • In an address to parliament ahead of Thursday’s independence day, President Jokowi said that the country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity.
  • Three former presidents joined President Jokowi in celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day at the State Palace.
  • Working towards a culture of respect the Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Helen Fletcher-Kennedy considers modern Australian, Indonesian and Indigenous attitudes.
  • Many Indonesians remember the New Order regime that Suharto led from 1967 to 1998 for corruption and repression, including a brutal campaign of anti-communist purges that historians describe as one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. But in a country where open discussion of his rule remains taboo, the General Suharto Memorial Museum celebrates him as a kindly father and heroic nation-builder. To some, this is a rewriting of history that’s too much to bear.

On the blog

  • What is gamelan jegog? The instrument has been encouraging Australians to visit and experience more than just the common tourist attractions in Bali. Read on for more information from Jane Ahlstrand (originally published on the JembARTan blog).


  • Volunteer apps are now open for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017 (UWRF17).
  • Applications close 1 September for ACICIS’ Indonesian Language Short Course 2017/2018 sessions. Details here.

2 Weeks left – apply for NAILA now

Apply today for NAILA 2017 – applications have been extended until 1 September for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

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AIYA Links: 11 August

In the news

On the blog


  • Lombok, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle and Sydney, 11-27 August, Modern Australian jazz meets Indonesian traditional percussion in a tour of the Julian Banks Group feat. Indonesian percussionist Cepi Kusmiadi.


  • Volunteer apps are now open for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017 (UWRF17).

Apply for NAILA

Apply today for NAILA 2017 – applications have been extended until 1 September for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

Like what we do? Support AIYA by becoming a member today.

Indonesia Garudas Headed to Melbourne to Join 2017 AFL International Cup August 5-19

The Indonesia Garudas, a team of young Indonesian footballers from clubs, schools and orphanages across Indonesia, are heading to Melbourne to join the AFL International Cup from August 5-19 2017.

The AFL International Cup is held every three years. In 2014, Papua New Guinea won the men’s final while Canada won the women’s final.

This Sunday 6th August, the opening round of the 2017 AFL International Cup (AFLIC) will be played at Melbourne’s Royal Park. Reining 2016 AFL Asia All-Asian Cup winners, the Indonesia Garudas are ready for the 2017 tournament.

The 2017 AFLIC is comprised of 18 men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing. The men’s fixture will be played across two divisions, and 6 of the eight teams in the new Division 2 are from Asia. All teams will play a total of 4 round games with 1v2, 3v4, etc. Grand Finals to follow.

The Indonesia Garudas are set to make their mark in this year’s AFLIC after winning the inaugural AFL Asia All-Asian Cup in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in October 2016.

Indonesia Garudas Win All-Asian Cup 2016

More recently in May 2017, through sponsors, raffles, selling hats and t-shirts they raised enough money to send some players to play in China. They joined the curtain raiser match to the AFL’s first ever match in China, between Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast.

As the 2017 AFLIC approaches, the Indonesia Garudas are keen to do one better and take on the best teams in the world.

Check out this video of the Indonesia Garudas to hear their story.

The Garudas have worked hard to get to Melbourne this year fundraising through Fundrazr to meet costs for a place to train and equipment to train with, passports, visas, flights, accommodation, warm clothes, and new playing gear.

The Indonesian Garudas will open their campaign for the Cup against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
You can catch the Garudas at the below matches:

Indonesia vs. Sri Lanka – Sun 6th Aug 9.30am, Royal Park – Western Oval
Croatia vs. Indonesia – Wed 9th Aug 11.45am,
Indonesia vs. China – Sat 12th Aug 12.00pm, Diggers Rest
Semi finals – Tues 15th Aug
Grand finals – Fri 18th Aug

The Indonesia Garudas v Team China game on Saturday 12 August in the outer-Melbournian suburb of Diggers Rest is a big game for fans of footy in Asia and is crucial for both teams if they want to challenge for the 1v2 Grand Final.

“Having seen first hand the improvement in Asia’s local players and knowing how hard these guys have been training for this occasion, I’m confident we will see a massive improvement in skills and game awareness from teams like Indonesia and China where the local development programs managed by our clubs are strongest.” – AFL Asia President Grant Keys

The Garudas narrowly defeated China at last year’s inaugural All-Asian Cup, but Team China showed their improvement at the Shanghai Cup in May 2017 beating the combined Asian Lions team that featured many of the Indonesia Garudas players.

Through AFL Indonesia, some of the Indonesia Garudas players now have jobs, teaching AFL football in local schools and orphanages. They run free weekly football sessions at over 20 schools throughout Jakarta, with plans to expand further.

For more information on the AFLIC and tickets visit their website, here.

Celebrate 72 years of Indonesian independence with Temu Lawak

To celebrate the 72nd Independence Day of Indonesia in August, the Indonesian Students’ Association of Australia in Victoria (PPIA Victoria) has once again organised a comedy musical drama called Temu Lawak (Teater Muda Langkah Awal Kemerdekaan).

The theme of the second production of Temu Lawak will be historical events in the early 1930s, throwing the audience back to the era of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. The drama will not only illustrate the war against the colonisers, but also various Indonesians’ perspectives in that era with a touch of humor and educative values.

Temu Lawak 2017 will be held on Saturday August 19, 2017, at Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne at 2.30pm. The comedy musical drama titled Oh! Batavia will last for 80 minutes and be combined with live music and a student performance. All elements of the show, ranging from the choreography, script, music arrangement and composition are fully directed and created by Indonesian students in Victoria. (Pssst! You can also catch a glimpse of other aspects of Indonesia in this show!)

“We, Indonesian youth, would like to address the message that love and hope can be found even in the darkest of times. The stories around colonial-era Indonesia’s struggle for independence will be delivered in a fun, interesting and educative ways, meaning everyone can enjoy this show”, said Kevin Joshua, the project manager of Temu Lawak 2017.

Reflecting Temu Lawak’s success last year, PPIA Victoria hopes that Temu Lawak 2017 can serve as a means to foster the spirit of Independence Day among the younger generations and to contribute to the future of the nation.

Follow PPIA Victoria’s Instagram and Facebook page for more information. You can also purchase tickets at or by contacting Ovi (+61431 732 303) or Nesia (+61499 781 230).

Mari kita memperdalam pengertian dwibahasa kita bersama Pojok Indonesia

Siapa pernah mengalami kesulitan ketika belajar bahasa asing di negara kita sendiri?

Sekarang kita sudah dapat mengatasi kesulitan dan rasa malu waktu berbicara menggunakan bahasa asing seperti Bahasa Indonesia atau Bahasa Inggris, dengan suatu kelompok mahasiswa dari Universitas Queensland (UQ) di Australia. Kelompok tersebut bernama Pojok Indonesia, dan dulu didirikan dengan tujuan membantu para pelajar di UQ untuk lebih lancar berbicara Bahasa Indonesia, tetapi grup itu sekarang sudah berkembang dan memperbesar.

Minggu ini AIYA bertanya ‘Apa Pojok Indonesia itu sebenarnya?’ kepada salah satu ketua kelompok, Andrian Liem, bersama dengan masukan dari dosen Studi Indonesia di UQ, Dr Annie Pohlman, salah satu pediri Pojok Indonesia lima tahun yang lalu.

Kegiatan seperti apa yang dilaksanakan Pojok Indonesia?

Andrian: Pojok Indonesia adalah sebuah grup diskusi/ngobrol informal tentang berbagai topik yang diadakan seminggu sekali. Beberapa kali sempat ada makan malam bersama di restoran Indonesia.

Kelompok mahasiswa saat salah satu pertemuan Pojok Indonesia. Foto: Jane Ahlstrand

Mengapa Pojok Indonesia didirikan?

Andrian: Tujuan Pojok Indonesia didirikan setahu saya adalah sebagai sarana untuk membantu mahasiswa yang mengambil mata kuliah Bahasa Indonesia melatih percakapan dengan orang Indonesia asli.

Tetapi Pojok Indonesia tidak hanya untuk mahasiswa – siapa saja yang tertarik atau punya pengalaman dengan Bahasa dan budaya Indonesia bisa datang ke sini.

Annie: Awalnya Pojok Indonesia didirikan pada tahun 2012 oleh saya (sebagai wakil program Bahasa Indonesia di Fakultas Budaya dan Bahasa di UQ) bersama dengan UQISA (UQ Indonesian Students’ Association), khususnya Dr Pan Mohamad Faiz and Dr Mirza Satria Buana, yang merupakan kedua President UQISA saat itu (tahun 2012 dan 2013 masing-masing).

Tujuan kami pada waktu itu adalah untuk mendukung diskusi mengenai hubungan Indonesia-Australia dalam Bahasa Indonesia.

Bagaimana peran Pojok Indonesia dalam memperjuangkan pengajaran Bahasa Indonesia?

Andrian: Di Pojok Indonesia ada orang Indonesia asli sehingga mereka yang ingin meningkatan kemampuan Bahasa Indonesianya bisa berlatih untuk bercakap-cakap di sini.

Selain kosa kata, bisa juga menambah pengetahuan tentang Indonesia yang tidak diajarkan di kelas.

Tolong bagikan suatu contoh cerita lucu yang pernah terjadi saat pertemuan Pojok Indonesia, atau suatu ingatan yang paling mengesankan.

Andrian: Sebagai fasilitator dan orang asli Indonesia, kadang saya suka geli ketika mendengar orang asing mengucapkan kata atau kalimat dalam Bahasa Indonesia karena terdengar berbeda. Atau kadang orang asing juga geli dan heran ketika ada kata Bahasa Indonesia yang sangat berbeda jauh ketika diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Inggris.

Misalnya dalam suatu pertemuan topiknya adalah bunga. Bunga marigold kesannya anggun kalau dalam Bahasa Inggris tetapi menjadi jelek ketika diubah ke Bahasa Indonesia, yaitu “bunga tahi ayam” karena aromanya yang kurang sedap.

Contoh kata lain yang jauh maknanya ketika diterjemahkan adalah ibu jari karena kalau diubah ke Bahasa Inggris jadi motherfinger.

Foto: Jane Ahlstrand

Apa yang seharusnya kita lakukan supaya lebih banyak mahasiswa memilih untuk belajar Bahasa Indonesia, dan juga lanjut sampai ke tingkat mahir?

Andrian: Sebaiknya Bahasa Indonesia dikenalkan sejak usia dini, mungkin dari tingkat sekolah dasar. Tidak hanya Bahasa tetapi Budaya Indonesia, misal melalui tarian, makanan, dan pementasan drama yang diangkat dari cerita rakyat atau legenda nusantara.

Apakah ada rencana untuk Pojok Indonesia ke depan?

Andrian: Baru-baru ini Balai Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesian Queensland (BBBIQ) didirikan dan akan membawahi Pojok Indonesia ke depan. Harapannya lebih banyak orang asing yang datang ke Pojok Indonesia dan belajar Bahasa Indonesia.

Tertarik dengan Pojok Indonesia? Join grup Facebook mereka di sini.

Cultures in harmony: Celebrating NAIDOC with live artist Indigenous Australian and Indonesian artist collaboration

A series of events across Jakarta celebrated Australia’s rich Indigenous cultures during NAIDOC week.

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is a celebration of the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Jakarta and the Australian Embassy got behind the celebrations as part of the Embassy’s #AussieBanget Diversity month, highlighting Australia’s multiculturalism through hosting a number of events including an exhibition and collaboration.

Of these events was a unique international art collaboration by Australian Indigenous artist Jandamarra Cadd and Indonesian artist Jerry Thung.

Cadd is descendent of the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung people and acclaimed Aboriginal painter. Cadd’s art seeks to bridge the storytelling divide between Aboriginal & mainstream Australia. Through insightful, vibrant and emotive pieces Cadd’s art presents a peaceful voice for unity.

For the live art collaboration, Cadd worked with Bogor-born artist Thung to create an artwork representing the close connection relationships Indigenous Australian’s and Indonesian’s have had over generations. Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said the joint artwork by Cadd and Thung followed a long history of collaboration between Australians and Indonesians.

“The relationship between our two countries is built on deep and strong personal connections between our people.

“As early as 1700, fishing communities in South Sulawesi made the voyage to Northern Australia to trade, forming new links and communities.”

The artwork bridges Australian Indigenous and Indonesian culture and land with bright colours, symbolic and mythical creatures of both lands.

Jandamarra Cadd and Jerry Thung live in action

The artwork is comprised of colourful sea turtles that swim between our two nations connecting them by sea and the dragons representative of mythical stories from across three Indonesian regions that fly between our countries. The artwork also includes traditional clouds, often seen in batik pieces, from Mega Mendung from Cirebon in West Java.

The artists shared that they wanted the artwork to depict the harmonious relationship between our two countries by the meeting of land and sea through the turtles and dragons.

As part of the celebrations, the Australian Embassy presented its Inaugural Exhibition Celebrating Indigenous Australian Cultures showing the richness and complexity of Australia’s Indigenous cultures.

In the exhibition, the Embassy brought together its collection of Indigenous art together in one place for the first time. A total of 50 artworks and photographs are drawn from three separate locations were on show at the Embassy, they included vibrant contemporary pieces to digital reproductions of bark art from the National Museum of Australia’s Old Masters exhibition.

Marsha Santoso and Albert Tjahja are on a mission to inspire youth and create social change

Driven by their vision to create a platform to share ideas and create impact, Marsha Santoso and Albert Tjahja founded the Indonesian Ideas Conference (ICON) while studying at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Marsha and Albert are the brains behind ICON. With diverse interests and experiences across non-profit, legal and private sector organisations Marsha and Albert had all the tools needed to make their vision a reality.

Albert Tjahja and Marsha Santoso (above) and at the Indonesian Ideas Conference, May 2017 (below).

We caught up with Marsha and Albert to talk about what they think lies ahead for Indonesia, and the role young people can play in shaping a better world.

Can you tell us how you developed the idea behind ICON?
We think there is great potential within every Indonesian person in Australia, and we wanted to find a way to help individuals to tap into their potential. So we came up with ICON.

ICON hopes to inspire all of its participants to leverage their ideas to make an impact in their lives and the world. We thought that the best way to achieve this would be through a conference-style event where we could invite prominent speakers to share their thoughts and wisdom with Australia’s Indonesian community.

Our inaugural ICON 2017 event was a great success. Students and young professionals heard first-hand what happens when individuals take a risk to disrupt norms, break the status quo, and undertake extraordinary action. We hope they left with the courage to do the same!

What lies ahead for Indonesia? What are your thoughts on Indonesia’s future and how is this reflected at ICON?

Though Indonesia’s economy has developed rapidly in the past years, Indonesia’s political and governance landscape is complex. This is one of the reasons we wanted to bring brave and inspiring Indonesians that want to make a difference in our country together. We believe in the power of ideas and impact that young Indonesians can have. Through ICON we provide a space to start to make these ideas a reality.

As the next generation of Indonesians, we want to contribute to society in every way that we can. One of the cornerstones of what we want to achieve at the University of New South Wales’ Indonesian Student Association of Australia (PPIA) is to equip Indonesian’s with the necessary tools and knowledge so they can to give back to Indonesia when they return home. We want young Indonesians to be ready to make an impact – be it in politics, business or culture.

Indonesian culture is an essential part of our history and our future. Indonesia is well known for its richness in arts and traditions, however, in an era of globalisation, it is easy for us to forget our roots. This is particularly the case for people residing outside of Indonesia. To celebrate our cultures and traditions, PPIA UNSW hosts various events including an Indonesian Night Market. We offer numerous of food stalls selling our traditional foods and both traditional and modern performances.

Where do you see ICON going in the future?
After seeing the success of ICON in 2017, we know that ICON has potential to grow. We will always strive to host an event that meets the needs of participants by exploring exciting topics and emerging trends.

At the core of ICON is the aim to share great ideas. With this goal – there are so many areas we can expand into as we touch on bigger and wider ranges of topics. We want to include new elements and widen the scale of ICON by hosting smaller events and workshops.

With a willingness to adjust and improve, ICON will no doubt continue to fulfil its vision of inspiring Indonesians living in Australia. Their next move is expanding ICON across Australia. Keep your eye on this space.

If you want to know more about ICON or the inspiring young Indonesian’s behind it at PPIA, you can find more information on their website.

Learn about the remote Mentawai tribal community with Rob Henry and ‘As Worlds Divide’

Nine years ago, Rob Henry left Australia and traveled to the Mentawai Islands, 150 metres off the coast of West Sumatra, to live with an indigenous tribal community. Now, he has returned with a simple message: watch a film, save a culture.

Photo: Rob Henry

Why did you make the shift from metropolitan Australia to remote Indonesia?

There were a number of reasons that influenced my decision to resign from work and head over to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia. After the collapse of the global economy in 2008, I wanted to leave the mainstream city environment behind because I felt I was contributing to a system that I no longer trusted. I needed to explore alternatives – a more meaningful, fulfilling and sustainable way to exist. This desire, combined with my connection to surfing, brought me to Mentawai.

I am back to Australia on and off at the moment to release a documentary film called As Worlds Divide, which is aimed at raising awareness and support to help the Mentawai community prevent the devastating loss of their indigenous culture.

Describe daily life in the Mentawai Islands. What was it like for you as an Australian joining from outside?

The pace of Mentawai daily life is much slower than what I had become accustomed to in Melbourne, which, whilst difficult to adapt to in the earlier stages, I now feel is a much healthier and more balanced way to live.

The first few months were incredibly challenging because I didn’t speak Indonesian or the Mentawai language. I was living with a government settlement community in a small coconut farming village, which is where I learnt the basics of the language. Here, I also learnt about a tribal community living further into the forest. My shift into the tribal community wasn’t as challenging as my initial arrival because I was able to communicate with them and therefore understand whether they were happy to have me there or not!

Photo: Tariq Zaidi

What was the biggest hardship you encountered?

By far the most eye-opening but also heart-breaking observation to grasp was just how different the people from the forest are to those who had been resettled into government villages. Seeing how rich their lives are in the forest – in terms of resources, pride, purpose, belief, attitude and even aesthetic – I realised that those from the coconut-farming village, despite being provided national schooling and various other infrastructural developments, were in fact living in a state of poverty. This troubled me for many months and in the end led me to undertake years of research in trying to understand the exact cause of this change and consequential disparity.

What was the single biggest takeaway from your time there?

If having to state just one, I’d say the biggest takeaway would be just how integral culture and connection to the land are to sustain the health and wellbeing of an indigenous people, or any group of people for that matter. Beyond the practicalities – where the land provides food, water, medicine, building resources and so forth – the sense of belonging to a community, having purpose and belief is such a critical ingredient in the makeup of one’s physical and mental health. For the Mentawai, maintaining a strong connection to culture protects them from destitution – for both the people and the land.

Photo: Rob Henry

What do you hope to achieve with the premiere of the As Worlds Divide documentary?

Over the past nine years, in support of the community’s Cultural and Environmental Education Program (CEEP), we’ve established a non-profit organisation in Australia called the Indigenous Education Foundation (IEF) and a yayasan in Mentawai called Yayasan Pendidikan Global Pribumi Indonesia (YPGPI).

The role of IEF is to help raise global awareness and support to empower YPGPI and enable them the necessary tools to implement their suku Mentawai CEEP. In effect, the As Worlds Divide film is key to sharing the Mentawai voice throughout the world – informing people about their indigenous culture, the issues they face, the community-driven CEEP solution, and of course reaching out for support to facilitate its success.

To help this along, IEF have developed the film’s #wafsac (“watch a film, save a culture”) campaign, whereby we invite people all over the world to do exactly that – #wafsac. This can be achieved by simply hosting a small screening and/or registering your details to join the #wafsac community and help us spread the word. This is what we hope to achieve with As Worlds Divide.

Masurak bagatta, thank you.

For more info on the Mentawai Islands and how to get involved with #wafsac, visit

Foster your passion for Indonesia with language skills, says career champion Jeffrey Neilson

“When a local Dayak leader started negotiations by laying his sword on the table between us, I decided it was time to leave.”

The Australia Indonesia Awards celebrate the contributions of those who provide inspiration and enhance understanding between Australians and Indonesians. AIYA is chronicling the achievements of these Career Champions in a series of interviews with this year’s finalists. Today we hear from Dr Jeffrey Neilson, researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Sydney.

Tell us a little about your early career. What brought you to connect with Indonesia?

Jeffrey at the Ubud Food Festival in 2016.

I started studying Indonesian at high school in Australia, and first got excited about Indonesia during a field school that my school organised to Bali in 1989. After a few backpacking trips across Sumatra, I then picked up Indonesian language again at university, where I was studying Environmental Science as my main degree.

I participated in semester-long program at Universitas Indonesia in 1994, where we sat in on Indonesian literature classes and did an internship with a World Bank Land Administration project. My first exposure to research was a study on how land administration and titling might affect Dayak communities in the Meratus Mountains of South Kalimantan, who were practicing swidden agriculture.

I decided to stay on in Indonesia after the semester program once I found a job with an environmental consulting firm in Jakarta. It was my language skills that got me this job. I would translate reports and Indonesian laws for the company while developing skills in environmental and social impact assessment. For the next few years, while I completed my degrees in Australia, the company would fly me up to Jakarta to work during university breaks.

Like so many other people I know, I got my first professional job because of my Indonesian language skills.

Tell us about your current occupation.

After graduating, I worked from 1999-2001 on a gold mine in Central Kalimantan. This was a very tense work environment as both the Australian company, who held a Contract of Work with the government, and a community of some 5000 small-scale miners were equally intent to access the ore. It was my role to mediate. When a local Dayak leader started a negotiation meeting by laying his Mandau sword on the table between us, I decided it was time to leave the mine.

I enrolled in a PhD program in geography at the University of Sydney, where I studied livelihoods and the coffee trade in the Toraja region of Sulawesi. This led to an Australian Research Council postdoc and then a lecturing position at the University of Sydney. Again, I believe that my Indonesian experience was a key factor in my employment. I continue to do research on rural development, natural resources and global markets in Indonesia.

In addition to research activities, I also design and develop opportunities for undergraduate students to experience Indonesia through short-term field schools and semester-long learning programs that combine language learning with geography. I am a big believer that language learning should ideally be combined with other disciplinary specific or technical knowledge and skills.

What do you enjoy the most about working in Indonesia?

I love the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Indonesia – in short, the geography of the country. The mountainous regions of Sumatra, Sulawesi and Papua are particularly favourite places. Australia has great beaches (like Indonesia), but we don’t have the same mountainous beauty that Indonesia has, and the mountain peaks are themselves so different from the sweltering coastal plains where most Indonesians live. Fortunately, my work on the Indonesian coffee sector takes me to these same mountainous regions.

What are your thoughts on the future of the Australian-Indonesian relationship in the field of resources?

There are some interesting complementarities between Australia and Indonesia in the food and agricultural sectors. We generally produce food items that the other country doesn’t produce, allowing a robust trade. Indonesia is developing a sophisticated food processing sector, and Australia is benefiting from the supply of raw materials – just think of the Australia wheat used to make Indomie, which is then exported all around the world.

And Australia has one of the most dynamic and innovative specialty coffee sectors in the world. Australian coffee styles are now being adopted in the US, Europe and across Asia (including in Indonesia). Some interesting relationships are now developing between Australian roasters and the many regions of Indonesia that produce high quality Arabica. I’d love to see these complementarities further developed, and to see more Indonesian culinary influence in Australia.

What advice would you offer to youth interested in working in resources?

The only bit of advice I would give is to follow whatever it is you are passionate about. Indonesia offers so many opportunities for young Australians who have language skills, who are willing to learn about the society and culture, and who have a particular passion they would like to follow.

AIYA would like to thank both Jeffrey and the President of the Australia Indonesia Association of NSW, Eric de Haas. You can find Jeffrey on LinkedIn.

Orang muda Indonesia ini berinovasi untuk membuat dampak sosial di Indonesian Ideas Conference

About ICON 2017
Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Australia University of New South Wales (PPIA UNSW) dengan bangga mempersembahkan acara terbaru kami, INDONESIAN IDEAS CONFERENCE yang dapat disingkat ICON.

Acara perdana ini merupakan sebuah konferensi yang bermisi untuk menginspirasi masyarakat Indonesia melalui ide-ide kreatif dan inovatif yang memberi dampak positif bagi generasi selanjutnya. Selain menginspirasi setiap generasi, PPIA UNSW juga akan turut serta membantu Panti Asuhan “RUMAH HARAPAN” dimana semua keuntungan yang diperoleh dari acara ini akan disumbangkan kepada yayasan tersebut yang berlokasi di Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tahun ini, ICON mengangkat tema “IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES” yang bertujuan untuk memotivasi masyarakat Indonesia untuk berani bermimpi, berinovasi, serta mengembangkan potensi diri dalam setiap peluang yang ada. Sesuai dengan tujuan dari konferensi ini, pembicara-pembicara ternama dari tanah air akan diundang untuk membagikan inspirasi kreatif. ICON juga akan dilengkapi dengan berbagai penampilan menarik dan spektakuler yang akan menghibur para peserta konferensi.

Selain menginspirasi setiap generasi, PPIA UNSW juga akan turut serta membantu Panti Asuhan “RUMAH HARAPAN” dimana semua keuntungan yang diperoleh dari acara ini akan disumbangkan kepada yayasan tersebut yang berlokasi di Jakarta, Indonesia.

Pembicara-pembicara dan pengisi suara untuk ICON 2017
Tahun ini kami dengan bangga mengumumkan tokoh-tokoh pembicara ternama dari Indonesia untuk membagikan pengetahuan dan pengalaman mereka untuk menginspirasi generasi Indonesia selanjutnya.

Tidak perlu diragukan lagi bahwa semua rakyat Indonesia pasti mengenal Andy F Noya. Andy terkenal dengan gelar wicara Kick Andy yang sering juga dikenal orang sebagai gelar wicara Indonesianya Oprah Winfrey. Andy juga telah menginsipirasi jutaan orang Indonesia dengan mengangkat dan membahas masalah sosial yang ada di Indonesia. Di acara ICON, Andy akan berbagi pengetahuan dan pengalaman bagaimana menjadi kewirausahaan sosial dan memberikan dampak perubahan untuk era baru Indonesia.

Daniel Mananta terkenal sebagai tokoh di industri hiburan yang pernah menjadi pembawa acara Asian Idol yang ditayangkan di enam negara dan juga memenangkan Panasonic Global Awards 2013 untuk kategori Pembawa Acara Terfavorit. Kreativitias Daniel tidak hanya berhenti disini, dia merintis usaha industri rumah tangga pakaian yang sangat terkenal DAMN! I LOVE INDONESIA yang meningkatkan patriotisme dan nasionalisme bangsa Indonesia. Di acara ICON, Daniel akan berbagi pengetahuan dan pengalaman bagaimana meningkatkan rasa nasionalime bangsa Indoneisa.

Alamanda Shantika adalah salah satu pelopor aplikasi GoJek yang merombak sistem transporasi Indonesia. Dibawah kepemimpinan Alamanda, Gojek berhasil berkembang dari usaha kecil di Kerinci menjadi salah satu perusahaan terbesar di Indonesia yang bernilai lebih dari satu milyar dolar. Sekarang, Alamanda adalah pelopor dan CEO akademi teknologi – BINAR Academy yang bertujuan untuk memperkuat dan mempersiapkan generasi pengusaha selanjutnya. Di acara ICON, Alamanda akan berbagi ilmu bagaimana cara merintis perusahaan start-up hingga berhasil.

Noor Huda Ismail adalah wartawan yang telah bertemu and mewawancarai banyak teroris dan dia mendedikasikan hidupnya untuk berjuang melawan terorisme dan menciptakan kedamaian. Salah satu upaya nya adalah dengan membuat sebuah film dokumenter berjudul Jihad Selfie yang mengungkapkan bagaimana pemuda/pemudi direkrut sebagai anggota ISIS. Noor juga merintis organisasi anti terorisme The Institute of International Peace Building in Indonesia. Tindakan dan keberanian Noor telah merubah banyak pendapat orang dan mengklarifikasi topik ISIS yang tidak pernah didiskusikan sebelumnya. Di acara ICON, Noor akan membagikan pengalamannya menjadi wartawan dan cerita tentang ISIS yang mungkin belum pernah kita dengar sebelumnya.

Isyana Sarasvati memulai karir musiknya sebagai penyanyi opera klasik yang kemudian menjadi penyanyi pop. Sejak saat itu, Isyana berhasil mendominasi industri musik Indonesia dan memenangkan banyak penghargaan seperti artis pendatang terbaik dan penyanyi terbaik pada tahun ini. Kami sangat bangga bahwa Isyana akan berbicara di ICON tentang bagaimana dia mengelola tren menjadi musik Isyana juga akan mempersembahkan suara emas nya untuk menghibur penonton ICON.

Ticket details
ICON akan diselenggarakan pada Sabtu, 27 Mei 2017, yang bertempat di Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales (UNSW). Register here.

Contact our ticket officers:
William Tjoa (+61 412 476 964)
Yohanna Allenzia Hendrawan (+61 414 848 665)