AIYA ACT was first set up as AIYA ANU in early 2012. At the beginning of 2014 the change to AIYA ACT was implemented to reflect the Chapter’s desire to engage and collaborate with the broader ACT community.
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Maighdlin Doyle – Chapter President
Maighdlin is in her final year of a Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies at The Australian National University. She recently returned from a semester studying, working and travelling in Indonesia. Maighdlin is passionate about promoting greater interconnectedness between the youth of Indonesia and Australia, specifically through the avenue of improving education and cultural fluency.
Jeremy Hutton – Vice President
Jeremy is currently completing a Bachelor of International Relations, minoring in Indonesian. Having already lived in Indonesia for a number of years, Jeremy plans to pursue his studies of the country and its language. He has a strong fascination with its culture and hopes to play a role in the development of an even stronger friendship between Australia and Indonesia in the future.
Sophie Hewitt – Secretary
Sophie is a Law/Asia Pacific Studies student at The Australian National University. She spent the first half of 2015 studying in Indonesia at UNPAR, Bandung, and is passionate about promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship. As well as AIYA, Sophie believes this relationship can be improved by the ‘food diplomacy’ seen on her Instagram account (@thelonelybule).
Anna Filing – Treasurer and Memberships Officer
Anna is in her third year of Bachelor of Laws/Languages at The Australian National University, majoring in Indonesian and French. Anna started learning Indonesian at ANU after falling in love with Indonesia on her first visit and since then has been passionately interested in the language, the people, and the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Anna is planning to complete part of her languages degree in Yogyakarta through ACICIS and hope to one-day work in Indonesia
Amelia Long – Communications Officer
Amelia is currently employed at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute as the assistant editor of The Strategist, with her research focusing on the Australia-Indonesia relationship and Southeast Asian regional security. She studies Indonesian language throughout her Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney. Amelia then built on her understanding of the relationships by undertaking a business, trade and development internships in Sukabumi, West Java, at the completion of her degree, where she was also employed as an ambassador for a Southeast Asian travel company.
Myra Mentari – Education Officer
Myra is currently studying Master of Education at the University of Canberra. She is also a lecturer of several universities in Aceh, Indonesia. She has been passionate about education, women development and cultural studies, and has attended relevant conferences such as Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference. She is a strong believer that Australia and Indonesia will always be “best friends”, and youth partnerships (such as AIYA) are significant in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
Diana Gaus – Events Officer
Diana is currently completing a Bachelor of Asian Studies, majoring in Indonesian language. She finalised her Indonesian language skills in Salatiga back in 2013 and returned to Indonesia in the summer of 2014 to do an internship at Yayasan SHEEP Indonesia and volunteered at Animal Friends Jogjakarta. These experiences made her love for the Indonesian culture blossom, and interested in improving the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
Arif Zamani – General Officer
Before pursuing his master degree at The Australian National University, Arif was an auditor at Ernst & Young Indonesia. He is happiest when he can spend time playing freely at the beach without a worry. Through AIYA he hopes to find many friends who share his vision for the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
Dinith Adikari – General Officer
Dinith is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies at The Australian National University. He spent a semester studying in Indonesia, completing an internship at the Resilience Development Initiative and collecting the largest amount of LINE contacts amongst his peers. Dinith is interested in policy analysis and history, particularly involving Australia’s relationship with Indonesia and the region. He also plays Ultimate Frisbee.
Jaiden Stevens – General Officer
Jaidan is in his last year of a Masters of Strategic Studies at the ANU where he’s focussing on the role of Indonesia in shaping the regional architecture. He has studied Bahasa Indonesia formally since he was 16, going on to eventually receive a major in Indonesian Studies during his bachelor’s degree. Jaidan believes Indonesia and Australia have much to gain by overcoming differences and working productively together on a variety of issues.
Novie Leman – General Officer
Novie holds a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Entrepreneurship Management. Novie came to Canberra, Australia for the very first time in July 2015 as a scholarship recipient from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance, The Republic of Indonesia. She is currently completing a Master of Project Management at The Australian National University. During her free time, she enjoys travelling, cooking and playing music.
Patrick Deegan – General Officer
Patrick is a final year Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies/Laws student at The Australian National University. In 2013 he completed the ANU’s Year in Asia Program in Indonesia.
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