Eastern Indonesia

AIYA Eastern Indonesia is a non-government organisation run by both Australian and Indonesian young professionals in aims to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Previously known as the Nusa Tenggara Timur chapter in August 2014, the chapter is expanded to the broader Easter Indonesia area, meaning that in 2017 AIYA will have a presence in Kupang, West Timor and Makassar, South Sulawesi. This change has come after AIYA received calls to establish a chapter in South Sulawesi thanks to the opening of a new Australian Consulate General and the recent Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) in Makassar.

We hope that this expansion will provide Eastern Indonesians and Australians with a stronger platform to engage with one another in the future. We hope to build a strong network of students, volunteers and young professionals who can encourage, learn from and support one another to become the next generation of leaders in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Please ‘like’ our social media links for the latest updates on events, opportunities and activities for young Indonesians and Australia in Eastern Indonesia!

Twitter: @aiya_eastindo

Instagram: @aiya.eastindo

Facebook: Australia Indonesia Youth Association – Eastern Indonesia

Chapter Executive – East Nusa Tenggara

Claudya Dhaja (Dije) – East Nusa Tenggara Committee President

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.

Richard Wau – East Nusa Tenggara Committee Vice President

Richard has just completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Nusa Cendana in Kupang, majoring in English Education. During his undergraduate study, he was actively involved in student association such as MITRA (Eastern Indonesian Students Foreign Relations Association), from which he was able to do voluntary work and organise many events. Richard is passionate to foster the Australia-Indonesia relationship as since 2014, he has been an active participant and a mentor in UniBRIDGE (University Building Relationship through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Project and taken part in the annual BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia Untuk Penutur Asing) Program for Australian students in his uni. In 2015-16, he was also a participant of Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) held by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Indonesia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia.

Lilyen Sede – East Nusa Tenggara Committee Treasurer

Lilyen has just completed her Bachelor of Public Health at Nusa Cendana University in Kupang. Since May 2012, Lilyen is involved in developing bilateral relationship of Indonesia-Australia through UniBRIDGE (University Building Relationship through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Pilot Project that held between Charles Darwin University and Nusa Cendana University and taking part in BIPA Program (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing) for Australian students in her university since 2014. She also selected as UniBRIDGE awardee in 2014 and got a chance to do study trip to Australia for one month. During her undergraduate study, she was also actively involved in student organizations and became one of the co-founders and vice president of MITRA Association (Eastern Indonesian Students Foreign Relations Association) who usually held various activities and volunteering on some work or events. By taking part in Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Lilyen hope to build more networking among Australian and Indonesian youth and gain opportunities to develop herself and improving relationship between this two countries.

Chapter Executive – South Sulawesi

Mentari Rahman – South Sulawesi Committee President

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.

Email her at easternindonesia@aiya.org.au

Emily Logan – South Sulawesi Committee Vice President

 Emily worked for several years in the horticulture industry before completing a Master of Applied Linguistics at Monash University in 2012. She has since moved to Makassar where she is studying Indonesian and enjoying exploring the local culture. Once she is fluent, she plans to pursue a PhD in minority language research and development. Makassar is the perfect base, as the largest city on the third most linguistically diverse island in the world. She is excited about the opportunity AIYA provides to interact with youth in Makassar and contribute to the Australia Indonesia bilateral relationship.

Muhlis Ismail Kasim (Muce) – South Sulawesi Committee Treasurer

 Muce is currently studying psychology of Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM). Muce is an ex-committee members of the Psychology Student Board of UNM and the Association of Indonesian Psychology Students Region IV. In his daily life, Muce spends his time  actively involved in social and humanitarian activities such as being a speaker, committee member, and volunteer. In addition to this, Muce is also one of the co-founders of an IT based community called Psychograph. Muce hopes to always strive and contribute to society by helping to educate the youth.

Chaerul Anwar – South Sulawesi Committee Communications Officer

 Chaerul is an alumnus of management studies from UIN Alauddin Makassar. He is a co-founder of an IT and Design Company based in Makassar. Apart from working in the IT industry, he has been involved in several national-scale projects like the Regional Head Election in 2016 and 2017 as an inspector and verifier of Campaign Visualization Tools in several cities and regencies in Indonesia. Besides his professional career, he enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and nature exploration combined with photography. He also has participated in several social and educational activities such as the Indonesian Red Cross, WWF Indonesia, and Inspiration Class – Teaching Indonesia.

Mudassir Hasri Gani (Acil) – South Sulawesi Committee Events Officer

 Acil is a psychology graduate from Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM). In his daily life, Acil is often involved in social and humanitarian activities that led him to establishing a non-for-profit organisation called the Celebes Institute for the Study of Care of Children and Adolescents (LKPARC). Acil is also active in event projects like “Vipro Communication” that promotes Indonesian cinema. Furthermore, Acil is often hired to recruit prospective employees to determine their suitability for positions. Acil’s family was one of the Makassar hosts of AIYEP participants in 2017 and this experience has made him want to participate in AIYA as he wants to engage more with Australian youth. Currently, Acil is focusing on building his own venture.

Ahmad Fadli Mappeaty (Oli) – South Sulawesi Committee Events Officer

 Oli adalah mahasiswa hubungan internasional di Bosowa University Makassar. Oli merupakan sosok yang senang bergaul dan cenderung menyukai berbagai aktivitas sosial baik yg dilaksanakan di dalam maupun di luar kampus. Saat ini, Oli merupakan anggota dari himpunan mahasiswa Hubungan Internasional Universitas Bosowa yang menjabat sebagai koordinator hubungan masyarakat. Keikutsertaannya sebagai keluarga angkat untuk AIYEP di Makassar membuat dirinya tertarik untuk bergabung di AIYA karena ingin mempererat hubungan bilateral Australia-Indonesia dan memperluas pertemanannya dengan pemuda Australia.

Last Updated 31 October 2017.