Eastern Indonesia

Posted on 28 August, 2013

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 2016/17 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.

Chapter Executive – East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)

Richard Willams – East Nusa Tenggara President

Richard has just completed his Bachelor of Education in English Education at the University of Nusa Cendana in Kupang. He is now working at Smart Learning Centre Kupang where he teaches TOEFL and General English classes. Richard’s interest to foster the Australia-Indonesia relationship started in 2014 when he became UniBRIDGE Project participant and he has become one of the Indonesia coordinators ever since. He has also taken part in the annual BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing) Program for Australian students in his university for 4 years in a row since 2014 and as a volunteer for a variety of youth-led communities in Kupang. In 2015-16, he was one of the selected goodwill ambassadors for 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).

Fety Nitbani – East Nusa Tenggara Vice President

Fety is a part-time English tutor and a news presenter. She obtained her bachelor of Education degree at the University of Nusa Cendana in 2017. While undertaking her study, she became a member of MITRA (Eastern Indonesian Students Foreign Relations association), by which she involved in several events and voluntary activities. Her interest in Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship arose, as she became a committee member of BIPA Program (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing) for Australian students in her university in 2016. In the following year, she represented East Nusa Tenggara in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2017/2018 held by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Indonesia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia. Fety believes that AIYA would widen her contribution towards the Australia Indonesia bilateral relationship.

Lilyen Sede – East Nusa Tenggara Treasurer

Lilyen has just completed her Bachelor of Public Health at Nusa Cendana University in Kupang. Since May 2012, Lilyen has been involved in developing bilateral relationship of Indonesia-Australia through UniBRIDGE (University Building Relationship through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Pilot Project held by the cooperation between Charles Darwin University and Nusa Cendana Universityas well as  taking part in BIPA Program (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing) for Australian students in her university since 2014. She was also selected as UniBRIDGE awardee in 2014 and got a chance for a study trip in Australia for 3 weeks. During her undergraduate study, she actively involved in student-led organizations and became one of the co-founders and vice president of MITRA Association (Eastern Indonesian Students Foreign Relations Association). By taking part in Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Lilyen hopes to expand more networking with Australian and Indonesian youths and gain opportunities to develop herself and improve relationship between the two countries.

Steven Parera – East Nusa Tenggara Events Officer

Steve is a final year student at the University of Nusa Cendana in Kupang, majoring in English Education at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education. During his studies, he has been involved in a student association since 2015 called MITRA (Mahasiswa Indonesia Timur Relasi Asing/Eastern Indonesian Students Foreign Relations Association), that has many volunteering programs. Steve is interested in the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia since 2015, as he joined UniBRIDGE (University-Building Relationship through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Project and become a very active participant and mentor to assist students from Undana University and Australia to experience language and culture exchange. He also took part in the annual BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing) Program for Australian students in his university since 2015-2017. In 2016, he was selected as a recipient of UniBRIDGE Awards and get a chance to visit Australia for a month.

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 09 October 2018.