Welcome to Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) Jawa Barat! AIYA Jawa Barat is a non-government organisation run by both Australian and Indonesian young professionals in aims to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. 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. From our base in Bandung, the capital of West Java, AIYA Jawa Barat aims to bridge gaps between Australian and Indonesian universities, cultural performers, tourists, businesses and more.
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AIYA Jawa Barat Committee 2018
Shaun Lindfield – President
Shaun is studying a Post-Grad Diploma of Asian Languages at Murdoch University and is currently based at Parahyangan Univeristy, Bandung. His journey in Indonesia began in 2016 when he undertook a one-year student exchange at the University of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, as part of his undergraduate studies. At the beginning of 2018, Shaun undertook an internship at Rumah Energi, a NGO specialising in renewable energy located in Klaten, Central Java. He is passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship and believes AIYA can play an important role in strengthening their partnership. Shaun is focused on expanding the Jawa Barat Chapter to engage more Indonesian and Australian Youth and inform them about opportunities related to the bilateral relationship.
Evelynd – Vice President
Evelynd pursued her degree on Master of Communication and Media Studies at Monash University. Recently, Department of Television and Film in Faculty of Communication Universitas Padjadjaran welcomes her on board. During her time in Melbourne, she was a professional intern at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and had experiences on digital media. Evelynd has worked for AIYA Victoria and PPIA Victoria as Communication Officer. Even though she has back to Indonesia for good, she stays in touch with Australia-Indonesia festivity by joining AIYA Indonesian chapters events and CAUSINDY Team. In the near future, she is planning to establish AIYA Padang and bring the joy of footy with The Krakatoas Football team to Bandung.
Anja Ariella – Treasurer
Anja is a fresh International Relations graduate from the University of Gadjah Mada. In 2015 she represented Indonesia as a delegate at the Harvard National Model United Nations. In 2017, Anja represented Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta in the Miss Indonesia pageant and placed 5 th . She also spends her time volunteering for various programs, such as teaching English to the visually impaired in Yogyakarta and teaching primary school students at Sekolah Alam, Bantul. She is currently under contract with the Miss Indonesia Organisation as a model and works as a freelance actress. Anja is an enthusiastic supporter of the Indonesia-Australia partnership and hopes that through AIYA she can connect young Indonesians and Australians with each other and to opportunities related to the bilateral relationship.
Lewis Wilson – Secretary
Being a part of AIYA has always been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Whether it’s playing badminton or chatting at a language exchange, every AIYA experience is a chance to meet new people and learn something new. I’ve always been fascinated by Indonesia and AIYA represented an opportunity to engage more closely with our gigantic neighbour. Being a part of the committee has allowed me to develop a range of skills in a really fun environment, trying lots of delicious Indonesian food along the way! No matter which chapter you’re a part of AIYA is an experience that few others can match.
Hillary Mansour – Engagement Officer
Hillary completed her studies at the University of Melbourne in June 2017, with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Ancient World Studies, as well as a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian. After several years of studying Indonesian, but only 4 weeks of time spent in Indonesia, she decided to postpone her Australian postgraduate studies and spend as much time in Indonesia as possible.
She represented the University of Melbourne at the Future Researchers of Indonesia Program (FRIP) 2017, in Bogor, and applied soon after for the ACICIS language program in Yogyakarta, which she completed in June 2018. Last semester, Hillary was the Social Media Officer for the AIYA Yogyakarta Chapter; a role which she has now taken up in the AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter.
Febryana Ester – Education Officer
Ester is pursuing a bachelor & degree of Public Administration at Parahyangan University, Bandung. In 2017, She was chosen to attend the National Seminar in order to support the program to create a Superior and Sustainable Village under the auspices of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture (KEMENKO PMK) and the oldest political foundation in German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and in collaboration with UNPAR. In 2018 she joined AIYA because she thought the relationship between Indonesian and Australian youth was very important because there would be so many benefits that would be gained from every good collaboration.
Madeline Feledy – Social-Cultural Officer
Madeline is currently studying a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney. After studying a semester of Bahasa Indonesia, she became interested in Indonesian life and culture and is now completing a semester exchange at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan. Her interest in civil society has led her to join AIYA Jawa Barat. She is interested in the Australia-Indonesia partnership and hopes her time at AIYA will help to strengthen the bilateral relationship on a grassroots level.
Maria Putri – Sports Officer
Maria is currently an undergraduate International Relations student in Parahyangan Catholic University. During her study, Maria has joined several sports competition, mainly futsal. One of the competitions was Indonesian Futsal National League for Students. Other than that, Maria was also the leader of the Futsal Extracurricular in her university. She has also recently finished her duty as a volunteer in the Sports, Medal, Ceremonies for the 18th Asian Games. Maria likes to build relations with other people, both local and foreign. Maria hopes that through this organization, the relations between Australian Indonesian will become stronger and always share positive vibes.
Nathan Harper – General Committee
Nathan is currently in his final semester studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He has a strong passion for both policy analysis and renewable energy, particularly relating to the Indo-Pacific region. He is currently interning at the Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) and is conducting a research paper on infrastructure development and renewable options in Sumba, East Indonesia. Nathan found out about AIYA through the ACICIS program, which he is currently undertaking at UNPAR, Bandung. He hopes to help out wherever possible and improve his language skills through interacting with fellow Indonesian peers.
Tamara Verus – General Committee
Tamara is a student currently completing her final year of a double degree of Arts/Science at the University of New South Wales. During her study Tamara has worked as a paralegal at a boutique commercial law firm in Sydney as well as volunteering as an events coordinator for a local youth ministry. While this is her first time in Indonesia, she is extremely interested in the local culture, passionate about the Australian-Indonesian relationship and is excited to see the future development between both countries. Tamara hopes that there will be many opportunities to create strong meaningful relationships with local students. She is very expectant for what the future holds for the relationship between the youth of both nations.
Lucy Bongiovanni – General Committee
Lucy is an international studies student from Melbourne currently studying in Bandung. She first came to Indonesia when she was 7 and hasn’t been able to stop coming back since. Her interests include cycling, reading, knitting and cooking. As an international relations student she sees AIYA as an opportunity to foster relations between Indonesia and Australia from the bottom-up. She is looking forward to helping organise exciting events for Indonesian and Australian youth in Jawa Barat.
Sri Murni Simanullang – Assistant Treasurer
Andrew Catton – General Committee
Liam Wilson – General Committee
Last Updated 11 October 2018.