New South Wales

AIYA NSW has been coming together since early 2012, with active members from USYD, UNSW and several recent graduates and young professionals working throughout Sydney.

We are working closely with various PPIA Indonesian student groups and have already established strong contacts with the AIBC, AIA, NSW DET, ACYA and the Indonesian Consulate General’s Cultural Attache.

We have some exciting events coming up and can’t wait to get more semangat people involved!

Stay up to date through connecting with our social media sites!

Facebook: Australia Indonesia Youth Association – New South Wales

Twitter: @AIYANSW

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Committee Members

Owen James: President

Owen JamesOwen is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. He has study both in Australia and Indonesia focusing on Indonesian governance and law and loves to keep up to date with developments in the bilateral relationship. Owen is also a keen debater, having debated on the international stage for the University of Sydney, and is always down for chat about anything and everything Australia-Indonesia.


Andre Hidayat: Vice President

Andre HidayatAndre is a Production Officer at Sydney Water responsible for the operations & maintenance of water recycling facilities in North West Sydney. He is also the former Student Member Ambassador of the Australian Water Association (AWA) Young Water Professionals. Moreover, he is a final-year student completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) & Diploma in Engineering Practice at the University of Technology Sydney. While there he was formerly the Cultural Director then later President of the Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association. Andre believes AIYA is a perfect introduction into the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. His particular interests in the space include addressing Indonesia’s water issues and defence policy.

Katherine Hudson: Secretary 

Katherine Hudson lives in Sydney’s inner-west. At 18 she was one of the ALP’s youngest ever electoral candidates. She contested Marrickville’s local government election, but didn’t win. While at high school Katherine co-founded Wear it Purple to help combat the rates of suicide and depression amongst LGBTIQ youth. Katherine has given many talks about youth involvement in politics and social inclusion at schools, rallies and TEDxyYouth. She’s also directed a number of plays. Katherine won the Festival of Asia Prize for Proficiency in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. Katherine spent six months studying in Indonesia as part of her degree. She is currently writing an honours thesis on food and exercise cultures amongst Indonesian university students.

Andaleeb Akand: Events Officer 

Andaleeb Akhand moved to Sydney in 2017 to work as a Conference Producer at Aventedge. Prior to this, he studied International Relations and Commerce at the Australian National University in Canberra.

He has a strong passion for Indonesia, having been a General Representative and Treasurer for AIYA ACT in 2016. He has also been Events Director for the ANU ASEAN Society and a university tutor in Dynamics of Asian Business.

During his spare time, he likes to volunteer, go running, read on current affairs and watch films. Andaleeb is looking forward to engaging in his role as Director of Events to contribute to building the Australia-Indonesia youth relationship.

Widhia Kurnia Sukmono: Communications Officer  

Widhia is in his final year of Media & Communication degree at the University of Sydney. With one year experience as the Head of Communications at the University of Sydney Indonesian Students Association, Widhia is keen to contribute to the growing bi-lateral relationship of the two great country. He previously worked short term for PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia as a Marketing Officer. On sunny days, Widhia enjoys a good challenging hike or a swim at the beach.

Bening Putri Wardani: Communications Officer   

Bening’s experiences of growing up in three countries – Indonesia, Singapore and Australia fulfilled her great fascination for culture and knowledge. Prior to joining AIYA, she was also the President of the Indonesian Students Association in NSW from 2013-2015. On a daily basis, Bening spends a lot of time planning, conducting and managing marketing campaigns for the educational-tech startup OpenLearning. Otherwise, she can be found inventively avoiding using her twelve-month gym membership.

Febe Haryanto: Communications Officer  
Febe is currently studying Master of Commerce at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) under the Australian Awards Scholarship. Aiming to be a business and social impact consultant for growing start-ups and social enterprises in Indonesia, she is taking a dual major in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Global Sustainability & Social Enterprise. Her growing interest in social and economic development had led her to previously pursue a bachelor’s degree in international relations. Febe is always passionate about empowering people and communities, especially youth. Together with her friends, she initiated an intensive entrepreneurship workshop in 2016 for vocational students, mostly from underserved areas of Indonesia. This project was funded by U.S. State Department through Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) and run through partnership with prominent figures from business and academic sectors. As an Indonesian student in Australia who is interested in Australia-Indonesia relationship, Febe is aware of her potential to help improve people-to-people links between two countries. Recently, she decided to make this happen by joining AIYA as she believes that AIYA shares the same vision and missions with her.
Giana Ramadianti: Communications Officer  
Brittany Betteridge: Communications Officer  

Brittany is currently finishing her Geography Honours thesis on everyday urban resilience strategies in North Jakarta kampung at the University of Sydney. She is excited to work with AIYA to promote the relationship between Australian and Indonesian youth, especially to get more school students involved! From her experiences interning at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, she is particularly interested in environmental policy in Indonesia. She is a connoisseur of both martabak and dangdut – and is up for the challenge to represent anything through the medium of interpretive dance!

Last Updated 27 November 2017.