New South Wales

AIYA NSW has been coming together since early 2012, with active members from USYD, UNSW 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 by connecting with our social media sites!

Facebook: Australia Indonesia Youth Association – New South Wales

Facebook groups: AIYA NSW Community and Language Exchange

Twitter: @AIYANSW

Instagram: @aiya_nsw

Feel free to also send us an email at if you have any questions or enquiries.

Committee Members

Owen James – President

Owen JamesOwen is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. He has studied in both 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 and 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) and a 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.

Owen Carnahan – Secretary

Louis Tinter – Treasurer

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 bilateral relationship of the two great countries. 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 – General Executive 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.

Brittany Betteridge – General Executive Officer

Brittany is currently finishing her geography Honours thesis on everyday urban resilience strategies in North Jakarta kampung’s 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!

Josie Lange – Community Outreach Officer

NSW Language Exchange

  • Where: Meet in front of the Quadrangle at the University of Sydney
  • When: Every Tuesday during semester
  • Time: 1pm
  • Key Contact: Josie 0401 734 758
  • More information: Join the Language Exchange group and follow the NSW Facebook page for more info

Last Updated 23 March 2018