New South Wales

Posted on 13 October, 2013

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!

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

Committee Members

Febe Amelia Haryanto – President

Febe is currently studying Master of Commerce at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) under the Australian Awards Scholarship. Aiming to support the growth of start-ups and social enterprises in Indonesia, she takes a specialisation in Global Sustainability & Social Enterprise. Her passion for languages and culture, as well as social and economic development, had led her to do a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

Through AIYA, Febe hopes she can pursue her interest in improving people-to-people links between Indonesia and Australia, especially at the youth level. She believes youth plays an important role in shaping the relationship between the two countries as the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

Joshua Sutedjo – Vice President (Internal)

Joshua is an Accountant with a Sydney-based Chartered Accounting firm. He is also currently studying a Bachelors of Commerce – Professional Accounting at Macquarie University, with the aim of beginning the Chartered Accountants program after he graduates in 2019.

Joshua has long been involved in the Indonesian community, reflecting his passion for all things Indonesia after migrating to Australia with his family in 2001. He has held various positions at PPIA Macquarie University (Indonesian Student’s Association) from 2016, culminating in his appointment as Treasurer in 2017. Josh has also been heavily involved with Soundquriang – the premier Indonesian concert in Sydney. He has held the executive positions of Venue Coordinator and Treasurer from 2016 to 2017.

In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, enjoying the outdoors and long discussions about Indonesia and geopolitics across the world!

Andaleeb Akhand – Vice President (External)

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 Vice President (external) to contribute to building the Australia-Indonesia youth relationship.

Owen Carnahan – Secretary

Owen is currently studying a Masters of International Security at the University of Sydney. He strongly believes in building personal relationships to strengthen the Indonesia-Australia connection, and admires the work AIYA has been doing in this regard. When he’s not reading trashy science fiction novels, Owen likes socialising and improving his Bahasa Indonesia.

Renaldo Wongso (Will) – Professional Programs Officer

Born and raised in Jakarta, Renaldo moved to Sydney for university in 2016 to pursue a combined Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Economics) and Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Sydney. Being a current intern at a law firm with a significant Indonesian clientele and having interned at Deloitte back in Jakarta, he has experience in both the Australian and Indonesian workplace. On the weekends, he enjoys representing the Sydney University Soccer Football Club in one of their many Men’s All Age teams and watching Manchester United wipe the floor with their opponents.

Mellisa Souw – Communications Officer

Arriving in Australia in 2011 to pursue Bachelor of Economics degree at UNSW, Mellisa has since spent the last 7 years growing up in Australia. Currently in her final year of Master of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney, she is taking dual major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She has been actively involved with the Business School as a Peer Mentor for new postgraduate students and recently completed her internship in an organisation that foster and provide support for entrepreneurs.

With all the cultural experience she accumulated, she is aiming to foster commercial collaboration between Indonesian and Australian in start-up fields. She joins AIYA for the purpose of connecting like-minded Australians and Indonesians youths, and creating an environment for both sides to find mutual opportunities with each other.

Maxine Williams – Sociocultural Officer

Maxine is currently studying a Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in Asian Studies and Geography alongside a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian at the University of Sydney. In 2017 she participated in a six-month Geography Immersion Program at the University of Indonesia which included the opportunity to intern at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Jakarta. Maxine is now in the early stages of planning her Geography Honours thesis which she hopes to undertake on issues related to food insecurity in Eastern Indonesia. She is an avid volcano climber and has her sights set on Gunung Agung in Bali and Gunung Kerinci in Sumatra during her next trip to Indonesia.

Emi Hall – Education Officer

Before joining The University of Sydney, Emi Hall worked in public and private VET institutes (TAFE Queensland and Charlton Brown), where she found her passion for international education. As a new entrant to the sector, Emi represents the next generation and has taken the opportunity to be involved in research related to careers in international education. Emi holds a Diploma of Marketing and Communications and will complete her Bachelor of Government and International Relations in 2019. In 2017, she was selected as an intern for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. She worked with First Australian communities to build an inclusive intercultural education program for the Games.

Emi is committed to strengthening Indonesia-Australia relations and plans to do so by leveraging Australia’s soft power through international education.

Ashri Nooraida Permana – Communications Team Member

Ashri is a Digital Information Management student at University of Technology Sydney, sponsored by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education. She has actively involved as Regional Coordinator for Sekolah TOEFL in Bandung, Indonesia, to promote English learning channel among Indonesians. She was also an active member in Komunitas Suka Seni Sunda Universitas Padjadjaran as a Sundanese Traditional Dancer. Currently, she has developed a “Taman Baca” in her hometown (Bandung, West Java) intended to attract and encourage reading habit among the youths. Ashri believes that joining Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) is a great channel to maintain bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia.

Matthew Hasjim – Professional Programs Team Member

Matthew is currently in his third year of his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Sydney. He has had nearly two years experience at the Indonesian Students’ Association at USYD as Secretary and Vice-President. Being Aussie-born of Indonesian background, he has a strong interest and passion in following recent and developing events out of both countries which affect the bilateral relationship. He believes that AIYA is the best place to be immersed in both countries’ cultures and nuances.

NSW Language Exchange

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

Last Updated 11 Oct 2018