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

Virania Munaf: President


Virania Munaf moved to Sydney in 2003 to study Journalism and Law at the University of Technology Sydney. She has since been working in the legal sector for four years, in immigration law and now as an Attorney at IBM Australia. To balance out the daily legal jargon, she dances with the Suara Indonesia Group in festivals around Sydney. Virania is passionate about introducing and sharing Indonesian culture to Australians and vice versa. She loves cooking, musicals, karaoke and a good pub trivia.

Leah Emmanuel: Vice President 

Leah EmmanuelLeah Emmanuel fell in love with Indonesia in 2015 on a Geography and Language Immersion program for 7 months. With a strong passion for urban social justice, she is currently interning at the Sydney Alliance. In her final semester at the University of Sydney, she hopes to return to Indonesia next year to conduct research on alliance-building of urban poor communities for Honours, and get a little more lancar in her Bahasa! When she’s not buried in books, Leah enjoys cooking and entertaining, salsa dancing and a good nongkrong. Rendang is her No1 favourite dish of all time, but she can never make it as good as her Ibu Kos!

Owen James: Director of Events

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.

Patrick Hendra: Community Liaison Officer

Patrick HendraPatrick is finishing off his Bachelor of Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has been casually assisting Australia Awards students from Indonesia in Student Development International at UNSW. In August 2016, Patrick was selected as the Australian delegate for Commonwealth Summer School in East Africa to discuss about United Nation Sustainable Development Goals. He is a science fanatic, aikido enthusiast and likes to cook Indonesian food.

Madeleine Charles: Communications Officer

Madeleine CharlesStudying in Indonesia Madeleine has developed a strong connection with the region and culture. Madeleine has completed a Bachelor of Arts/Law and Diploma of Languages at the University of Tasmania and currently works in immigration law. Madeleine is keen to continue to contribute to the important ongoing relationship between Australian and Indonesian youth and has a particular passion for Indonesian politics and ocean health, particularly plastic pollution and ocean acidification caused by climate change.

Stanley Yu: Treasurer

Stanley YuA stereo-typical, Stanley eats rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and supper) and is a certified chilli-holic. Stanley is a public servant for the Australian Government and is passionate about promoting Australia-Indonesia relationship. Having a legal and business background, Stanley is particularly keen about promoting the trade and investment between the two countries as well as improving the legal and justice system in Indonesia.

Andre Hidayat: General Executive

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.

Lauren Gaudion: General Executive 

Lauren GaudionLauren is in her fourth year at the University of Sydney studying a combined degree of Civil Engineering and Arts, majoring in Indonesian Studies. She has been studying Indonesian since year 9, and to keep her language skills up she runs a weekly language exchange for Australian and Indonesian students at the University of Sydney. Lauren is passionate about languages and mathematics and hopes to combine the two fields in her future endeavours.

Last Updated 3rd April 2017.