Posted on 27 August, 2013

The AIYA Yogyakarta Chapter aims to connect, inspire and inform Australians and Indonesians about opportunities to engage in the bilateral relationship. 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.

Email: yogyakarta@aiya.org.au.

Committee Members

Nadia F. Romadhona – President

Nadia, who prefers to go by Dhona, has a BA in Korean Language and Culture. She also has an interest in international issues and inter-state relations. Participating in a student exchange program in Korea,  Dhona gained much thought and insight through friends from other countries and attending many international programs. She believes that the problems among nations can be solved if states have a shared trust and understanding of each other. As the president of the AIYA Yogyakarta chapter, she hopes to strengthen the bridge between the two countries, and learn more about different cultures in order to further a global society of mutual understanding.


Tata is a senior student at Universitas Gadjah Mada. She studies international law as she wants to pursue a career as a diplomat. Her experiences participating in several short courses with students from Australia brought her to AIYA in 2018. That was when she has a big interest in Indonesia-Australia bilateral relationship. Tata is fond of culture, especially Javanese. She is aware that not many people, especially youth like us, are into a traditional culture. She believes that traditional culture doesn’t only belong to old people, but the youth’s as well to embrace and preserve the richness of the culture itself.

Zac Look – Treasurer

Zac is currently studying a Bachelor of Government and International Relations, majoring in Politics and Public Policy and Indonesian, at Griffith University in Queensland. He is currently studying politics and Indonesian language at Gadjah Mada University – supported by the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Zac wants to work in diplomacy in the future to ensure a stable and prosperous relationship between Australia and Indonesia. He believes an important component in this process is to change biased and ill-informed perceptions. Having been a member of AIYA since 2016, Zac aims to work towards this goal by building connections between Australian and Indonesian youth in Yogyakarta. In his free time, Zac likes to play sports, such as hockey and futsal. He also loves the beach… like any good Queenslander.

Fadilah Rahma – Media and Communications Officer

Fadilah Rahma is a 3rd-year student majoring in International Relations. She has been a member of AIYA since 2017 and has been involved with the committee ever since. AIYA has helped grow and develop her abilities to create thought-provoking dialogue and friendships in a cross-cultural environment. She is excited about meeting new friends whilst developing her skills, particularly in media and communication, by fulfilling her role as a Communications Officer in AIYA Yogyakarta.

Anggara Tegar – Media and Communications Officer

Hi I’m Anggara, I’m a student of Economy in Universitas Islam Indonesia. I’m currently taking business and marketing as the focus of my study. Away from Uni, I also working as a Chief Creative Officer in Design for Dream, a socio-preneur startup that aims to advocate, support and realize the dreams of people with disabilities who aspire to be entrepreneurs and professionals. By becoming a member of AIYA, I want to expand my networking by meeting amazing and inspirational youth from Indonesia and Australia.

Cassandra Stamatescu – Media and Communications Officer

Cassandra is studying Law and Global Studies, majoring in International Relations and Human Geography at Monash University in Melbourne. She is currently in Yogyakarta to do a semester long exchange, studying Bahasa Indonesia and development at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Cassandra aims to work in development after graduating and understands that the base of any good operation is a solid understanding of the people its working with. Therefore, Cassandra is keen to practice cultural competence during her time in Indonesia by participating in AIYA and learning the differences between Australian and Indonesian culture.

Dhea Ristyana – Project Officer (Education)

Dhea is currently studying English and French Literature. As a person who loves languages and cultures, she joined AIYA so she may enhance her knowledge, especially concerning Australia and Australian culture. Furthermore, to provide a meaningful contribution towards Indonesia’s endorsement in the worldwide tourism industry is one of Dhea’s biggest goals in life.

Marlisa Putri Utami – Project Officer (Education)

Lisa is an eighth semester student of International Relations at Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, and loves sustainable and slow adventures. She is completing the final stages of her undergraduate thesis while also challenging herself through AIYA, as a shy person, so that she will be able to connect, interact, and work with people within an international environment. She believes that AIYA is one of the places where she can contribute in order to create a sustainable engagement and development of the community.

Beth Hosking – Project Officer (Education)

Beth is studying a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of International Relations at Monash University. She is currently on exchange at UGM, where she is studying international law and learning Bahasa Indonesian. Beth is excited to learn more about Indonesian culture through AIYA, and to work towards developing strong bilateral relationships between Australian and Indonesian youth. Since coming to Indonesia, Beth has fallen in love with the country and its people, and spends her spare time making plans to visit as many must-see destinations as she can before she leaves!

Adila Salma Khansa – Project Officer (Socio-Culture)

Khansa has a BA in English Language and Literature from Universitas Gadjah Mada. Currently she works as a freelance e-learning designer and freelance tour guide. She is passionate about language and culture, including connecting with people across cultures. Not only love to hear stories and ideas from people with different backgrounds and cultures, she also loves to learn and understand more about her own culture so she can share it to the world. She believes that differences make us unique as individuals. Therefore, it should not be a problem as long as people have high tolerance and respect towards others.

James Moore – Project Officer (Socio-Culture)

James is currently studying a semester at Gadjah Mada University for his Bachelor of International Studies with a major in Indonesian language at Western Sydney University. This is James’ second semester in Indonesia and he is hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the Indonesian identity and how it is affected regional differences.  His passion and connections to Indonesia (other than Bali) encouraged him to pursue Indonesia as a place to study. James want to help break down barriers that exist within the Australian-Indonesian relationship. James also hopes that in coming to Indonesia he will make long lasting friendships that he can always hold onto maybe even develop a home away from home with the great people around him.

Magie Dunn – Project Officer (Sports)

Maggie is studying her last semester of her Bachelor of Bio-medicine at the University of Melbourne, as well as a Diploma of Indonesian Language. This semester she’s studying at Universitas Gadjah Mada and hopes that one day she can answer ‘yah bisa’ (yes, I can) instead of ‘sedikit’ (a little bit) when someone asks if she can speak Indonesian. Maggie believes that having an open mind and lots of enthusiasm can break down the barriers of language and culture. She’s committed to making sure everyone joins in AIYA sports – it doesn’t matter your level of talent, just give it a try and have a laugh along the way.

Boby Ariesta – Project Officer (Sports)

Boby is a fourth-year student studying a Bachelor of Economics at UII in Yogyakarta. He was Liaison Officer in Jogja International Batik Biennale (JIBB) following up of the establishment of Yogyakarta as a world batik city by the World Craft Council. Back to the beginning of 2018, he started to expose himself more to international events. He often comes to some AIYA events. He loves to meet new people, learn new cultures and AIYA is an organization that he chooses to express himself to meet new people, especially to know more about Australia and Indonesia relations in all aspects.

Last Updated 4 October 2019.