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, 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 [email protected] if you have any questions or enquiries.

Committee Members

Samantha Lim – President

Samantha graduated from The University of Sydney, with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indonesian Studies and Geography. She started studying Indonesian in high school, mostly because she really liked her teacher and classes were a lot of fun. Little did she know it would ignite a deep love for the country, its diverse cultures and people. In 2017, she was fortunate enough to undertake a six-month Geography Immersion Program at The University of Indonesia. She extended her stay to undertake internships at ASEAN Foundation and ANGIN (Angel Investment Network Indonesia), where she gained invaluable work experience and life-long friendships. Samantha enjoys being a part of a community of young people who are also passionate about Australia-Indonesia relations and hopes to help facilitate a stronger cross-cultural understanding between our countries. She is happiest when seeing live music, going on sunset walks, and eating good food.

Matthew Hasjim – Vice President 

Matthew is currently in his final 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, and more than a year’s experience organising AIYA NSW’s Professional Events as a Team Member. Being Australian-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. In addition, Matthew is always looking for ways to strengthen his own cultural connections within both the Australian and Indonesian community, something which he believes that AIYA is best placed to help grow and facilitate.

Anton Bouckley – Treasurer

Anton is currently studying a Bachelor of Science/Arts degree at the University of Sydney, majoring in Economics, Geography and Indonesian Studies. His first experience in Indonesia was in Semarang as a baby while his mother worked there. He more recently became fascinated with Indonesia after conducting a research project on peat forest land management in Riau and subsequently studying at the University of Indonesia. Anton has also undertaken a highly rewarding internship with Siddharta Widjaja & Rekan KPMG Indonesia. Anton believes AIYA presents a perfect platform to further develop friendships with Australians and Indonesians passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship. Indonesia is an enormous and ultra-diverse country right next door, yet the median Australia knows very little about it. Anton hopes to work towards changing this misunderstanding in the future.

Charlotte Oliver – Secretary


Charlotte is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University, majoring in Indonesian and English. In early 2020, she spent two months in Yogyakarta studying Indonesian language and culture at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Charlotte is interested in strengthening the relationship between Indonesia and Australia. She believes that joining AIYA will provide an opportunity to promote positive engagement between the two countries.

Isabelle Meere – Communications Officer

Isabelle works in international trade and investment, currently for Australia’s agriculture industry. Indonesia is one of our most important trading partners. Isabelle has always loved Indonesian society and culture. This led to her to study Indonesian language, culture and the legal system at university, study a semester at UGM in Yogyakarta and do a masters thesis on Indonesia’s international security. Isabelle believes increasing engagement and understanding between Australia and Indonesia will lead to a more prosperous bilateral relationship. She enjoys travelling, playing sport and meeting people from around the world. 

Eric Perdana – Social-Cultural Team Officer

Eric received his Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in International Business. He has always been a huge fan of K-pop and it motivated him to learn dancing. He has since joined a dance team with his fellow Indonesian friends in Sydney and he wishes someday that his dance team will go places and become a platform for students with the same passion. Being an International Student in Sydney, Eric is motivated to learn about how Indonesian students cope with life abroad. Eric was on the committee of the Indonesian Student Association UTS and was also the Director of Production at Epilogue 2K19. He excelled at delivering creative content that entertained and educated. By joining AIYA, he hopes to organize events that can further strengthen the bond between Indonesia and Australia. He believes that his passion in dancing and music will inspire other people to embrace their own passions and reach for their dreams.

Aqilah Wafa – Social-Cultural Team Member


Hi everyone! I’m currently studying Bachelor of Business and majoring in International Business. I love to learn other cultures, languages and another people’s background. I am passionate about swimming and singing! I’m a big fan of traveling to countries I’ve never been to. Travel has also taught me to create more valuable experiences with new people and appreciate the time we have. As a person who was born in Australia and grew up in Indonesia, I would love to expand the relationship between Indonesia & Australia and reinforce my own Indonesian culture to the other people and the world. It is my first-time joining Australia & Indonesia Youth Association, I’m very excited and looking forward to engaging with the AIYA activities and bring more fun together.

Andaleeb Akhand – Professional Programs Officer


Andaleeb Akhand has been involved in a number of committee roles with AIYA NSW and ACT since 2016. Andaleeb has had a long-standing interest in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and is looking forward to promoting professional opportunities for young Australians and Indonesians.



Adriel Reynaldo Louis – Professional Programs Team Member

I am a fresh graduate from the University of Technology Sydney majoring in Accounting and Finance. Currently, I am working at Westpac Banking Corporation as a banking reconciliation team member, reconciling and investigating transactions. I came to Sydney 3 years ago and I had been involved in the Indonesian Student Association of UTS (PPIA UTS) for 2 years in the sponsorship team and as vice-president. In addition, I am really into soccer so feel free to have a chat with me.

Michael Djohan – Professional Programs Team Member

Michael is a young professional with a passion for finance, economics, and business. He currently graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Business majoring in finance. Now he seeks involvement and job opportunities that can illustrate his ambitions and dedications. Throughout his five years of organisational activity, he is fitted with excellent management and leadership abilities. He hopes to convert his experience as part of the professional team in AIYA to enable the organization to maintain its success and develop more in the future.

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Last Updated 24 November 2020