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 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 throughout his degree and loves to keep up to date with developments in the bilateral relationship. In 2018 he finished his thesis on the internal management of Indonesian political parties. Owen has been an AIYA member since 2016 and has loved it ever since. Currently, he is passionate about expanding AIYA NSW programs to new university campuses throughout New South Wales.

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

Owen is currently studying a Master 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.

Joshua Sutedjo – Treasurer

Josh 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.

Josh 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 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.

Febe Haryanto – Sociocultural Officer

Febe is currently studying Master of Commerce at UNSW Sydney under the Australian Awards Scholarship. Aiming to help grow SMEs and social enterprises in Indonesia, she is taking a dual major in Global Sustainability & Social Enterprise and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Her interest in social and economic development had led her to previously pursue a bachelor’s degree in international relations. She joins AIYA as she is keen on improving people-to-people links between two countries.

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.

Josie Lange – Community Outreach Officer

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.

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.

Mellisa Souw – Communications Team Member

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 Team Member

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.

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
  • Key Contact: Josie 0401 734 758
  • More information: Join the Language Exchange group and follow the NSW Facebook page for more info

Last Updated 26 July 2018