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 nsw@aiya.org.au 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.

Rafella Angeline – Treasurer

Rafella is currently undertaking a Commerce/Information System bachelor degree at the University of New South Wales. Having spent 2 years in Australia, she becomes passionate about introducing Indonesian culture to Australians and believes that being a part of AIYA helps her achieve this goal. Before joining AIYA, she was actively involved with student volunteer programs and management consulting on campus. She is currently a member of the Cancer Council NSW financial assistance program team. When she’s not busy studying and reading crime novels, you can find her exploring coastal walks and ticking them off her bucket list.

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.

Weni Waluyani – Education Officer

Weni is currently a master student in University of New South Wales studying Gifted and Special Education under Australia Award Scholarship scheme. Her interest in education, language, culture and learning brought her to be part of AIYA committee members. In her free time, Weni enjoys listening to music while doing some leisure activities such as writing fictions or crocheting. During her time studying in Australia, she realizes the importance of having wide network and connect with others including local Australians and fellow Indonesia. Hence, she is actively in involved in a lot of volunteering activities in UNSW such as ASPIRE. By becoming AIYA committee member, she aims to foster good relationship with those who are interested in relationship between Australia and 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

Samantha Lim – Professional Programs Team Member

Samantha recently graduated from The University of Sydney, where she studied a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Indonesian Studies and Geography. Her love affair with Indonesia developed in high school when she was introduced to the language and culture by the most inspiring teacher, Gai Wholohan. In 2017, she was fortunate enough receive the New Colombo Plan scholarship to study at The University of Indonesia for 6 months where she truly fell in love with the country. She extended her stay to undertake internships at ASEAN Foundation and ANGIN (Angel Investment Network Indonesia) and where she gained invaluable work experience and life-long friendships.

Samantha is passionate about engaging with other youths who are interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and hopes to facilitate a better mutual understanding between our respective countries. She is happiest when seeing live music, hiking through nature, and learning new languages.

Nathan Mardira – Professional Programs Team Member

Nathan is a fresh graduate from University of Sydney where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He has been involved in student organisations for more than two years, serving as the treasurer and sports committee of Indonesian Student’s Association at USYD. He believes in the power of youth to be able to inspire, promote, and further improve the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia. He enjoys competitive video games, challenging puzzles, and watching UFC/MMA fighters beat the hell out of each other in the good spirit of competition.

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.

Kezia Gracediandra – Communications Team Member

Kezia first arrived in Australia in 2015 to continue her Architectural studies in Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as a part of a Bachelor’s Double Degree program from Universitas Indonesia. She just recently graduated from her Masters of Architecture degree from QUT and moved to Sydney from Brisbane for work 3 months ago.
Over the course of her university studies, Kezia has been active in several organisations such as IMPI (Ikatan Mahasiswa Program Internasional) from Universitas Indonesia, ISAQ (Indonesian Student Association in QUT), PPIA QLD and now AIYA.
Through AIYA, Kezia hopes that she can strengthen the current bond that Australian and Indonesian youths have with one another and possibly create a new one.

Maria Stefanie – Communications Team Member

Maria finished her Bachelor of Architecture in Indonesia. She moved to Sydney in 2012 to study Master of Planning and Development at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), sponsored by one of the Indonesian private banking institutions. During her postgraduate study, she worked as an intern at the UNSW IT and in 2014 she was selected as 28 over 80 student entrepreneurs who successfully made through the selection process for Startup workshop. In 2015, Maria joined the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA NSW) as a general assistant.

Being a parent of two young kids doesn’t stop her to keep working for the society. She has been actively involved in the Indonesian Mums Community Sydney (IMCS), connecting and helping other Indonesian parents in Sydney who live away from their family support. She has a very strong passion in social community and development. She committed to working more for children and young people as she believes they hold the main role for the future generation.

She believes that AIYA will be the fit container to link Australian and Indonesian finding mutual opportunities in many ways.

Madeleine Randell – Socio-cultural Team Member

Maddie is a Senior Project Officer at the University of Sydney School of Public Health. She is currently managing the monitoring and evaluation of an intervention run by UNICEF Indonesia across eight districts in Aceh. This is a dream job for Maddie, who recently spent 14 months living and working in Jakarta. Maddie has a passion for aid and development, and following the completion of her Masters in International Public Health, she joined the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program as a Public Health Research Advisor to the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI). Maddie is incredibly passionate about improving health outcomes in Indonesia, as well as batik and Indonesian food. In her spare time, she sources high quality fresh tempe in Sydney, tries to stay fit, and expands her Bahasa Indonesia vocab by reading trashy tween novels.

Ria Adryani – Socio-cultural Team Member

Ria is currently a Master student at the University of Sydney majoring Development Studies. The interest in Australians learning Bahasa Indonesia through AIYA’s language exchange program is what brought her to get more engaged closer to AIYA. Ria hopes to see and participate directly in other cultural-binding programs AIYA will have in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys spending my time reading fiction or simply doing nothing in the park or beach.

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 30 April 2019