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: [email protected].

Committee Members

Nadia F. Romadhona – President

Nadia, who prefers to go by Dhona, has a BA in Korean Language and Culture from Universitas Gadjah Mada. Currently she teaches Indonesian for foreigners and volunteers in UNFPA Indonesia as Youth Advisory Panel. 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.

A.T Puspita Wardhani – Secretary

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 developed a big interest in the 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 youths as well to embrace and preserve the richness of the culture itself.

Joe Tomai – Treasurer

Joe is from the wonderful city of Perth in Western Australia. He is currently studying the Indonesian language at Gadjah Mada University. Joe is in his last semester of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in International Relations. He is excited to join AIYA as the new treasurer and hopes to learn more about Indonesian culture and use this information to build closer relations with Australia. Joe’s hobbies include playing various instruments and learning about world history.

Adila Salma Khasna – Education Officer

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.

Charlotte Oliver – Education Officer

Charlotte is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University, majoring in Indonesian and English. She is currently completing a semester at Universitas Gadjah Mada, studying Indonesian language and culture. Charlotte is strengthening the relationship between Indonesia and Australia. She hopes that joining AIYA will provide an opportunity to promote positive engagement between the two countries.

Annisa Adawiyah Aqilah – Education Officer

Often going by the name Nisa or Adaw, she’s in her first year of studying French Literature at Gadjah Mada University. She enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to a lot of music, and not being alone. Nisa knows AIYA from a friend and was instantly hooked on this organisation. She decided to join AIYA because of her curiosity towards Australia’s culture and education. She also hopes to learn about her own culture as well and become a better person through this organisation. Hopefully, AIYA can be the place where she can find friends and comfort there.

Jade Lee – Socio-Cultural Officer

Jade currently studies at Gadjah Mada University in the field of Economics and Indonesian. Last year, she served as the Secretary for AIYA Victoria Chapter. She also completed two programs in Salatiga and Jakarta with ACICIS. When Jade finishes her studies this semester, she will graduate with a ‘Bachelor of Business and Arts’ at Monash University. She hopes to promote Indonesian language and culture when she returns to Melbourne.

Fadilah Rahma – Socio-Cultural Officer

Fadilah Rahma or Fad is in her last year of study, finishing with a major 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 build countless friendships and opened the door for thought-provoking discussion in a cross cultural environment. She likes to organize events to meet new people, listen to stories, and exchange thoughts, which makes her excited to be the socio-culture officer for AIYA Yogyakarta this year! She is a vibrant personality, always smiling and enjoying a laugh. She loves when she gets holidays and is always seeking a new mountain to climb! When asked what she’s most excited for this semester of AIYA she responded “COOL”!

Sekar Annisa Putri – Socio-Cultural Officer

Sekar is a French Literature student at Universitas Gadjah Mada and is currently in her 2nd semester. She has always been interested in learning new languages, which is why she chose to major in French Literature in the first place. She also has an interest in knowing more about the relationship between Indonesia and Australia, since she once visited Perth for a student exchange program back in 2015. This is her first experience in joining AIYA and is looking forward to seeing all the fun that AIYA has to offer. She hopes that by joining AIYA, she can also become better and be more like herself.

Boby Ariesta – Sports Officer

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 the establishment of Yogyakarta as a world batik city by the World Craft Council. Back in 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 Australian and Indonesian relations in all aspects.

Marcus McDonald – Sports Officer

Marcus, who also goes by Macca, is currently participating in an exchange program at Universitas Gadjah Mada and is loving every minute of it!! Ever since he first came to Indonesia he has fallen in love with its culture, people, community, places and food. This is why he decided to take a major in Bahasa Indonesia and Sejarah Indonesia. He is frothing for the opportunity to participate in AIYA this semester, saying “it’s probably the coolest thing I’ll do while I’m here”. He has a great passion for sport and the outdoors and is looking forward to running and being a part of Insanely Awesome sporting events, especially the surf trip! When asked how can we encourage people to join AIYA his response was “Tell them I’ll be there and I’m bringing the energy baby!”

Ashton Darracott – Media and Communication Officer

Ashton is a fifth year student studying a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Ashton is studying Law at the UII law faculty for the duration of her exchange program in Yogyakarta. Ashton knew from a really young age that she wanted to study and live abroad, and is now realising that dream. Ashton is usually daydreaming about what her next meal is going to be, especially in Indonesia, where the food is so different! Ashton is passionate about connecting people and helping them make friends. She’s excited to come on to the AIYA committee to support communications and ultimately strengthen the relationship between the youth of Australia and the youth of Indonesia.

Bernadette – Media and Communication Officer

Bernadette is a final year undergraduate student in Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta. As a young generation, she wanted to make changes to the world that could be achieved through 17 points of SDGs. She hopes that all young people can contribute through the little things around us. She also loves to travel and see the other side of the world. Through AIYA she can establish connections between young people as well as achieving full potential, especially to know the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia.

Diofaldo Daffa Ardhana – Media and Communication Officer

Aldo or commonly called Dio is a 4th semester International Relations student in Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta. He has some hobbies related to learning and developing Languages by means of communications and connecting many people throughout the world. Therefore, he has a purpose to become an Indonesian diplomat and studies International Relations for the sake of his purpose. He believes that every person should connect without any region, language, or culture boundaries which affect the background of someone’s life. Through AIYA, he can pioneer his purpose where he can meet and connect many people with various backgrounds to understand each other without any boundaries, especially connect Indonesians and Australians.

Last Updated 24 March 2020.