Eastern Indonesia

Posted on 28 August, 2013

AIYA Eastern Indonesia is a non-government organisation run by both Australian and Indonesian young professionals in aims to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Previously known as the Nusa Tenggara Timur chapter in August 2014, the chapter is expanded to the broader Easter Indonesia area, meaning that in 2017 AIYA will have a presence in Kupang, West Timor and Makassar, South Sulawesi. This change has come after AIYA received calls to establish a chapter in South Sulawesi thanks to the opening of a new Australian Consulate General and the 2016/17 Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) in Makassar.

We hope that this expansion will provide Eastern Indonesians and Australians with a stronger platform to engage with one another in the future. 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.

Chapter Executive – East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)


Fety Nitbani – President

Fety is a primary teacher and a news presenter. She obtained her bachelor of Education degree at the University of Nusa Cendana in 2017. While undertaking her study, she became a member of MITRA (Eastern Indonesian Students Foreign Relations association), by which she involved in several events and voluntary activities. Her interest in Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship arose, as she became a committee member of BIPA Program (Bahasa Indonesia bagi Penutur Asing) for Australian students in her university in 2016. In the following year, she represented East Nusa Tenggara in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2017/2018 held by the ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Indonesia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia. Fety believes that AIYA would widen her contribution towards the Australia Indonesia bilateral relationship.

Alberto Selan – Vice President

Alberto is a fresh graduate in mining engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering of Nusa Cendana University. His life motto is “Just do what you can, based on your capabilities!”. Therefore, he actively gets involved in many voluntary programs and social activities in Kupang. At the end of 2018, he became a member of MITRA Association (Eastern Indonesian Students Foreign Relations Association) and got many precious experiences. One of which is to be an interpreter for cooperation international program between MITRA Association and Soochow University Taiwan. In 2019, he has been selected to be a participant of the Vocational Internship Program in Queensland, Australia for 5 weeks. During the program, he becomes interested in the bilateral relations between Indonesia – Australia, and hopes that one day he could go back to Australia as an international student to take his master’s degree. In addition, he loves to spread motivation to young people in Kupang to improve their skills and abilities to face the future.

Chandra Gana – Treasurer

Chandra is a business administration student at University of Nusa Cendana. She is interested in environment and animal issues. By joining AIYA, she believe that she can learn more about Australia culture and contribute more to the development of youth association between two countries, Indonesia and Australia.


Ignatia Elfiana Manek – Event Officer

Elvie is an Undergraduate of Public Health, concentrating at Public Health Nutrition course. She has an effective capability in communication with people from different background. She has been actively participating in some organization to help community and young people to developing their leadership and organization capability both in health and religious sectors. A volunteer which have an open mind and like to contribute for positive action to give a hand to maintain and develop the society potential capability and human resource especially in nutrient, health and education sector. Now still developing herself, to help people and trying to continue a formal education to a higher level.

Asri Susanti Battileo – Communication Officer

Achy has completed her Bachelor degree in English Science and Education Program three years ago. During her college life, she was actively involved in various student activities, which made her familiar working together in teamwork and led her to learn new things. Achy has been elected several times as a committee of the Annual International Scholarship Program as a Public Relation, BIPA Instructor (Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers) and a mentor at University Bridge Program from 2015-2016. Currently, she works as a primary school. She has a great interest in social issues, particularly education for the marginal. She also volunteers herself in several activities related organizations as a teaching coordinator.

Chapter Executive – South Sulawesi

Muhlis Ismail Kasim (Muce) – South Sulawesi Committee President

Muce is a recent psychology graduate of Universitas Negeri Makassar (UNM). Muce is an ex-committee members of the Psychology Student Board of UNM and the Association of Indonesian Psychology Students Region IV. In his daily life, Muce spends his time actively involved in social and humanitarian activities such as being a speaker, committee member, and volunteer. In addition to this, Muce is also one of the co-founders of an IT based community called Psychograph. Muce hopes to always strive and contribute to society by helping to educate the youth.

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Emily Logan – South Sulawesi Committee Vice President (Internal)

 Emily worked for several years in the horticulture industry before completing a Master of Applied Linguistics at Monash University in 2012. She has since moved to Makassar where she is studying Indonesian and enjoying exploring the local culture. Once she is fluent, she plans to pursue a PhD in minority language research and development. Makassar is the perfect base, as the largest city on the third most linguistically diverse island in the world. She is excited about the opportunity AIYA provides to interact with youth in Makassar and contribute to the Australia Indonesia bilateral relationship.

Joshua Neonada – Communications Officer

 Joshua finished his bachelor degree of informatics engineering from Hasanuddin University at 2017. And now he work as an intern at Upana Studio, an information and technology services company based in Makassar. Apart from working as an intern, step by step he build his photography business cause photography is one of his passion. By becoming member of AIYA, he want to expand his networking by meeting inspirational youth from Australia and Indonesia.

Vita Kanisha Ilma – Professional Program Officer

 Having graduated from Satya Wacana Christian University, Vita is now working as an Education Counselor and Office Coordinator at a private company in Makassar. Vita has involved in several scholarship projects initiated by local government, such as the Government of Papua Province. She took a part in the government’s study abroad programs which was designed specifically for the Papuan students. During her time at her workplace, she also found a strong connection with Australian Education providers which raise her passion for Australia. Vita also keen on youth and social communities, she believes that by joining AIYA she can contribute many activities to strength Australia – Indonesia relationship.

Akbar Galuh – Professional Program Officer

 Galuh graduated from Hasanuddin University majoring in English Literature on 2016. He began his career on hospitality before back then on 2011 (before college) in a well-known fitness centre in Makassar. While he studied in UNHAS he also worked full-time shift in the company. The experiences taught him many administration lessons plus an absolute team-working. He also built a strong network during his duty in the company with society. He currently works in an insurance company in Makassar as an agent that requires a vast networking to gain connection. He is now involved in AIYA – South Sulawesi chapter to extend and maintain his knowledge about English and build new connection with the Australian fellows.

Kumara Tungga Dewa – Events Officer

 Kumara is an alumnus of English Departement foucused in Linguistics of Hasanuddin University. He has finished his bachelor’s degree in 2017. His passion about Linguistics and English drives him to be an English Teacher in EF English Fisrt Makassar since he graduated. He is also currently working as Translator in CENTRIO, a Translation Company based in Hasanuddin University. Apart from his jobs, he voluntarily participates in several humanitarian and social communities, such as, Literacy Movement, Disability Empowerment, Refugees’ Protectorship, and etc. Besides his professional and vounteering career, He is highly interested in Football and any other outdoor sports. His greatest hope by taking part in AIYA Eastern Indoensia is to maintain and strenghten the diplomatic relations between Australia-Indonesia through their youth with various possitive and productive activities. Furthermore, he would like to learn all about Australia from this youth association especially the culture and geography.

Dewi Islamiati Husen – Treasurer

 Wila is an accounting student at the Universitas Muslim Indonesia in Makassar. Wila has been actively involving in a number of student organisations in her university such as HMI and KAMMI. Apart from her study, she also runs her own clothing business and aspires to be a successful entrepreneur in years to come. She is passionate about adding value to the Indonesian-Australian relationship and hopes to expand her international network through AIYA Eastern Indonesia

Andi Nurul Ulum  – Secretary

Noe is a law student at Hasanuddin University. Beside studying law, she also involve in some communities in Makassar which focus on environmental issues and education. By joining AIYA East Indonesia, she believes that AIYA is a right place to learn more about both countries

Darmianti Razak – Social Culture Officer

Darmianti Razak is a Marketing student at The University of Adelaide. Studying in Australia is her childhood dream, and now the dream comes true since she decided to continue her Master Degree in Adelaide. She’s actively contributed in Indonesia-Australia Student Association in South Australia and participated in some volunteer activities in Australia. Darmianti has a strong passion to promote Indonesian culture in the foreign country, especially Australia. She came from Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi. Makassar is the largest city in East Indonesia and considered as the centre of the Eastern Indonesia. Her aims to increase the relationship between Australia-Indonesia in the Eastern Indonesia motivates her to involved more in some activities which can bring a positive impact for both Australian and Indonesian. She firmly believes that AIYA can enhance the bond between Indonesia-Australia bilateral relationship, especially for the young generation.

Muhammad Akbar – Education Officer

Being in love with education, Muhammad Akbar joined a bunch of educational institutions since he was an undergraduate student. Nevertheless, he graduated from Business English Study Program at State University of Makassar in 2013 and became one of the best graduates with high honor (cum laude predicate). In 2013, he continued his study at English Education Study Program, Faculty of Languages and Literature at State University of Makassar as well. Furthermore, he received a Business English Certificate from Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Interestingly, during his study in the university he contributed much in local, national, and international organisations. In addition, he was highly contributed and be shortlisted as the EP buddy of Indonesia-Hongkong Cross Cultural Exchange Program, the committee of Festival of India in Indonesia in 2015 in collaboration with Consulate General of India and State University of Makassar, the committee of Asian Community Lectures by Japan Foundation.   

Moreover, he actively participated in tons of national and international competitions and as the representation of his university. His prestigious achievement was the representation of Indonesia at Asia Pacific Urban Forum, held by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing Republic of Indonesia UN Habitat III.

Since he is passionate about education, specifically in teaching, he worked as an English tutor, English consultant, and teacher of BIPA (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing). Currently, he is an ESL (English as a Second Language) in one of the private schools in Makassar. Taking part in Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) is a fabulous privilege for me to strengthen a bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia.

Last Updated 15 June 2020.