Posted on 15 October, 2013

The Australia Indonesia Youth Association in Queensland was founded mid 2012, and aims to build a network of youth who are passionate about the Australian/Indonesian relationship through facilitating various networking and social events.

We are currently affiliated with various institutions such as the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Australian Catholic University, Queensland University of Technology and University of the Sunshine Coast, on the Sunshine Coast. Through these institutions, we have established regular language exchanges with local Indonesian students.  We focused towards facilitating exciting events which involve professional networking, informative seminars and socialising activities.

If you have any questions or queries, you can also send an email to [email protected].

Committee Members

Levina Risdya – Chapter President

As an Indonesian who lives in Australia, Levina is aware of the potential benefits that could grow from a strong bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Australia, as well as the shared interests and challenges. Joining AIYA has been one of her ways of contributing to strengthen the relationship and being a bridge between the two countries. She began as AIYA National’s Finance Officer in 2017 and this year elected as QLD Chapter President.

Levina holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from UGM and received her Masters degree from UQ and Kaplan Business School. Having just finished her MBA, she currently works as a financial analyst for a global credit reporting agency.

Xavier Leigh – Secretary

Xavier is currently in his fourth year of a B.A/ LL.B (Hons.) double-degree at the University of Queensland, majoring in international relations and Indonesian studies. Xavier was inspired to learn more about Indonesian culutre after hearing stories about how diverse Indonesian culture is from his grandfather who was born in Cirebon in West Java.

Xavier is passionate about improving Australian-Indonesian bilateral relations and hopes to one day pursue a legal career in Indonesia. Xavier strongly believes that fostering youth relations is the key to building stronger bilateral relationships between Australia and Indonesia and hopes that he can play a part in this as the Queensland Chapter Secretary for 2020.

Courtney Leigh – Treasurer

Courtney is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in international relations and Indonesian studies at the University of Queensland. As one our closest northerly neighbours, Courtney understands the important role that Indonesia plays in the region and its growing influence as an international player on the global stage. Courtney is of the view that in order to further facilitate Australian-Indonesian relations, relationships first need to be built at a communal level. Courtney believes that AIYA encapsulates this idea, by giving young Australians and Indonesians a shared platform in which they can exchange ideas, values and culture. As a youth association that advocates for these relations, AIYA has the capacity to pave the way for even stronger future bilateral relations between these great countries.

Nafesha Adelina – Communication Officer

Nafesha is an undergraduate student of University of Queensland, majoring in Psychology. Moving to Brisbane in 2019 made her realize the importance of Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Living in Indonesia for much of her life, she is eager to introduce her culture to a broader audience in Australia. She loves to share her experience, tell stories, and chat with people about everything. She is interested in human resource management, and hope to meet new young professionals in the field and grow professionally. With her understanding about the two countries, Nafesha aims that her time spent in AIYA could make a great impact on youth relation of Australia and Indonesia.

Jason Valusaga – General Committee Member

Jason is an international business graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast and former New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassador (now Mentor). After interning at Trade & Investment Queensland (Indonesia), Jason returned with a strong interest in the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia and enjoys exploring ways to strengthen people-to-people links.

Katharina Gutjahr-Holland – General Committee Member

Katharina is in her third year of a Bachelor of Health science (Environmental Health) at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She is a 2020 New Colombo Plan Scholar to Indonesia and passionate to learn about the approaches to Public Health in Indonesia and Australia. She hopes to undertake study and internships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2021.

Rasta Putra Dewanta – General Committee Member

Currently Rasta is in his final year of Master of Business in Management at Queensland University of Technology. Rasta serves as president of PPIA QUT or ISAQ (Indonesian Student Association of QUT) as well as general committee member of AIYA Queensland. Rasta has an interest in strengthening networking between Indonesia and Australia, especially the network of professional people owned by AIYA. Rasta believes that AIYA is the right place to help improve his value and professional network in Australia.

Meta Azalia – General Committee Member

Meta is currently in final year of Bachelor of Commerce majoring Accounting at the Griffith University Queensland. Meta has passion in community development, which respect the culture and background diversity. Currently, Meta serves as the President of Indonesian Student Association of Griffith University. She feels that she need to involve in empowering Australia Indonesia relationship as she realized both countries have a great potentials. Then Meta joined AIYA committee chapter Queensland for nearly two years. Moreover, as she loves to dance, she also performed Indonesian traditional dance for couple of events in Australia in order to promoting Indonesian culture. In leisure time, she loves to do sports such running, zumba dancing, and table tennis.

Last Updated 12 May 2020.