Founder & Director
Sally works at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
She holds Bachelors of Laws and International Relations and two diplomas of languages in Arabic and Indonesian. In 2013 Sally was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award for her first class research examining the effects of corruption on trade and aid in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
Sally has worked as a solicitor, paralegal and seasonal clerk, at commercial law firms over the past five years, including at MinterEllison, Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie and Ashurst’s Melbourne and Jakarta offices.
During her most recent stay in Indonesia from 2013-2015 Sally worked as a consultant providing executive advice and training to staff at the Centre for World Trade Studies in Yogyakarta, as well as held the role of First Secretary to the Indonesian Ambassador to the WTO at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali.
Prior to this Sally lived in Tunisia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka where she interned at Colombo University’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and won an Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce Language Award for her proficiency in Arabic.
Sally has spent 12 years traveling between Australia and Indonesia for work, study and pleasure and maintains technical proficiency in Indonesian/Malay, evidenced by her first-place award at the International Malay Speaking Competition: Prime Minister’s Championship (PABM).
As a co-founding member of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), Sally is passionate about strengthening the bilateral relationship through people-to-people links. Sally believes that trust and mutual understanding are essential to maintaining Australia’s place in the world and that communication (and foreign language skills) is key to achieving this.
Maighdlin is completing a year-long assignment as an Australian Volunteer for International Development working as a Communications Consultant at The Asia Foundation’s Jakarta Office. She works on Program Peduli, a unique Australian Government investment that supports the Indonesian Government to promote social inclusion as a pathway out of poverty for Indonesia’s marginalised groups.
In 2016, Maighdlin completed an Honours thesis at the College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University looking at the influences of Indonesia on national identity in Timor-Leste. She holds a double degree in International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies, with majors in Indonesian Language and Indonesian Studies.
In 2015, Maighdlin completed a semester-long exchange program at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). In 2015-2016, she was the ACT Chapter President of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association.
Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies as Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager. He has also been actively involved in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association – AIYA Victoria as the Creative Officer. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Prior to joining ACICIS, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Based in Yogyakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts. Asa was an integral part of NAILA’s development in its inaugural year and looks forward to growing NAILA in its subsequent years.
Eleanor has studied Indonesian since high school and through her tertiary studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, which she completed in 2015.
Promoting the importance of language study for strengthening people-to-people links and for personal development is of particular interest to Eleanor. She would love to see higher levels of engagement of Australian students in Indonesian language study, at both school and tertiary levels. As a recipient of a Walter Mangold Scholarship in 2014-15 she has spoken to school and university groups about the many benefits of language study.
Eleanor currently works at the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources in the International Education Unit.
Aris Huang is co-founder and researcher at Nagara, a civic tech initiative focusing on technology, data and governance. He is also a professional translator and has taught Indonesian as well as Translation Studies at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. He calls Melbourne and Jakarta home(s), having spent equal amount of time living in both Australia and Indonesia. Aris received his Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.
Sunny is completing a Master of Translating and Interpreting degree at RMIT University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, and Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia.
Having grown up bilingual in Indonesia, and moving to Perth at age 14, Sunny was greatly disappointed when she faced several barriers to maintain her Indonesian studies once in Australia. She studied Indonesian through distance education in high school, and at university spent a semester in Yogyakarta through the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. She later moved to Melbourne to pursue further studies in Indonesian. Sunny hopes that through her involvement with NAILA she can contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship through encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.
Elizabeth Nugraha (Ella)
Senior Translations Advisor
Ella currently works as the Engagement Officer at The Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University.
Ella completed her Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Political Sciences in International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She also worked at UGM as a Program Coordinator for the Office of International Affairs. In 2010, Ella was awarded a full scholarship from the Lotus Undergraduate Exchange Program – Erasmus Mundus and spent one semester studying in Sciences Po. Paris, France.
Having been educated and raised in Australia and Indonesia, Ella has always had an interest to develop bilateral relations between the two countries. Ella is particularly passionate about language education as she grew up being bilingual, speaking both English and Bahasa Indonesia at home.
Ella is an advocate for children’s rights. She has two years of experience in the development sector with Save the Children Australia. During this time she worked closely with immigrant and refugee children from Africa and the Middle East. She has also spent time working as a Teacher in Indonesia.
Hafidh is a recipient of Australian Award Scholarship and currently studying a Master of Management (Accounting and Finance) at University of Melbourne. He holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Universitas Gadjah Mada. He has eight years’ experience working in auditing including three years at as a Senior Associate in Assurances at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and five years working for SKK Migas a state-owned legal entity which controls upstream oil and gas activities and manages contractors operating in Indonesia such as Chevron and ExxonMobil.
Hafidh believes that a healthy relationship between two neighbouring countries, Australia and Indonesia, is key to regional stability. The relationship can be developed through people-to-people links. He hopes to contribute to building a greater understanding by participating in NAILA.
Stephen is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting at the University of Melbourne.
Stephen is passionate about community development through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchange. In his opinion, an integral aspect of such cultural exchange is language learning. He therefore believes that the work of NAILA and, by extension, AIYA (Australian Indonesian Youth Association), is crucial to develop the relationships between the two nations, particularly on a grassroots level. Stephen is glad that the opportunity has presented itself for him to be involved in both organisations. Stephen himself likes learning languages and speaks, in varying levels of proficiency, Sundanese, Indonesian, English, Mandarin, German, and French.
Stephen is also active in the international student sector of the City of Melbourne, through his involvement with the Australian Federation of International Students. He is humbled to have been selected as one of the advisors for Longerenong College to attract international students to rural Victoria.
Partnerships Officer and Translator
Lachlan has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Indonesian language and literature completed via exchange in Yogyakarta and Mataram, Lombok, and has held various roles with the Australia- Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) at both national and chapter levels. His involvement in the Australia-Indonesia relationship grew from high school study of the language and travel to the region for intensive short courses during university. His passion for the written word has led him to seek out a variety of dynamic experiences – from interning as a copy editor at the Jakarta Globe to interpreting for a USC International Development capacity building project. Lachlan believes that initiatives such as NAILA should be greatly encouraged to provide a much-needed boost to Indonesian language studies in Australia.
Senior Communications and Media Officer
Yani has been working in media industry for 13 years. She has experienced in print media (magazine), electronic media (radio) and online/digital media (website and social media). In her last role, she lead the digital platforms of Femina Magazine (the first and the biggest women magazine in Indonesia). Leading Femina’s website and social media were her main responsibilities.
In her spare time Yani, who has Bachelor of Communication degree from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, loves to travel. The idea of learning new cultures in new places has always captured her. She has travelled through Asia, Europe, and Australia. Since the first time she stepped in Melbourne in 2014, she realised the strong bond between Australia and Indonesia. By joining AIYA and NAILA she hopes to contribute to strengthening that bond.
Communications and Media Officer
Banny Rahayu earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from the University of Indonesia. In the third year of her study, she worked as a freelance translator for LINE bilingual English-Indonesian Dictionary. She is currently an editor of a Jakarta-based lifestyle magazine, where she is able to grow an extensive network and hone her English skills through writing and interviewing.
Banny’s interest in Australia-Indonesia relationship has grown since she travelled to Australia to study hospitality management and wrote about tourism in Australia during her stint as a magazine editor. She believes that cultural and language exchanges are the keys to nurturing the long-standing relationship between the two neighbouring countries.
Michael is completing a Diploma of Indonesian at the University of Melbourne.
Michael’s experience thus far with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He was a recipient of the 2013 Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship, a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 VILTA oral competitions, and took part in a two-week intensive language course in Yogyakarta in January 2014. Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and was President of the Melbourne University Indonesian Students’ Language Association (ISLA) for two years.
Michael is passionate about Indonesian studies and fostering and promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship at all levels of society. He hopes to be able to advance young Australians’ understanding of Indonesia through his work with NAILA and AIYA.
Engagement Officer – Schools
Tika is an aspiring teacher in her final semester of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts in French at the University of New South Wales and in Indonesian at the University of Sydney. It is thus only natural that she strives to contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship by encouraging Indonesian language studies in Australia.
Her motivation to spread the Indonesian language is sourced from a personal journey. Observing a stronger connection with her Indonesian heritage once developing a fluency in Indonesian, she hopes that others will find their own connections with Indonesia through language.
During this journey to language and cultural fluency, Tika was a recipient of a full scholarship for the 2013 DREAM International Summer Program at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Her journey continues today, spending every opportunity in the archipelago and learning the art of Indonesian dance through Suara Indonesia.
Joey just completed his Master in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) under the Endeavour Scholarship by the Australian Department of Education and Training. He holds a Bachelor of Social Studies in International Relations from Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Indonesia.
In 2012, he had an internship at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Jakarta office, working on Strengthening Access to Justice in Indonesia (SAJI) Project. Whilst studying in Australia, Joey had the opportunity to be the part of the 2016 Asia-Pacific Week Committee as the Delegates Coordinator. Earlier this year, he also had the opportunity to tutor an Australian friend who was taking Bahasa Indonesia course at the university.
Through the tutoring experience, he became interested in teaching Bahasa Indonesia as the way to deliver the diverse Indonesian culture to Australians. Through NAILA, he hopes to be able to contribute to Australia-Indonesia relations by promoting Bahasa Indonesia and its diverse cultures to Australians. He also hopes to be able to teach Bahasa Indonesia in Australia someday as he believes that teaching Bahasa Indonesia is not only just learning the language, but also the method to understand Indonesia more as one of Australia’s closest neighbours.
Yudha received his bachelor degree in International Relations from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), Indonesia. Prior to his graduation, he became an academic tutor for several courses in International Relations Department UMY, and continues to be an assistant lecturer after graduation. During college, he concentrated on Multi-National Corporations (MNC). He also interned at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok, Thailand.
He believes that Australia-Indonesia relationship is very dynamic and is shaped by individuals. The relationship relied on people-to-people diplomacy which is vital in driving the direction of the bilateral relationship. With greater interconnectedness and ease of mobility, strengthening the relationship relies on individuals, as well as government. By joining NAILA committee, Yudha hopes he can play a part in driving the relationship.
Desmarnov Tirto Pamangin
Tirto’s professional experience working in business has afforded him the opportunity to strengthen his skills, knowledge and experience in working and negotiating with clients from varying backgrounds. He currently works at PT. TPIL Logistics, a freight forwarding company belonging to the FETA Freight Systems International (FFSI) network, which is represented in 70 countries.
Tirto’s volunteer experience has included experience with community-based organizations such as Rotaract Club and AIESEC. He hopes to broaden his network with young Australian and Indonesian entrepreneurs.
Danica Vania Limawan
Danica is a final year student at Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Political Science. In 2016, she was a delegate for a leadership program in Youth Excursion Japan 2016 “History of The Nation and Technologies for Future Generations in The World.”
Having a passion for art, Danica works as a freelance editor and graphic designer. She is currently a General Manager in Information and Technology Department at Association of Business Administration Students Padjadjaran University. She is also the Head of Media in Advocacy Department in her faculty organization.
Danica loves travelling around Indonesia and overseas. She also has an interest in studying other cultures and building relationships. Through NAILA Danica hopes to contribute to developing and strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship.
Photographer and Videographer
Abbie is a student at the University of Wollongong completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Photography and minoring in Marketing Communications & Advertising and Graphic Design. She studied Bahasa Indonesia for her HSC and as a cross institutional subject at university.
Through her active involvement in AIYEP 2016/2017 (Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program) she gained a better understanding of the culture and relationship between Australia and Indonesian. During the program, Abbie completed a photography and journalism internship at Harian Fajar, a newspaper agency in Makassar, South Sulawesi Indonesia. Abbie currently works as a freelance photographer and a marketing assistant.
Since AIYEP, Abbie has become more passionate about the bilateral relationship between Australian and Indonesia. She wants to strengthen this repaul by bringing young people-to-people relationships of Australia and Indonesia closer together and to further cultural understanding between our two countries, especially through media communication.
Sunan Widya Soendoro
Web and IT Officer
Sunan discovered his talent for computers in primary school, and since then has pursued a career working with technology. He studied a Bachelor Degree at Mercubuana University majoring in Computer Science. Sunan also enjoys drawing.
Maggie Yang currently works as a translator at the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms in Jakarta. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and International Studies and minoring in Korean Language. She has completed a research internship at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, examining Indonesia’s contribution in global peace-building efforts, and has participated in several Model United Nations Conferences including in Australia and New York.
Keen to contribute to international affairs, Maggie believes that language (communication and dialogue) is key to sustaining strong and healthy relationships, be it people-to-people links or intergovernmental relationships.
Kristel Cahyadi Tjandra
Kristel is a PhD Candidate at the School of Chemistry, The University of New South Wales. She moved to Sydney seven years ago, after completing her High School Certificate (HSC) in Jakarta. Kristel completed a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry with first class Honours in 2014 and then received an international student Postgraduate Scholarship from UNSW to continue her studies.
Kristel is interested in cross-cultural exchange between Australian and Indonesian students. As an undergraduate she was a member of PPIA and thoroughly enjoyed working with others to bring about events to promote Indonesia in the wider society.
Samantha is a second-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Chemistry. She is working as a Red Cross volunteer and as a casual Math’s tutor. She enjoys reading about politics, travelling and trying different cuisines of the world. Prior to moving to Australia for university, she enjoyed translating different articles for school. She feels that Indonesia, being one of Australia’s closest neighbours, would benefit well if a mutually beneficial relationship is maintained through good communication. She hopes to foster greater interest by Australian towards Indonesian language and culture by participating in NAILA.
Andry graduated from The London School of Public Relations – Jakarta majoring in Communication
and minoring in International Relations. He interned at the Embassy of Peru in Jakarta and learned the importance of bilateral relationships. The relationship between Australia and Indonesia is essential given their geographical proximity.
Andry is passionate about learning languages and translation. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia, English, Mandarin, German and a little bit of French. Andry hopes to contribute to strengthening the Australia-Indonesia relationship through his involvement in NAILA.
Ima currently works as a freelance translator for various local agencies. She has extensive experience in the translation. She also works as a Field Reporter at Confirmis ASEAN and is currently in the training process.
Ima has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Linguistics and Literature at the State University of Malang. She was on the committee for English Month 2013 conducted by Legato, a student club in English Department. She is interested in studying international business and linguistics, and an interest in learning Swedish and Korean.
She has been part of various English speech and debate competitions ranging from regional to the provincial level. She hopes that one day she can use her skills to educate the younger generation and broaden their perspectives, especially those who have limited access to education and the Internet.
She hopes that by contributing to NAILA, she’ll improve the relationship between Australia-Indonesia. She also understands that it is important to promote Indonesian language studies in Australia to maintain a stronger bond.
Indra is a graduate of English Department, Diponegoro University, Semarang, originally from Bandar Lampung. In the English Department, he studied translation for two years from basic to advanced level. He found that learning translation is both challenging and fun. Currently, Indra is taking IELTS course and preparing himself to apply for master degree scholarship. While studying IELTS, Indra is working as English teacher for children at an English course.
Indra is also actively involved in social and volunteering activities, such as Berbagi Nasi Lampung and Taman Baca Masyarakat Kampung Merdeka. He is also running an initiative named Social Synergy Lampung which aims to empower Lampung youth and engage them in social development processes.
In April 2017, Indra was selected as Lampung delegate for YSEALI Youth4Dev Academy Bootcamp in Semarang. In May 2017, he became the delegate of Indonesia to participate in Tech Camp in Bangkok, Thailand.
Indra hopes that by volunteering as a translator in NAILA, he can promote Indonesian language study in Australia and strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Adhie Putra Perwira
Adhie is a final-year international relations student in Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Other than speaking fluent English, he also speaks intermediate Spanish due to his experience of studying in Universitat Jaume I, Spain in 2015.
He admits that he mostly learned English autodidactically through games and movies. In 2010, he and two of his friends founded a community that teaches English to children for fun, namely English Fun Club, because he believes that learning another language is very important and the learning process should be fun.
He has worked as a freelance translator since 2013. Now, he is the founder and CEO of a professional translation company named Transletin. Majoring in diplomacy concentration in his study, Adhie realizes the importance of Indonesia – Australia relations. Through NAILA, Adhie wishes to use his skills and experiences to contribute for the goodness of Indonesia and Australia’s relations.
Wisnu Trianugeraha is finishing his Bachelor of Politics with a major in International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As one of the Indonesian representatives to go on a cultural exchange program funded by the BRIDGE Program in 2011, he has been involved in Australia-Indonesia relations since high school. His commitment to the bilateral relationship has given him the opportunity to study in Adelaide in 2014 through a scholarship scheme between Universitas Gadjah Mada and the University of Adelaide.
He is working part time at the moment as a staff member of his university’s Office of International Affairs while finishing his Bachelor thesis on Australia’s Public Diplomacy in Indonesia through international volunteering. He has also been very active in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) since 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Yogyakarta Chapter.
Wisnu believes in the importance of people-to-people diplomacy between Australian and Indonesian youth as a strong base of the two countries’ mutual partnership and hopes that his contribution in NAILA can foster these relationships.