ACICIS National Reference Group

ACICIS programs and activities are governed by a National Reference Group consisting of senior academic Indonesia-specialists and international student mobility professionals representing all Australian state and territory jurisdictions, as well as several “members by invitation” appointed to the Reference Group by virtue of, and for, their particular specialist knowledge, expertise, or professional experience.

The National Reference Group is responsible for approving and taking the lead in implementing all ACICIS initiatives and activities; monitoring the consortium’s activities and financial position; determining matters of policy relating to ACICIS – including the fees payable by consortium members; and ratifying the decisions of the Consortium Director to the extent required by the ACICIS Joint Venture Agreement to which all consortium member universities are party.

Consortium Director (Chair)

Professor David Hill AM

David Hill is Emeritus Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Murdoch University in Perth and both the founder and serving Director of ACICIS. David has an extensive record of research and publication on Indonesian media, literature, biography, and cultural politics. David has served as a Board Member of the DFAT Australia-Indonesia Institute (2011-14) and previously chaired the Board of Management of Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre.
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ACT & TAS Representation

Dr Timothy Hassall

Member

Tim Hassall is Senior Lecturer in Indonesian in the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University, Canberra. He convenes and teaches courses on Indonesian language and translation. Tim’s main research interests are second language pragmatics and second language acquisition in study abroad contexts and he has published extensively in these fields.

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Ms Marnie Slaghuis

Deputy Member

Marnie has 10 years extensive experience working in a variety of student focused administrative roles within International Admissions, Student Recruitment and Mobility at the University of Tasmania. In 2012 she commenced in the role of study abroad and exchange coordinator and worked hard to develop and cultivate the exchange program with the ultimate goal of normalising international experiences as part of University life. In her work for the University Marnie particularly enjoys introducing inbound students to island life whilst ensuring that local students take full advantage of overseas mobility opportunities.

NSW Representation

Dr Dwi Noverini Djenar

Member

Novi Djenar is Senior Lecturer and Chair of Indonesian Studies at The University of Sydney. She completed her undergraduate degree at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, majoring in English literature. Novi gained her PhD in linguistics from The University of Melbourne. Prior to moving to Sydney in 2009, she was the vice-convenor of Indonesian community radio at Melbourne’s 3ZZZ. Novi is a sitting Board Member of DFAT’s Australia-Indonesia Institute.
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QLD Representation

Dr Annie Pohlman

 Member

Annie Pohlman is Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at The University of Queensland’s School of Languages and Cultures. Her research interests include Indonesian history and politics, comparative genocide studies, torture, gendered experiences of violence, and testimony studies. Annie is an ACICIS alumna having studied at Gadjah Mada University in 2002 during her undergraduate studies.

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Dr Harriot Beazley

Deputy Member

Dr Harriot Beazley is a human geographer and community development practitioner with experience in rights-based child centred research with children and young people, and in community based, gender-focused research in South East Asia especially Indonesia and Cambodia. Harriot’s research interests are located within social and development geography and children’s geographies. Her current research includes participatory research with children who migrate for work in South East Asia; migrant communities and stateless children in Lombok Indonesia; and marginalised communities’ experiences of change and threat in the Thai Gulf in Cambodia.
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SA & NT Representation

Dr Priyambudi Sulistiyanto

Member

Priyambudi Sulistiyanto is Senior Lecturer at the School of History and International Relations at Flinders University. He is also Academic Director of Flinders’ Jembatan initiative. Budi is a political scientist with teaching interests in the areas of Indonesian politics and comparative politics of Southeast Asia. His current research examines the politics of reconciliation and local politics in post- Soeharto Indonesia.

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Mr Christopher Hoffmann

Deputy Member

Christopher Hoffmann is the Manager of International Recruitment & Mobility at the University of South Australia. He has held various leadership positions within international education in Australia and the United States, and was previously the Convenor of the Student Mobility sector for the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA). He has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration & Student Affairs from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University Channel Islands.

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VIC Representation

Dr Michael Ewing

Member

Michael Ewing is Senior Lecturer in Indonesian at The University of Melbourne. Michael gained his PhD in linguistics from the University of California and has published extensively in the fields of Indonesian and Javanese linguistics. His current research examines the language of Indonesian youth, and standard and colloquial modes of grammatical organisation. Michael has extensive experience of the Indonesian higher education system having taught at several Indonesian universities prior to moving to Melbourne.
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Mr Paul Thomas

Deputy Member

Paul Thomas is the coordinator of the Indonesian Studies program at Monash and teaches across many of our language and culture units, including at the introductory and Intermediate levels. At the Advanced level, he coordinates two specialist units. The first focuses on journalism and the second on theatre and film culture, both are taught in Indonesian. At the post graduate level, he teaches on the Masters of Interpreting and Translation Studies.

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WA Representation

Dr Jacqui Baker

Member

Jacqui Baker is Lecturer in Southeast Asian Studies at Murdoch University. Jacqui is an ACICIS alumna, having completed a year of study in Indonesia with ACICIS in 2000 as part of her undergraduate studies at ANU. Jacqui holds a PhD in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics and has worked as an expert consultant for numerous international organisations including The Asia Foundation, Amnesty International, the EU, and the UN.

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A/Prof Simon Leunig

Deputy Member

Associate Professor Simon Leunig is the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, International.
Simon has nearly 20 years experience in offshore marketing. transnational and international education. He has vast experience in developing strategic alliances and education initiatives in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including links with major Asian Universities. He has a Masters Degree in Education from UWA, a MBA from ECU as well as a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from UWA.
Simon has also graduated from the MDP for Higher Education Managers conducted by Harvard University.

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Consortium Host University  (UWA) Representation

A/Prof David Bourchier

Host (UWA) Representative

David Bourchier studied at Flinders, Murdoch and Monash Universities graduating in politics in 1996. He has taught courses on Asian politics and Indonesian language at Flinders University, RMIT and Murdoch University, and has published extensively on the politics of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. David has been at The University of Western Australia since 1998, where he has taught several units relating to modern Indonesia and Southeast Asia as well as all levels of Indonesian.

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Professor Lyn Parker

Deputy Host Representative

Associate Dean of Arts (Postgraduate)
Asian Studies

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Members by Invitation

Dr Sara Beavis

Member by invitation

Dr Sara Beavis is a Senior Lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University where she convenes and teaches courses in water science, water management and island sustainability at undergraduate and graduate levels.  She has published extensively on the impacts of natural and anthropogenic processes on water quality, water security and water management.  Current research includes: the transport and fluxes of heavy metals associated with artisanal mining in eastern Indonesia; the implications of climate variability and change on water and sediment quality in inland and coastal aquatic environments; and, examining the ethical dimensions of water resources management in the Pacific and Pacific Rim region.

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Professor Colin Brown

Member by invitation

Colin Brown is Adjunct Professor at the Griffith Asia Institute. Until recently, he was a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, Indonesia. He was previously Dean of the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture at Curtin University in Perth. His primary teaching and research interests lie in Southeast Asian history, politics and economics.

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Mr Arjuna Dibley

Member by invitation

Arjuna Dibley is a lawyer and doctoral candidate at Stanford University. His research focuses on climate change politics and regulation, including in Indonesia. Arjuna was formerly a lawyer at Baker McKenzie, where he worked extensively between Australia and Indonesia advising government, private sector and not-for-profit clients. Arjuna is a proud ACICIS alumnus, completing programs in Yogyakarta and Jakarta, during which time he co-founded and became the inaugural President of the Australia – Indonesia Youth Association

Dr Philip King

Member by invitation

Phil King is the immediate past ACICIS Resident Director, serving in the position for eight years from 2005-2013. Phil is an ACICIS alumnus, having completed a year of study in Indonesia through ACICIS in 1998-99. He completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong where he later taught. Phil has a wealth of knowledge and experience of both the Australian and Indonesian higher education systems and currently serves as an educational consultant.

Dr Davina Potts

Member by invitation

Davina is Associate Director (Global Leadership and Employability) at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in international education for 20 years, in a career than spans four continents. Her research interests span international higher education with a focus on the intersection of international experiences and employment. Davina is also on the board of the International Education Association of Australia..

A/Prof David Reeve

Member by invitation

David Reeve has been visiting Indonesia for over 40 years, as a diplomat, researcher, and historian. He has lived in Indonesia for eleven years and worked at four Indonesian universities – including a three-year stint as ACICIS’ Resident Director in Yogyakarta in the late 1990s. David has a wealth of experience in the development of Indonesian language tertiary teaching materials and curriculum design, and has published extensively on Indonesian politics and language.

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