Introducing the ACICIS Study Indonesia Team

ACICIS Consortium Director: Prof David T Hill AM

The Consortium Director is responsible for the overall management of ACICIS, chairing the National Reference Group which determines ACICIS policy.

The Consortium Director and Founder of ACICIS is Professor David T Hill AM. Professor Hill is an Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University in Perth, having recently retired from his position in the Asian Studies Program at Murdoch University where he was a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre for Social, Political and Economic Change. His research interests are in Indonesian media, literature, biography, and cultural politics, and he is a NAATI-accredited professional English-Indonesian interpreter and translator. In 2009 Professor Hill was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to develop a national strategic plan for the advancement of Indonesian language in Australian universities. Professor Hill has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore (2006), an invited participant in the Government’s “Australia 2020 Summit” (April 2008), was a Board Member of the DFAT Australia-Indonesia Institute (2011-14) and has previously chaired the Board of Management of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University.

In 2015, Professor Hill was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Honours.

ACICIS Resident Director: Dr Adrian Budiman

Dr Adrian Budiman joined ACICIS in early 2016 as the Deputy Resident Director, serving in the role until the end of 2017. In January 2018 Adrian was appointed Resident Director (RD). In his capacity as RD, Adrian oversees all aspects of the delivery and management of ACICIS programs in Indonesia, including provision of academic supervision and pastoral care support services for students undertaking study in Indonesia through ACICIS. The RD also serves as ACICIS’ primary liaison with Indonesian authorities and universities.

Adrian received his PhD in Media Arts and Studies from Ohio University in 2008, an MA in International Affairs from the same institution in 2003 and an undergraduate degree in Management from Universitas Gadjah Mada. Prior to his position at ACICIS, he served as a faculty member at the School of Multimedia Technology and Communication and Deputy Director for the Centre of International Affairs and Cooperation at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). Adrian has published extensively on media issues and the emergence of social media in Southeast Asia. He also serves as a consultant at UNICEF on Communication for Development (C4D), the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD, 2010), instructor for media monitoring at the Academy of Educational Development (AED, 2008), and as the coordinator for the Indonesian Broadcast Journalists project at NBC 4, Columbus, Ohio in 2007. Adrian has also worked in the private sector in various management positions in Indonesia between 1992 – 2000.

ACICIS Deputy Consortium Director and Study Tour Coordinator: Assoc/Prof David Reeve

Associate Professor David Reeve is the ACICIS Deputy Consortium Director and Study Tour Coordinator.

Prof Reeve has been visiting Indonesia for over 40 years, as a diplomat, researcher, historian, visiting lecturer, beach comber and project manager. He has lived in Indonesia for eleven years, and worked at four Indonesian universities. He was a founding lecturer in the Australian Studies program at Universitas Indonesia in the 1980s. He had a three-year stretch at Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in the 1990s, as resident director for the ACICIS program. He has written on Indonesian politics, Indonesian language, and Australian-Indonesian relations. David retired from his position at UNSW in July 2006.

Prof Reeve has great experience in the development of Indonesian language tertiary teaching materials and curriculum design, and LOTE teacher education requirements. His experience includes head of the materials development section of the Teaching Indonesian as a Foreign Language TIFL project 1992-1994, the CAUT Independent Listening materials project for Indonesian, 1994-1995; the DEET ILOTES dissemination of TIFL project materials project in 1995, the NALSAS Indonesian videos project 1996-1998, teacher training for the NSW LOTE teachers at UTS in the 1990s, and training for NSW community schools teachers in the mid-1990s.

ACICIS Journalism Professional Practicum Program Officer: Dr Nasya Bahfen

The JPP Program Officer for 2018 is Dr Nasya Bahfen.

Journalism researcher and educator, Nasya Bahfen, is passionate about both sport and the media. In her former job as a journalist, she noticed how sports reporting has an effect on perceptions in the broader community, and her academic research covers issues around sport, identity and media. Dr Bahfen was born in Jakarta and grew up in Melbourne. She graduated from RMIT’s journalism school, completed a first class honours degree at La Trobe, and finished her PhD at UTS. She has worked as a journalist and academic in Australia, Singapore and New York, and was previously a reporter and producer with the ABC and SBS. Dr Bahfen was a community ambassador with the 2015 Asian Cup and has worked with AFL teams including North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs on programs aiming to increase social inclusion in the sport. In 2014 she was the winner of the Australian Football League’s Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year award, in recognition of her efforts at North Melbourne connecting people in her community with Australia’s game. She currently manages the postgraduate journalism program at La Trobe University’s Department of Media and Communication where she is also the graduate research coordinator. Her publications include academic work (including a co-authored book in 2017 on cyber racism) and freelance journalism.

ACICIS Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum Program Officer: Dr Elly Kent

The CADPP Program Officer for 2018 is Dr Elly Kent.

Elly Kent is a translator, writer, artist and has been awarded a PhD from The Australian National University School of Art in art theory and practice. Her research is focused on participatory art practice in Indonesia and how artists combine this with their individual practices; she also explores similar realms in her own art practice. Elly has lived and worked in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, throughout her life, and this has had an abiding effect on her outlook. She was the recipient of a Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Postgraduate Award in 2012, and the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s emerging artist award in the same year.

ACICIS Business Professional Practicum Program Officer: Lydia Napitupulu

The BPP Program Officer for 2018 is Lydia Napitupulu.

Lydia Napitupulu completed her Master of Science degree in environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Rhode Island, USA, under a Fulbright Fellowship, and has worked for the Indonesia Project at The Australian National University since 2011. She conducts research and policy analysis as an independent consultant for the Indonesian government, multilateral/bilateral donor organisations, and environmental conservation NGOs.

Lydia has taught at her alma mater, the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia since 2003, focusing on the economy and environmental management and protection. She has taught more than 30 semester-length courses, mainly at the undergraduate, but also at the postgraduate level, and conducted regular training courses for international exchange students and Indonesian government staff. Teaching is her passion, and she hopes to effectively facilitate students’ learning under the ACICIS Business Professional Practicum so that students can gain meaningful professional and personal experience.

ACICIS Law Professional Practicum Program Officer: Dr Petra Mahy

Dr Petra Mahy is one of the LPP Program Officers for 2018.

Dr Petra Mahy is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University. Previously she was a lecturer in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2015-2017) and a post-doctoral research fellow in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (2013-2015). Petra holds a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University. At Monash University, Petra teaches business regulation and compliance, and previously she has taught a variety of subjects covering comparative law, comparative corporate law, contract law, law and society in Southeast Asia, and the legal systems of Asia and Africa. Petra has been visiting Indonesia since she was teenager, including spending a year as an AFS exchange student in Banda Aceh (1997-1998), another year on the ACICIS full-immersion program at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta (2002) and a year completing her PhD fieldwork in East Kalimantan (2007). Her current research interests include comparative colonial and postcolonial legal systems in Southeast Asia and the interactions between formal law and informal norms in the areas of labour regulation and consumer protection in Indonesia.

ACICIS Law Professional Practicum Program Officer: Dr Selvie Sinaga

The second LPP Program Officer for 2018 is Dr Selvie Sinaga.

Dr Selvie Sinaga is an Associate Professor of Law at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (AJCUI) – Faculty of Law. She obtained an LLB from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, an LLM from Monash University, Australia, and a PhD in Law from the University of Wollongong, Australia. She won a prestigious Australian Development Scholarship from the Australian government for pursuing her masters and doctoral studies in 2002 and in 2008. She teaches international law, intellectual property law, English Law and Treaty Law. Her research interests are international and socio-legal aspects of intellectual property law, law and development, and legal education in Indonesia. Since the outset of her academic career, she has actively presented and published her research findings at national and international fora. Apart from her academic career, Selvie is also a practicing lawyer, specialising in intellectual property and public interest cases.

ACICIS Development Studies Professional Practicum Program Officer: Dr Amanda Schiller

The DSPP Program Officer for 2018 is Dr Amanda Schiller.

Dr Amanda Schiller is an international development and international education professional and academic based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She currently manages the Australian Volunteers for International Development program in Indonesia and South Asia for Scope Global. Amanda completed her PhD in international development and security studies at the University of South Australia in 2012. She studied Indonesian at Flinders University where she also completed an Honours project on violent extremism in Indonesia. She has taught Asian Studies, Southeast Asian History, International Relations and Development Studies at Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. Previously, Amanda established and managed the Student Mobility Program at Scope Global, where she worked with academics to plan and manage international study tours for Australian university students. She has experience in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Singapore and Vietnam. Amanda is excited to be working with ACICIS on the DSPP in 2018.

ACICIS Public Health Study Tour (PHST) Tour Leader: Dr Luh Putu Lila Wulandari MPH

The PHST Tour Leader for 2018 is Dr Luh Putu Lila Wulandari (Wulan).

Dr Wulan is a lecturer at the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University Bali Indonesia. She graduated as a medical doctor from Udayana University, Bali, in 2002 and completed her Master of Public Health (by research) degree at UNSW in 2009. Since then, she has undertaken research projects in HIV and maternal and child health, and various consultancy work in cross cutting issues of development and public health for various international NGOs in Indonesia and South East Asia. She has also been involved as a mentor within The Kirby Institute’s Field Research Training Programme in Indonesia. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Kirby Institute, UNSW and has been working as a casual academic at UNSW’s Office of Medical Education Unit.

Wulan’s experience in mentoring and tutoring both Australian and Indonesian students, her direct experience working with governmental agencies and national and international not-for-profit organisations in Indonesia, and her deep understanding of Indonesia’s public health challenges ensures she is well equipped to support students undertaking ACICIS’ intensive two-week in-country public health program in Indonesia.

ACICIS Secretariat Manager: Liam Prince

Liam Prince joined ACICIS’ Perth team as Secretariat Officer in 2011. Prior to taking up the role within the Secretariat, Liam was working closely with ACICIS Consortium Director, Professor David Hill, on an ALTC National Teaching Fellowship focused on developing a national plan for the future of Indonesian language studies in Australian universities. Liam heads the small team at the ACICIS Secretariat based at The University of Western Australia in Perth overseeing student recruitment and the marketing and promotion of ACICIS programs, liaison with consortium member university personnel, and the general management of  the Secretariat’s day-to-day operations. Liam completed his undergraduate studies in International Business Economics and Indonesian at The University of Western Australia and in 2012  completed an Honours dissertation on “Contemporary Manifestations of Javanese Wayang Mythology in Contemporary Indonesian Popular Culture”.  Liam spent a semester in Yogyakarta with ACICIS in 2000 and has ever after been scheming at ways various and novel to get himself back to Indonesia.

ACICIS Secretariat Officer: Matthew Satchwell

Matthew Satchwell joined ACICIS’ Perth team as a Secretariat Officer in July 2013. Matt has recently completed an Honours degree in Arts (Asian Studies) at the University of Western Australia (UWA), writing his dissertation on Corporate Social Responsibility in the context of a major oil and gas project in Bojonegoro, East Java. Matt also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA, completed in 2011. Matt has twice participated on ACICIS’ semester programs; at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in 2012 and Universitas Gadjah Mada in 2009. Between September 2011 and August 2012, Matt was engaged in a number of Indonesia-relevant roles, including as the first foreign intern at a Jakarta-based strategic consulting firm and as a market researcher for a number of proposed low-cost housing developments in the Jabodetabek (Greater Jakarta) region.

ACICIS Secretariat and School Liaison Officer: Janelle May

Janelle May joined the ACICIS Perth team as a Secretariat Officer in 2013. Janelle holds a double degree in Indonesian and Secondary Education from Curtin University and worked as an Indonesian teacher at a local high school in Perth for a number of years before pursuing postgraduate studies. She obtained her Master of Arts in Asian Studies from Murdoch University in 2014, with a focus on culture and development. As part of her Master’s Janelle spent one semester in Yogyakarta with ACICIS on the Development Studies Immersion Program where she worked on a project pioneering an independent herbal village in a community in the Special Region of Yogyakarta. She also spent time in 2013 undertaking field research for her dissertation in the Greater Surakarta (Solo) area, examining the socio-economic impacts of organic rice certification for smallholder farmers in the Boyolali regency.

ACICIS Secretariat Officer: Meg McPherson

Meg McPherson joined the ACICIS Perth team as a Secretariat Officer in 2009. Meg holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) from Curtin University. Meg spent one semester in Yogyakarta (Semester 27/Aug 2008) with ACICIS on the Flexible Language Immersion Program towards her Indonesian major. After finishing her time at the Secretariat in 2011, Meg worked in the local film industry in Perth. In 2014 Meg returned to the ACICIS Secretariat to oversee the design of the new ACICIS website, and joined the team full-time once more in 2016. Meg oversees the marketing and student recruitment tasks of the Secretariat.

ACICIS Secretariat Officer: Saskia Ziemann

Saskia Ziemann recently joined the ACICIS Perth team as a Secretariat Officer and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Asian Studies at Murdoch University. Before joining ACICIS and with a diploma in multimedia, Saskia worked as a web developer in Perth. Saskia speaks English, German, Dutch and some Indonesian and enjoys travelling and playing sports.

ACICIS Secretariat Officer: John McMaster

John McMaster joined the ACICIS team as a Secretariat Officer in Perth in January 2016. John is currently studying in his fifth year of a double bachelor’s degree in Law and Arts (majoring in Security, Terrorism, and Counter-terrorism) at Murdoch University. He is passionate about global politics, trade, and development, and follows Australia’s political process closely. John visited Yogyakarta in 2015 as part of ACICIS Semester 40 on the Indonesian Business, Law, and Society program at Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII). His studies focused on Islamic philosophy as well as criminal and human rights law in Indonesia in the post-Suharto period. As a part of this program, John enrolled in an internship with LKBH, a UII sponsored legal aid organisation that focused on providing legal resources and support to underprivileged Indonesians left behind by the Indonesian justice system.

ACICIS Yogyakarta Program Manager: Sinta Sulistianingsih Padmi

Sinta Sulistianingsih Padmi is the ACICIS Program Manager in Yogyakarta. Previous to working with ACICIS, Sinta studied at the English Department of Gadjah Mada University’s Faculty of Cultural Sciences. She completed her undergraduate degree in August 2007 with a major in English literature. Sinta began her involvement with ACICIS in 2004 working as a tutor at Gadjah Mada’s Indonesian Language and Culture Learning Services (INCULS). She involved herself further with ACICIS in 2006 and again in 2007, volunteering as student guide or “pendamping” for recently arrived ACICIS students. In November 2007, Sinta started working full-time for ACICIS as the Yogya office’s Program Assistant. Sinta visited Australia in October 2009, spending several weeks working at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth. During her stay in Australia, Sinta had the opportunity to visit and speak to students at several different universities including Murdoch University, The University of Western Australia, The Australian National University and The University of Sydney. Sinta now oversees the day-to-day operations of ACICIS’ Yogya office.

ACICIS Jakarta Program Coordinator: Wilia Paramitasari

Wilia Paramitasari (Sari) joined ACICIS as the Jakarta Program Coordinator in July 2017. She holds a Bachelor degree in English Education from Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University, Banten. Sari’s first immersive experience of Australian culture was as a participant on The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) in 2010. During her time on AIYEP, Sari served as the group leader for the Indonesia delegation, and headed up community development education projects in Wakatobi, South East Sulawesi. Through the program, Sari worked as a teacher at Park Ridge State High School in Brisbane and South West TAFE in Roma. Upon her return to Indonesia, Sari went on to work for the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KEMENPORA) and was assigned as the AIYEP Project Officer where she worked with various stakeholders in Sydney and West Sumatra. Sari has also been involved in a range of international and national projects, such: as the Kizuna Bond Project in Ibaraki, Japan; ASEAN-Korea Frontier Forum in Busan, South Korea; Peace Corps School Camp Project in West Java; and the National Selection Panel for International Youth Exchange Programs sponsored by KEMENPORA. Sari is also the founder and project director of The Little Good Deeds, an independent youth movement providing non-formal education, student training, and motivational classes for students wishing to pursue higher education. In her spare time, Sari enjoys reading literature, jamming with her band mates, and playing with her four cats.

ACICIS Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager: Nurfitra Yutha Asa 

Nurfitra Yutha Asa (Asa) joined ACICIS as the Jakarta and Bandung Program Coordinator in August 2015. Since August 2017, Asa has taken up the new role of ACICIS’ Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager in the Yogyakarta office. Between 2015 and 2016, Asa was actively involved in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) Victoria Chapter as an educational program developer and coordinator, as well as a graphic designer. While maintaining his involvement in AIYA, Asa has been part of the Leadership Team at the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) since its conception in early 2015. As well as his interest in the Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is also a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. In the past, he was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. Travelling, photography and hiking are his hobbies.

ACICIS Senior Development Officer: Sherly Rosa Senja 

Sherly Rosa Senja (Sherly) re-joined ACICIS’s Yogyakarta team as Yogyakarta Program Coordinator in 2016 after finishing her MA in Applied Linguistics for TESOL from Durham University, England and is now Senior Development Officer of ACICIS’ new Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC). Sherly previously worked for ACICIS in 2014/2015 as a Yogyakarta Program Assistant. Sherly has a wide range of experience from Indonesian language teaching for foreigners, English teaching for language institutions and schools in Jogja, and experience coordinating education trips in environment and marine biology fields for a Singaporean based company in Bali. Outside her working hours, she is actively involved in volunteering activities such as teaching English for a community and as a member and chairperson in youth organisations such as Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Britania Raya (Indonesian Student Association in the UK). For her passion for education and her leadership and organisational experience, Sherly was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the UK Government’s Foreign Commonwealth Office for her masters degree in 2015. She has strong interests in pragmatics and communication strategies and has researched extensively in the areas of teaching, verbal humour, political language, and global perspectives on politeness. In her leisure time, she enjoys arts, travelling, and performances.

ACICIS Finance and Administration Officer: Ida Kusuma Astuti

Ida Kusuma Astuti (Ida) joined ACICIS as Assistant Office Manager in January 2016. Ida holds a Bachelor Degree in Management from the Faculty of Economics of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University in 2013. During her studies, Ida joined the student club HMPSM (Himpunan Mahasiswa Program Studi Manajemen), and gained organizational skills through various activities and events. Before joining ACICIS, Ida worked in an automobile joint venture company and was assigned to the Purchasing Strategy Department. In this position Ida improved her managements skills as well as provided her with the opportunity to meet a wide range of people from different cultures. Ida learned that each culture represents its historical act and has precious life lessons. Her passion in learning and discovering other cultures as well as applying and improving her skills in economy brought her to work at ACICIS Yogyakarta. In her leisure time, she enjoys crafting, travelling, and arts.

ACICIS Public Health Senior Program Assistant: Citra Reswara Gantiaji 

Citra Reswara Gantiaji (Citra) holds a degree in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta. She joined ACICIS as an administrative intern and student buddy in January 2015. Upon graduating in March 2015, Citra began working full time with ACICIS as the Junior Program Assistant responsible for the DSIP program at UGM. Citra currently responsible for our Flexible immersion program. Citra loves learning about different cultures, speaks English, and German, and is enjoying working in a cross-cultural workplace with ACICIS. She just recently found out her passion of hiking and camping and spends most of her free time exploring Indonesia’s best hiking spots.

ACICIS Yogyakarta Program Assistant: Wahid Rahman

Wahid Rahman (Wahid) joined ACICIS in July 2016 as an administrative intern. After obtaining his law degree at Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), he started a full-time position as the Indonesian Business, Law, and Society (IBLS) Program Assistant in April 2017. During his studies, he played an active part in UII’s Model UN Society and was chosen to represent UII in the London International Model United Nations 2016. He is passionate about international issues, such as human rights and refugees. In his leisure time, he enjoys watching movies and TV shows.

ACICIS Yogyakarta Program Assistant: Dani Prakasa Karuniawan

Dani Prakasa Karuniawan (Dani) holds a degree in English Language Education from Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa University, Yogyakarta. At the beginning of his time at university, he was actively involved in Lentera Anak Bangsa (LAB) Yogyakarta, an NGO affiliated with Gusdurian Network, which focused on promoting diversity awareness for senior high school students. Dani also worked as an English Extracurricular Tutor at SMK Pangudi Luhur Leonardo, Klate. He then went on to work as a tour guide at Yogya Tours, and at Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU) Kabupaten Klaten on the Sub-District Election Committee for Klaten Regent and Vice Regent 2015 election. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he worked at NGO Gugah Nurani Indonesia and SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia as a Community Development Facilitator. In his leisure time, Dani enjoys taking part in a youth choir as a tenor singer.

ACICIS Yogyakarta Program Assistant: Nabila Khoiru Nisa

Nabila Khoiru Nisa (Lala) began her role as a Program Assistant for the Flexible Language Immersion Program (FLIP) in January 2018. Prior to this, Lala was an administrative intern at the ACICIS Yogykarata Office for one year. Lala is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in International Relations, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies, at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Finding cross-cultural understanding important, she enjoyed interning with ACICIS, and is looking forward to assisting with the delivery of ACICIS’ longest-running program. During her free time, you can spot her reading books, watching movies, learning foreign languages, or taking pictures.

ACICIS Senior Program Assistant: Winny Faramuli

Winny Faramuli (Winny) joined ACICIS in October 2015 as a Bandung Program Assistant. in January 2018 Winny moved from Bandung to Bogor to oversee the Agriculture Semester Program, and to assist with the development of the new Agriculture Professional Practicum. Winny has always had a special interest in social issues. She studied Family and Consumer Sciences at the Faculty of Human Ecology of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). After completing her bachelor’s degree in 2014, Winny took an internship with the National Team for The Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K). During her time at TNP2K, Winny had an opportunity to present her research on marginal settlement at the International Community, Work, and Family Conference in Malmö, Sweden 2015. Winny is very passionate about being involved in a broader international organisation, which motivated her to join ACICIS. Winny enjoys stargazing, photography as well as volunteering at a children and family center.

ACICIS Bandung Program Assistant: Dwiky Chandra Wibowo

Dwiky Chandra Wibowo (Dwiky) is the Bandung Program Assistant for ACICIS. Dwiky holds a degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Social and Political Science at Universitas Padjadjaran. While completing his degree, he had the opportunity to study at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, under the Study of United States Institutes (SUSI) New Media in Journalism scholarship program. Prior to his commencement at ACICIS, he worked as the Editor-in-chief for STAIR (Story about International Relations) Magazine to cater for his strong interest in Media Studies and International Relations. Dwiky is a huge fan of David Fincher and Christopher Nolan.

ACICIS Development Officer for the Law Professional Practicum: Luthfia Maharani

Luthfia Maharani (Fia) is ACICIS’ Development Officer for the Law Professional Practicum (LPP). Fia graduated from Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD) in Bandung, majoring in International Law. During her studies at UNPAD, she was actively involved in the International Moot Court Competition, the Executive Student Body, and the International Human Rights’ Seminar Committee as well as volunteering as a student liaison and mentor with AFS Intercultural Programs. Fia also spent some time studying in the US during high school through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Scholarship program. She has a huge interest in fostering cross-cultural understanding. Fia worked at SIP Law Firm for two years in the areas of both litigation and corporate law . In 2015, she passed the PERADI exam (Indonesian Advocate Bar Examination). Prior to joining ACICIS, she worked as a legal consultant for a media company.  Fia will be working out of ACICIS’ Jakarta office.  In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking and watching movies.

ACICIS Development Officer for the Sustainable Tourism Professional Practicum: Amalia Anindia

Amalia Anindia (Dea) is ACICIS’ Development Officer for the Sustainable Professional Practicum (STPP). She was awarded an Australia Awards Scholarship in 2015 and now holds a Master Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Monash University. Before joining ACICIS, she was involved in research and environmental advocacy projects. She worked as a research and teaching assistant during her undergraduate studies and worked full-time as a Research Associate for the Forest Resource Conservation, Faculty of Forestry, at Universitas Gadjah Mada after she graduated. Her researches mainly focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, environmental governance and management, and political ecology (published a co-authored book in 2014, on protected area management). Her passion for biodiversity conservation have motivated her to work with NGOs in Indonesia and Australia i.e. International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA), Yayasan WWF Indonesia, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC); advocating for forestry conservation, wildlife protection, and sustainable living.

ACICIS General Program Assistant: Bernadetta Handayani

Bernadetta Handayani (Yani) is the General Program Assistant. Yani graduated from Atma Jaya Catholic University majoring in Hospitality and Tourism. Yani has previously volunteered as a Student Liasion Officer for ACICIS in 2012, 2013, and 2014 where she found her passion in building cross-cultural relationships. In 2013 she took a semester break from her studies at Atma Jaya Catholic University for an exchange program at Westfalische Hochschule in Bocholt, Germany. Yani moved to New York City from mid 2014 to late 2015 where then she completed an eight-month internship at an inbound tour company Beyond Times Square in Manhattan. Yani’s hobbies include travel writing, attending concerts and backpacking.


ACICIS General Program Assistant (GPA): Riyan Wahyu Utomo 

Riyan Wahyu Utomo (Riyan) studied Social Development and Welfare at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, UGM. During his studies, Riyan worked as a program assistant at the German Studies Center (UGM). He also worked at the Indonesian Culture and Learning Service (INCULS), UGM. While completing his degree, Riyan was awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship by the European Union Government for a Bachelor Exchange program in 2015-2016 and studied in Germany for six months. Riyan is passionate in learning about other cultures. In his leisure time, he enjoys travelling, photography and attends art and other cultural events.


ACICIS Program Assistant for Indonesian Language programs and School Tours (ILST): Nayaka Imaddudin Abdus Salam

Nayaka Imaddudin Abdus Salam (Nayo) holds a degree in International Marketing with a Bachelor of Economics from University of Gadjah Mada. He did a semester abroad in Hochschule Bremen (Germany) where he obtained more cross-cultural experience after travelling to several countries around Europe. Before joining ACICIS, Nayo worked as an English and Indonesian teacher at Wisma Bahasa. He is passionate and involved in activities around Jogjakarta which involves art and human rights issues.


Bogor Program Assistant: Ruth Sry Yutika

Ruth Sry Yutika (Ruth) joined ACICIS as a Bogor Program Assistant in 2018. Ruth is currently on her final year to complete a Bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Agriculture, majoring in Plant Protection – Bogor Agricultural University. Ruth was a member of Fundraising and Partnership Division in Students Association of Plant Protection and also actively involved in National Plant Protection Event as a crew for events. She was involved in Inspiration Class as a fasilitator at the Langkat district of North Sumatera. Currently, she is an Assistant Lecturer for Entomology. Prior to joining ACICIS, Ruth has known ACICIS students as classmates ever since the pilot semester in 2016. She enjoys listening to music and watching Korean drama during her leisure time.


Bandung Program Assistant: Nea Maryami Ningtyas

Nea Maryami Ningtyas (Nea) joined ACICIS as a Bandung Program Assistant in 2018. She graduated with an International Relations degree from Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung. In college, Nea joined youth-led organizations and conferences with her peers. She also had the opportunity to participate in a summer course at Ajou University, South Korea, studying Korean language and Global Communications. Prior to joining ACICIS, Nea was a reporter for a Jakarta-based English-language newspaper; The Jakarta Post. In line with her passion for writing, Nea loves reading novels and swoons over Hollywoods’ most cheesy romantic-comedies and coming-of-age stories.