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: Ms Elena Williams

A vital part of the support that ACICIS provides to students in-country is the full-time ACICIS Resident Director (RD). The RD oversees the provision of academic and pastoral advice to students, liaises with Indonesian authorities and universities, and generally makes sure that ACICIS programs run smoothly. The current Resident Director is Ms Elena Williams, who lives in Yogyakarta in the staff housing compound of Gadjah Mada University.

No stranger to ACICIS, Ms Williams was a former ACICIS student in 2005 and later served as the Yogyakarta Program Manager between 2008 and 2010. After gaining her Honours in Indonesian Studies from the University of Sydney, examining gender empowerment initiatives between Indonesian trade unions and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Ms Williams went on to work as a researcher with The University of Sydney, The Australian National University and Oxfam Australia. With a keen interest in Gender and Development in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, Ms Williams obtained her Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from The Australian National University in 2012, and subsequently worked with UN Women’s office in Jakarta as their Planning, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Elena has worked and travelled widely throughout the archipelago but is delighted to be based in Yogya again as ACICIS’ Resident Director.

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 Deputy Resident Director: Dr Adrian Budiman

Dr Adrian Budiman joined ACICIS in early 2016 as the Deputy Resident Director. 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 Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum Program Officer: Elly Kent

The CADPP Program Officer for 2017 is Elly Kent.

Elly Kent is a translator, writer, artist and PhD candidate in art theory and practice at The Australian National University School of Art. Her current 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 Journalism Professional Practicum Program Officer: Helen Brown

The JPP Program Officer for 2017 is Helen Brown.

Helen is multi-media journalist with 20 years experience working in Australia and Asia including four years on-the-ground as a correspondent in Indonesia for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). During her time as a journalist in Indonesia, Helen covered the 2014 Indonesian Presidential election, the Bali 9 executions, trade disputes, and numerous international/regional security and business summits. Helen co-founded a discussion group in Jakarta between Indonesian and foreign/expat journalists to foster understanding of how issues are reported between the two countries. Helen is a recent board member of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, serving for a year as secretary. She is also an accomplished public speaker and moderator, particularly on providing insight on Asia. Helen currently works as a senior journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the ABC’s Melbourne newsroom, taking a particular interest in trade with Asia, food and agribusiness.

ACICIS Development Studies Professional Practicum Program Officer: Tim Mann

The DSPP Program Officer for 2017 is Tim Mann.

Tim has more than six years of experience living and working in Jakarta. He is currently based at The University of Melbourne, where he manages the Indonesia at Melbourne blog and conducts research for the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society. He also continues to work as a consultant on development projects in Indonesia. From 2011 to 2015, Tim worked with The Asia Foundation in Jakarta, where he had the opportunity to partner with a broad range of Indonesian civil society organisations implementing programs in human rights, media development, public policy research and civic participation. Tim began his career as a veterinarian, and spent one year working on an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Central Kalimantan. Tim holds a Master of Development Studies from The University of Melbourne.

ACICIS Business Professional Practicum Program Officer: Fendi Liem

The BPP Program Officer for 2017 is Fendi Liem.

Fendi Liem is the founder and director of PT Selaras Daya Utama (SEDAYU), one of Indonesia’s leading Renewable Energy companies with Solar Power Plant and Mini-Hydro projects throughout the country. For his work in the Renewable Energy business, Fendi was awarded one of Indonesia’s “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” in 2012, by the Junior Chamber International (JCI).

Following his undergraduate studies in Computer Science at The University of New South Wales, Fendi was recruited by one of the world’s largest management consulting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting in his last year of study. After spending a year of Management Consulting formal and on-the-job training in Philadelphia, USA, Fendi worked for PwC Consulting and IBM Business Consulting Services for 6 years in Sydney, Australia. Prior to pursuing his passion in Renewable Energy in Indonesia, Fendi worked for a private management firm owned by Indonesia’s leading businessmen, Peter F. Gontha; and a media company headed by Ms Rini M. Soemarno – the former Minister of Trade and Industry, and current Head of President-elect, Joko Widodo’s transitional government team. Fendi also serves as the Vice President of The University of New South Wales Alumni – Indonesia Chapter and in September 2016 received a prestigious short-term Australia Award for ‘Transformational Business Leadership for Outstanding Alumni’ recognising his leadership in the field of renewable energy and his commitment to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

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 Murdoch University 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 double degree in Asian Studies (Indonesian) and Media and Communications (Film and Television) from Curtin University. As part of her degree, Meg spent one semester in Yogyakarta (Semester 27/Aug 2008) with ACICIS on the Flexible Language Immersion Program. 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.

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 Office Manager: Sinta Sulistianingsih Padmi

Sinta Sulistianingsih Padmi is the ACICIS Office 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 and Bogor Program Coordinator: Nurfitra Yutha Asa 

Nurfitra Yutha Asa (Asa) joined ACICIS as the Jakarta and Bandung Program Coordinator in August 2015. Since 2014, Asa has been 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 Victoria, Asa is currently a Director of the National Australia-Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA), a new initiative of AIYA National. 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 Yogyakarta Program Coordinator: 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. 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 Assistant Office Manager: 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 Tour Program Assistant: Meita Enjayani

Meita Enjayani (Meita) joined ACICIS in November 2015 as the Program Assistant for ACICIS School Tours and Study Tours. Meita holds a degree in English Language Education at Sanata Dharma University. After completing her study in 2013, Meita worked as an English teacher at Wisma Bahasa for 2 years as well as a kindergarten teacher. She learned how to educate children using the Montessori Method, which provides the students the opportunity to learn about topics they are interested in and encourages the students to be independent. Her desire to find another challenge and to learn something new has led her this position. She is excited to be part of the ACICIS team.

ACICIS Yogyakarta Program Assistant: Dian Marin Purnama

Dian Marin Purnama (Dian) joined the ACICIS Team as a Program Assistant in Yogyakarta in September 2015 after completing her bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Anthropology from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2014. She has long been passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and is excited to work with ACICIS to facilitate stronger people-to-people relationships between the two countries. Before joining ACICIS, she was also actively involved in the Indonesian community in Perth, being a committee member of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA) Western Australia Chapter from 2012 to 2014. In her spare time Dian enjoys photography and was a part of the Photography Club at UWA. Although Indonesia and Australia will always have the biggest place in her heart she also has a strong interest in Italian culture, having learnt the language for more than two years.

ACICIS Yogyakarta 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: Evani Pertika Raharjo

Evani Pertika Raharjo (Evani) joined ACICIS as a Yogyakarta Program Assistant in November 2015. She holds a bachelor degree from the International Relations Department of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) (2015). Evani has long been passionate to work in a related to international and political issues. After completing her degree, she completed an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. She has also strong interest to enhance people to people relations between Indonesia and Australia. She thinks it is an imperative for young Australians and Indonesians alike to be aware of opportunities in which they can participate in the development of this relationship. Prior to her appointment at ACICIS, she become co-founder of The Australia Indonesia Youth Association-Yogyakarta Chapter (2014) and currently participates actively as the Communications Director of AIYA-Yogya. In her spare time, Evani loves enjoying nature, outdoor activities, and learning other cultures. Evani is a member of the such as Ultimate Frisbee Club Yogyakarta, and she has been learning French for almost two years.

ACICIS Program Officer for the Agriculture Semester Program (ASP): Alfa Ratu Simarangkir 

Alfa Ratu Simarangkir (Alfa) is ACICIS’ Development Officer for the Agriculture Semester Program (ASP). Alfa is a forester and obtained her Bachelor Degree at Mulawarman University, East Kalimantan and her Master Degree at the Fenner School of Society and Environment, The Australian National University, Australia. She has been working for around ten years in forestry-related sectors including in local and international research institutions and consulting companies. After graduating from Mulawarman University, Alfa worked for about a year in a timber company in 2004 in East Kalimantan. Following that, she joined in Tropenbos International – Indonesia Programme (TBI Indonesia) and worked there for about 3 years. She then worked with Daemeter Consulting in Bogor in 2008. Her career continued by joining Charites Institute in Bogor in 2012 just after she completed her postgraduate programme. Prior to joining ACICIS, Alfa worked with The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor as a research assistant on forestry programs.

ACICIS Jakarta Program Assistant: Gabriela Alinda

Gabriela Alinda (Linda) is ACICIS’ Jakarta Program Assistant. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree, majoring in International Relations at Universitas Parahyangan (UNPAR) Bandung. Before joining ACICIS, Linda was actively involved as a member of AIESEC (Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales), an international student organisation, where she had a chance to volunteer as an English teacher in Hyderabad, India. As an UNPAR student, Linda is a member of the MAHITALA (Mahasiswa Parahyangan Pencinta Alam), one of the most popular extracurricular groups at UNPAR for students interested in outdoor activities. Linda loves enjoying  nature and travelling.

ACICIS Bandung Program Assistant: Winny Faramuli

Winny Faramuli (Winny) joined ACICIS in October 2015 as a Bandung Program Assistant. 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 Creative Arts & Design Professional Practicum: Citra Syukma Bayu Sakti

Citra Syukma Bayu Sakti (Citra) is ACICIS’ Development Officer for the Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum Program (CADPP). Citra graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung with a Masters of Visual Art, majoring in Printmaking. Her thesis and written works include interests in a range of religious studies, semiotics, and visual culture. She is passionate about how Australia brings an interesting dimension into Indonesia contemporary art in a global context. Citra has been working for more than six years in the education sectors including teaching at universities in Bandung and Jakarta. Previously she has also worked as a surface designer at digital retail companies and in 2014 she founded a kitsch store called Kalimera. Citra has also participated in various creative projects and events at national and international levels such as curatorial projects, workshops, seminars, and collaborative events with the arts community. Citra enjoys indie folk, short stories, and is a fan of Arsenal football club.

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.