Special Advisor to the Consortium Director: Ms Elena Williams
No stranger to ACICIS, Ms Williams was a former ACICIS student in 2005 and later served as ACICIS’ 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. After completing a her Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Gender Studies) from The Australian National University in 2012, Ms Williams worked with UN Women’s Jakarta office as their Planning, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, before taking up the role of ACICIS Resident Director in June 2013. Ms Williams served as ACICIS’ Resident Director in Indonesia for four-and-a half years, winding up her tenure as RD at the end of 2017. During her time as RD, Ms Williams oversaw a substantial expansion of ACICIS’ operations in Indonesia, due largely to the impact of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
In her work for ACICIS, Ms Williams regularly presents on ACICIS’ role in facilitating student mobility programs in Indonesia, including at conferences organised by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Universities Australia, The International Education Association of Australia, The Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, The Indonesia-Australia Business Council, and The Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY). Ms Williams also volunteers as a ‘Go Global’ Asian Literacy Ambassador with the Asia Education Foundation, and is a mentor in the Yogyakarta Australia-Indonesia Youth Association chapter, and the Sydney University Alumni Mentoring network.