ACICIS Study Indonesia is very excited to announce our 2018 Jakarta Professional Practica Program Officers (POs), who will be joining the ACICIS team in Jakarta in January-February 2018. Our highly-esteemed Program Officers are assigned for the duration of a Jakarta Professional Practica to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content.

This coming January-February 2018, ACICIS will pilot the consortium’s new Law Professional Practicum (LPP), as well as again run the consortium’s four existing practicum programs – the Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP)Business Professional Practicum (BPP), Development Studies Professional Practicum (DSPP) and Creative Arts & Design Professional Practicum (CADPP).

Here is a list of our wonderful 2018 Practicum Program Officers:

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 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 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 Developmentprogram 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.