Emma was inspired to start learning Indonesian little over a year ago, after a backpacking trip around Southeast Asia ignited a new love for the region. Since then, she has completed two internships in Indonesia, including two months working for a local law firm in Denpasar. She’s volunteered for the Australia-Indonesia Centre, AIYA Victoria and the Australian Red Cross, and attended ANU Asia Pacific Week, a conference of 100 students from around the world demonstrating exceptional leadership in the Asia Pacific region.
Emma is currently studying Bachelors of Arts and Laws at Monash University and hopes to combine her two degrees to work in law and policy in the Asia Pacific region. In particular, she has a passion for environmental law and hopes in the future to play a part in introducing more environmentally sustainable laws and policies into Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Heather Mofflin is a Master’s of International Relations student at the University of Melbourne, focusing on Southeast Asia. Her interest in this region stemmed from studying in Vietnam during her Bachelor of Communications degree at RMIT University, and continued to grow after extensive travel throughout the region. She is heavily involved in the youth sector, working as the Communications Manager at Young Opportunities Australia, and last year worked at RMIT University promoting the importance of overseas experiences to young people.
Heather hopes to share her passion for Indonesia with others, encouraging young Australians to build meaningful relationships with Indonesians – our closest neighbours. Heather aims to change people’s perceptions of the Indonesia that is often portrayed in Australian mainstream media.
Maggie Yang graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and International Studies and minoring in Korean Language. She has completed a research internship at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, examining Indonesia’s contribution in global peace-building efforts, and has participated in several Model United Nations Conferences including in Australia and New York.
Keen to contribute to international affairs, Maggie believes that language (communication and dialogue) is key to sustaining strong and healthy relationships, be it people-to-people links or intergovernmental relationships.
Maighdlin is a fourth-year student at the Australian National University, studying a Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies. She is majoring in Indonesian Language and minoring in Indonesian Studies. Maighdlin has recently returned from a semester studying International Relations at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies. She is an active member of the ACT Chapter of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association having held the position of Communications and Marketing Officer for the past eighteen months. Maighdlin is passionate about promoting greater interconnectedness between the youth of Indonesia and Australia, specifically through the avenue of improving education and cultural fluency. She has travelled throughout Indonesia.
Michael is completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indonesian and History at the University of Melbourne.
Michael’s experience thus far with Indonesia has been quite diverse. He was a recipient of the 2013 Indonesian Independence Day Scholarship, a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 VILTA oral competitions, and took part in a two-week intensive language course in Yogyakarta in January 2014. Michael assisted in hosting the visit of an Indonesian Air Force Major to the Puckapunyal Army Base and is an active member of the Melbourne University Indonesian Students’ Language Association (ISLA).
Passionate about Indonesian studies and fostering and promoting the Australia-Indonesia relationship at all levels of society, Michael’s principal areas of interest are modern Indonesian history and contemporary religious practice and belief in the archipelago. He hopes to be able to advance young Australians’ understanding of Indonesia through his work with NAILA and the AIYA.
Asa currently works for the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as Jakarta Program Coordinator, managing ACICIS’ programs in Jakarta, Bandung and Bogor. He has also been actively involved in the AIYA Victoria Chapter as an educational program developer and a graphic designer. As well as his interest in Australia-Indonesia relations, Asa is a passionate environmentalist. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geoscience. Earlier this year, Asa was involved in sustainable development research, with a particular focus on sustainable natural resource management in Kalimantan. His research examined the economic potential of non-timber forest products as an alternative to timber logging. Based in Jakarta, Asa is determined to strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations through building partnerships between Australian organisations and their Indonesian counterparts.
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