Meet Our Team
Join our passionate group of young people from across ASEAN and Australia committed to enhancing trust, understanding and connections between the region’s next generation of leaders.
Board and Executive
Ceo & chair
Hayley is a UWA Fogarty Scholar writing her Honours on low-wage migration in Southeast Asia under the Bachelor of Philosophy. Hayley was the inaugural New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow in 2018. Hayley has advocated for enhanced regional trade and investment with AustCham ASEAN and published articles on Southeast Asian culture with the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. She has interned with the Australian Mission to ASEAN and the ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta.
chief marketing officer
Jenny is a graduating student in a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at Sydney University. In 2018, she was an AIESEC volunteer exchange participant in Bandung, Indonesia, where she taught individuals and communities about waste management. Following this, she studied abroad for a semester in Kyoto University, Japan. Most recently she was a Digital Marketing Assistant at a remote digital marketing agency, where she worked with up to 6 businesses and start-ups based in the U.S. and Europe. Jenny is now interning at a start-up that plans to launch a social media app with an inroad to the Asian market.
Chief operating officer
Cameron is a Hawker Scholar and National University Scholar at the Australian National University. As the 2019 New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow, Cameron is currently studying politics and Bahasa Indonesia at Universitas Gadjah Mada and working as a research intern at the UGM ASEAN Study Centre. In 2018, Cameron worked in the Strategic Communications Division at the ANU and interned at the Australian Institute of International Affairs and Thales. He was Australian Group Leader at AIYEP in 2019.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Nash is currently finishing his Accounting and Computer Science degree at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2018, he was the New Colombo Plan PwC Scholar for Singapore. His 6-month internship with PwC’s Growth Markets Centre exposed him to multi-territory cross-border strategic analysis with an emphasis on creating impact in emerging markets. During his time in Singapore Nash studied at the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.
Nguyễn Đăng Đạo
Dao Nguyen is currently a researcher with a think tank of Vietnamese government, and a national advocate of UN SDGs Action Campaign. He has completed his study across various Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Thailand, bringing a strong understanding of the region to his outlook. Dao has experience working with leading international relations institutions such as UNICEF, UNDP, European Union Delegations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thomas Da Jose
Thomas is a RMS Scholar and New Colombo Plan Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Diploma in Engineering Practice (First Class Honours). Thomas is currently a Project Engineer at AECOM managing road infrastructure projects and has a range of professional experience including with UNISDR. His project Masy Solar received RDI Network funding to empower rural communities in the Philippines in 2018.
Patrick is an international trade and investment professional with a deep understanding of public policy and business in Southeast Asia and Australia. Patrick helped establish the international affairs practice at a global consulting firm where he performed regulatory and political risk assessments for Fortune 500 companies operating in Indonesia. He has worked extensively with the ASEAN Secretariat to steer private investment in education and training in the digital economy. Patrick also campaigned for the Responsible Business Alliance to secure a memorandum of understanding between business, government and religious leaders to abolish modern slavery.
2020 Team Structure
The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP) was founded by five New Colombo Plan alumni whom, upon completing their respective programmes, identified a lack of understanding between the people of Australia and Southeast Asia. Established under the principles of international cooperation, the organisation is designed to equip future leaders with the skills, networks and knowledge to respond to the geopolitical challenges of the twenty-first century. The inaugural ASEAN-Australia Young Leaders Forum in 2019 provided the region’s top talent with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks in a four-day intensive programme. The programme was scoped, managed and delivered by a group of dedicated volunteers from Australia and Indonesia, reflecting the community drive and spirit of the organisation.
The following individuals are recognised as the organisation’s co-founders: Cameron Allan, Hayley Winchcombe, Leonie Nahhas, Nash Mesquita-Mendes, Patrick Stafrace, Thomas Da Jose
The following individuals are recognised as inaugural directors and major contributors of the organisation’s success during its first year of operations: Dang Dao Nguyen and Jenny Vuu.
AASYP FOUNDING MEMBERS
All 2019 AASYP Executive Team Members and 2019 AAYLF volunteers are recognised as members of the organisation’s founding team, with the exception of individuals who were terminated during the tenure of their role.