Meet The Team
Our Digital Events team leads engagement with young people from across Australia and Southeast Asia. The team builds knowledge of ASEAN-Australia relations through high quality digital events promoting cultural understanding and professional development pillars. These curated opportunities equip youth with the knowledge, skills and resources to engage with challenges relevant to their own communities, and advocate for youth involvement in policy making and agenda setting across ASEAN and Australia.
Jessie is a final year Law and Communications student at the University of Technology Sydney who has spent the last year studying, working and falling in love with Taiwan and Southeast Asia as a 2019 New Colombo Plan Scholar. When she’s not desperately trying to improve her Vietnamese and Mandarin language skills, she also loves baking bread, running and listening to podcasts.
Boby is a fourth year student studying a Bachelor of Economics at UII in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He was Liason Officer in Jogja International Batik Biennale (JIBB) following up of the establishment of Yogyakarta as a world batik city by the World Craft Council.
Jemima is a 2019 New Colombo Scholar based in Malaysia and is studying Psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has an interest in cross-cultural and intergroup relations. Previously, she has interned at All Women’s Action Society in Malaysia and has also worked as a research assistant for studies that have aimed to understand the psychological underpinnings of how people view diversity.
Marina (Nina) Hough
I am passionate about creating change through engaging innovative interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to tackle our environmental challenges and social inequality. I am curious, optimistic and love dancing.
Sella Ramadhani Syahputri
Sella worked as a Country Associate for a foreign Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia as her endeavour to advocate public policy and people’s rights by representing the organisation in strategic meetings and critical discussions with public-private prominent institutions.
Pooja is a UWA Fogarty Scholar studying Medical Sciences and French Studies. She aspires to become a paediatrician and medical researcher, and is interested in global health policy. Pooja is a youth ensemble conductor and events organiser for the multicultural orchestra Anandadhara WA, and shares her passion for Southeast Asian performing arts with the community through her involvement with the Temple of Fine Arts. As Vice-President of the Fogarty Scholars Association, she also strives to promote youth leadership and soft skills development.
Achmad (Ari) Sofari Usman
I have completed my study in English education with the core interests in translation, interpreting, intercultural communication, and sociolinguistics. In the last 5 years, I have been involved in both national and international organisations focusing on volunteering works, youth action and leadership, education, and development such as Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiatives, Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, Southeast Asia Ministry of Education Organisation, UNESCO, and U.S. Embassy.