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Meet The Team

Operations

Diplomacy Director

Edward Lichtig

Eddy is studying a Bachelor of Science and Global Studies at Monash University, majoring in Geographical Sciences and International Relations. He has an avid interest in international affairs, previously working for and advising Politicians in both Australia and the Middle East and is currently working for numerous organisations in Youth Education, Diplomacy and Politics in Australia and the ASEAN region.

 

Eddy has completed two short-term mobility programs in Paris, France, and also completed a long-term mobility program in the Middle East for two years. He has a passion for youth empowerment and advocacy, aiming to create a platform for Youth voices at the highest levels of business, corporations and government.

Diplomacy Director

Michelle Lam

Michelle is a recent UWA graduate with an interest in international law.

 

She has interned with research groups such as the Modern Slavery Research Cluster and the Centre for Muslim States and Societies

Policy and Research Manager

Lauren Twine

Lauren is a young professional, postgraduate student, and volunteer passionate about diplomacy and public policy. Currently working in Diplomatic Relations and Protocol at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in the Government of South Australia, she has demonstrated expertise in research, analysis, and written advice across a range of matters in international engagement and diplomatic relations.

 

Lauren’s childhood in Singapore embedded in her a firm passion for ASEAN-Australia relations. More recently, she has specialised in Indonesia, having conducted research with Monash University’s Gender, Peace and Security Centre on gendered experiences of Aceh’s civil conflict, 2004 tsunami, and post-conflict/tsunami societal reconstruction. Lauren is also an alumna of DFAT’s Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP), where she completed an internship with Banda Aceh-based NGO, Forum Bangun Aceh. Lauren is also the Careers Director for Young Australians in International Affairs, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and a former South Australian Youth Parliamentarian.

 

 

Policy and Research Officer

Mokhammad Ardafillah

Mokhammad Ardafillah is an experienced law specialist with a demonstrated history of working in research and higher education industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Universitas Gadjah Mada with law and government as his concentration and a master’s degree in law from the Australian National University with specialization of international law.

 

He is the recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships during his studies and participant in many notable regional youth programs such as ASEAN Youth Volunteering Program (AYVP) 2018 in Malaysia and Young ASEAN Leaders Policy Initiative (YALPI) 2019 In Thailand. Formerly, he served as a research assistant at Center for Energy Studies Universitas Gadjah Mada and Department of Tax Law Universitas Gadjah Mada. Currently, he is acting as the Country Ambassador of Student Energy for Indonesia and Philippines.

Policy and Research Officer

Dhini Hardiyanti

Dee is a Monash University graduate who enjoys all things related to international affairs and youth empowerment.

 

She is passionate about meeting new people and always keen to contribute to causes that positively impact society, particularly in the context of ASEAN, Indonesia, and Australia.

Policy and Research Officer

Shafiqa Harun

My name is Shafiqa Harun and I am a graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Monash University Malaysia. I am also a co-founder of SHAAF Enterprise; an official distributor of Malaysian hijab brand in Brunei. I am a critical thinker with a background in International Relations, Gender and Communication Studies.

 

I am passionate in discussions and dialogue of women’s rights and children’s issues as well as modern slavery. I am experienced in fast paced start up cultures and always curious. I am also obsessed with books and spend most of my time reading to compensate all the book that I bought but never got to finish reading.

Policy and Research Officer

Lutfil Hadi Azmi

Lutfil recently graduated from University of Malaya, Malaysia with a degree in International and Strategic Studies. Previously, he interned at the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce. He was also a TEMASEK Foundation scholar at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore majoring in Public Policy and Global Affairs.

 

His research interests include non-traditional security, gender and environmental governance. Outside of work and research, Lutfil loves reading, cooking and K-drama.

Policy and Research Officer

Nabila Aisyah

Nabila is a currently pursuing a degree in Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, and International Affairs from Northeastern University. She is a recipient of Northeastern’s Presidential Global Scholarship and International Scholarship Award.

 

She is passionate about diplomacy and working with international organizations in communications. She has professional experience in public information management, having worked as a Strategic Communications Graduate Professional for United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and as a current communications volunteer for United Nations Development Programme.

Policy and Research Officer

Stephanie Plumb

Stephanie is completing her Master’s degree in International Relations and National Security. She holds a Bachelor of Global Security majoring in Terrorism and Counterterrorism and Business Law. Currently working for the Western Australian Government, Stephanie has interned with the Parliament of Western Australia where she was responsible for researching and drafting public policy. Her interests include countering violent extremism and terrorism financing, geo-strategic studies and international relations and security.

Diplomacy Experience Manager

Wahid Rahman

Wahid is currently working at the U.S Consulate General in Surabaya as a Consular Assistant. Originally from Banjarmasin, he moved to Yogyakarta in 2012 to study Law at the Islamic University of Indonesia (UII). During his final year at university, he joined the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) as an intern. After graduating in 2017, he joined ACICIS as a Program Assistant where he worked on exchange student programs, including a semester program related to Indonesian business & law, a field study research program in East Java, a summer internship program on development studies, and a tour program focused on public health in Indonesia.

Diplomacy Experience Officer

Patrick Nexxus Pasia

Patrick graduated with a degree in Physics at the University of the Philippines. He plans to pursue postgraduate studies in Medical Physics and Engineering.

 

As an aspiring scientist, he believes that science and technology is not independent from politics, and that the goals of scientific research and technological innovation should always be aligned with addressing sociopolitical issues.

Diplomacy Experience Officer

Muhammad Kenzo Baskoro

Enzo is an aspiring student of International relations in Tokyo with former experience in project management and communication strategy. Prior to his application with AAYSP He was involved in several projects working with the communication and branding team. He was a communication intern in ASEAN foundation institution in Jakarta.

 

His former projects in the institution including his contribution to the promotion of ASEAN brand with the youth through media strategy, promoting ASEAN youth project into focus. Recently, through his former works in the communication team with ASEAN he was selected as a communication associate with London Politica, A pro-bono political risk organization based in London.

 

Working through volunteering means. Kenzo is also an ASEAN enthusiast, having been contributed to ASEAN led youth program before this when he was selected Indonesian representatives for ASEAN Youth Leadership Program. Through his experience, Kenzo enjoys investing time with challenges given and utilize them into potential. He currently seeking learning opportunities to re-learn and grow personally and professionally.

Diplomacy Experience Officer

Ratu Bintang Assyifa Arweys

I’m Bintang from Indonesia. I’m currently studying in International Relations at Tokyo International University, Japan. Before joining AASYP, I was involved in other regional and international activities, such as ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program, NetMission Asia Academy, ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021 as a delegate, and local initiatives in refugee protection and gender equality. My internships experiences brought me to LiveandLearn, a South African NGO focuses on empowerment of human trafficking victims and PeaceGen Indonesia, a think-tank focusing on peacebuilding and violent extremism. 

 

Books and music that changed my life: Anatomy of Peace (The Arbinger Institute), Letters To The Dead (Ava Dellaira), The Course of Love (Alan de Botton), Made in The Am (One Direction), and Norman Rockwell (Lana Del Rey).

 

Diplomacy Experience Officer

Julia Beard

Julia is currently working for the WA State Government and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. She has a wealth of experience in research and analysis as well as being a skilled presenter.

 

Julia is passionate about empowering young people and giving them a platform to engage meaningfully in policymaking and political discourse. She has previously dedicated her time to YMCA WA’s Youth Parliament Program and Ignite Mentoring.

Spark Director

Michelle Stevenson

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Entrepreneurship and Human Rights Law.

 

Currently working in UK Governments supply chains with a focus on ethical and sustainable sourcing. Having worked for different social enterprises in India, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and Ghana she has gained a solid understanding of international development and the role entrepreneurship plays in addressing complex issues.

 

Her passion is in circular economies and understanding how new technologies can be utilised to prevent and identify modern slavery and human trafficking in supply chains.

Spark Officer

Camille Luchs

Camille is a first-year Bachelor of Business (International Business)/Bachelor of Justice (Policy and Politics) student at Queensland University of Technology. She is the co-founder of the start-up Optimise45, an e-learning platform teaching study skills to high school students.

 

Camille is passionate about Australian-ASEAN trade relations, with an active interest in achieving social justice through economic equality in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

As a member of the winning Queensland 180 Degrees Consulting Case Competition team, Camille endeavours to work collaboratively with social enterprises and youth organisations to increase youth engagement in international relations, specifically with the ASEAN member states.

Spark Officer

Ni Luh Putu Yulia Dewi

A final-year student at Griffith University, majoring in International Relations.

 

I also have a strong interest in sustainable development and keen to explore the role of youth in achieving sustainable development goals.

 

I participated in Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange Program in Thailand where I developed my social entrepreneurship and leadership skills to empower local community.

Spark Officer

Timothy Mae Reyes

Timothy Mae Reyes is an undergraduate student from Far Eastern University, the Philippines specializing in International Relations and Diplomacy.

 

She volunteers through photojournalism, communications, and public relations. She was a Former Participating Youth Delegate in the South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP-FYLC) and discussed the role of youth in diplomacy.

 

From January 2021 up until today, she was able to join several international programs and conferences provided by countries including Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan focusing on diplomacy, culture, leadership, youth, and the SDGs.

 

Timmy had a strong desire to pursue a career as an international organization staff that focuses not only on a local scale but also national and international as she aims to combine all her experiences to her studies and advocacies to contribute to her country and community she serves.

Spark Officer

Farras Majid

Farras has completed her study in Geomatics Engineering at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember.

 

Being able to express her passion in creating inclusive opportunities for all, especially among youth and changing creative ideas into something useful and compelling to others are something that she found enjoyable.

 

Therefore, she has been actively involved in many volunteering programs. She is currently a program officer in Asia – Pacific Youth Service and a project coordinator for Kemah Muda Indonesia. During her free time, Farras enjoys hunting for delicious desserts and working out to burn all the cookies she devoured.

 

Through AASYP, Farras hopes she can pursue her interest in improving people-to-people relations and exchange knowledge with other young leaders across ASEAN and Australia.

Spark Officer

Astry Meidina

Astry is currently a 3rd year student at University of Brawijaya, majoring in International Relations and focusing her study in the field of security and peace.

 

Over the years, she has been active in several community engagement programs and her passion for the environment had led her to become an intern at Greenpeace to help the organization’s digital communication process.

 

She has a dream to keep learning about the international affairs and aims to have a career in that department.

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