Application deadline extended for CAUSINDY 2014

Due to the overwhelming number of last-minute applications received for this year’s Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth, the CAUSINDY team has decided to extend this year’s application period t midnight on Monday the 7th of July.

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Now in its second year, CAUSINDY 2014 will be our biggest program yet, with speakers including:

  • Professor Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar, the Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of Indonesia and a prominent commentator on Indonesia politics.
  • Professor Tim Lindsey, Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law at the University of Melbourne and the Director of the Australia-Indonesia Institute.
  • Two leading figures in the Australia-Indonesia business relationship: Mr John Denton, the CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and Mr Chris Barnes, managing director of ICON Indonesia.
  • Mr Arif Zulkifli, the Chief Editor of Tempo Magazine and MrMichael Bachelard, Indonesia Correspondent for Fairfax Media.

CAUSINDY’s theme this year will be “Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new“.

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We look forward to your contribution!

Fauzi Ichsan to speak at CAUSINDY 2014

Fauzi PhotoWith great pleasure CAUSINDY welcomes Fauzi Ichsan, managing director, senior economist and head of government relations at Standard Chartered Bank in Jakarta to speak on the Economics and Trade panel session.

Fauzi’s expert knowledge and services on economics extends far beyond Standard Chartered clients. In addition, he provides economic and market views to the Vice President of Indonesia, Minister of Finance, Bank Indonesia Governor and parliamentary commission XI on banking and finance.

Fauzi Ichsan believes it is important to identify and differentiate the various types of relationships between Australia and Indonesia. He classifies three main types of relationships: government-to-government relationships, business-to-business relationship as well as people-to-people relationship.

“The government-to-government relationship fluctuates in political disuse, however the people-to-people relationship is very strong and it has been getting stronger in the last 20 years or so.

“Because the political relationship between Australia and Indonesia isn’t good, it doesn’t mean that Indonesian’s stop sending their children to Australian universities, likewise it doesn’t mean that Australians stop going to Bali.

“So, the relationship between people-to-people and business-to-business is always stronger and steadier than the government-to-government relationship,” Fauzi Ichsan said.

CAUSINDY is looking forward to hearing more of his unique views on the bilateral economic and trade relationship between Australia and Indonesia!

Michael Bachelard to join CAUSINDY 2014

Byline-picToday, we’re excited to announce that Michael Bachelard, Indonesia Correspondent for Fairfax Media, will join this year’s panel on portrayals in the media. Currently based in Jakarta, Michael is a Walkley and Quill award-winning journalist with extensive experience covering politics and industrial relations.

Despite decades of official engagement, the Indonesia-Australia relationship remains underdeveloped. The media on both sides of the ocean has a role to play in addressing this by making realistic, considered portrayals of both countries. But media alone can never be enough. The only way to build real relationships is through the work of ordinary people” Mr Bachelard said.

Interested in joining CAUSINDY 2014? Applications to become a delegate are now open.

About Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard is the Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax media, publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age. Prior to his posting to Indonesia worked as a political reporter and workplace relations writer for 24 years.

In 2005, Michael was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship. He is also a Walkley and Quill award-winning journalist. The Walkley awards recognises excellence in Australian journalism and the Quill awards, reward excellence in Victorian journalism.

Michael is the author of two books. His most recent book ‘Behind the Exclusive Brethren’ is a non-fiction book focusing on the sect ‘Exclusive Brethren’ in Australia. Michael is a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate from the Australian National University.

Q&A with Alison Martin

Alison Martin is an adviser to the European Climate Foundation, based in Sydney, advocating for more effective policy and action on climate change. She has worked in communications, media, marketing and development for a range of organisations in Australia, the UK and Indonesia, including a member of the New South Wales Parliament.

3196645Alison holds a Masters degree in Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of NSW and a Journalism degree from the University of Technology Sydney. She was an AusAID Australian Youth Ambassador for Development based in Jakarta, where she worked for a local NGO and World Vision Indonesia.

Alison has also written about the Australia-Indonesia relationship for outlets including SBS News and New Matilda.

How did you first get involved in the Australia-Indonesia relationship? Where do you see it headed?
I participated in the Australian Youth Ambassador Program through AusAID. As Communications Consultant with World Vision Indonesia, I supervised a communications project for development programs in the field, including interviewing and gathering information from community members and staff, undertaking research and making recommendations.

I was also Media and Communications Adviser for a local Indonesian NGO where I consulted on policy, media and communications strategy and also helped to coordinate humanitarian response. This included travel in Java to evaluate microfinance projects, and to Padang following the earthquake in September 2009, helping to coordinate the installation of water treatment units in some of the worst affected villages.

In terms of where the Australia-Indonesia relationship is headed – I hope that we can learn from recent years when we’ve seen the bilateral relationship suffer at a government level, revealing even greater need for strong people-to-people links at other levels and in other sectors. A truly cooperative relationship between Australia and Indonesia needs to have stronger and deeper connections between individuals and groups across a range of sectors and areas in order to withstand weaknesses at the government level. The relationship is about so much more than whether or not the two leaders happen to get along.

How did CAUSINDY change your perspective on the Australia-Indonesia relationship?
My background in the Australia/ Indonesia relationship was in the development/aid sector so Causindy provided an opportunity to meet people from other sectors that play important roles – government, business, the creative industries and more.

What advice would you share with anyone thinking of applying this year?
Go for it! CAUSINDY is an invaluable opportunity to connect with a range of passionate and talented people, including leading experts and commentators on the Australia/Indonesia relationship. But more importantly, it’s a unique opportunity to connect with people who love karaoke as much as you do.

Interested in joining CAUSINDY this year? Applications to become a delegate to CAUSINDY 2014 are open until the 1st of July, 2014.

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New speaker: Prodita Sabarini, Jakarta Editor at The Conversation

CAUSINDY is thrilled to announce Prodita Sabarani, the Jakarta editor of The Conversation will be speaking at ‘Transforming the relationship’, a special Q&A event. She will be joining Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Indonesia and Professor Tim Lindsey, Chairman of Australia-Indonesia Institute, to form a very exciting and insightful panel.

In 2011, Prodita Sabarini received the Australian Development scholarship to study a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New South Wales. Her time in Sydney saw her work featured in The Australian, New Matilda, and broadcast on Sydney’s 2SER.

She believes forming stronger people-to-people links is the key to strengthening the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia.

“The relationship between Australia and Indonesia should move beyond issues that are driven by State interest. We should instead focus on personal relationships that can build understanding between the two cultures and foster partnerships that would benefit the peoples of the two countries. Many Indonesians and Australians see each other as strangers divided by language, culture and borders. If we can see past the differences, there are great potential in partnerships in different areas such as education and research; arts and culture; as well as human rights and social justice,” Prodita Sabarini said.

Prior to her role now, she worked as an investigative reporter for the English daily newspaper, The Jakarta Post. Prodita’s experience in reporting human rights issues has landed her the title as the 2013-2014 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The fellowship by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is a program dedicated to “promoting international understanding of human rights and social justice while creating an opportunity for women journalists to build their skills.”

As the Elizabeth Neuffer fellow, she has been an associate researcher at MIT’s Center for International Studies. She also attended classes in Harvard and MIT to study the root causes of religious intolerance and violence. Part of her fellowship also saw her contribute to The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

CAUSINDY looks forward to drawing from her expert knowledge on human rights and social justice at the special Q&A event, ‘Transforming the Relationship’.

Welcoming UNSW as a CAUSINDY partner

LandscapeColourPosCAUSINDY welcomes another supporter this week with UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) joining us to help deliver this year’s conference in Jakarta.

UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, known for its strong regional and global engagement. UNSW is an active supporter of CAUSINDY, and joins us again in our second year.

UNSW will support CAUSINDY by opening up new networks for us to reach potential speakers and delegates, in addition to the support of its strong cohort of students and alumni.

We are excited to be partnering with UNSW and we thank them for the renewed support for CAUSINDY in 2014.

Professor Tim Lindsey to speak at CAUSINDY 2014

tim_lindsey2The CAUSINDY team is excited to announce that Professor Tim Lindsey will be returning to CAUSINDY in 2014, joining our special Q&A event, ‘Transforming the Relationship‘. Professor Lindsey is arguably Australia’s foremost expert on Indonesian law, and a high profile advocate for a broader and deeper bilateral relationship.

Last year, he spoke about “two speed” nature of the current bilateral relationship, and we look forward to him joining us again in 2014.

Interested in hearing Professor Lindsey speak? Applications to become a delegate to CAUSINDY 2014 are now open.

About Professor Tim Lindsey

Professor Tim Lindsey is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law and founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Law and Society at the University of Melbourne. He is also chair of the Australia-Indonesia Institute, an advisory board within the DFAT and was a member of the Reference Group for the National Asian Languages and Studies in School Program. In 2006, Tim received a Carrick Teaching Awards Citation for his work with international students and in 2007 the Malcolm Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching. A founding editor of The Australian Journal of Asian Law, he has written extensively on Indonesia.

His publications include include Indonesia: Law and Society; Corruption in Asia: Rethinking the Governance Paradigm; Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting; and Law Reform in Developing and Transitional States. In 2012, he published a three volume series Islam, Law and the State in Southeast Asia (I: Indonesia, II: Singapore; III: Malaysia and Brunei), andThe Indonesian Constitution: A Contextual Analysis.

Q&A with Natalie Sambhi

Natalie Sambhi is an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute focussing on Australia-Indonesia relations, and the editor of its blog The Strategist. Natalie’s research interests include political and security affairs in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

Natalie will join CAUSINDY again in 2014, moderating this year’s panel discussion on defence and security.

Tell us a bit about your own background.

After graduating with degrees in Asian Studies and International Relations, I briefly worked at the Department of Defence and lived in Indonesia. Being passionate about defence, I founded my own blog Security Scholar in 2010 and started writing more about military and security issues.

I’ve now been an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) for two years where I focus on Australia-Indonesia relations. I’m also proud to be an editor of ASPI’s official blog, The Strategist.

How did you first get involved in the Australia-Indonesia relationship? Where do you see it headed?

My mum’s family is Indonesian so I had no choice but to get an early exposure to Australia-Indonesia relations! I’ve been lucky to be able to see Australia and it’s attitude to the region through my family’s eyes. But my professional interest in the relationship has grown the more I see how important the relationship is to Australia’s place in the world. Since 2009, I’ve increasingly focussed on the country, particularly on Indonesian military and defence issues.

I’m optimistic about the relationship, despite the ups and downs. Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve seen Australian attitudes gradually become warmer and more receptive towards Indonesia, especially in the political realm, so I think the relationship will remain on a steady upwards trajectory in the long run. I hope Indonesian popular culture, including films like ‘The Raid’ continue to show Australians that Indonesia is more than Bali. That same goes in reverse, it’s up to us to show Australia in a different light to our neighbours.

I believe the more the paths of Australians and Indonesians criss-cross, the more we’ll have to learn about each other–including from our mistakes.

What are you working on at the moment?

As an analyst at ASPI, I’m always thinking and writing about Australia-Indonesia defence and strategic relations.

However, I’m currently in Washington DC as a visiting fellow by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where I’ve been looking at the US rebalance to the Asia Pacific and American expectations of Indonesia’s role as a regional power and global actor.

It’s been interesting to compare Australian and American perspectives on Indonesia: it occupies such a prominent part of our regional strategic thinking, but for the US, Indonesia is seen only as one of ten ASEAN states and even then, only part of a much larger Asia Pacific region.

How did CAUSINDY change your perspective on the Australia-Indonesia relationship?

Being so absorbed by the defence and strategic issues, it was really refreshing to see the bilateral relationship from both Australian and Indonesian private sector and NGO perspectives. It’s made me think harder about how my research supports the relationship more broadly. Being with such a diverse group of people, I was able to find more creative ways to articulate defence and strategic issues to a wider audience.   

What advice would you share with anyone thinking of applying this year?

For 2014 applicants, I would say, let your passion for the relationship show and be prepared to come up with practical, grassroots solutions to building better ties. 

Yose Rizal to speak at CAUSINDY 2014

Yose RizalYose Rizal, the founder of PoliticaWave, a social media platform that is currently monitoring this year’s presidential elections in Indonesia, will be joining CAUSINDY as a speaker on the ‘Election Debrief’ panel. His expertise in analysing social media trends toward national and regional political issues will bring great insight to the discussion.

Yose Rizal is the founder of Media Wave, an Indonesian social media monitoring, measurement and analytics platform. He also founded PoliticaWave, a poll analytical platform for the up coming Indonesian elections. He has over 10 years of experience in information technology, designing websites, management information systems and LAN/WAN for several government agencies, military and banking.

He brings expert knowledge and experience as an entrepreneur in technology combined with management and technology, which has made him one of the pioneers in the field of mobile advertising in Indonesia. In 2010, he worked with Snoop Mobile Media to integrate digital marketing across all its platforms.

Yose Rizal studied Urban & Regional Planning at the Bandung Institute of Technology.

About PoliticaWave

There are millions of conversations that take place everyday on social media. Social media tells us a lot about what the people really think, feel and want. This allows policy makers to understand what its voters really want. But it’s so hard to keep track of social trends with so much contact activity online now a days. This is where PoliticaWave has come in to help!

PoliticaWave is a platform that systematically monitors conversations happening on social media related to various national and regional political issues. The aim of PoliticaWave is to allow policymakers to get the latest information on public trends direct from social media activity patterns.

PoliticaWave analysis of the Jokowi and Prabowo campaigns.

PoliticaWave analysis of the Jokowi and Prabowo campaigns.

PoliticaWave collects data in real time from various sources including Facebook, Twitter, blogs on CNN, Time Magazine, Kaskus and many other blog sites. Then it summarises the nature of social media trends into visual charts that make it easy for the public to understand. It offers analysis on various conversations taking place of certain topics – for instance the name of political figures, political issues or political campaigns.

Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new

From being amongst the gumtrees at Australian National University in Canberra to a sprawling metropolis where skyscrapers nestled between lively kampungs race to reach the sky, this year CAUSINDY finds its way across the Arafura Sea to a new home in Jakarta.


While a new resident settles into the grounds of the Presidential palace Istana Merdeka, somewhere down the road, 30 young leaders from Australia and Indonesia will be looking at new ways to strengthen the Australia-Indonesia relationship following the turbulence of the past year.

The theme for this year’s conference will be “Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new”.

Take part in CAUSINDY 2014. Applications to become a delegate are now open.

CAUSINDY delegates will be engaging in insightful discussions with leaders from media, economics and trade, business and defence including Vice-Presidential advisor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Australia-Indonesia Institute chair Professor Tim Lindsey and a packed roster of expert observers on the bilateral relationship.

Program highlights this year include:

  • Portrayals in the Media’, a panel of outspoken journalists on the role media plays influencing public perceptions. Panellists including Tempo Magazine editor Arif Zulkifli, Fairfax Media’s Indonesia correspondent Michael Bachelard and Citra Dyah Prastuti, editor of PortalKBR will give the inside scoop on the media’s place in the bilateral relationship.

  • Transforming the relationship’, a special question and answer event looking at how the next generation of leaders can learn from the “old relationship”. Panellists will include Dewi Fortuna Anwar, a Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Indonesia and Professor Tim Lindsey, Chairman of Australia-Indonesia Institute.

  • Election debrief’, a panel with the people on the inside of the presidential campaign —or watching the Twitter feed—including political risk analyst Doug Ramage and innovative pollster Yose Rizal, CEO of Politica Wave.

  • An opportunity to find out what the finance ministers are really saying. Fauzi Ichsan, Senior Economist at Standard Chartered and business leader Chris Barnes will discuss ways both countries can benefit from (and sustain) economic growth in the region.

  • Behind Closed Doors’: an exclusive interview with a high profile former diplomat on what really happens on the sidelines of bilateral meetings and conferences.

  • A lively debate between prominent business leaders from both countries on the challenges and potential of two very different economies.

  • Defence and security expert Natalie Sambhi, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, will moderate a panel with former military and defence leaders on geopolitics and strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, and what it means for Australia and Indonesia.

In 2014, CAUSINDY will aim to inspire young leaders to reset the agenda of the Australia-Indonesia relationship beyond just “boats, beef and Bali”. Delegates will be set up to continue building a stronger, deeper bilateral partnership.

Does this sound like you? Applications to become a delegate in 2014 are now open.