Leadership Team

bede-mooreBede Moore, Founder and Director

Bede Moore is an Australian entrepreneur living and working in Indonesia. Bede is a founder of Vela Asia, a logistics and e-commerce support services company operating in Indonesia. Previously, Bede co-founded, and worked as Managing Director of the Indonesian e-commerce company, Lazada.co.id, and served as a Senior Associate in the Boston Consulting Group’s Jakarta and Melbourne offices.

He has been living and working in Jakarta since 2011, where he has been fortunate to witness the growth and development of Indonesia first hand. As a student, Bede studied Indonesian history, receiving his BA from Harvard and then an MPhil from Leiden university, where he received honours for his research focusing on the relationship between Australia and Indonesia during the struggle for Indonesian independence.

Bede has written extensively on Asian politics, business and history in various publications such as The Jakarta Globe, Crikey!, the Harvard International Review and ABC News. As both a student of, and contributor to, the Australia-Indonesia relationship, Bede is committed to helping young people from both countries to enjoy similar experiences.


Karina-Akib-2Karina Akib, Co-founder and Director

Karina works for Google supporting the growth of digital and small-medium businesses in Indonesia as a Strategic Partner Manager. Before Google she was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group working in Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Manila. Moving to Indonesia originally to learn more about her family heritage, she realized how vibrant the country was and how important it is to Australia. This importance has been even more obvious since working as a consultant advising several Australian companies looking to enter or grow their operations in one of the most vibrant regions in the world.

Karina is passionate about social entrepreneurship and technology as a way to deliver sustainable economic growth and jobs. She worked closely with World Economic Forum to design Indonesia’s first impact investing fund and has advised several social businesses including Yaysan Anak Cina Bangsa (YCAB) and Rekan Usaha Micro Anda(RUMA). Prior to joining BCG, she led a product launch at RUMA to use mobile phone technology as a tool to develop the livelihood of individuals at the base of the pyramid.

She graduated from The University of New South Wales, where she was a Co-op Scholar and completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies, Finance).


chris-urbanskiChris Urbanski, Co-founder and Director

Chris is an entrepreneur and strategy consultant based in Manila, Philippines and currently building a business that will better connect premium Australian food and beverage products to markets in Southeast Asia. He also hosts a Tagalog language internet TV cooking program: Maputing Cooking

Chris previously worked as a Manager in the Commonwealth Bank’s Group Strategy team and as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Chris developed a lasting connection to Southeast Asia as a high school student at the Jakarta International School.

He took B. Ec / B. Asian Studies at ANU including study at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, the Muhammadiyah University of Malang and the University of Asia and the Pacific in Manila, as well as an exchange to the National University of Singapore to study business and economics in Asia. Chris is fluent in Indonesian and Filipino.


bio-pic-150x150Grace Dong, Program Coordinator

Grace Dong is currently studying Arts/Law at Monash University, majoring in Indonesian Studies. Amongst her many experiences in Indonesia, Grace has undertaken short-term studies at Gadjah Madah University, and volunteer English teaching in Bali. Throughout the second half of 2014 she will be undertaking research at UNPAR, Bandung, as part of the ACICIS West Java Field Study Program. Grace is the Director of Indonesian at The Language Barrier, a youth-led initiative promoting language studies in high schools, and has visited several schools in Melbourne, encouraging students to pursue Indonesian studies and engage in cultural exchange.

tim_g_300x300-150x150Tim Graham, Communications Coordinator

Tim Graham is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce in Management and Indonesian Studies at Monash University. He is the Director of Communications for the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, and currently works in Marketing for SitePoint, one of Australia’s first internet businesses.

He began studying Indonesian at high school in 2004, before completing a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce in Indonesian Studies and Management. Tim has studied and travelled in Indonesia, and has appeared as a representative of AIYA—and young people in the bilateral relationship—on radio and in print.

Alyssia-Sastro1-150x150Alyssia Pasha Sastrosatomo, Events Officer

Alyssia completed a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne, double majoring in Marketing and Business Management under the “New Generation International Undergraduate Scholarship”. During her time in Melbourne, Alyssia was active with the Indonesian Students Association of Australia (PPIA) where she was appointed as the National coordinator for merchandising and supply-chain.

Alyssia also completed her internship with Unilever Indonesia Tbk where during her internship, she was selected to represent Indonesian students from the University of Melbourne to participate in DANONE Group’s Annual “Trust: The Student Business Challenge”.

She is currently an analyst at Astra International’s Group Corporate Development and Strategy, the division that is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Group’s strategic agenda as well as to support corporate finance/ business development initiatives for one of Indonesia’ largest conglomerate companies. It was during her time in the company that Alyssia realised Indonesia’s potential for growth, and developed a passion for exploration of the company’s role in the global economy.

1082378_10151646401942198_641528238_n-150x150Heath Jamieson, Finance and Partnerships Officer

Heath is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Melbourne. Through his studies he pursued electives in Indonesian second language, capping off 14 years of formal Indonesian studies. Heath is interested in foreign affairs leading to him representing Australia at the G20 Youth Summit in Washington DC, is the Victorian Treasurer for the Australian Indonesian Youth Association and recently returned from Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program held in West Sumatra.

Heath is the Founding Director of The Language Barrier, a youth–led organisation aimed at increasing motivation for language education in Australia. Besides his interests in Indonesia, Heath is a keen cyclist and represented Australia at the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

samanthaSamantha Yap, Program Coordinator

Samantha is a broadcast journalist and producer currently based in Singapore working for Channel NewsAsia. She is passionate about covering issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to this role she has gained journalism experience in Jakarta, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Her work has been featured on SBS News, Australia Network, ABC News 24 and Tempo TV. She also has work experience with Al Jazeera Network.

She is a Bachelor of Journalism graduate with a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian from Monash University. Samantha has studied Indonesian at Atma Jaya University in Jakarta and Gadjah Mada University in Jogjakarta. She also spent an exchange semester studying journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Samantha grew up in Jakarta where she attended the Jakarta International School, before migrating to Melbourne for high school. Samantha speaks fluent Indonesian, conversational Cantonese and basic Mandarin.

971700_10151798064320159_467684832_n copyJaime Berrill, Communications Officer

Jaime is a Bachelor of Laws/Arts (Media and Communications) graduate from the University of Melbourne. He is living in Jakarta after recently completing a semester of bahasa Indonesia studies at Universitas Indonesia as part of the Victorian Government’s Hamer Scholarship program.

Jaime has worked in both law and communications since graduating, and plans shortly to open his own business in Indonesia. He is interested in promoting sustainable and organic food practices in Indonesia.

Last updated September 13, 2014