Today, the CAUSINDY team is excited to announce the thirty young leaders who will join us for our second conference in Jakarta this year.
The Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth is an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, with sponsors including the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
This year’s delegates will bring a diverse range of perspectives to CAUSINDY 2014, with experience in fields from biochemistry and international development to defence, law and public policy.
This year’s conference is based around the theme “Right time to reset: Learning from the old and bringing in the new” — in a year when the bilateral relationship has been marked by political turmoil, delegates emphasised the importance of personal experiences and the opportunity to develop a deeper more strategic relationship based around sharing knowledge.
ACICIS Resident Director Elena Williams says that the most important thing will be “forging meaningful relationships with each other that last”. Pandu Utama Manggala, an Indonesian diplomat, agrees. “I have seen that by interacting with each other [through] open and frank discussion, students are able to enrich each other’s understanding and perspective of the two countries, cultures, and peoples.”
Security analyst Fitri Timur says that trust is important “as a base for forging strategic partnerships especially in the security sector” while political risk and investment advisor Mirza Natadisastra says that by working together the two countries can develop a pool of knowledge across education, infrastructure, bureaucratic governance and trade”
In its second year, the CAUSINDY committee received a record number of applications, with more than 200 applications received from candidates in Australia and Indonesia.
Conference co-founder and director Karina Akib said, “As new leaders take their roles in both countries, young leaders will have the opportunity to shape its future. With President Jokowi taking office this October, the value of new ideas has never been greater.”
In 2014, CAUSINDY will present an exciting and diverse program, with high-profile speakers from government, business and academia including vice-presidential advisor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Melbourne University’s Professor Tim Lindsey, John Riady, the director of Lippo Group and Chief Editor of Tempo Arif Zulkifli.
The conference is an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, itself led by a team of early career professionals from both countries. For more information, contact the team or visit our about page.