- Prof. Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of Indonesia
- Dr Hartarto Sastrosunarto AO, former political minister
- Mr Simon Dixon, Group Finance Director, PT Astra International
- Dr Andrew McIntyre, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Vice-President, RMIT University
- Professor Tim Lindsey, Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law, University of Melbourne
- Mr John Riady, Director of Lippo Group, Dean of Universitas Pelita Harapan, Editor at Large of the Jakarta Globe
- Mr John Denton, CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- Ms Sinthya Roesly, President Director, Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund
- Mr Terry Mills, Northern Territory Commissioner to Indonesia and ASEAN
- Lieutenant General (Ret.) Agus Widjojo, Retired Commanding General TNI, and Deputy Speaker in The National Consultative Assembly
- Mr Colin McDonald QC, Retired Barrister
- Mr Chris Barnes, Managing Director of ICON Indonesia
- Ms Citra Dyah Prastuti, Editor of PortalKBR.com
- Mr Fauzi Ichsan, Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank in Indonesia
- Mr Yose Rizal, Founder of PoliticaWave
- Ms Prodita Sabarini, Jakarta Editor at The Conversation
- Mr Alex Murphy, Managing Director, UTS:INSEARCH
- Mr Michael Bachelard, Indonesia Correspondent for Fairfax Media
- Ms Purwani Diyah Prabandari, Journalist, Tempo
- Ms Sati Rasunato, Managing Director, Endeavor Indonesia
- Mr Gary Hogan, Director for National Security at KPMG Australia
- Dr Ross Tapsell, Lecturer, Australia National University
- Ms Natalie Sambhi, Analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
- Mr Jim Della-Giacoma, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
- Ms Helen Brown, Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Ms Devianti Faridz, Journalist, Channel NewsAsia
- Mr Arjuna Dibley, Lawyer
- Mr Tommy Tjokro, Lead Anchor, Bloomberg TV Indonesia
- Ms Beverley Gunawan, Reporter, Liputan 6
Prof. Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar, M.A.
Prof. Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar is currently Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. She is also a Research Professor and held the position of the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) from 2001-2010. She is also the Chair of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at The Habibie Center, and a member of the Board of Advisors, The Institute for Peace and Democracy, The Bali Democracy Forum. Dewi Anwar briefly held the position of Assistant to the Vice President for Global Affairs (May-July 1998) and that of Assistant Minister/State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (August 1998-November 1999), during the Habibie administration.
Prof. Anwar was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2008-2012), a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), based in Stockholm, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, Australia. She obtained her PhD from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, while her BA (Hons) and MA were obtained from SOAS, University of London.
Dr Hartarto Sastrosunarto AO served under three Indonesian Presidents from 1983 to 1999 as the Minister of Industry, the Coordinating Minister for Production and Distribution and the Coordinating Minister for Development Supervision and Administrative Reform. He was the longest serving Minister under the New Order. Dr Sastrosunarto is one of the first recipients from Indonesia of the Colombo Plan funding from the Australian government to undertake study within Australia. He gained a Science degree in Petroleum Engineering at the UNSW and whilst studying in Australia, he chaired the Indonesian Student Association of NSW and later the national body.
Dr Sastrosunarto was the first overseas graduate of UNSW to receive its Alumni Association Award for Achievement, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1993. In 2010 he was named as one of the Distinguished Alumni Award winners of the Australian Alumni Awards for his lifelong career achievements and contributions to Indonesia, as well as maintaining links between Indonesia and Australia. Further, he is a recipient as an Officer of the Order of Australia Award, a highly prestigious award in the Australian honours system.
An Australian citizen, Simon was appointed as a Director of PT Astra International Tbk in May 2010 and is responsible for Corporate Finance & Accounting, Corporate Planning, Corporate Treasury & Investor Relations, Risk Management, Corporate Information Systems & Technology, and the Astra Group’s property development initiatives.
Prior to joining Astra, Simon worked for Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong where he held the position of Group Treasurer. Simon joined Jardine Matheson in 2006 from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a Partner. Before coming to Hong Kong in 2000, Simon worked in the United Kingdom with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Australia with Arthur Andersen.
Simon is Deputy President Commissioner of PT Astra Sedaya Finance and a Commissioner of PT United Tractors Tbk, PT Astra Otoparts Tbk, PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk, PT Federal International Finance, and is a member of PT Astra International Tbk’s Executive Committee.
Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Economics in 1993 and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Professor Andrew MacIntyre is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Vice-President of RMIT University.
Prior to joining RMIT, he was Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, where he also served as Dean of the College and Director of the Research School of Asia & the Pacific and before that founding Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy (2002-2009). Earlier in his career, he was also Professor at the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Professor MacIntyre is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and has published widely on Southeast Asian politics, international relations in the Asia-Pacific region and, more recently, enhancing universities. He was the founder of the Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership, and serves on the editorial board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. He is the recipient of the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for contributions to the promotion of relations between Japan and Australia (2006) and also a recipient of the Presidential Friends of Indonesia award (2010).
Among board roles, Professor MacIntyre currently sits on the boards of directors of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue and the Asia Foundation – Australia. He is also currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (AusPECC). He has served as a consultant to government institutions and companies in Australia, the United States and China, as well as international agencies such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN Secretariat.
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), and The Indonesian Constitution: A Contextual Analysis.
John Riady is an Indonesian lawyer, professor, social entrepreneur, and businessman. He is currently Dean and Professor of Law at UPH (Universitas Pelita Harapan) Faculty of Law, one of Indonesia’s leading universities; Editor at Large of the Jakarta Globe, an Indonesian English language newspaper; Director of Berita Satu Media Holdings, a diversified Indonesian Media Conglomerate; and Director of the Lippo Group.
Born in New York City, John spent his early childhood in the United States, before returning to Jakarta at the age of four. John was educated at Georgetown University where he majored in Political Philosophy and Economics. He also received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business–graduating as a Palmer Scholar–and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University Law School.
John is also a member of the NY Bar Association, and serves as Chairman of KIKAS-KADIN (the United States Committee within the Indonesian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry), member of the Columbia University Law School International Advisory Board, and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council.
Mr John Denton
Partner & CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, John is a global leader in three arenas; a legal expert in the areas of government, workplace relations, and international trade and investment; a national business leader and an international adviser on global policy.
John is one of three Prime Ministerial representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC); a Board Member of the Business Council of Australia (BCA); a Board Member of Asialink and Asia Society; Chairman (emeritus) of the Experts Group on Trade and Investment in Indonesia; Chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Australia for more than a decade (among other important positions).
John was also an external adviser on the Federal Government advisory panel that oversaw the development of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper released in October 2012 and a member of the Australian Government Cabinet sub-committee for the Asian Century White Paper review process. He is now a member of the Strategic Advisory Board advising the Government on implementation of the White Paper and on emerging policy issues.
He is recognised as one of the best labour law practitioners in the Asia Pacific by Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey and one of Australia’s best government and trade lawyers in the Best Lawyers peer survey.
Sinthya Roesly is the Chief Executive Officer of the Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF), an institution whose mission is to support acceleration of infrastructure development in Indonesia executed under the PPP scheme, by providing guarantees against infrastructure project risks related to government actions or inactions.
Previously, Ms Roesly worked for PT PLN (Persero), a state-owned electricity company for 19 years, with responsibilities ranging from corporate finance and fundraising to corporate planning and strategy, power system operations and power project construction. Ms Roesly has an MBA from Monash University, Australia, an MEngSc in Power Systems from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Indonesia.
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Agus Widjojo
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Agus Widjojo graduated from Indonesian Armed Forces Academy in 1970. He served tours as Staff Officer in the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam 1973, and in the Indonesian Battalion to the United Nations Emergency Force II in Sinai Middle East in 1975.
He retired from active duty in 2003. His two last active duty assignments before entering retirement were Chief-of-Staff for Territorial Affairs for the Commanding General TNI, and Deputy Speaker in The National Consultative Assembly representing the Military and National Police Faction. His works during his appointment as Chief of Staff for Territorial Affairs were closely related to the democratisation process and military reform in Indonesia in 1998 through 2004.
He holds Master’s degree in Military Art and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College, National Security from US National Defense University and Public Administration from George Washington University. He was a Deputy in the Presidential Delivery Unit. He was also a commissioner in the Commission of Truth and Friendship Indonesia – Timor Leste, and currently sits as member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Peace and Democracy at Udayana University and Senior Fellow at CSIS Jakarta.
Colin McDonald QC is a retired Australian barrister, Indonesian art and South East Asian ceramics collector, founder and owner of the Made Budhiana Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali and an aspiring Kintamani organic coffee producer in North Central Bali. Colin practised as a barrister in North Australia for over 30 years with a broad practice in administrative, criminal, constitutional law, workers’ compensation, refugee and human rights law. In recent years he acted in the death penalty cases in South East Asia, including for two members of the Bali Nine, Scott Rush and Renee Lawrence.
Colin has had a long association and engagement with Indonesia. A founding member of the Board of the Australia Indonesia Institute from 1989 – 1994, Colin was also counsel in Australia to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Department for over 20 years. As Chair of the Northern Territory Museums and Art Galleries Board, he arranged for Indonesian artists to come paint and exhibit in the Top End of the Northern Territory.
As Chair of the Royal Darwin Hospital Board and its Regional Engagement Committee, Colin helped broker the very successful Sister Hospital Relationship and nurse, medical and emergency response training programme between R.S.U.P Sanglah in Denpasar, Bali and Royal Darwin Hospital. In 2010, Colin was awarded the prestigious Law Council of Australia’s President’s Medal and in 2011, the Australian Lawyers’ Alliance Award for his outstanding contributions as a lawyer. In December 2013, Colin was appointed an advisor to the Australian Federal Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Mr Chris Barnes
Chris Barnes is Managing Director of ICON Indonesia. Chris is a highly experienced practitioner in strategy, government relations (especially emerging markets), business development (financial services), public policy (trade and investment), media relations and public affairs.
Chris previously held senior roles with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, including General Manager, Business Development, International Financial Services, where he developed offshore growth opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region, and General Manager, Government & Industry Affairs with responsibility for all global and domestic government relations. He was also Senior Adviser (Political & Media) to the Australian Finance Minister.
Chris is a member of the Indonesia Australia Leadership Dialogue, the NSW Government’s Export & Investment Advisory Panel, the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector and a member of the Business Partnership Group (BPG) advising the Australian and Indonesian Governments on the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). He is a former National President of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) and a former Director of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Australia. He was recognised by the Indonesian Government as a Presidential Friend of Indonesia in 2009.
Ms Citra Dyah Prastuti
Citra Dyah Prastuti has been a journalist with KBR (Radio News Agency) for more than 10 years. Starting out as a reporter, then editor, producer and broadcaster for live talk shows, news bulletins and an magazine show. In 2005, she pursued her Master’s degree in Critical Media and Cultural Studies in SOAS, University of London through the Chevening scholarship. She blogged extensively about her life while studying in London and in 2010 published her online stories in a book titled “Cheers, UK!” (Gagas Media).
In 2011, she received a fellowship from the ABC’s Radio National to produce a radio documentary, exploring the life of a woman and the reality of family planning in West Java in “Eros, Mother of 25 Children”. Tthe following year, her one-hour radio documentary “Timor’s Lost Generation” was broadcast by Radio National. She also teaches radio investigative journalism at the University of Indonesia and provides training for the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and Indonesian Association for Media Development (PPMN). She now leads the online platform of KBR, PortalKBR.com.
Mr Fauzi Ichsan
Fauzi Ichsan is managing director, senior economist and head of government relations, at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Before joining SCB in 2001, he had been senior economic adviser to the British ambassador Sir Robin Christopher in Jakarta, where he evaluated the effectiveness of the IMF program in Indonesia during 1998-2000, a period of economic crisis.
Fauzi entered the financial markets by joining Citibank Jakarta in 1995, as a treasury economist and later became head of the bank’s fixed income sales desk. He relocated to Citibank Singapore in 1997 to become a bond trader, before and during the Asian financial crisis, when he helped coordinate investor efforts to settle cases of Indonesian bond defaults. Fauzi started his career in 1991 at Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, as an analyst at the Harvard Institute for International Development, an advisory team to the finance minister.
In addition to servicing SCB’s clients, Fauzi 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 writes articles for Kompas and Bisnis Indonesia, while his comments are quoted by domestic and international media, including Reuters, Bloomberg, Jakarta Post, Asian Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Times, CNBC, CNN and BBC.
Fauzi received a master degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995 and a bachelor degree from London School of Economics (LSE) in 1991.
Mr Yose Rizal
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.
Ms Prodita Sabarini
Prodita Sabarini is a Jakarta-based journalist with an interest in Human Rights issues. She is currently the editor of The Conversation, Jakarta. Prior to this role, she worked as an investigative reporter for the English daily newspaper, The Jakarta Post. Her work has also been featured in The Australian, New Matilda, and broadcast on Sydney’s 2SER.
Prodita has covered a range of critical issues, including the Sunni and Shia conflict in Sampang, Madura, the tension between mining companies and local communities in East Kalimantan, the political dynamics in the province of Papua, and more.
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.
Prodita is a Media Studies graduate from Padjadjaran University, Bandung. She continued her studies in 2011 when she received an Australian Development scholarship to study a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New South Wales.
Mr 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.
Purwani Diyah Prabandari is a journalist of Tempo International Media, a publisher of Tempo magazine (Indonesian and English) and Koran Tempo daily. During her time at Tempo, she has been involved with the politics and international sections. Previously she also spent her 3 years as bureau chief in Bandung dan Yogyakarta in 2007-2010.
She is the recipient of several fellowships including Journalism and Democracy Course by Centre for Democratic Institute in Australia (2000) and Medialink Fellowhip, a journalist exchange program by Asialink in Australia, 2004. She also a fellow of International Visitor Program to the USA by USIA in 1997 and Senior Journalist Seminar of East West Center, US, 2009. Prabandari holds a bachelor degree of International Relations from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta.
Sati Rasuanto is the Managing Director of Endeavor Indonesia (www.endeavorindonesia.org, www.endeavor.org), a global network committed to identifying, selecting and accelerating High-Impact Entrepreneurs. Sati started her career working as a financial analyst, before moving to the World Bank in 2005 as an energy specialist and then adviser to the Country Director. Following the formation of the new cabinet in 2009, Sati joined Government as the special staff of Mr. Gita Wirjawan who at the time was the Chairman of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). Mr. Wirjawan then became the Minister of Trade.
Sati is also the founding editor of Strategic Review: The Indonesian Journal of Public Policy, Leadership and World Affairs (www.sr-indonesia.com). In its first year, the magazine has featured opinion leaders such as Hillary Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi and President Yudhoyono, as well as recognition from President Obama. Sati was named 2011 Yale World Fellow, and last year Sati was selected as a Kauffman Fellow, a global network based in Silicon Valley that focuses on high-growth and innovative companies. Sati was also a speaker in the 2013 APEC Conference, and often sat as a panelist in business plan competitions.
Gary Hogan is Director for National Security at KPMG Australia. He was the Australian Defence Attaché to the Republic of Indonesia from 2009 to 2012. He has also held Attaché positions in Papua New Guinea and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
A miltary officer for 30 years, Gary served with US Special Operations Command during the 1991 Gulf War. Gary was Director-General Scientific and Technical Analysis for the Defence Department 2005 to 2007. He speaks Mandarin, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesia and Pidgin English.
Gary is a former Professor of Grand Strategy at the US National Defense University. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, the Chinese National Defence University and was the first Australian to graduate from Indonesia’s National Resilience Institute.
His opinion pieces on Asian affairs have been published by the Baltimore Sun, the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He is also a commentator on Indonesia-Australia relations for ABC television and radio.
Dr Ross Tapsell researches the media in Indonesia and Malaysia. He was a recipient of the Australian Government Endeavour Postdoctorate Award, where he conducted research on press freedom and media ownership in Indonesia.
He has been a Visiting Fellow at The University of Indonesia, Airlangga University (Surabaya) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta). He has also worked with The Jakarta Post and the Lombok Post.
Ross began lecturing at the School of Culture, History and Language in 2011. His book, By-Lines, Balibo and the Bali bombings: Australian journalists in Indonesia, will be published in 2014.
Natalie Sambhi is an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and editor of ASPI’s blog The Strategist. Natalie’s research interests include political and security affairs in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. She has previously worked at Department of Defence as an analyst.
Natalie was a Hedley Bull Scholar at the Australian National University where she gained her MA (International Relations)/MDiplomacy. She also holds a BA (Asian Studies) (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. Natalie is currently the vice-president of the ACT branch of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). In 2010, she founded Security Scholar, a blog on security and defence issues.
You can follow Natalie on Twitter at @SecurityScholar. She enjoys travelling regularly to Indonesia, improving her Indonesian language skills and playing the cello.
Mr Jim Della-Giacoma
Jim Della-Giacoma is a visiting fellow in the Department of Social and Political Change in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific. His most recent research and writing has been related to Indonesia’s elections and democratisation process.
In the last two decades, Jim has been a Reuters correspondent, UN official, and head of the International Crisis Group’s operations in Southeast Asia while based in Jakarta. He has studied Indonesian at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana in Salatiga and taken part in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) in Jambi in 1991-92.
A brief account of his time on AIYEP “Different Pond, Different Fish” was published in KYD Journal in April 2014. He is a regular commentator and essayist whose opinion pieces over the years have been also been published in CNN GPS, Crikey, Foreign Policy, Indonesia, The Lowy Interpreter, New Mandala, Nikkei Asian Review, Strategic Review Journal, and World Politics Review. Jim collects his writing on his personal blog Reflections on Southeast Asia. You can also follow him on Twitter at @jimdella
Helen Brown is a multi-media professional with 20 years experience in news and features coverage who arrived in Jakarta late in 2011 and fortuitously found herself in one of the most story-rich countries in the region. A journalist with Australia’s national broadcaster the ABC, her stories are seen in Australia, and on the Australia Network channel in Asia.
Her role has taken her to the regions and detention centres that are home to asylum seekers, into Aceh where women are making a difference, reporting on the 2013 diplomatic breakdown over spying, and reporting on stories that matter to Indonesians about corruption, politics and society, and their democratic transition. She’s interviewed the Indonesian Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministers, and the leaders of large corporations such as Astra, and media group MNC.
She is a past secretary of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club and a member of Soroptomists Jakarta. In 2013, she and an Indonesian journalist friend formed WartaTalk, an informal support group to bring expat and Indonesian reporters and producers together.
Ms Devianti Faridz
Devianti Faridz is Channel NewsAsia’s correspondent in Jakarta. She is a former journalist with Indonesia’s broadcasters, Metro TV and Televisi Republik Indonesia, and Voice of America-Indonesia in Washington DC. Among her more memorable assignments was her coverage of the plight of young Indonesian boat crew members who were detained in Australian prisons after being deceived by human traffickers. She has interviewed various key public figures in the world including Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
In 2011, Devianti Faridz was awarded Australia’s Elizabeth O Neill Award recognising high-achieving journalists dedicated to promoting mutual understanding of Australia and Indonesia through accurate and informed media coverage.
She is a Fulbright scholar and a Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism graduate from the University of Missouri, USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communications Design from Indonesia’s Trisakti University. For leisure, Devianti Faridz is actively involved in alumni activities that encourage cultural exchange and youth empowerment.
Mr Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy has 20 years’ experience with UTS:INSEARCH. He joined INSEARCH Language Centre in 1992, teaching Indonesian language and coordinating teaching and curriculum development in Asian and European Languages, subsequently taking on the role of project manager for offshore delivery of English language programs.
In 2000, Mr Murphy was appointed Head of Marketing to INSEARCH Limited, a merger of three previously separate entities. In that role, Mr Murphy was responsible for developing the UTS:INSEARCH brand and positioning and implementing channel management systems, before taking on the role of Managing Director in September 2007.
Mr Murphy’s background is in Linguistics and Indonesian & Malayan Studies, having undertaken research at the University of Sydney, before living and working in Jakarta from 1986 to 1989. A member of the St James Ethics Centre since 1997, Mr Murphy has also been undertaking leadership development and group relations programs with the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis and Tavistock Institute (UK) over the past fifteen years.
Arjuna Dibley is a lawyer with a practice focused on law reform and climate change. Arjuna has worked with Australian Commonwealth and State governments, and governments in Africa and Asia, including Indonesia, to design and implement legal regimes related to climate change, sustainability and public accountability.
Arjuna is passionate about improving Australia-Indonesia relations. Outside of the law he co-founded and is presently Founding President of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association, an organisation which endeavours to strengthen the people-to-people relationship between the two countries. Arjuna has been widely recognised for his work, winning an Australian Law Award for the leading lawyer under 30 and an ADC Australian Leadership Award among others.
Tommy Tjokro is one of the two lead anchors at Bloomberg TV Indonesia. He hosts the channel’s flagship markets show Trading Floor ‘LANTAI BURSA’ and the talk show ‘At The Wheel’. Tommy came to Bloomberg TV Indonesia after ten years at Metro TV where he became one of Indonesia’s most well-known news presenters. In that time he covered the country’s biggest stories. He presented several weeks of live coverage from the disaster-struck Aceh province in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami. He also covered the earthquakes in Sumatra and Padang.
Tommy regularly interviews Indonesia’s top political figures. In the past he has spoken to former president Habibie and former vice president Jusuf Kalla. He has also interviewed a number of international celebrities, including Jackie Chan and John Legend. With Bloomberg TV Indonesia, Tommy has interviewed several CEOs such as Standard Chartered Group CEO Peter Sands, and Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandez.
Beverley Gunawan is currently working with SCTV’s news program Liputan 6 as a reporter and news anchor. She has been working there since April 2011. Some of her news coverage highlights include her exclusive on Joko Widodo’s campaign for Governor of Jakarta and Presidential Election. She did an exclusive report on Jokowi and his spouse Ibu Iriana Widodo at their residence in Solo, Central Java. Her most recent exclusive interview was with also with Jokowi, but this time as the president elect. Beverley has a passion for journalism and culinary. In 2010 she graduated with a a Communications studies degree from the Loyola Marymount University in LA, USA, Summa Cum Laude.