President and Founder
Mr Ross B Taylor AM
Ross Taylor is a former WA Government Regional Director to Indonesia and has held senior positions, including National Vice-President, of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council. Ross has also held senior executive roles with Wesfarmers Ltd and Phosphate Resources Limited, and is involved in philanthropy and cancer-charity work throughout the region. Ross is one of Australia's leading commentators on Indonesia-Australia relations, and writes "Opinion" articles for The Australian, The West Australian and The Jakarta Post Newspapers on a regular basis. He is also the author of three published books.
In 2013 Ross was appointed by the Governor-General of Australia as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant services to Australia-Indonesia relations and to the (philanthropic) community. Ross was also selected, in July 2013, by the Indonesian Government as Australia's "Presidential Friend of Indonesia - 2013."
Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee & Director, Social & Political
Mr Colin Singer
Bio:A native of Scotland, Mr Singer spends his time between Bandung in Indonesia and Perth. Mr Singer has over forty years experience in Oil & Gas exploration and project management throughout the globe. A founding Director of one of the region's largest geophysical consultancies he sold his interests in 2004 and concentrates in Perth in his role as a Justice of the Peace and other social justice related appointments with a special interest in those affecting Indonesian nationals. In Indonesia he was a Special Advisor to the Oil & Gas regulator BPMIGAS and to many of the major state and private international oil companies.
Director & Treasurer
Clare is a Chartered Accountant with a background in process and risk management consulting. Since having her children she has lectured in the Masters of Accounting program at Macquarie University in her home town of Sydney, and facilitated the Professional Year Program workshops for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Clare's interest and passion for Indonesia began during her family's posting to Jakarta between 2010 and 2013. She has since completed a Graduate Diploma in Humanities (Indonesian) from the Universty of New England in NSW and continues her studies of bahasa Indonesia.
Clare is now based in Perth where she is involved in a number of organisations working to improve the lives of Indonesian people and support the development of the relationship between Australia and Indonesia".
Syahri Sakidin had spent 32 years in diplomatic service for Indonesian government and posted in various prominent Indonesian diplomatic missions in The Hague, Prague, London, and Tokyo. He was also served, among others, as Director of the Commission of Truth and Friendship of Indonesia and Timor Leste (2007-2008). His last three years (2010-2013) in consular service as Consul of Indonesia in Perth has inspired him to help promote a closer and fruitful relations between Australia and Indonesia. Mr. Sakidin has gained his post graduate degree from Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster.
Karl is a Belgian national who moved to Perth after working almost 19 years in Indonesia. He was based in Jakarta, Bandung and Semarang and worked primarily in banking and management consulting. During his time in banking he was responsible for two Indonesian bank mergers, with Rabobank International and the HSBC Group respectively. His last few years in management consulting have been strongly focused on advising on foreign investment initiatives into Indonesia as well as Indonesian ventures into the region, including West Australia. He is a strong believer in the natural relationship between Indonesia and Australia.
He is the founding partner of The Jakarta Advisory group and former treasurer of INA, The Dutch-Belgian Chamber of Commerce.
Karl holds a double degree in Applied Economics and International Relations from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
Kellie-Jane has over 20 years work experience in international development and trade. She was the senior Western Australian Government representative responsible for trade and investment activities based in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2012-2015.
She previously managed AGWEST International, the WA Department of Agriculture and Food’s international services unit. In this role she worked with clients including major funding agencies, NGO’s, the private sector and Government Ministries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Kelli-Jane is currently living in Jakarta and plans to return to study in 2016 to complete a Master’s degree in Development studies. She is a member of the IABC, the Jakarta Soroptimists and is an active supporter of The East Bali Poverty Project.
Director & Secretariat
Bio:Lauren lived in Asia for nine years, six in Indonesia, where she developed an enduring relationship with the dynamic country. Lauren taught English in Hong Kong and Indonesia and worked as a communications consultant, a freelance writer and journalist. Lauren holds a Bachelor degree in Journalism and a Masters degree in Communications. She is currently studying a Master of Human Rights through Curtin University and working as a media and communications officer in local council. Lauren is the blog editor at the Indonesia Institute's blog and hopes to encourage a relationship of mutual trust, understanding and good natured humour through her activities with the Institute which she said are intended to create stronger ties between Indonesia and Australia.
Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta
Associate Professor Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta grew up in Bandung, Indonesia. Prior to moving to Australia in the late 1990s, Hadrian had extensively worked in a variety of academic leadership and business consulting roles in both the private and public sectors in Indonesia. Hadrian is currently Associate Head of School of Business and Head of Asian Business and Organisational Research Group in the School of Business at Edith Cowan University. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management Accounting, an MBA, and a Master in Industrial Engineering and Management. Hadrian has written feature articles for major Indonesian newspapers and authored refereed journal articles on various issues in Indonesia. With his experience, bilingual and bicultural capacities, Hadrian aims to engage and assist in generating improved knowledge and relationships between Australia and Indonesia.
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