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Mr Ross B Taylor

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."

Lauren Gumbs


Lauren Gumbs


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.


Clare O'Connor



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".

Karl Godderis


Karl Godderis


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 Pritchard


Kellie-Jane Pritchard



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.

Senior Advisors to board of directors

Syahri Sakidin

Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta

State Representatives: (Email:

ACT (Canberra): Peter Dawson

Victoria (Melbourne): Linda Briskman

NSW (Sydney): Lauren Gumbs


IT Team

Our IT support team:

Ms Rebecca Scriven

Ms Salomé Husselmann

Mr Josh Reid (Curtin)

Mr Damian Garthwaite

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