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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 numerous senior industry positions, including National Vice-President & WA State Chair of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council, with Wesfarmers Ltd and Phosphate Resources Limited. He also operated his own business in Medan, Sumatra for three years.

Ross is involved in philanthropy and cancer-charity work throughout the region and is one of Australia's leading commentators on Indonesia-Australia relations writing ‘Opinion' articles for The Australian, The West Australian and The Jakarta Post newspapers on a regular basis & commentates on SkyNews, and ABC Radio programs.

Ross 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."

Dr Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta

Vice President

Dr Hadrian
Geri Djajadikerta



Hadrian has decades of experience in a variety of academic leadership and business consulting roles in Australia and Indonesia, both in the private and public sectors. He is currently Associate Dean Research and Associate Professor of Accounting in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University in Perth. Hadrian holds a PhD in Strategic Management Accounting, an MBA, a Master in Industrial Engineering, and a Bachelor of Commerce. He is also a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, and a Stanford Certified Project Manager.

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".

Agus Gunawan


Agus Gunawan


Presently Agus is based in Perth and also in Jakarta where he is a Commissioner to SinarMas Group Hana Multi-Finance having previously held senior positions within the region's banking sector, including that of Managing Director of PT Bank Danamon and Head of Treasury with Chase Manhattan Bank in Indonesia. He holds a Master of Science Degree from Portand State University in the USA.

With broad experience in banking, economics-including monetary policy- Agus brings high level expertise to the Indonesia Institute Inc.

Vicki Richardson

Director-East Java

Vicki Richardson



Vicki Richardson commenced her teaching career in 1998 and was a trailblazer for instigating programs that connected secondary students in Indonesia and Australia. She was also involved in the BRIDGE program which connects schools in Indonesia with schools in Australia. Vicki’s student exchanges have been the subject of three research studies conducted by the Asia Education Foundation due to the success of her exchanges and her past students continuing involvement with Indonesia.

During her teaching career Vicki was shortlisted for several awards such as Australia Indonesia Award and the Muslim Non-Muslim Understanding Award. She was also a frequent state and national conference speaker.

Vicki is currently living between Surabaya, East Java and Perth. In Indonesia she volunteers for East java Education Department and is a volunteer guest lecturer at tertiary institutions focussing on 2nd Language Pedagogy, Positive Discipline, 21 Century Learning, Inquiry Teaching and Learning.

Karl Godderis


Syahri Sakidin


Before joining the Institute, 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.

Special Advisor: Barry Cowley

State Representatives: (Email:

ACT (Canberra): Peter Dawson

Victoria (Melbourne): Linda Briskman

NSW (Sydney): Lauren Gumbs


IT Team

Our IT support team:

Ms Salomé Combrink

Mr Damian Garthwaite

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