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Our Board

Mr Ross B Taylor

President and Founder

Mr Ross B Taylor AM

Contact: +61 0412 446 512

 

Bio:

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."

Mr Simon Leunig

Senior Vice-President

Mr Simon Leunig

Contact: +61 0407 475 338

 

Bio:

Associate Professor Simon Leunig has a 20 year history working in the field of Education in Indonesia. Currently the Dean International in Curtin University's Faculty of Humanities Simon plays a large role in Curtin University's Indonesian strategy and is current Chairman of the PEC Indonesia Group. Simon previously had a role in a major Indonesian University and has set up numerous cooperative programs with both government and education organizations throughout Indonesia.
Mr Colin Singer

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.
Tom Coulter

Junior Vice-President. (Including Youth and Secretariat responsibilities)

Tom Coulter

Contact: +61 450 268 165

Bio:

Tom has now travelled extensively across Indonesia over a number of years, bearing witness to the country’s many fascinating cultures
and breathtaking landscapes.

From studying a Bachelor’s degree in Law/Arts (Political and International Studies), Tom has developed a specific interest in matters of legal and political importance to Indonesia. Tom hopes to assist in fostering the bi-lateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia, while contributing to the overall commentary on Indonesia within Australia.

Tom has a special interest in Bali and is involved with a number of grass roots organisations in Bali aimed at addressing issues such as rising crime and environmental sustainability on the island.

Mr Graham Hornel

Treasurer & Director, Migration & Programs

Mr Graham Hornel

Contact: +61 0407 955 510

 

Bio:

A graduate of Britain's Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, Scottish-born Graham Hornel was an Infantry Officer in the 6th Gurkha Rifles for six years, serving mainly in South East Asia. He first migrated to Western Australia in 1970 and holds dual Australian and US Citizenship. Graham has maintained 40-years of close connections with East and South East Asia and with the Indian Ocean Region. From 1977 until 2000, he was an executive with the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) in Hong Kong; the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in San Francisco, California, USA and was the Foundation CEO and Secretary- General of the then Perth, Western Australia-based Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation (IOTO) - a position he held for six years.

As Vice President of the WA Branch of the Migration Institute of Australia, Graham Hornel donates probono migration services to Perth-based community groups and is a Migration Industry Advocate.

Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta

Director, Commerce, Industry & Education

Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta

Contact: +61 427 071 531

Bio:

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.

Lauren Gumbs

Director, Social Media & Online Marketing

Lauren Gumbs

Contact: +61 402 325 644

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.
Syahri Sakidin

Director, Indonesia Government Relations

Syahri Sakidin

Bio:

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.

 

State Representatives: (Email: info@indonesia-institute.org.au)

ACT (Canberra): Peter Dawson

Victoria (Melbourne): Linda Briskman

NSW (Sydney): Sam Hardjono

East Java: Lauren Gumbs

 

IT Team

Our IT support team:

Ms Rebecca Scriven

Ms Salomé Husselmann (Curtin)

Mr Josh Reid (Curtin)

Mr Damian Garthwaite

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