Through the CAUSINDY Review, delegates will work together under the mentorship of an expert to explore issues in the Australia-Indonesia relationship and develop practical and creative solutions.

Delegates are divided into diverse groups in which they will work closely throughout the conference to improve a certain aspect of the bilateral relationship. Each group will be assigned a mentor who will provide the group with guidance and advice on their problem and proposed solution. Several conference sessions will be dedicated to the CAUSINDY Review to allow delegates the opportunity to put their discussions and experiences into action by collaborating on a tangible piece of work. In the final CAUSINDY Review session, each delegate group will pitch their idea to a panel of expert mentors and receive critical feedback and advice.

Delegates are encouraged to further develop and continue working on the ideas and projects developed through the CAUSINDY Review, to positively contribute to the Australia-Indonesia relationship. To this end, seed funding will be made available to successful delegate groups through the CAUSINDY grants program.

Mentor Profiles

Nigel Hembrow

Nigel is an Australian entrepreneur with extensive experience working in the software and technology industries in Asia. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Queensland and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne (with an exchange at the China European International Business School, Shanghai), Nigel now splits his time between Australia, Singapore and Jakarta, where he is based with his wife, Fitriani aka Fitri Bintang Timur (a CAUSINDY 2014 delegate), and son, Leo Budi.

Nigel’s focus is on developing products and teams with fast global growth potential, and his core obsession is building Astronaut (see which is bringing the power of fast communications, brand-story-telling and AI to the world of recruitment. In addition to his interest in Indonesia and CAUSINDY, Nigel was a delegate of the 2015 Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD), a previous AIYD grant recipient, and an active member of the AIYD alumni.

Yacinta Kurniasih

Yacinta is an academic, writer, poet and performer from The School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University. She has been educated both in Indonesia and Australia and has been promoting Indonesian language and culture in Australia since first arriving in Tasmania as an Indonesian Guest Teacher in 1994. She is Co-founder and Editor of IJIS (International Journal of Indonesian Studies) based at Monash University, a member of the Indonesian Feminist Journal’s Editorial Team, Jakarta, and Vice President of BBBIVT (Indonesian Language and Culture Centre for Victoria and Tasmania).

Yacinta performs her poetry regularly in Australia and Indonesia and she has published Indonesian textbook, books of poetry in Javanese, Indonesian and English and is currently developing an Indonesian language Youtube channel for Monash University students and the public. She is a regular presenter at VILTA (Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association) conferences, and on SBS and Ethnic Radio Community, Indonesian Program.

Nathan Greeff

Nathan is the Corporate Secretary for Telkomtelstra focused on supporting the President Director and the broader executive leadership team in Indonesian country operations. Nathan has accountability for a range of functions including Government & Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, Board reporting and the company’s Annual Operations Plan.

Prior to his relocation to Jakarta, Nathan was a Strategy Manager in Telstra’s eHealth division responsible for designing and executing several organic and inorganic growth initiatives to build Telstra’s Aged Care and Consumer portfolio. In addition to this Nathan led the strategic planning, go to market strategies and investment cases of several new solutions including Telstra’s eHealth-as-a-Service (eHaaS), MyCareManager, Vendor Neutral Archive Service and a Personal Emergency Response Service.

Since joining Telstra in 2012 through the graduate program, Nathan has worked in a variety of roles across Telstra’s Management Consulting Group, Enterprise Sales and Global Products & Marketing. In addition to his duties with Telstra, Nathan is also a member of the Executive Risk & Audit Committee for Wesley Mission Victoria, a not-for-profit organisation committed to youth welfare, aged care, disability, homelessness and community services. Prior to this, Nathan graduated with a Masters of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University in Melbourne.

Lydia Santoso

Lydia Santoso specialises in the area of Indonesian-Australian law. Lydia is an Australian qualified lawyer and Public Notary, having obtained an Arts/Law degree from the University of New South Wales. Lydia speaks fluent Indonesian and English and has worked in law firms both in Sydney and Jakarta. Lydia has acted for the Consulate General of Indonesia in Sydney, and for many Indonesian business owners located in the greater Sydney area, Indonesian property developers, Australian businesses with interests in Indonesia and many Indonesians living in Australia.

Being half Indonesian and half Australian, Lydia understands the Indonesian culture and provides valuable assistance to Indonesians who do not understand the Australian legal system fully or who do not speak the English language. Lydia also represents Australians who are unfamiliar with the Indonesian culture, language and the Indonesian Legal System. Lydia currently holds appointments as Advisory Board Member of the Australia Indonesia Institute 2015-2018, She is the Chair of Balai Bahasa & Budaya Indonesia NSW and Vice President Australia Indonesia Association. For the last 3 three years, Lydia has been selected to be a panel member for the New Colombo Plan Scholarships to Indonesia.

Kate Dennis

Kate is a corporate communications practitioner with 20 years’ experience, gained from the corporate, government, membership and education sectors. She has worked with international companies such as IBM, EDS (now part of HP), AMP and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She was responsible for public affairs and media relations for the NSW government’s Fire and Rescue service for five years.

Kate has worked with UTS:INSEARCH, the leading education pathway connected to the University of Technology Sydney for three years as a practitioner of communications and public relations. She also volunteers as an industry coach at The Hatchery, UTS’s extra-curricular educational program which teaches entrepreneurial thinking and real-world problem solving.

Areas of particular interest include: change management, professional development, international education, PR and media relations in SE Asia and sponsorship management. She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s Education Community Committee and is currently enrolled in the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program for leadership development with the LH Martin Institute.

She holds a Masters in Business from the University of Technology Sydney and a Graduate Certificate of Change Management from the University of New South Wales. Prior to this Kate gained a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communications from Charles Sturt University.