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Australia-Indonesia Institute Board Members

Board Members


Associate Professor Greg Fealy AM

Associate Professor Greg Fealy AM (Board Chair)

Associate Professor Fealy teaches at the College of Asia and Pacific at the Australian National University in the School of Culture, History and Language and the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies. Associate Professor Fealy was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to tertiary education and Australia-Indonesia relations in 2021. He researches Indonesian politics, modern Islamic political history, democratisation, Islamism and jihadist ideology and strategy. Associate Professor Fealy also regularly advises governments, international organisations and businesses on Indonesia and Islam in Indonesia.

He has previously lectured in Indonesian politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and at Monash University. Associate Professor Fealy was formerly an Indonesia analyst with the Australian Government.


Greg Sheridan

Mr Greg Sheridan

Mr Sheridan first joined The Australian in 1984 and worked in Beijing, Washington, and Canberra before becoming foreign editor in 1992. Writing on and from the Asian region since the 1980s, Mr Sheridan specialises in Asian politics and has written four books on the topic. He is a frequent foreign affairs commentator on radio and television and speaker at conferences around the region.


Lydia Santoso

Ms Lydia Santoso

Ms Santoso is a senior associate at Nicholas George Lawyers and the former President of the NSW chapter of the Australia Indonesia Business Council. She is an Australian qualified lawyer and Public Notary. Ms Santoso has Indonesian-Australian heritage, is fluent in Indonesian and has worked in law firms in Sydney and Jakarta. She has extensive connections to the Indonesian business community in Sydney, including the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian property developers, Australian businesses with interests in Indonesia and many Indonesians living in Australia.



Elena Williams

Ms Elena Williams

Ms Williams is a higher education consultant with over ten years' experience living and working in Indonesia. Between 2013 – 2017 she served as the Resident Director for The Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), a not-for-profit organisation facilitating study programs for undergraduate students in Indonesia. In 2020 she commenced doctoral research at The Australian National University examining the long-term impact of DFAT's New Colombo Plan and other education initiatives on the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Ms Williams holds a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from The Australian National University, and an Honours degree in Indonesian Studies from The University of Sydney. She regularly volunteers as an 'Asian Literacy Ambassador' with the Asia Education Foundation, a mentor with the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, and is an alumni of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program.


Henry Boston

Mr Henry Boston

Mr Boston is an experienced arts and community engagement administrator. His background has included theatre performance, stage lighting, technical and stage direction, multi-arts programming and arts to business advocacy. He has sat on numerous arts and advisory boards including the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals as well as chair of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. He has previously co-commissioned the stage adaptation of Tim Winton' Cloudstreet, the indigenous work Mimi and skadada's Electronic Big Top and has toured internationally and in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Boston joined the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA as inaugural Executive Director in July 2013. The Chamber is unique in Australia and is an influential voice in cultural policy making, advocacy and cross-sector relations.


Ms Tracey Hayes

Ms Hayes is an experienced Chief Executive Officer/Director/Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the agriculture sector at a local, national and international level. Former CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, Ms. Hayes is a strong business development professional with considerable Asian engagement experience, including Indonesia. Ms. Hayes is a member of the Order of Australia Honours council, Chair of a Government Statutory Authority, board member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Northern Australia and a partner of the Indonesia Australia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership. She is currently studying a Global Executive Masters of Business.

Voted in 2016 as Northern Territory’s most influential person by News Ltd, and named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, Ms Hayes champions women in leadership with a particular focus on agriculture.


Professor Nicholas Anstey

Professor Anstey is a medical doctor and tropical disease researcher at Darwin’s Menzies School of Health Research. He led a multi-centre malaria clinical trial in collaboration with counterparts in Indonesia, Malaysia and across the Asia-Pacific and Africa. This trial established for the first time that artesunate, derived from the herb wormwood, is more effective than quinine in saving lives of patients with severe malaria.

Professor Anstey has held a number of grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and in 2009 was named one of the NHMRC’s ‘Ten of the Best’.


Ms Noni Purnomo

Ms Purnomo is the President Director (CEO) of the Blue Bird Group focusing on corporate strategy, public relations, communications, business process improvements, quality control, marketing, and information technology. Ms Purnomo is also President of Blue Bird Peduli, a philanthropic division of the Blue Bird Group which launched the 'Women Empowerment Project'. Voted as one of 2015’s Power Business Women in Asia by Forbes Asia.

Ms Purnomo has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing.


Justin Hayhurst

Mr Justin Hayhurst (ex-officio)

Justin Hayhurst is Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to assuming this position, Mr Hayhurst was First Assistant Secretary, International Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a role he assumed in March 2018. He was lead drafter of Australia’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper and First Assistant Secretary in the Foreign Policy White Paper Taskforce 2016-2017. Mr Hayhurst served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Beijing, from 2012-2016. He has also worked in a range of positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), including prior to his posting to China as Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch. From 2007-2009 he served as Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on North Asia, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism. He worked as a Senior Analyst at the Office of National Assessments from 2004-07. He was also Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy, Manila, from 2001-2004. Mr Hayhurst joined DFAT in 1999. He has a First Class Honours Degree in History from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University.

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