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Australia-Indonesia Institute Board Members

Associate Professor Greg Fealy AM

Emeritus Professor Greg Fealy AM (Board Chair)

Greg Fealy is Emeritus Professor in Indonesian politics at the College of Asia and Pacific, the Australian National University. His main fields of research are Islamic politics and history in Indonesia, democratisation, jihadism and religious commodification.  He has been a visiting professor in Southeast Asian politics at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Indonesian International Islamic University in Jakarta.  Prior to entering academia, he was an Indonesia analyst with the Australian Government’s Office of National Assessments in Canberra. Emeritus Professor Fealy was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to tertiary education and Australia-Indonesia relations in 2021. He has also been a consultant to a range of government agencies, private sector corporations and civil society organisations.

Lydia Santoso

Ms Lydia Santoso

Ms Santoso, a senior lawyer at Nicholas George Lawyers, brings a wealth of experience to her role. As the current chair of the NSW chapter of the Australia Indonesia Business Council, board member of Australian Consortium of ‘In-Country’ Studies Indonesian Studies (ACICIS), founding Chair of Balai Bahasa & Budaya Indonesia NSW and former vice President of the Australia Indonesia Association, she has demonstrated leadership in fostering bilateral business relationships. A qualified lawyer and Public Notary, Ms Santoso possesses a unique blend of legal expertise and cultural fluency. With Indonesian-Australian heritage, she is proficient in Indonesian and has practiced law in both Sydney and Jakarta. Ms Santoso boasts extensive connections within the Indonesian business community in Sydney, spanning relationships with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesian property developers, Australian businesses with interests in Indonesia and a diverse network of Indonesians residing in Australia.

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 is a panel member on the selection committees of DFAT's Australia Awards Indonesia and The New Colombo Plan, a mentor to the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, and is an alumni of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. In 2022 Ms Williams was awarded ANU’s Sir Raymond Firth Research Prize and in 2021 ANU’s Ruth Daroesman Graduate Study Grant, in recognition of her research on the Australia-Indonesia relationship. She regularly publishes and provides commentary on Australia-Indonesia higher education issues to media, industry and government in both Australia and Indonesia.

Professor Nicholas Anstey

Professor Anstey is a medical doctor and tropical disease researcher at Darwin’s Menzies School of Health Research. For over 25 years he has collaborated with partners across Indonesia and Malaysia on studies to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of malaria and other tropical diseases. Professor Anstey is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the inaugural winner of the Nossal Medal in Global Health.

Armina Rosenberg

Ms Armina Rosenberg

Ms Rosenberg is Portfolio Manager and founder at Minotaur Capital, an AI-powered hedge fund. Prior to founding Minotour, she spent five years at Grok Ventures managing the global equities portfolio and assisting on analysis of derivatives, fixed income, infrastructure and venture capital investments. Prior to Grok, she was Senior Investment Director at Audant Investments and spent eight years at J.P. Morgan.

Ms Rosenberg was awarded the Co-op Scholarship at the University of New South Wales and undertook industry placements at ASX, Commsec, ABN Amro and UBS while completing her honours degree in Finance. Throughout her career, Ms Rosenberg has been an advocate for diversity and was a key member of the J.P. Morgan Women's Interactive Network and the J.P. Morgan Diversity Council. More recently, she founded ‘The FOLD’, a networking group for women in investment roles at family offices.

Franchesca Cubillo

Ms Franchesca Cubillo

Originating from Darwin, Ms Cubillo is a proud Yanuwa, Larrakia, Bardi, and Wardaman woman from the ‘Top End’ region of Australia. Ms Cubillo is the Executive Director First Nations Arts and Culture at the Australia Council for the Arts, and has more than 30 years’ experience in the museum and art gallery sector.

Ms Cubillo is the inaugural Chair of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation, the inaugural co-Chair of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, Alice Springs, and has held numerous board and committee positions. She has worked for national institutions throughout Australia, including the South Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and more recently the National Gallery of Australia. 

Ms Cubillo is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow. She has published extensively and presented lectures and keynote addresses on subjects such as the repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture and Australian Indigenous museology and curatorship.

Amanda Hodge

Ms Amanda Hodge

Ms Hodge is the Southeast Asia correspondent for The Australian newspaper. Ms Hodge has spent more than half of her 30-year journalism career as a foreign correspondent, living and working across Asia. She is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ms Hodge has extensive experience covering news and current affairs across South and Southeast Asia, and has developed a deep knowledge of both regions. She is a regular media commentator on Southeast Asian affairs.

Ms Hodge is a Walkley Award winner for international reporting, winner of the 2021 Lowy Institute Media Award and a recipient of the UN Peace Award.

Ms Alfira O’Sullivan

Ms Alfira O’Sullivan

Ms O’Sullivan is a dance artist and educator specialising in traditional and contemporary Indonesian dance. She studied at the Institute of the Arts in Central Java and in Aceh and holds degrees in International Studies (UNSW) and Indonesian Studies (University of Sydney). In 2001, she founded Suara Indonesia Dance and has since performed with her dance company and as a solo artist nationally and internationally.  Ms O’Sullivan conducts traditional communal Acehnese body percussion workshops in regional and remote communities including Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land where historical connections between Indonesia and Yolngu communities predate European settlement through trade. 

Ms O’Sullivan is frequently interviewed as a scholarly reference and has presented at international conferences in Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines. She is passionate about bringing Asian - Australian arts practices to regional spaces and is a strong advocate for inclusion, cultural safety and social justice. 

Michelle Chan portrait

Ms Michelle Chan (ex-officio)

Ms Chan is the Deputy Secretary, Southeast Asia and Global Partners Group, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is Australia’s ASEAN, East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Official.

Ms Chan has extensive experience in foreign policy, diplomacy, national security and intelligence, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific region. Prior to assuming her current role, Ms Chan was the Deputy Secretary National Security and International Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and was the National Security Adviser and Senior International Adviser to the Prime Minister.

From 2016 to 2018, she was Deputy Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (ONA, now ONI), Australia’s peak intelligence assessments agency. Ms Chan’s earlier roles include ONA’s Assistant Director-General for Southeast Asia (2011-13) and DFAT’s Assistant Secretary responsible for Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor-Leste (2006-07). She served overseas as Australian Ambassador to Myanmar (2008-11), with earlier postings in Indonesia (Counsellor (Political) then Minister-Counsellor (Political/Economic), 2002-05), Vietnam and Cambodia.

Ms Chan has a Bachelor of Arts (Juris) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide, and a Master of Arts and a Master of Laws (International Law) from the Australian National University.

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