Biondi is a digital government consultant at the World Bank. He also lectures in international relations at Hasanuddin University.
Biondi previously worked with the West Java Governor’s team, serving as the Head of Implementation of the award-winning digital delivery unit, Jabar Digital Service, where he designed the Digital Village program and played a leadership role in tech and data driven intervention for West Java’s COVID-19 task force.
Born and raised in Palu, Biondi gives back to the community as one of the Smart City advisers to the Palu City Mayor and recently cofounded a platform to improve local talent’s competitiveness and productivity, @paluproduktif. Biondi holds a double Master’s degree in Economc Policy and Sustainable Development from SciencesPo, Paris and Peking University, Beijing.
Iona is the Political and Government Affairs Adviser at the Australian Consulate-General in New York City, leading Australia’s policy engagement with the northeastern United States. Prior to this, Iona worked as a foreign policy adviser at Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she focused on Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Iona was on the taskforce that planned and delivered the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in 2018, where her highlight was speaking (very briefly!) to President Joko Widodo. Iona holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University and Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Arts from the University of Sydney. She speaks Indonesian and French.
Kirrilly is an Indonesian language teacher at Haileybury Rendall School and the current Secretary of the Language Teachers’ Association of the Northern Territory. She is a former AIYA ACT Chapter President, ACT Indonesian Language Teachers’ Network Leader, ACICIS alumni and AIYEP alumni. Kirrilly has taught in the ACT, Victoria and is currently based in Darwin.
Kirrilly completed a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Security and Graduate Diploma of Asia-Pacific Studies at ANU where she focused predominantly on research related to Southeast Asia and the Pacific as well as Indonesian and Javanese language. Kirrilly is passionate about and advocates for Indonesian language education in Australia as an avenue to develop a stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia.
Valdryno is a policy and government relations professional at Facebook. In his current position, he is responsible for maintaining the company’s relationships with government stakeholders, academics and civil society organisations in the Asia-Pacific market. He is a keen observer of the Indonesia-Australia relationship and has been active in the sector since his university days. Valdryno has worked in multiple sectors during his career, including politics, philanthropy and public affairs.
He obtained his Bachelor degree from the University of Melbourne specialising in political science and sociology, and his Master’s degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, with a full scholarship from the Riyadi Foundation.
Rio is a development practitioner who obtained a Master of International Development Practice under the Governance and Democratisation stream from Monash University with a fully-funded Australia Awards Scholarship. He has worked in the development sphere in Eastern Indonesia since 2009, and had experience working on and finalising three donor-funded programs in the Eastern Indonesia region at several NGOs and international development agencies.
Rio currently works for DFAT at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, where he oversees and monitors the implementation of an Australian development assistance program on decentralised governance to support the Indonesian government’s efforts in achieving poverty reduction targets, improving access to basic service delivery and increasing economic opportunities. He hopes that the youth of Indonesia and Australia can continuously collaborate and contribute to better and stronger relations moving forward. In his spare time, Rio enjoys watching movies, blogging, photography, backpacking and wisata kuliner.