Causindy Board

Jay Stevens
Chair

Jay is a Strategy Consultant at Monitor Deloitte in Melbourne. He remains active in the Indonesia-Australia business space in Australia. His interest in Indonesia and its relationship with Australia originated from his Indonesian language high school studies which he continued at university in both Melbourne and Indonesia. Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University with majors in Accounting, Economics and Indonesian Language, and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (CAANZ).

He has worked in different countries across South-East Asia and the Americas throughout his professional career. Jay has a passion for advising companies on their operations and business strategy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Rio Afifuddin
Director

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.

Noudhy Valdryno
Director

Valdryno is a policy and government relations professional at Facebook. In his current position, he is responsible to maintain 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. Throughout his career, Valdryno has worked in multiple sectors including politics, philanthropy and public affairs.

He obtained his bachelor’s 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.

Biondi Sima
Director

Biondi’s vision is to espouse all things digital, development, and diplomacy to help narrow inequality and empower youth. Biondi currently leads the Implementation Division at Jabar Digital Service (JDS), a digital delivery unit under West Java’s Governor, Ridwan Kamil, to accelerate digital transformation for good governance and public services.

Biondi also works for a provincial COVID-19 Management Task Force, overseeing the establishment of end-to-end healthcare IT system to help manage the pandemic. This is in addition to advising the management of West Java’s command center and digital tech partnerships, alongside the implementation of the award-winning programs Desa Digital (Digital Village) and Sapawarga (Greet the Citizens).

Biondi studied economic policy at SciencesPo Paris and sustainable development at Peking University, Beijing. He lectures in diplomacy and international cooperation courses in Hasanuddin University’s international relations department and enjoys reading, traveling, exercising, and binge-watching crash courses in his spare time.

Balawyn Jones
CEO

Balawyn is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at Melbourne Law School. She researches across the fields of Indonesian law and women’s rights, in particular with respect to gender, religion and law. Her doctoral thesis examines community and criminal justice responses to domestic violence. Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Balawyn worked as an Associate to the Federal Court of Australia and as the pro bono Legal Clinic Coordinator at Strategic Advocacy Human Rights (NGO).