Our Team

Meet the minds and hearts of the ASEAN Foundation—individuals who are here for their skills and love for the region. Passionate and visionary, they are driven to come together with the region’s people to better our interconnected lives under ASEAN.

Dr. Yang Mee Eng

Executive Director

Dr. Yang worked in private and government sectors for over 26 years. She was most recently the Senior Vice President at Alphacap. There, she assisted SMEs companies and led the development and execution of Bloconomic Expo 2019, a platform aimed at creating a vast network of blockchain entrepreneurs and developers in the fast-evolving blockchain companies. Prior to that, she was the CEO of Gameview, the largest mobile game publisher in Malaysia, where she oversaw three offices in Malaysia, China and Thailand.

Before moving to the private sector, Yang spent 19 years working as the Business Development Manager at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation. There, she sought to build Malaysia as a creative economy hub and led the implementation of One Source Multi Usage for cross-platform business models to fully tap into the potential of locally-produced creative content. Yang also led the Digital Media sector foresight studies and created the Malaysia’s creative industry forecast for 30 years (2019-2050) under Mega Science 3.0 project with Academy Science of Malaysia.

Aside from her professional work, she was also the Co-Founder and President of the Spina Association of Malaysia as well as the President of World Game Blockchain Association. Furthermore, Yang is part of the international advisory panel for Malaysia Communication and Multimedia Commission, University Tenaga National and Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur.

Mahmudi Yusbi

Head of Programme

As Head of Programme, Mahmudi supports the Executive Director in designing, managing and implementing the Foundation's initiatives.

Prior to working at the ASEAN Foundation, he served as a Project Officer and Technical Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme Indonesia, managing the South-South and Triangular Cooperation, Access to Justice, Democracy, and Sustainable Development Goals programmes accross Indonesia.

Also, he spent seven years working as programme staff at Leonard Cheshire Disability in its national office in Indonesia and its regional office in Bangkok. There he was tasked with managing and implementing disability and development programme in Indonesia and other Southeast Asia countries, such as Malaysia and the Philippines.

Mahmudi comes from Aceh, Indonesia, which is a place that was severely affected by the tsunami in 2004. He holds a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Aceh and a Master's degree in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok through the ASEAN Foundation's scholarship programme.

Anthoni Octaviano

Head of Communications

With 10 years of experience as Communications Professional under his belt, Anthoni excels at Corporate Communications, Internal Communications, Stakeholder Engagement, Media Relations and Community Development. By applying a touch of project management to his work, he ensures that every communication objective is achieved optimally with minimal fuss.

Having worked in both private and non-private sectors, he has developed a wide range of skills that allow him to tackle any type of challenges and be fearless at working in a new working environment. He also loves coming up with new ideas that can give more oomph to his communication approach. 

Ilan Asqolani

Project Manager for ASEAN Data Science Explorers Programme

IIan has numerous experience managing education-related projects with international development organisations, higher education institutions, schools and the private sector.

Prior to joining the ASEAN Foundation, he coordinated a three-year USAID-funded project focusing on improving capacity of STEM teachers at high school levels in Indonesia in collaboration with Intel Indonesia.

At Putera Sampoerna Foundation (Sampoerna University), he managed research and community development programmes for students and lecturers. He also had the opportunity to join UNESCO Jakarta in supporting the Capacity Development for Education for All in Timor-Leste and worked with Junior Achievement, a non-profit organisation based in the US, overseeing youth development and entrepreneurship skills improvement programmes. He also served as an English instructor at the University of Indonesia for a few years.

Ilan has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Indonesia and completed his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Hani Samantha

Project Coordinator for eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN Programme

Samantha is a dedicated development officer with more than three years of project management in both national and international context. She has worked on variety of sectors including peace building, inclusive education for children and youth, preventing/countering violent extremism and interfaith-intercultural dialogue.

She has specialisation on monitoring, reporting, learning and evaluation, aside from research – policy advocacy and public campaign. Prior to joining the ASEAN Foundation, she worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Red Nose Foundation, and Project Officer for UNDP’s project, Countering Violent Extremism among Youth (CONVEY). She joined the ASEAN Foundation since March 2018, and is currently supporting the education and art and culture projects.

Amy Darajati Utomo

Project Coordinator for KONNECT ASEAN

Amy joined the ASEAN Foundation in March 2018. Prior to the ASEAN Foundation, she worked as a Korean interpreter for an oil and gas company in Cilegon. She decided to apply to the ASEAN Foundation as she wants to continue pursuing her interest in International Relations, in accordance with her undergraduate major.

She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Indonesia, where she nurtured her sundry interests. Her idea for women empowerment was chosen by the committee of Empowomen, a project funded by the Australian Grant Scheme. The project inspired her to consider pursuing higher education abroad in the field of education and women studies.

An Nisaa Yovani

Programme Management Coordinator

An Nisaa Yovani was appointed as the Programme Management Officer of the ASEAN Foundation in February 2019. She holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from Parahyangan Catholic University and Master Degree in Anthropology from Padjadjaran University.

She loves doing research and observing people. Most of her researches are focusing on women and gender, religious and tolerance and urbanism. At the ASEAN Foundation, she is responsible in creating the monitoring and evaluation toolkit and collecting data for all ASEAN Foundation programmes. She believes that her knowledge of international relations and anthropology gives lot of advantages to succeed in her current position.

She co-founded a community called Samahita in 2015 in Bandung, West Java. It is a community that focuses on gender and sexual violence. She is still actively involved in this community by holding several discussions to raise the awareness about issues surrounding women and gender minority.

Muhamad Nuzul

Project Coordinator for ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme

Muhamad Nuzul is currently managing the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme in collaboration with Microsoft and Empire Code, with an aim to equip youth in ASEAN with inclusive and gender responsive computer science and digital skills. Prior to ASEAN Foundation, he worked for Save the Children International as Project Officer for Inclusive Community Development and School for All. He holds bachelor degree from Social Anthropology, Universitas Indonesia and Certification of Civic Engagement from University of Nebraska-Omaha USA.

Ninik Rahayu

Head of Operations


Ratieh Ayuningtyas

Executive Support and Administrative Officer

Prior to joining the ASEAN Foundation, Ratieh worked as Executive Trade Fairs at the German-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 10 years, representing trade fairs organisers in Germany such as Koelnmesse and Messe Muenchen. There, she was tasked to promote trade fairs in Germany among Indonesian companies. Before that, worked as Finance and Administration Officer at PT. Bela Utama, a forwarder company, for 3 years.

Ratieh had a Bachelor's degree in Economic Management from Universitas Nasional.


Jeniar Mooy

Programme Support Officer

Jeniar is passionate on issues related to human development and community building. Her work experience mainly revolves around project development and event management. Prior to ASEAN Foundation, she worked as a human development report officer at an international affairs think-tank in Jakarta. This role enables her to manage several national and regional level conferences, workshops and public discussions on foreign policy issues. Jeniar earned her bachelor degree from International Relations department of Universitas Padjadjaran. Upon her graduation, she spent 1 year in Istanbul to complete her internship at a private education consultancy company.

Ayu Pratiwi

Digital Communications Coordinator

Ayu has always been interested to discover and explore the rich culture of Asia and Southeast Asia is definitely a part that still has so many hidden gems to be found. As some of her main tasks is to develop ASEAN Foundation’s social media, she is always looking out for interesting things to know about ASEAN and share it online, besides of course communicating ASEAN Foundation’s exciting programmes.  

Prior to this, she has worked as a journalist at daily newspaper Harian Kompas where she covers the urban life of Jakarta, and also a few international affairs news. Now, she’s trying to apply and upgrade her journalistic skills into today’s 4th Industrial Revolution’s digital platforms

Caron Toshiko Monica

Programme Coordinator

Caron joined as the Communication and Programme Officer in early 2018. Previously, she worked at the Church World Service Indonesia as Child Protection Officer and served as Assistant Psychologist at Kasandra & Associates.

Her interest in studying human behaviour and cognition made her take up Psychology as her major at Pelita Harapan University and pursue the same field of study for her Master's degree at University of Atma Jaya. Outside her professional work, Caron is an independent publisher and has been running a photo-book gallery since 2014 to support people to express themselves through personal photo-book project. She believes that media is not only a tool for persuasion and disseminating information, but also for self-expression and self-healing.

As someone who is passionate about psychology and photography, she sees therapeutic photography as a field that is very close to her heart. She has conducted some researches and workshops related to therapeutic photography as well as published several books on that specific field.

Muhammad Adam Malik

In-house Designer

As an In-house Designer, Adam serves to incorporate functionality and aesthetics in developing impactful communication materials needed for ASEAN Foundation’s programmes. He believes that working with passion and inline values can be his fuels to meet his utmost potentials. He strives for excellence in communicating and inspiring people through visuals and design values that he comes up with. 

Prior to this, he worked as a Creative Designer at International Global Network, an international youth development platform, which enabled him to discover new perspectives on creative communications that are accepted by the international community.

Caleb Hukom

Programme Support Officer

Caleb has a deep passion for community development. He has involved in multitude of community projects in opposing parts of Indonesia from Nias to Papua, focusing on education, health and the environment. After finishing his bachelor's degree in International Relations from Universitas Gadjah Mada, he joined the ASEAN Foundation as Programme Support Officer to continue doing what he loves, which is contributing to the development of communities in ASEAN. In his current role, he is actively assisting the implementation of ASEAN Foundation's programmes under Education and Community Building pillars.

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