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 more than 50 staff members in their 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 digital media hub and led the implementation of One Source Multi Usage for cross-platform business models to fully tap into the potential of locally-produced content.

Aside from her professional work, she’s 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

Programme Manager

As Programme Manager, 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

Communications Manager

With 10 years of experience as Communication Professional under his belt, Anthoni excels at Corporate Communication, Internal Communication, 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

Senior Project Officer 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.

Dina Wintyas Saputri

Senior Project Officer for ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship Programme

Dina spent her undergraduate life in Universitas Gadjah Mada, majoring in Electronics Instrumentation. She started her career as an officer in the international office of Universitas Gadjah Mada and handled various education cooperations with foreign institutions.

She then pursued her Master’s degree in international cooperation and development from the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori of Pavia, Italy where she received training from international development organisations and NGOs.

Before joining the ASEAN Foundation, she worked in economic governance and poverty reduction projects under the Indonesian government that were funded by the Australian government where she was exposed to the bilateral cooperation of Australia and Indonesian governments.

She loves travelling to no-where and she dreams to go to Afghanistan and Mongolia.

Ludhini Volva

Programme Support Officer

Ludhini provides support to the programme team, covering all aspects that ensure a successful project implementation and event management. In doing her role, she also liaises with relevant clients and operations to coordinate travel and accommodation.

Before starting her career, Ludhini studied at Bogor Agricultural University and graduated Cum Laude. During her college years, she actively involved in co-curricular activities such as community development, organisational activities and participated in international mobility programme to Japan. She was also awarded as IPB Ambassador and The Most Outstanding Student of Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Amy Darajati Utomo

Programme Support Officer

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 Officer

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 Officer 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

Finance and Accounting Officer

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.


Nadira Erawan

HR and Alumni Officer

Nadira has extensive experiences in Human Resources Management from working in various company's settings and sizes. She started her first job as an HR Staff for a manufacturing company, and then widened her career up to handling multi-continents HR matters. Before joining ASEAN Foundation, she was the HR & Culture Manager for one of the biggest start-up company in Indonesia.

She has an educational background from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Psychology and Master of Human Resources Management from UNIKA Atmajaya Jakarta and managed to graduated with honor from both universities.

She has a massive interest in youth and education. Her love for youth and education has gave her a seat as a delegate for United Nations Youth Assembly in UN Headquarter in New York, USA, and for Youth Global Forum in Paris, France.

Hana Manuela

Communication Officer for ASEAN Farmers’ Organisation Support Programme

Hana started as an intern at the ASEAN Foundation in 2015, until she officially re-joined as the Communication Officer for ASEAN Farmers' Organisation Support Programme in January 2018. She is tasked with developing and implementing communication strategy for the programme, especially for its social media, event management and media relation.

Hana holds a Bachelor of Communications from BINUS International University, Jakarta and International Relation. She participated in a semester away programme at Whitworth University, Washington. After graduation, Hana spent time in the retail, banking and media industries. She also established a social community named #diberiuntukmemberi which focuses on food, education, SME and environment issues in the Eastern part of Indonesia.

Caron Toshiko Monica

Communication and Programme Officer

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.

Zulfikar Arief

In-house Designer

Indah Yusari

Project Officer for eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN Programme

A development professional with 10 years of progressive experiences in managing various gender and youth-related portfolios in national and international organisations, namely dance4life International, RutgersWPF Indonesa, Perkumpulan Pamflet and Hivos Southeast Asia.

Indah is certified with International Project Management by the American Academy of Project Management. She thrives on working in a multicultural environment and is passionate with feminism, youth movement and human rights. She was graduated from Universitas Indonesia in Philosophy major with Cum Laude.


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