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 Islamic University of Indonesia in Banda Aceh and a Master's degree in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and he studied ASEAN Public Sector Leadership at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 2018

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. 

Ninik Rahayu

Head of Operations

Ninik Rahayu was appointed as the Head of Operations of the ASEAN Foundation in February 2020. Prior to joining the organisation in 2018, Ninik has worked for different types of organisations. They were Save the Children Federation Inc. (known as Save the Children USA), Research Triangle Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society and HIV Corporation Programme in Indonesia. Aside from behind-the-desk work, Ninik had international field experiences. She was assigned to Save the Children USA Head Quarter in 2007 to assist year-end audit during tsunami emergency response, to Haiti in 2010 during earthquake emergency, to Ethiopia and Bangladesh in 2012 during the transition from Save the Children USA to Save the Children International.

Ninik graduated from Universitas Negeri Surakarta (UNS) with a Bachelor’s degree from Economics Faculty majoring in Economic Development. With 14 years of experience, Ninik has good knowledge in finance, accounting, grants, budget and good skills to operate several accounting softwares (Sun System integrated with GMS, SAP Business One, QuickBooks and Agresso). Ninik is also experienced in managing funding from various donors such as USAID, US Federal Agency (Department of Labor), European Union, AUSAID, other international organisations and profit companies.

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.

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.

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 2020, and is currently supporting the education and art and culture projects.

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.


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

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.

Mery Shynta Natalia Sinaga

Finance & Accounting Officer


Caleb Hukom

Programme Coordinator

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.

Tia Rahmi Fitriasari

HR & Alumni Officer


Barnev Theodore Soukotta

Project Coordinator for ASEAN Social Enterprise Development Programme

Theo has a strong commitment to youth empowerment and education issue in Eastern Indonesia. He believed that young people are one of the key actors to push for a transformative change in the community. His passion for community development has led him to pursue further studies after earning his law degree in 2017. He has a Master of Development Studies degree from the University of Melbourne.

Prior to joining the ASEAN Foundation, Theo was leading and involved in multiple projects funded by grants from the University of Melbourne focusing on youth civic participation and empowerment project for refugees.

Aulia Ramadhina

Programme Support Officer

Accomplished in programme management, Aulia possesses extensive skills and experience across different sectors. With progressive exposure to national, international, and multicultural work environments in both Governmental and Private Sectors, she designs and executes successful plans along with task management to achieve the project goals and enhance partnerships.

Aulia joins ASEAN Foundation with her passion for contributing to enhancing the lives of the community along with her believes to do something useful in order to help her surroundings. She believes ASEAN Foundation could be her milestone to finally being able to do what she is passionate about.

Eci Ernawati

Programme Coordinator


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