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.

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


 

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


 

Tia Rahmi Fitriasari

HR & Alumni Officer


 

Barnev Theodore Soukotta

Project Coordinator for Bridges to the Future: ASEAN Youth Employment


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


 

Caleb Benjamin Hukom

Partnership Development and Resource Mobilization Officer


 

Siti Nabila Aisyah

External Relation and Communications Officer


 

Alvin Kurnia Sandy

Project Coordinator for eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN


A communications and project management specialist by profession, a digital storyteller by practice, and an avid explorer of how these elements combined with multifaceted backgrounds—in international law, human rights, and global politics—can contribute to a positive impact.

With over three years of experience in undertaking multidimensional roles in various sectors, including implementing youth empowerment programs across Southeast Asia, designing relevant communications and campaign strategies for non-profits, and carrying out international legal research and handbook development.

Astrid Rehulina Peranginangin

Consultant for ASEAN Young Climate Leaders Programme


Astrid is a Consultant for ASEAN Young Climate Leaders Programme in ASEAN Foundation and impacts youths through the exchange of ideas and collaboration on sustainability, environment and climate action-related issues in the ASEAN region.

During her undergraduate studies, Astrid held position of Vice President of Membership of SIM Toastmasters and won multiple awards for public speaking competitions. She has chosen to speak on transnational issues, such as climate change, sustainable development, economic inequality and most importantly the role of young people. For her undergrad internship with ASEAN Foundation, she was highly involved in a programme called ASEAN Data Science Explorers whereby she was involved with youths across 10 ASEAN countries, witnessing the potential and passions of our ASEAN youths.

Astrid has completed her Diploma in International Business from Singapore Institute of Management and has graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of London.

Marwah Zanirah Aryantha

Programme Support Consultant


During her college years, Marwah was actively involved in multiple organisations committed to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her inclination towards project management for social impact led her to take part in the Asia-Pacific Youth Exchange which aims to enhance her knowledge of project management.

Aligned with her passion, she also served as the Director of Programme and Project Department at Indonesian Future Leaders Chapter Malang, a youth-led initiative focusing on the SDGs. Furthermore, She Co-Founded and led the Programme and Event Department at Girl Up Brawijaya, a university-based Initiative focusing on women empowerment.

In her final year of college, she entered the ASEAN Foundation as an intern. Realising the impact ASEAN Foundation brings to many lives in the region, she challenged herself to start her career as the Programme Support Consultant before she graduated from college. She believes that small contributions have the power to spread far beyond a single act.

Priskila Millena

Programme Support Consultant


Priskila is a passionate youth who is keen on ASEAN and foreign policy issues as her focused expertise. Majoring in International Relations in Universitas Padjadjaran for her bachelor's degree, she puts her interest in diplomacy and leadership as her specialization skills.

She was the President of the Student Association in International Relations Universitas Padjadjaran in 2021. In addition to her experience in the ASEAN Youth Initiative Conference 2019 to 2020 - organizational related to ASEAN youths and SDGs - she puts her interest in youth development within ASEAN. She first joined ASEAN Foundation as an intern during her final year of university. On such an opportunity, she learned the importance of building regional networking among youths across ASEAN.

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