Honourable Consul General Ibu Dewi Wahab shares powerful insight into Australia and Indonesia’s relationship.

Monash Arts was delighted to present the inaugural lecture in the Dean’s Alumni Speaker Series, ‘Strengthening Australia and Indonesia’s Bilateral Relations’, at Melbourne’s iconic Windsor Hotel last week.

Over 160 guests attended this free event with alumni, students and friends joining colleagues from partner organisations such as: Australia Indonesia Centre, Consulate General of Indonesia, Herb Feith Foundation, Indonesian Community Association of Victoria, Fellows of the Australia Awards Foundation, and Monash Indonesian Student Association.

The speaker series features eminent Arts graduates, leaders in their fields, who share insights on topical issues facing our world today. This inaugural lecture saw Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, welcome the Honourable Consul General Ibu Dewi Wahab as the keynote speaker. A response was given by Professor Ariel Heryanto, Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute and Herb Feith Chair for Indonesian Studies.

Ibu Dewi, a graduate of our Master of International Relations, is an inspiring example of how Monash Arts alumni impact their communities on a global scale. Prior to her posting as Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia for Victoria and Tasmania, Ibu Dewi was the Director of East Asia and Pacific Affairs for the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010-2014.

The evening was a celebration of friendship and partnership between Monash Arts and Indonesia, in education and research. This long legacy was highlighted by the number of guests in attendance, from prominent alumni to recent graduates such as Benazir Komarudin, President of Monash Indonesian Students Association.

Guests enjoyed a light dinner while speakers discussed the status of Indonesian language in Australian education, the nature of tourism in Indonesia, and advice for female PhD candidates navigating tertiary institutions.

After the lecture, guests met speakers, networked with fellow Arts alumni over drinks, and purchased copies of the recently released book, ‘Footsteps of Indonesians in Victoria’, which celebrates the real life stories of Indonesians living in Victoria and friends of Indonesia from Victoria. The book was presented by Professor Margaret Khartomi, Director of Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU), on behalf of the Indonesian Community Association of Victoria. Margaret specialises in the music of Indonesia and Southeast Asia and is the world authority on the music of Sumatra. She is one of 20 Monash alumni and staff featured in the book. Chief editor, Tuti Gunawan, was one of Monash Arts first Indonesian female PhD graduates.

Monash Arts warmly thanks Ibu Dewi Wahab, Ariel Heryanto, Margaret Khartomi, Benazir Komarudin, and all guests for contributing to such a successful evening.

We invite alumni, staff, students and the wider community to join us at future Dean's Alumni Speaker Series events. You can find all upcoming Monash Arts events here.