Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program: May 2015 – ‘Diplomacy in a Complex World’

The Centre delivered the inaugural Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program in May 2015, hosting a group of emerging Indonesian leaders from government, business and academia to Australia.

From May 24 – June 4, a group of 32 high-performing diplomats, think-tank members and corporate emerging leaders from Indonesia visited Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to build networks, skills and knowledge with academic, government and business leaders in Australia.

The delegates engaged with over 600 Australians through a series of leadership training courses at Australia’s top universities, VIP dinner functions and cultural activities.


The 12-day program spanned a variety of events across Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, offering cultural experiences, lectures, courses, workshops and networking opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Leadership courses at Monash University, Australian National University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney
  • Innovation Case Studies with PwC, Australia-Indonesia Business Council, Australia Indonesian Youth Association
  • Innovation Tour and Gala Dinner at ANZ
  • Function at the Indonesian Consulate Sydney
  • Diplomatic Masterclass Dinner with AIIA featuring former Australian Ambassadors to Indonesia
  • Roundtable Dialogue with DFAT on economic diplomacy and geopolitical issues
  • Research and Innovation Dinner at Australian National University
  • Dinner with ASEAN Ambassadors at the Indonesian Embassy
  • Function at the Indonesian Consulate Melbourne
  • Multicultural Evening with the Victorian State Government
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performance at Hamer Hall
  • Australian Football League Indigenous Round game: Collingwood Magpies vs North Melbourne Kangaroos, Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Port of Melbourne Tour: Showcasing Australian maritime infrastructure


“At the heart of this program is a simple but powerful tool that has brought people together over centuries. The tool is dialogue.”

Paul Ramadge, Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre

“After this program, I see a lot of potential that can be done. It would be naïve and irresponsible not to want this relationship to go further.”

Mohammad Koba, Sesparlu delegate, former Permanent Mission to the United Nations

“In business, relationships are everything – understand customers and partners, recognise what is important to them, and respond. It is so pleasing to see a fresh Australia-Indonesia initiative that reinforces this simple mantra.”

Leonie Lethbridge, ANZ Regional Chief Operating Officer and AIC Board member

“The program is well-designed and thought out. It leaves us (with) a very good impression of Australia. The AIC has very smartly won our hearts.”

Odo Manuhutu, Director of Sesparlu at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.