Upcoming online forums


The ARLF has strong international connections, particularly in Indonesia where five ARLP cohorts over five years have been immersed in leadership through a different cultural and geopolitical lense.  These relationships continue to be important as we share leadership challenges and the opportunity for our two countries to strengthen ties in a changing global context. This webinar will explore some of these relationships and impart knowledge and experience as a learning opportunity for ARLF alumni. Discussion will be around:

  • Leadership development from an international perspective
  • Appreciating cultural context through the lens of other cultures
  • Leading on an international stage (what’s the same and what’s different).
  • How do we work together for mutual benefit?

Adikelana Adiwoso I Director of PT Juang Jaya Abadi Alam, an Indonesian-Australian joint venture company with Consolidated Pastoral Company
Dr John Ackerman I Director, PT Mitra Asia Lestari, Deputy Secretary General, Indonesia Australia Business Council
Ayu Maulandari I Director, PT Mitra Asia Lestari
Ines Setiawan I Director SHINE Indonesia

Adikelana Adiwoso (Dicky): Dicky is currently the President Director of PT Juan Jaya Abdi Alam, a feedlot joint venture with Consolidated Pastoral Company. He is also a board member of Gapuspindo (Indonesian Feedlot Association), and other board in private companies and foundations. He has an experience of 30 years in the live cattle industry. Dicky holds a Master degree in International Management, with completing educated in Indonesia, Europe and the United States . He’s lived abroad as diplomat family in Europe, North Africa , United States, South America and Australia. He has also gained work experience in private sectors such as the world bank, and the Indonesian Banking Restructuring Agency before involved as a partner in the cattle industry.

Ayu Maulandari: Ayu was born in Jakarta, holds a degree in economics and is currently the President Director of PT Mitra Asia Lestari. Her previous role was in the Australian Embassy to Indonesia as Administration and Visit Officer which focused on leading administrative tasks and coordinating with departments at all levels of both the Australian and Indonesian Governments to ensure effective communication was achieved between both and understanding was provided in the interests of both countries trade and investment related matters. She has also worked for humanitarian programs coordinating effective project delivery in Indonesia and is now focused on agribusiness between Indonesia and Australia. 

Dr John Ackerman: John Ackerman is a founding Director of PT Mitra Asia Lestari, a company focused on producing sound research, sustainable business development and increasing leadership capacity in South East Asia. He has been in Indonesia for over 15 years with a focus during this time on disaster rehabilitation, reducing illegal fishing, minimizing trade barriers, improving animal welfare, managing smallholder farmer development programs, reviewing traceability systems, optimising logistic and transportation networks and promoting Australian capabilities. Dr Ackerman has a background in biology and ecology, obtaining his PhD in 2004 from James Cook University, and currently holds a position as Adjunct Professor at the University of New England, Australia. He is a recipient of an Australian Day Achievement Award for his work overseas and sits on the boards of the International Business Chamber in Indonesia and the Indonesia Australia Business Council.

Ines Setiawan: Ines Setiawan is a Science, Technology and Mathematics teacher at the German School Jakarta with more than 20 years of experience in International education. She founded a social enterprise, SHINE, supporting small-scale Indonesian entrepreneurs and startups to realise sustainable business ventures by providing workshops, mentorships, and networks. SHINE focuses on using social entrepreneurship to solve 10 global problems namely food, water, waste, energy, biodiversity, global warming & climate change, health, finance, poverty, and peace. 

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ARLF Alumni Online Summaries


Cathy McGowan |Author & Former Member for Indi MP 
Chantal Corish | Rural Psychologist 
Ross Sharrock | Director and Principal Continuum ERS

Summary: This webinar followed on from last years discussions about how we can create a brighter future for rural, regional, and remote Australia. We discussed the results that were formed from the kitchen table conversations based on the following questions:

1. What do we want for rural regional and remote Australia? 
2. What do we need to do, to take hold of these opportunities? 

The Kitchen Table Discussion Report can be found here

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Michelle Deshong, ARLP 15 | CEO, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) 
Johani Mamid, ARLP 24 | Director, Yawuru
Cathy McGowan AO, ARLP 3 |Former Member for Indi MP |ARLP 3

Summary: This webinar looked at National and International leadership: reflecting on different styles of leadership. Decisive leadership / Leadership for the collective (greater good) / Leading with compassion/empathy and leading with value. Indigenous leadership brings a unique perspective and opportunity. Need to have a conversation at community level about the Australia we want, working with local teams to create a vision and values to drive us forward.

There is a resounding need to have a conversation at community level about the Australia we want, working with local teams to create a vision and values to drive us forward.

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Fran Freeman, ARLP 6 | First Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water & the Environment.
Russ Taylor AM, ARLP 2 | Served for 20+ years as a Senior Executive in the public service including terms with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, the Aboriginal Development Commission and AIATSIS. 
Kate Riddell, ARLP 20 | Educational Consultant, Co Founder Firefoxes Australia.

Summary:  Mental health monitoring is crucial, ensuring you stay connected is key. Reach out when you need to and keep routines. Break things down into purpose and productive use of time. Be powerful with your words, they influence. As leaders in our own right, we need to encourage people to be critical thinkers. Will this create a new generation of leaders? 

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Stacey Lugsdin, ARLP 24 | Riverina wool producer & Independent Director on the Board of Wool Producers Australia.  
Paul O’Brien, ARLP 11 | Managing Director Leadership Matters. 
Alysha Herrmann, ARLP 23 | Chief Storyteller @ Part of Things. 

Summary: During times of crisis, resilience will be a valuable asset as it will help you adapt and mobilise others as you steer through this change and toward what may be a very uncertain future. Leading with resilience means that if you do not accomplish a goal, you will look at it as a learning opportunity. 

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Rural Press Club address from the Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the agriculture industry as a whole. Minister Littleproud discussed what the government is doing to support agribusiness and provided an update on regulatory changes that are happening as a result of the nation-wide restrictions.  

Dave Rumbold | AALP 2019 | ANZ Regulatory Lead, Nufarm 
Harvey Gaynor | ARLP 5 | General Manager Farming, Rural Funds Management 
Margaux Beauchamp | ARLF Board Member & Executive Director Corporate Finance, BDO 

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Mike Salvaris | Australian National Development Index
Kim Houghton | Regional Australia Institute
Jacki Schirmer | University of Canberra, Regional Wellbeing Survey 

What is the measure of success for a rural, regional or remote Australian community? Is it the GDP they contribute to the economy? Is it the number of jobs created or is it another measure such as the ‘wellbeing’ of its citizens?

While objective economic performance data is available, it is difficult to source accurate and comparable datasets for social measures such as family, community and security given the subjective nature of these results.

The absence of holistic measures for community function and wellbeing makes it difficult for leaders to identify and prioritise which areas could be targeted for investment and action to enable rural, regional and remote Australia to thrive. 

This webinar is part of ARLP Course 26’s initiative activity where guest speakers were invited to discuss how a wellbeing index is being used in various jurisdictions and how it could be applied to rural, regional and remote Australia.

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