Ross Taylor is a former WA Government Commissioner to Indonesia and has held numerous senior industry positions, including National Vice-President & WA State Chair of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council, with Wesfarmers Ltd and Phosphate Resources Limited. He also operated his own business in Medan, Sumatra for three years.
Ross is involved in philanthropy and cancer-charity work throughout the region and is one of Australia’s leading commentators on Indonesia-Australia relations writing ‘Opinion’ articles for The Australian, The West Australian and The Jakarta Post newspapers & The Diplomat based in Washington DC, and also for the Lowy Institute on a regular basis. & commentates on SkyNews, and ABC Radio programs.
Ross is also the author of three published books. In 2013 Ross was appointed by the Governor-General of Australia as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant services to Australia-Indonesia relations and to the (philanthropic) community. Ross was also selected, in July 2013, by the Indonesian Government as Australia’s “Presidential Friend of Indonesia – 2013.”
Robbie Gaspar was the first Australian footballer to play professionally in Indonesia. He played in Indonesia for almost eight years, including playing for Indonesia’s most prestigious football club, Persib Bandung. Robbie is fluent in Indonesian and is currently completing a post-grad in International Relations at UWA. He is working for the Professional Footballers’ Australia as a Player Development Manager for Perth Glory Football Club when not studying.
During his time in Indonesia, Robbie became an executive committee member of the Players Association in 2011, where he remained in the role until 2014. In late 2014, Robbie was awarded Life Membership of the Professional Footballers Australia for his outstanding contribution in supporting professional football players across Southeast Asia, especially throughout Indonesia.
In 2016, Robbie completed the ACICIS or The Australian Consortium for the “In-Country” Indonesian Studies Business Professional Practicum at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. He worked in the Advocacy and Outreach section, where he developed and assisted with implementing the 2016 Sports Diplomacy Strategy for the Embassy. Also, in 2016 Robbie attended CAUSINDY https://www.causindy.org in Bali, Indonesia, as a delegate and was invited back again in 2019 on the CAUSINDY board’s recommendation due to his significant contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relations and CAUSINDY.
In 2017 Robbie was the recipient of the Australia Indonesia Award for the Sports Category, one of only two people in Western Australia to receive an Australian Indonesia Award. Over the last 3-4 years, Robbie has been attending schools, talking about his experiences in Indonesia and the benefits of learning Indonesian.
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