Ketemu Project was selected to represent Indonesia at the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program in Australia last March. The program was held for 10 days from 10th to 19th March. Ketemu’s director and co-founding artist, Samantha Tio, joined other participants from ASEAN countries and Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Samantha had the chance to learn from the dynamic ecosystem of social innovators across Southeast Asia and Australia in this program – getting to learn about their triumphs and challenges, and also for Ketemu to play an active role in contributing to this fraternity.
“It is an amazing feeling for Ketemu Project to be part of the growing fraternity of social innovators from ASEAN and Australia. My Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program, brought me a lot of insights and also a deep sense of gratitude and humility to be part of the 2018 cohort, representing my organization and Indonesia,” said Samantha Tio.
In this Social Enterprise Accelerator Program organized by Asialink, Samantha got to learn any array of skills and knowledge – from social impact measurement to business tools, meeting social enterprise leaders of Australia. The cohort was graced by the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop and inspiring leaders in their field like Manita Ray of Ygap & Ali Moore, Journalist of ABC.
Also, Ketemu Project is proud to have represented Indonesia at the Australia-ASEAN Summit in Sydney as part of the Emerging Leaders Programme. The highlight of the program had to be Youth Roundtable, where Samantha was in conversation with the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull. PM Turnbull had mentioned Ketemu Project in his opening speech at the Roundtable and addressed the question of how leaders can inculcate empathy and cooperation across borders through culture and civil society.