The EngageMedia Team
Yerry Niko Borang – Content and Training Coordinator (Yogyakarta)
Borang Yerry Niko is an independent journalist based in Yogyakarta. While studying in university in 1998, he joined the student democracy movement and produced several propaganda bulletins. From 1999, working with publishers in Yogyakarta, he helped translate several English books on politics and literature into Indonesian, including Orwell's Animal Farm.
In 2004 he participated in early meetings to rebuild Indymedia Jakarta. He worked as a radio/web/video journalist for more than six years at vhrmedia.com. During that time, he also worked with community radio and media networks.
Languages: English, Indonesian + Javanese, Malay-Manadonese, Japanese (conversational)
Dhyta Caturani – Project Coordinator (Jakarta)
Dhyta has been an activist since the early 90s when she was in still in high school. When she was in college she joined a student movement group and then became a member of the national executive of a progressive non-electoral political party.
In 1999, she was leading a demonstration and was shot and beaten by the Indonesian police. Since then, she has worked for various NGOs and grassroots organizations, focusing on a range of issues such as women; children; workers; LGBT; involuntary disappearances and the case of 1965; and sexual and reproductive rights for young people. She has been a founder of several women's and LGBT organizations, both in Indonesia and in New York.
Since 2006, Dhyta has divided her time between Indonesia and New York. In 2009, she co-founded JAVIN, a network of documentary video makers, which brought her in contact with EngageMedia. She dedicates all of her work to justice and equality for all.
Languages: English, Indonesian, Javanese + Manadonese (conversational)
Cheekay Cinco – Skills and Strategies Program Manager (Manilla)
Born, raised and living in the Philippines, Cheekay is a feminist activist who has been working in the area of non-profit technology for more than a decade. From 1998 to 2001, she worked with the now-defunct Asian Women's Resource Exchange (AWORC), a network of women's resource centres. From 2002 to 2010, she was a regular staff at the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), where she was part of the Women's Networking Support Programme (WNSP) and the Strategic Technologies and Network Development Programme (STAND). At APC, she also developed the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM), managed the Feminist Tech Exchange (), conducted training on different internet-based technologies for other organisations, and wrote manuals on social media for advocacy.
Since then, Cheekay has been working as a freelance and volunteer trainer for various local and international activist groups, designing and conducting training workshops to support the strategic, secure and appropriate use of internet-based technologies for advocacy and activism.
Languages: English, Tagalog + Spanish, Korean (conversational)
Andrew Lowenthal – Co-Founder and Director of Strategy and Development (Boston)
Andrew has been working in the field of media and technology activism since 1998 when he join community television show Access News in Melbourne, Australia.
His work traverses the fields of organisational development, video production, network building, research, software development, and project and event management.
Andrew was active in the Indymedia network from 2000-2006. From 2006-08 he worked with the UK based Tactical Technology Collective as their Participatory Media Project Lead, editing the NGO-in-a-box and Message-in-a-box open source communications toolkits.
Andrew is currently a Fellow at the Open Documentary Lab, a 2015 Ford Foundation JustFilms Fellow and 2015-16 Fellow at Harvard's Film Studies Center. He is also a member of the Impact Producers Group., a Fellow at MIT's
Languages: English, Spanish + Italian, Indonesian (conversational)
Seelan Palay – Communications and Outreach Coordinator (Singapore)
Seelan Palay has been an artist, filmmaker and activist since 2004. He has campaigned on human rights issues in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Singapore and Myanmar. He has produced over 100 videos, and was one of the first contributors to EngageMedia. He has organized numerous exhibitions, demonstrations, forums and workshops to raise awareness and encourage action to bring about positive change in the region.
As the current Editorial and Outreach Coordinator for EngageMedia, he is working to broaden public access and communication on critical human rights and environmental stories from Southeast Asia. He also manages the Crossroads project on migrant workers, refugees and stateless people.
Languages: English, Tamil + Thai, Malay, Indonesian, and Mandarin (conversational)
Hary Prayoga – Finance and Logistics Officer (Yogyakarta)
Yoga started working for EngageMedia in March 2012 as a Logistics Assistant. Currently a Program Assistant, he aids the Project Managers in carrying out their various projects. He was previously a soccer journalist in one of Indonesia's sports newspapers. He is a fresh graduate of Institut Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik, where he majored in Journalism.
He has a passion for sports and music, and he spends most weekends playing soccer or basketball or attending music events.
Languages: Indonesian, Padangnese, Javanese, English
Kyal Yi Lin Six – Editorial and Outreach Coordinator (Yangon)
Kyal Yi Lin Six is a filmmaker best know for her documentary 'The Open Sky', which was banned in Myanmar due to pressure from religious extremists.
She started her career as a reporter at Myanmar People Magazine in 2005, and has had more than eight years of experience working as a journalist for various media outlets in Myanmar.
Kyalyi studied filmmaking at Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation, British Council and Yangon Film School. She is also associated with the Human Rights and Human Dignity Film Institute as a student and a filmmaker.
She is also a published novelist with five books under her belt. Also a technology enthusiast, she has previously worked as a web specialist for local celebrities in Myanmar.
As Editorial and Outreach Coordinator, Kyalyi works to support EngageMedia's communications and outreach work in Myanmar through content curation, outreach and partnership building.
Languages: English, Myanmar + Malay (Conversational)
Maxim Solovyev – Finance Manager (Melbourne)
Maxim Solovyev is an Accounting graduate from Monash University and Associate member of CPA Australia.
He has been a bookkeeper in the non-for-profit sector for the past four years, and currently oversees all day-to-day finance activities for EngageMedia. Prior to bookkeeping he worked in the retail industry. Maxim has a keen interest in politics and economics, and a passion for sports.
Languages: English, Russian
Hendriati Trianita – Program and Operations Manager (Yogyakarta)
As Program and Operations Manager, Nita is responsible for EngageMedia's regional program management, team development, partnership development and human resources. She monitors Southeast Asia based projects and ensuring that all programs meet their respective milestones, deadlines, and goals.
Nita has more than 15 years experience working with national and international NGOs in Indonesia, doing advocacy, research, and management work. She has worked with WALHI, INSIST, Plan International, and the UN-OCHA, tackling issues including gender, human rights, interfaith dialogue, the environment, and community empowerment.
Her academic background in communication and media studies led her to work in projects including participatory video project for children in disaster affected areas, a video for a HIV/AIDS campaign, and another a series of videos on the Merapi Volcanic Disaster Risk Reduction campaign.
Languages: English, Indonesian + Javanese (conversational)