The EngageMedia Team

by EngageMedia January 21, 2018

Airani Sasanti – Administration and Program Officer (Yogyakarta)

Born in Indonesia, Airani started working in 2008 as a content writer and journalist in the Visit Indonesian Year event. In the same year, she worked as an administration assistant in kotakhitam forum, an independent organisation which focuses on research, workshops, and documentary film production for social change in Indonesia.

In 2015, she joined documentary production house Banjarsari Film, where she worked as an assistant producer, responsible for pre-production design and planning, and as an administration coordinator for the film, ‘Di Kaliurang’.

As Administration and Program Assistant at EngageMedia, Airani’s role is to support the work of the Finance and Administration Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and to provide logistical support to project managers.

Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese

Apriliyani Sory – Finance and Administration Coordinator (Yogyakarta)

Apriliyani (Linie) graduated in 2006 from the English Department of UKSW in Salatiga, Jawa Tengah and started working as a translator for Plan International in the same year. Ever since, she has worked for various international non-profit organizations (Plan, Care, Save the Children, Handicap, Hivos), government institutions, and the United Nations (FAO), mostly providing support in administration, finance, logistics, procurement, translation and interpreting.

An effective communicator, Linie is experienced in organizing project events and working with different kinds of accounting software used by non-profits, possessing the ability to quickly adapt to new systems.

As Admin and Finance Coordinator, Linie’s main role is to manage the administration, human resources and finance/accounting of Engagemedia under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and the Master Accountant in Australia.

Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia

Andrew Lowenthal – Executive Director

Andrew has been working in the field of media and technology activism since 1998 when he joined 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 was previously a Fellow at Harvard's Film Studies Center and Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and MIT's Open Documentary Lab. In 2015 he was a Ford Foundation JustFilm's Fellow.

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Bahasa Indonesia

Kartika Pratiwi – Project Manager: Indonesia (Yogyakarta)

Tika has been an independent researcher with an interest in narrative discourse on the 1965 Tragedy in Indonesia, Chinese-Indonesian issues and alternative pedagogy since 2008. She has been a part of kotakhitam forum, an independent organisation focuses on research, workshops and documentary movie production for social change. During that time, she has produced three documentary films and several video archives on Indonesian political history and collective memory. She regularly runs projects to assist history teachers and youth to use popular media as a learning tool in schools.

She was also previously a fellow at John Darling Fellowship 2017 by The Herb Feith Foundation

As Project Manager at EngageMedia, Tika works to ensure the effective implementation of EngageMedia programs and projects in Indonesia.

Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese

Nuna Afra Farhanggi – Finance and Administration Assistant (Yogyakarta)

Nuna is a passionate person who active in many organisation as secretary, public relation, co-trainer or coordinator. She graduated in 2016,  during college she was active in Aceh dance community as dancer and manager in RampoeUGM Community. She joined in International Folklore Festival Europe which held by CIOFF and UNESCO in 2014. At the same time she active as campus journalist, co-leadership trainer and social volunteer. In 2016 she was volunteer in Indonesian Kidney Donor and  coordinator of World Kidney Day  in Yogyakarta. After graduated, she was work in Hello Indonesia Corp. (new cultural diplomation startup company). Before join with Engagemedia, she was a volunteer in International Refugee Service Organisation.

As Finance and Administration Program Assistant at EngageMedia, Nuna’s role is to support the work of the Finance and Administration Coordinator, Administration and Program Assistant, Operations and Grant Manager and to provide logistical support to project managers.

Languages:  English, Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese

Nikholas 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 During that time, he also worked with community radio and media networks.

Languages: English, Indonesian + Javanese, Manadonese

Nica Dumlao – Digital Rights Coordinator (Manila)

Nica is a feminist activist who has been involved in the social justice movement since she entered the University of the Philippines in 2002. She started to work on the intersection of human rights and information and communications technologies in 2008, organizing a series of discussions among workers in the business process outsourcing industry.

Nica led the crafting of the Philippine Declaration on Internet Rights & Principles and the convening of the Future of PHInternet, the first ever Philippine multistakeholder forum on internet governance, human rights, and development when she was the Internet Rights Program Manager of the Foundation for Media Alternatives. She currently sits in the steering committee of the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), the broadest nationwide alliance of Internet freedom advocates in the country, that challenged the unconstitutional provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 before the Supreme Court. She is also Board Secretary of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus.

As Digital Rights Coordinator in EngageMedia, Nica oversees its initiatives to expand and strengthen the digital rights movement in Southeast Asia.

Languages: English, Filipino

Pitra Hutomo – Project Coordinator: Indonesia (Yogyakarta)

Pitra Hutomo (b. Jakarta, 1984) was the archivist for Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA). Since her more than 10 years at IVAA Pitra has focused on citizen journalism and facilitating documentary film projects. Pitra is fluent in system development and has done database consultancy for individuals and CSOs.

Languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese