NAIDOC celebrations in Indonesia - 'Because of her we can'

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  Aug 2, 2018   admin

enVizion’s CEO, Julie-ann Lambourne was invited by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to visit Indonesia during NAIDOC week, celebrating this year’s theme of ‘Because of her, we can’ to share enVizion’s experiences using innovation to various stakeholders.

“I am particularly pleased to welcome Ms Lambourne to Indonesia during NAIDOC Week, which this year focuses on the rich contribution indigenous women make to Australian life as leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and advocates,” Mr Quinlan said.

Julie-ann accompanied by MaryBeth, enVizion’s Business Development Manager were hosted by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Australian Consulate-General Surabay and Australian Consulate – General Bali.

Julie-ann’s gruelling schedule included attending a flag-raising ceremony at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, speaking at official functions, visiting tech start-ups, sitting on a panel at the Indonesian Economic Forum and displaying enVizion’s advanced technologies to government and non-government organisations who work with disadvantaged people, with a particular focus on women to reflect the NAIDOC theme.

Mr Gary Quinlan AO the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia spoke at the Australian Embassy dinner about the importance of creating stronger ties between Indonesia and Australia in the tech and start-up spaces and the opportunities afforded by the interchange of ideas between the two nations.

“There are a number of similarities in the issues and opportunities for Indigenous people in Australia and Indonesia in the innovation space and we were able to demonstrate how advanced technologies can be used to create opportunities for disadvantaged people in remote areas in the global digital economy” Julie-ann said.

The tour was coordinated by embassy staff in Jakarta and consular staff in Surabaya and Bali who organised an incredible schedule of events which saw a vigorous exchange of ideas and information and the building of many new relationships which will be carried into the future.

I would like to thank the Ambassador, Mr Gary Quinlan AO, the Consulate-Generals in Suryaba and Bali and the DFAT consular staff for making the trip so seamless and meaningful.”

Julie-ann was particularly taken with the resilience and entrepreneurialism of people on the street who must generate an income to support their families as there is no social welfare in Indonesia.

“The spirit of entrepreneurialism among the people we met during the trip was incredible - from the food cart operators in the street through to the tech start-up innovators - we learned as much as we shared during our journey”.

Pictured Julie-ann Lambourne and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Gary Quinlan