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Building resilient young leaders with a “can do” attitude with Thea Kurniawan


In this week’s episode, Josh is talking to Thea Kurniawan who was a Finalist in the 2018 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards, Western Australia.


Thea Kurniawan wears many hats. Professionally based in Perth, she has experience working in consulting, engineering, start-ups, health, and FMCG industries across Indonesia, U.S.A and Australia. Outside of work, Thea actively volunteers with organisations such as Millennium Kids Inc., a sustainability advocacy group that enables thousands of young people to have their say about the environment; and TEDxUWA, one of Australia’s only fully youth-run TEDx events that aims to showcase the ideas of the local community to change attitudes, lives and ultimately – the world.

Growing up in Asia and Australia, Thea strongly believes in the importance of bridging the gap between countries, cultures and people, and building the next generation of resilient young leaders with an “ I can do” approach to spark positive change in the community.

Thea just completed a Polymer Engineering Research Fellowship in the USA and is now settling back into work and life back home. More recently, she was recognised by DFAT as one of 20 young leaders to participate in the selective Australia ASEAN CoLab program, a digital leadership and entrepreneurship development program, addressing some of the most pressing challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In this episode:

  • We hear how Thea is still a sane human after suffering the culture shock of arriving from Jakarta as a child with very little English and being introduced to fairy bread and vegemite by her new Aussie friends!
  • Be delighted by Thea’s positive nature. One of her mantras is to “make someone smile every day” and she will make you smile as you listen to this episode.


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And you might like to listen to Thea’s podcast too. Kremés Podcast: linktr.ee/kremespodcast


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