Our team consists of young professionals with a blend of experience covering academic research, the public service and social wok. 

Via Sport Operations Manager

Our operations team manages day-to-day operations and is responsible for overseeing volunteer activities. 

Dimas Bala-Rena

Via Sport Sports Diplomacy team member

Dimas completed his Bachelor of Political Science and received the top mark for his undergraduate thesis from Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia. Dimas has completed two internships in Australia, including working at the South Australian Government Office and Alexandrina Council in Goolwa, South Australia. Dimas also completed the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program from October to February 2017. Dimas is fluent in spoken and written English. Dimas has also completed exchange programs in Japan and Korea. 

 Via Sport Co-Founders

Our Executive team manages the operations of our program, cultivates partnerships with relevant organisations and is responsible for the growth of our program. 


Alexander Horton

Via Sport Sports Diplomacy team member

Alexander recently completed an Honour’s degree at the University of Melbourne, focusing on utilising sport as a method of inquiry into modern diplomatic practice. A founding member of Via Sport, Alexander additionally runs a social entrepreneurship course at Trinity College where he guides students in conceptualising, initiating and running their own social enterprises. He will be taking up a job at AsiaLink in 2018 to further work on developing programs that link students in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. 


Rory Brown

Via Sport Sports Diplomacy team member

Rory has administrative and logistical experience working for the Australian Government. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Queensland, majoring in Political Science and International Relations, with a Diploma in Bahasa Indonesia. He is currently studying a Masters of International Economics and Finance at the University of Queensland. He is an endorsed observer for the Australia Indonesia Business Council and was President and Treasurer of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association - Yogyakarta. Rory was a gold medalist in his weight category at the Australian National Judo Titles, and represented Australia at the Junior Judo Olympics in the United States. He obtained his Black Belt qualification at the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo. 


David Schmidtke

Via Sport team member

David is currently the Program Coordinator for the Peer Learning Program at Griffith University in Brisbane. In addition, David is also a PhD Candidate in the field of Community Based Social Marketing in Cape Town, South Africa. David is a sessional Course Convenor, Lecturer and Tutor at Griffith University. David also co-founded Blend, a social enterprise which aims to accelerate employment opportunities for refugees.


Nicholas Parry-Jones

Via Sport team member

Nick is a law graduate of the University of Melbourne who works in media. In his professional life, he has been involved in a number of social enterprises, and passionately believes in creating sustainable change at the grass roots level. Nick has developed web applications for homeless youth organisations, volunteered at the Police Accountability Project, contributed tosocial justice research, and in 2013 was a Young Human Rights Defender of the Year nominee. 

Via Sport Board Members

Our Board provides us with strategic advice on growing our organisation.


Dr Abi Badejo

Via Sport sports diplomacy team member

Dr Abi Badejo is currently a research fellow at Griffith University in Brisbane. Dr Badejo completed her PhD at Griffith University where her thesis focused on the problem of human-trafficking in Nigeria. Dr Badejo also currently serves as the Principle at ‘bPositive Communications’, a Digital Communication Agency. Dr Badejo co-founded Blend, a social enterprise which aims to accelerate employment opportunities for refugees. Previously, Dr Badejo was the Marketing Manager for the Queensland Conservatorium. 


Christy Simanjuntak

Via Sport sports diplomacy team member

Christy is currently a market researcher for Michael Kors and is studying a Bachelor of Science Economics at the SOAS University of London. She has experience collecting data on Asian insurance markets as a Research Analyst with the KPI Institute and Finaccord. Christy has been awarded the Centenary Leadership award and has had experience running business franchises in Bali and Yogyakarta, Indonesia with PT. Pertamina and Indomaret.