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Nicholas Metherall


Nicholas Metherall Policy and Programs Officer Federal Department of Environment and Energy

Countries of expertise Indonesia, East Timor

Work sector Aid & development, Education & training, Environment, Government

Asian languages spoken Indonesian

Location Canberra, Australia

Other Available to travel up to 200 kilometres
Available for Ongoing partnerships with school, Visiting schools to speak with staff/parents, Visiting schools to speak with students, Available for virtual interactions via Skype or other electronic means


Nicholas first studied Indonesian at La Trobe University. He then gained in-country immersion experience through a student exchange at Universitas Gadjah Mada where he also completed research with the Institute for Research and Empowerment in Yogyakarta. In 2013 Nicholas was awarded a Prime Ministers Australia Asia Endeavour Award which gave him the opportunity to live, study and work in Indonesia. In cooperation with Nusa Cendana University in Nusa Tenggara Timur and the University of Cenderawasih in West Papua, Nicholas conducted research on rural community-driven development, environment, public health, education and climate resilience in Eastern parts of Indonesia. Nicholas has worked in a range of NGOs, Government and university settings including work in rural climate-change resilience projects. He also worked with the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health (AIPMNH) where he made the documentary film Lanan Mafatu ( More recently, Nicholas has taught in the environment and geography, international relations and language study programs at the University of Cenderawasih in West Papua. As Indonesia Correspondent with Asia Options, Nicholas is responsible for the content on study, work and leadership opportunities in Indonesia for Asia Options ( Nicholas plays the "sasando", a traditional musical instrument from Roté island in Eastern Indonesia ( Nicholas is currently based in Canberra and works within the Department of the Environment and Energy.

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