The First Woman-Owned Business Leader Becomes a Mentor

At the first cohort of Meryl Williams mentors, the founder, and director of a woman-owned business, Lastiana Yuliandari, has been standing alone from a private sector background between wonderful and brilliant mentees from the agricultural stage.

The Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is funding the prestigious Meryl Williams Fellowship by supporting female international agricultural researchers and scientists across the Indo-Pacific to improve their leadership and management skills.

Lastiana feels honored that she was selected to be a Mentor in the Meryl Williams Fellowship Program for the first cohort 2020-2021. It has allowed her to explore her values and improve her leadership skills through a combination of immersive learning, networking, and professional development. As a result, she has gained a new network of outstanding, smart mentees – especially other women in agricultural sectors in the Indo-Pacific region.