Anatoli Amanatidis announced as Asia Institute Community Graduate Award recipient 2017

The Asia Institute is pleased to announce that Ms Anatoli Amanatidis has been awarded the 2017 Asia Institute Graduate Community Award. This award was established to acknowledge the achievements of graduates who have contributed to the Asia Institute’s mission – promoting Asia literacy and connecting Asia and Australia – and who have demonstrated excellence in the University of Melbourne graduate attributes of working and contributing as active global citizens. The award recognises graduates whose service and contributions have made a significant difference, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

Anatoli Amanatidis graduated from her Bachelor of Arts in 2011, majoring in Japanese and Political Sciences.

Anatoli’s community involvement stemmed from an opportunity that arose within the Asia Institute to volunteer for the annual Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival (Natsumatsuri), supported by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Melbourne Inc. and the Japanese Society of Melbourne (JCCI-JSM). Through this role, Anatoli prepared a range of documentation for the steering committee and also secured an increased amount of funding for the festival from both government and private industry sources. She then co-coordinated the festival’s 100 strong volunteer cohort from 2012-2013, where she was interviewed by New Game Plus and Japandaman as a spokesperson for JCCI-JSM. Anatoli was a part of the team that was able to see the Natsumatsuri grow from its humble beginnings in Melbourne’s Docklands, right through to its current home at Federation Square. She then also co-presented the Natsumatsuri in 2016, with fellow University of Melbourne alumnus Daniel Drentin. Anatoli has also been asked to co-present the 2018 Natsumatsuri, a decision based on her ongoing commitment to the Festival and passion for Japanese culture.

In addition to Anatoli’s commitment to the Japanese community, she has also become involved within her own local community, and one of Melbourne’s largest community representations: the Greek community. She has been the youngest ever Director to be nominated to the Board of Pronia, an ethno-specific community services based organisation, established in 1972. Her nomination was supported by the fact that she is a third-generation Greek Australian who understands the value of youth input into community affairs and succession planning. Recently Anatoli also received a scholarship from the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia to participate in their bi-annual conference in Darwin: Celebrate, Reflect, Advance: Our Multicultural Australia.

Aside from her commitments to Pronia, for the past three and a half years Anatoli has also been a member of the Senior Dance Group of the Central Pontian Association of Melbourne and Victoria ‘Pontiaki Estia’, a local community group, preserving the cultural artforms of dance from the Pontos region, which is now the Black Sea coast of modern-day Turkey.

Influenced by her teachers of Japanese during her Bachelor degree, demonstrating a commitment to languages learning, and together with the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Anatoli published a research brief on the teaching of Languages Other Than English in Victorian Primary and Secondary schools. Since then, she has also been able to utilise her well-honed research skills to put forward a proposal for the Asia Pacific Association for International Education in Singapore 2018: Konnichiwa? Impacts of the Monolingual Mindset on Employability.

Using her language and intercultural communication skills Anatoli now works as an Education Abroad Advisor at the University of Melbourne, covering Europe, Latin America, China, Japan and Turkey. The Asia Institute congratulates Anatoli on her continuing commitment to representing not only her own community, but also the Japanese community, across a range of platforms.