Profile: Najwa Shihab
Indonesian journalist Najwa Shihab's weekly television program is called Mata Najwa or Through Najwa's Eyes.
Her eyes have seen much. Najwa was the first journalist in Aceh a day after the devastating tsunami of 2004. Najwa says she will never forget the destruction and grief she witnessed there.
She was later recognised for her sensitive, moving reports from the scene, which gave voice to many of the tsunami's victims, and inspired others to go to the province and help.
In 2005 the Indonesian Journalists' Association acknowledged her reporting as 'one of the contributing factors that helped the drive for national and international support for Aceh.'
Najwa is much decorated for her professional achievements. She is one of Indonesia's more prominent Australia Award Scholarship recipients, receiving an Australian Leadership Award and Allison Sudradjat Award to do her Masters of Law at the University of Melbourne in 2009.
She was the recipient of the Australian Alumni Award for Journalism and Media 2010, and was named a Young Global leader 2011 by the World Economic Forum.
The Australia Award Scholarships enabled Najwa to marry her two great loves, the law and journalism. 'I was able to really devote time and energy to my studies, and have been able to use some of that knowledge in my role here at home.'
The Australian Leadership Award is aimed at enabling recipients to develop their professional expertise and leadership, and build regional networks. As anchor of Mata Najwa and deputy chief editor at Metro TV she has interviewed Indonesia's most prominent political leaders, and international figures such as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Malaysian former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.
'I really encourage Indonesians to apply for the Australia Award Scholarships. They are an opportunity to broaden your horizons, make valuable contacts and really refine your skills,' Najwa says.