Possessing a wealth of experience in the media, communications, telecommunications, technology, and professional services industries, Krystal Perkins is uniquely qualified for the projects and endeavors with which she is currently involved. Krystal, a tech startup investor who is in the process of developing an application, is currently working out of Jakarta, Indonesia, where she is responsible for leading, coaching, and mentoring the local telkomtelstra marketing team.

1. What do you do for work?

I’m involved with several different projects, including a collaborative effort called telkomtelstra in which I am responsible for running the marketing department.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

As a strategic thinker who enjoys being professionally challenged on a regular basis, the digital marketing field has always been substantially appealing to me.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Rapid technological advances have raised important questions about inclusion and a number of other issues. My professional role has made it possible for me to address some of the most critical digital inclusion issues we now face, and I’m also involved in advocacy efforts supporting the need to address important social justice and human rights issues.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Jakarta, Indonesia?

Jakarta possesses a unique kind of energy, and that energy gives the city a persistent vitality in which anything and everything seems possible.

5. What do you do for recreation?

There is so much to do in Jakarta and the surrounding area that Im always able to find a recreational activity Ive never done before.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d like to spend an extended period of time traveling through Europe or Africa at some point in the not too distant future.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I enjoy them all, but I also enjoy tennis as well.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Gillian Triggs has been an important influence for me, mostly because she has worked in support of a cause she believes in and has been acted with the kind of determined integrity I strive for in my own professional and personal pursuits.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I’d advise first-timers to learn about all the different cultures represented in Australia prior to spending any period of time in any part of the country. Understanding Australias cultural influences makes it much more likely that a visitor will fully appreciate their visit.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

There was one person who seemed to think that the Southern Cross was a physical monument rather than a constellation. Im not sure what caused the confusion, but they seemed to be quite certain that such a monument could be found only in Sydney. I explained that although I was unaware of a specific monument, there was a university and a railway station named after the constellation, but that didnt seem to help matters much.