Ms Dina Victoria Sinlae

BA Socio-Economic of Agriculture (The University of Nusa Cendana, Kupang, Indonesia 1992 - 1996), MSc Agribusiness (The University of Queensland, Australia 2006 - 2007)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Dina joined the PhD programme in Development Studies in September 2014 funded by the New Zealand – ASEAN Scholarship. Under her research topic The potential and challenges of linking agriculture and tourism for poverty alleviation in Nusa Tenggara Timur, she wants to find out whether linking these two sectors is a viable option for poverty alleviation, in the view of local community. She is blessed to be supervised by two experts in this field.

In her home country, Indonesia, she works as a lecturer at Kupang State Polytechnic of Agriculture, and has been employed since 2002 to the present. She obtained her Master in Agribusiness Management from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2007 with a research component, which was supervised by Prof. Bill R. Carter. The title of her master thesis is The Likelihood of Agrotourism Development in Timor Tengah Selatan District, Nusa Tenggara Timur - A comparative study to the Development of Agrotourism in Sibetan, Bali. After finishing her studies in Australia, she went back to Indonesia and was entrusted as Head of the Agribusiness Management Study Program at her workplace from 2008 to 2012.

To develop her skills and knowledge, she attended several short courses, for example Market Access for Sustainable Development: Towards pro-poor and smallholder inclusive market development, 2013 at Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, funded by NFP Scholarship; Result Based Management, 2011 at MDF Pacific-Indonesia Training and Consultancy, Bali, Indonesia, funded by StuNed  Fellowship. Two international conferences that she participated in as a presenter before continuing her studying to PhD level were: the International Seminar for Agrotourism Development (ISAD) in Yogyakarta, 2011, and the International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ICSMED) in Bali, 2012.

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Doctoral Thesis: Potential and challenges of agriculture - tourism linkages for poverty alleviation in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.

Supervision: Prof. Andreas Neef and Dr. Jesse Hession Grayman

Research interests: rural development, marketing of agricultural products, agrotourism development.


  • New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships  (2014 - present)
  • NFP Short Course Scholarship, November 2013
  • 1st Best Paper Presentation Award in International Seminar on Agrotourism Development (ISAD) hosted by UPN Yogyakarta, 2011. Title: Agrotourism development in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) province, Indonesia: advantages and limitation. 
  • StuNed Shortcourse Scholarship on Export Management and Global Trade in Horticulture; host institution HAS Den Bosch The University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands (January - April 2010)
  • Australia Development Scholarships (2005 - 2007)