Iven is a student of linguistics, Indonesian and Javanese language from Albany, Western Australia. In 2017/2018 he spent a year and a half living, studying and interning in Indonesia as part of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Scholarship program. In 2019 he is working on Indonesia-related projects with the Centre for Stories, a community-led storytelling and cultural organisation in Perth, and pursuing his interests in literature, language, ikat textiles, and Australia-Indonesia relations.