Theo’s Experience in Y20 Series: Opportunity to Contribute to Indonesia

Many experiences can be gained while being a student. As was done by Theo Gerald Parluhutan Napitupulu. This student from the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences is a part of Y20, as part of the recently ended G20 Presidency.

The man who is familiarly called Theo is a member of the Organizing Committee for the Research Team and Advocacy Team. “At the Pre-Summit, I was in charge of assisting Track and Co-Track Officers in making substance. I also had the opportunity to carry out the negotiation process between 20 youth representatives from G20 offline participants in Lombok,” he explained.

The Digital Transformation team, added Theo, consists of 4 people, while the Research team consists of more than 20 people. “The work backgrounds of the members also vary, from the World Bank, NGOs or BUMN. The Digital Transformation Team conducts a lot of zoom meetings to compile a Communique Digital Transformation Track,” added the 2019 Batch student.

This Communique, according to Theo, was ratified at the Y20 Summit in Bandung. “Here, we play a role as a leader in the negotiations between 20 youth representatives of the G20 countries and the ratification of Digital Transformation. The research carried out is themed on four tracks, namely Youth Employment, Digital Transformation, Inclusivity and Diversity and Sustainable and Live-able Planet, and the research is related to global trends and actual conditions in Indonesia,” he said.

Being part of the G20 Presidency, according to Theo, is not easy either. “After I applied and passed administration, I also wrote an essay related to the G20. Then I was interviewed in English by Track Chair, who is a professional from the World Bank. The preparation is also long, around 5 to 6 months from February to July 2022,” he explained.

“The benefit is, I have the opportunity to contribute to Indonesia because we are under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Then, I was able to network with fellow Y20 participants and youth delegates from various countries and be surrounded by great people from various countries. Finally, it is an opportunity to go to an international event as well as open up opportunities and increase credibility later when you have graduated and applied for a job. And everything is a very, very valuable experience, “he concluded. [Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]