IYD Appoints New Co-chairs for Year 2019

IYD celebrates the new season by transitioning to new co-chairs for year 2019. Wafa Taftazani (Y20 Delegate China 2016) and Melvin Hade (Y20 Delegate Germany 2017) had dutifully accepted their nominations and will replace our outgoing co-chairs Biondi Sima (Y20 Delegate Turkey 2015) and Zeva Sudana (Y20 Delegate Australia 2014).

Both co-chairs had previously served as Board Members. Below are their updated profiles. We would also like to use this opportunity to thank Biondi and Zeva for their service in the past two months, whose vision and programme have expanded IYD’s capacity and brought the organizations into a new height. We are optimistic that this legacy can be carried out even further and beyond under the current leadership.

Wafa Taftazani

Wafa Taftazani currently works at Google as Country Strategic Partnerships Manager for YouTube, and is also a Co-Founder and Commissioner at Modal Rakyat, a financial technology platform. He earned an MBA from the University of Cambridge with a full scholarship from LPDP, and a BA in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from Parahyangan Catholic University. 

He began his career as a corporate and investment banker at the The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and as a Business Development Manager at Shopee. Wafa also served as a consultant for the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grab and CNBC. 

Passionate in socio-political causes, he serves as a Vice Chairman at Inovator 4.0 Indonesia, and as a Board Member at Indonesian Youth Diplomacy, before eventually taking on the role of Co-Chair at the organization. 

Wafa has received various national and international awards from governments, educational institutions, the media, and global technology companies. In his spare time, Wafa enjoys video games, automobiles, and horror films.


Melvin Hade

Melvin Hade (23) is a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, the leading global management consulting firm that serves many of the world’s most influential businesses, governments and institutions. At McKinsey, his experience include serving leading companies in the banking, telecommunication, logistic and retail sectors across Southeast Asia, where he advises large corporate clients and state-owned enterprises on their most pressing challenges and opportunities. 

Prior to McKinsey, Melvin had rich experience in a spectrum of fields ranging from investment banking at Credit Suisse, academic research at Nanyang Technological University and wealth management at UOB Bank. In addition, major private and public institutions across Asia have granted him 3 distinct merit-based scholarships from 2007 to 2017. 

He received his Bachelor of Economics from the University of Indonesia, where he graduated with Cum Laude honors in an accelerated duration of 3.5 years and was awarded with the Highest GPA Award at his program. During university, Melvin had won 4 national and international titles in the field of Model United Nations and have represented both his university and country for international conferences and competitions, including the 2015 Harvard National Model United Nations in Boston and the 2014 Open Government Partnership Conference in Bali. 

Melvin is also one of the Top 5 Graduates of the Young Leaders for Indonesia (YLI) program in 2016 and recently was awarded by LinkedIn as the LinkedIn Power Profile for two consecutive years, in 2017 and 2018; making him the youngest person to win the award in both 2017 and 2018. 

Welcoming 10 IYD Ambassadors to IYD Board 2018-19

We are pleased to announce that, after a rigorous selection process and over three-month probation period, our IYD family welcomes 10 new members into our 2018-19 Board as IYD Ambassadors. For the first time ever, IYD expands its membership admission beyond Y20 Summit recruitment.

Our selection committee was very impressed with our Ambassadors’ accomplishments in such a young age. Broadening our membership to youths outside our traditional Y20 Summit representation has been a vision we keep dearly for many years back. This reflects our commitment to stay inclusive and relevant to an even younger cohort of passionate and accomplished individuals.

From a 17 years old student leader to an environmental activist to a new recruit in a top consulting company, join us in welcoming the following ten top talents into IYD!

Alexander Randika Pratama (Public Affairs)

Since his childhood, Randi has been active participating in various activities, including competitive sports, math olympiad, debating to singing competitions. Last year in August 2018, he represented the East Java province and won the gold and silver medal in a Church Choir Competition held in Pontianak, West Kalimantan.

Due to his greater interest in the arts and design, Randi continued his bachelors degree education in the study of Visual Communication Design at the State University of Malang. During his studies at the State University of Malang, he actively organized and was trusted to serve as Deputy Chairperson II and Board of Trustees of the Organization of the Catholic Family Association of the State University of Malang. In addition, during his studies in college, he continued to participate in various competitions and began to be involved in various volunteering activities. One of them was as an Indonesian representative for the Busan Choral Competition and Festival in 2014, and as a volunteer for Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in 2015.

During late 2018, Randi decided to move to Jakarta and is currently undergoing an internship program in Satu Data Indonesia, Indonesia Presidential Staff Office as a Design Specialist. He is responsible for managing visual data used in various data content on social media and presentations.

In his leisure time, Randi spends his time gathering with friends, listening to music and traveling to various places. He is also a fan of detective novels (especially Agatha Christie)!


Angela Monalisa (Business Affairs)

Angela Monalisa (Nana) is a final year Accounting student at Universitas Indonesia. Other than maintaining her daily life as a student, her extracurricular activities include being a lecturer assistant and an Executive Board of SPA FEB UI, an accounting student association in her university. At times, she also helps out researches held by Lembaga Demografi FEB UI. Her keen interest in research has brought her to present her work in South Korea.

Professionally, she has interned in Otoritas Jasa Keuangan, helping to map out the advancement of financial access in one of Indonesia’s province. She was also chosen to be an INKOMPASS intern, a global internship program. During her global internship period in INKOMPASS, she has contributed in a digital marketing project in markets outside Indonesia.

She is now enjoying her last bits of university life, taking activities here and there to expand her knowledge and get to know more and more people. That’s why, other than IYD, she is also part of the CPA Australia Student Ambassador and Deloitte Grand Ambassador network.

Like the average college student, Nana likes to read books, watch Netflix, and scroll the Twitter timeline on her car trips.


Anggi Nurqonita (Public Affairs)

Anggi Nurqonita is currently a social media officer of Australia Indonesia Youth Association.  In August 18, she accomplished her bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, from Universitas Indonesia. She is passionate in journalism and art. In 2016-2017 she was an ASEAN Korean Network correspondent. Her interest towards videography drives her to be the 1st Winner of UNESCO Multimedia Contest 2018. 

Anggi is keen in environmental issues. In 2015, she co-founded Eudosis, a social enterprise which produce souvenirs made of recycled plastic waste. Her interest towards the environment drives her and her team to be placed as the Top 10 National UN Global Pulse Big Data on the Climate Change Contest. Prior to that, in 2013 she was selected as the Asia Pacific TUNZA Eco Generation Ambassador. During her leisure time, she loves watching movies and reading.

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Cahyani Anisa Dewi (Project Management)

Cahyani Anisa Dewi graduated from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) with a B.Sc. in Accounting. During her studies, she received a full-scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education for ASEAN International Mobility for Students to study in Mahidol University, Thailand. She also received a full-scholarship from WU Vienna-UGM Partnership for an International Summer School Program.

She started her career in the consulting field by joining The Boston Consulting Group as a project specialist. Prior to that she interned in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as a financial advisor. Her experiences allowed her to work closely with people from various countries and backgrounds. Cahyani is actively involved in an international youth organization to support the SDGs in quality education. She is also involved in several community development projects focusing on literacy and community development. Her recent project under Universitas Gadjah Mada allows her to improve the economic activities in one of the rural areas in Yogyakarta.

Meanwhile in her spare time, she enjoys travelling and photography.

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Ivan (Business Affairs)

Ivan, 18 years old, is a first-year Economics student at Universitas Indonesia with a full merit-based scholarship from Sea Undergraduate Scholarship. Having earned many achievements and leadership experiences, he is the elected leader of his batch major of 2018. He is also now an intern at Kajian Ekonomi dan Pembangunan Indonesia FEB UI, analyzing a wide range of economics issues under the Economics Studies Division.

He has always managed to be distinct amongst his peers since high school. He was the leader of his school’s debating club and have championed some tournaments such as ALSA Courtlike Debate Championship in 2017 and Banten Indonesian National Schools Debating Championship in 2016. On his senior year, he founded and led the first year of Gading Serpong Model United Nations Club, which managed to win 14 awards during the year. Outside academics, he also joined his school’s choir, which managed to win the Gold Medal at Penabur International Choir Festival 2017. Moreover, he also actively joined in the Student Council for four consecutive years, which gave him confidence in leading and working collectively.

His interest in international issues and diplomacy has brought him to Model United Nations. He won Best Delegate at Indonesia Model United Nations 2018 and he has been selected to represent Universitas Indonesia in the 2019 Harvard World Model United Nations in Madrid, Spain next year.

During his free time, he enjoys volunteering for good causes and singing.

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Laras Salsabila (Project Management)

Laras Salsabila is a fourth-year student of Bogor Agricultural University majoring in Communications and Community Development. Apart from being a student, she is a part-time intern at The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) and she has been involved in several joint researches namely Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Urban Water Cluster and IndOrganics – an Organic farming research.

Laras is also a Vice President of IPB Debating Community. Being an active debater helps Laras to be a more open-minded person and respect others’ viewpoints. Joining the scene of Model United Nations in 2015, Her first International MUN was in the United Nations Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland where she was able to snatch the Honorable Mention award in 2016, then as Best Delegate in Binus 2016, Verbal Commendation both in Bali World 2017 and CityU Hong Kong 2018, and Most Outstanding Delegate in UII 2018. She managed to snatch the Best Poster Presentation at TRI-U Joint Seminar Japan 2017 and also awarded as the Third Most Outstanding Student of Bogor Agricultural University 2018. 

Beside academic and non-academic routines, Laras is also active in volunteering work, where she has ample opportunities to solve community problems. Every Sunday morning, she spares her time for voluntary activity – teaching kids in a community (named Geng Bacaku) nearby campus. 

Her dream job is to work at UNDP and she is planning to continue pursuing MPhil degree in Development Studies, University of Oxford.

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Muh. Wildan Teddy Bintang P. Has (Government Affairs)

Muh. Wildan Teddy Bintang P. Has is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Law at Universitas Indonesia. Grew up witnessing violence against women and children has made him a feminist and an advocate for women’s rights. He has been actively involved in the area of human rights since 2014 when he became a teaching volunteer for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

His passion towards women’s rights has inspired him to do something for the community. Teddy was a legal service volunteer at LBH APIK Jakarta (a legal aid which works on gender justice) where he assisted clients who face violence. He also became a legal fellow at Justice Without Borders whose job was assisting clients (migrant workers from Indonesia) to get compensation. Back in campus, Teddy is involved in Hope Helps (the first crisis center for sexual violence in campus in Indonesia) as a staff of advocacy.

Teddy is also passionate in conducting research. He presented his paper about access to justice for indigenous people in the biennial Indonesian Judicial Reform Forum 2018. Recalling challenges faced by women, he is also passionate in the issue of poverty and climate justice. It has brought him to speak at Blue Carbon Summit 2018 about his research on impoverishment of fisherwomen.

Teddy is currently working with his team on his long-awaited dream to build an organization named Child and Youth Initiative. This entity works to tackle domestic violence (within marriage and other intimate relationships) by giving children and youth knowledge and conduct research about it.


Natasya Fila Rais (Government Affairs)

Natasya Fila Rais is a law student, author, researcher, and a former child actress. She has published two young adult novels titled “Ephemerae” and “Acabella” in 2017. Natasya was awarded as the Best Delegation of the Political Committee at the 2nd Model ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly 2018. She was also honored as an academic paper presenter at the 1st International Conference on Law and Justice 2017 held by UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. Her academic publications on human rights and foreign policy were published in several journals, such as Atlantis Press Proceeding, JURIS Law Journal, and ISAFIS Journal.

Natasya has always been active in speaking up about gender equality through her articles, which are published on Magdalene, the Affinity Magazine, and Women’s Republic. She is currently active as the Research and Development Staff on both Foreign Policy Community Indonesia chapter Universitas Indonesia (FPCI UI) and Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS). In her spare time, Natasya channels her musicality through song covers which can be found on her social media. Natasya is currently pursuing Bachelor’s Degree at Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia.

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Thomas Noto Suoneto (Development Affairs)

Thomas Noto is currently the Director for Special Projects and Institutional Relations at the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), the largest foreign policy group in Indonesia working to promote positive nationalism and smart internationalism. He successfully managed important projects such as the Asian Scholars and Experts Visit to North Korea in April 2018, CEO Breakfast Meeting with Indonesian Ministers and the Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy (CIFP). Prior joining FPCI, he was a research assistant.

He obtained his Bachelor of International Relations Degree from Binus University in the studies of Multinational Corporations and East Asian Region. He was the recipient of several awards from the university during his studies such as the Best Delegate and Speaker at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Singapore, Honorable Mention Delegate at the TUMUN in Bangkok and several prizes from writing, debating and speech competitions. 

During his bachelor studies, he has taken on a number of leadership positions, being selected as the first Secretary General of The Bina Nusantara International Relations Dialectic Society – a student organization founded to serve as a forum for discussion and debating topical issues of national and international concerns. In 2017, he was chosen as the President of Model ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in the Indonesian House of Representative. In the same year, he was elected as one of SCG Young Leaders and Board of Judges at the International Youth Leaders Forum (IYLF). Previously, he is the representative of the university to the Asia Pacific Model United Conference in Perth, Australia. 

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Yobella Priskila (Development Affairs)

Yobella Priskila, 21 years old, is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Science and Technology from Pharmacy at Bandung Institute of Technology. During her study, she was one of the grantees of PT Daewoong Pharmaceutical Scholarship. Besides her interests in health, she also likes to explore marketing and business by taking part in business plans and business case competitions. A resilient person, she became the top 5 in Sampoerna's Finance Day Grand Business Challenge 2018 and top 5 in Pitch First Competition 2018 that was felt by Prasetya Mulya University.

Yobella realized that building soft skills and personal development is important for herself. Therefore, she was involved in a number of organizations. She became the chief of sponsors division for OSKM ITB 2017 which is a welcoming event for freshmen ITB. She has funded money to support the event by collaborating with companies including FMCG and unicorn startups in Indonesia. In StudentsCatalyst she became the Director of Human Resources, that help to provides an incubator for top performers of college students to their shape path throughout college years. She was also one of the alumni of 2017 held by McKinsey & Co which is a 6-month leadership program to build leadership skills. During her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and baking.

Y20 Summit 2018 Indonesian Delegation Announcement

On behalf of Indonesian Youth Diplomacy, we would like to announce that for the Y20 Summit 2018 in Argentina this year, one of the previously chosen delegates, Cheryl Christella Ng, unfortunately had to withdraw from her role because of her work and we had to terminate her appointment. In replacement of her position, we would like to happily announce that Joanna Octavia, one of the shortlisted applicants who is also highly qualified, will resume the role to represent Indonesian youths alongside Vincent Tjendra! Let us welcome Joanna and wish her all the best! Lets get to know her better by reading her profile below:



Joanna Octavia is a public policy professional with 7 years of experience in government affairs, policy research and multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement.  

Previously she was a Senior Public Policy Associate at Uber in Indonesia, where she led cross-functional teams to establish the brand's profile among policymakers through engagement and strategic partnerships. Prior to Uber, Joanna worked as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi) in Jakarta, conducting studies on Indonesia's investment competitiveness, job creation and financing in sustainable development. Additionally, she had also worked as an Analyst at Bloomberg LP in Singapore, and as a Research Intern at The Serco Institute in London. As a result of her diverse experiences, she has developed a keen interest in topics surrounding labor relations, digitization of the informal economy, and the relationship between government and business in developing countries.

Joanna graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2010 with a Master of Science in Comparative Politics, and from the University of British Columbia in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. She completed an Advanced Certificate in the Chinese Language Program at Tsinghua University in 2011. During university, she was the President of the Indonesian Students Association at UBC, and represented LSE in organizing London Indonesian Night, in which she also performed in an original play based on stories of student activism during the New Order era.

As a recipient of the Chancellor's International Scholarship, Joanna will shortly be starting her PhD in Employment Research at the Institute of Employment Research, University of Warwick. 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, watching documentaries and practicing brush calligraphy.

OGP Summit Georgia 2018: Youth Talk

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"Untuk membagi pengalaman OGP Summit 2018, Sekretariat Open Government Indonesia bekerja sama dengan Indonesian Youth Diplomacy (IYD), dan didukung oleh Cocowork yang merupakan jaringan coworking space terbesar di Indonesia, akan melaksanakan sebuah kegiatan yang bernama OGP Summit Georgia 2018: Youth Talk. Kegiatan ini bertujuan untuk membagikan pengalaman delegasi yang berpartisipasi dalam OGP Summit Georgia 2018 di masyarakat khususnya di kalangan anak muda termasuk siswa dan mahasiswa. Proses dari kegiatan ini akan melibatkan anak muda yang masuk dan berupa sebuah seminar kecil yang akan membahas isu-isu yang akan dibahas dalam Open Government Summit 2018 di Georgia dan memberikan sekilas cuplikan kegiatan delegasi Indonesia yang menghadiri acara Summit.

Bentuk Kegiatan:

Bentuk kegiatan acara ini akan berupa sebuah seminar kecil yang dihadiri 30-50 orang yang terdiri dari:

  1. Keynote Speeches
  2. Reportase dari delegasi Indonesia di Open Government Partnership Summit di Tbilisi Georgia


  1. Moeldoko, Kepala Staf Presiden Republik Indonesia (Rekaman)*
  2. Yanuar Nugroho, Deputi II Kantor Staf Presiden Republik Indonesia (Reportase)*
  3. Daniel Oscar Baskoro (Reportase)*
  4. Debby Adelina Suryani, Tenaga Ahli Open Government Indonesia
  5. Tities Eka Agustine, Tenaga Ahli Open Government Indonesia
  6. Biondi Sanda Sima, Co-chair Indonesian Youth Diplomacy
  7. Rizky Ananda, Peneliti Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia

Yuk daftar! Kursi terbatas untuk 30 orang: bit.ly/ogiyouth.

IYD Youth Talk 2018

Women, What's Next?


"Setelah studi, mau ngapain? Kenapa belum bekerja? Kapan kamu bakal nikah? Setelah masuk ke jenjang karir, apa nih step berikutnya? Kapan punya anak? Kenapa kamu berhenti bekerja?" 

Pertanyaan-pertanyaan di atas seringkali didengar oleh para perempuan Indonesia. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan seperti ini mungkin dapat membuat para perempuan merasa jengah dan galau. Namun, yang perlu kita ingat, perempuan memiliki hak untuk memilih langkah apa yang ingin mereka tempuh dalam fase hidupnya. Tidak ada satu jalan yang benar dan yang paling baik daripada yang lain. Namun, masih banyak yang harus kita diskusikan. Seperti, bagaimana kita dapat memaksimalkan peranan perempuan dalam ranah publik maupun domestik demi membangun bangsa? Bagaimana peranan laki-laki untuk saling mendukung peranan perempuan? Bagaimana kita menangani masalah perempuan yang kesulitan mendapatkan pekerjaan yang berdampak pada semakin naiknya tingkat pengangguran perempuan yang lebih tinggi dari laki-laki, yakni 22.94% (BPS, 2014)? Di tingkat global sendiri, Indonesia berada di peringkat 88 berdasarkan jumlah perempuan di bidang politik (legislatif misalnya), aspek ekonomi dan tingkat partisipasi politik. Dari sejumlah contoh data di atas, tim IYD berinisiatif untuk mengetahui lebih dalam dan berbagi pendapat dengan pemuda Indonesia melalui sebuah pertanyaan “Ke Mana Arah Progress Perempuan Indonesia dalam Berkontribusi Membangun Negara?”

Acara yang disebut IYD Youth Talk 2018 ini akan diselenggarakan pada hari Sabtu, 10 Maret 2018 di Perpustakaan Nasional Republik Indonesia pk 13.30-15.30 WIB. Terbuka untuk perempuan dan laki-laki!

Pertemuan ini akan dihadiri narasumber kece dari UN Women Indonesia yaitu Irantoni Alumna (yes, men can support women empowerment too and vice versa!) dan aktivis perempuan Anindya Vivi, lalu diikuti sesi FGD bersama tim IYD.

Tidak ada biaya apapun, namun segera daftar ya karena tempat terbatas! 

DAN.. Acara ini khusus untuk member IYD Community. Belum daftar? Segera daftarkan dirimu di sini:

Daftar jadi bagian IYD Community, yuk!

Setelah jadi IYD Community, silakan registrasi acara di sini ya:


Nama *
Acara ini terbuka untuk perempuan dan laki-laki.
Mari beri tahu kami di sini bahwa kamu telah mengonfirmasi ketersediaan kamu. Mohon centang 'Ya' hanya bila kamu benar-benar yakin akan hadir. Jika kamu memutuskan untuk berubah pikiran dan tidak dapat hadir, mohon beri tahu kami paling lambat pada hari Kamis, tanggal 8 Maret 2018. Kami mohon maaf, IYD tidak akan menanggung kamu pergi ke dan dari acara ini.


Yuk meramaikan peringatan hari perempuan Internasional tanggal 8 Maret 2018 dan sampai bertemu di IYD Youth Talk di tanggal 10 Maret 2018!

Meet the Diplomats 2017 Participants Announcement

Hello everyone!

Thank you very much for your interest and the submissions to the Meet the Diplomats 2017. We are also going to broadcast the MTD 2017 live through our Facebook Page, so no worries if you’re not able to attend in person because you are still get to post questions and follow the discussions online!

We are pleased to announce the following names as the participants for the event:

  1. Acep Saepudin
  2. Adrian Wail Akhlas
  3. Agrit Hastubinawan
  4. Agung Rustandar
  5. Akbar Kurniadi
  6. Aulia Asri
  7. Ayesha Tantriana
  8. Cindy Tamara Wijaya
  9. Dani Jaya Putra Putra
  10. Emilia Tiurma Savira
  11. Erlinda Matondang Matondang
  12. Farah Safrina
  13. Husnatul Luthvia
  14. Ian Karunia Krishnanda Setiadji
  15. Indriani Sembiring Meliala
  16. Jamjam Sapaat
  17. Karuniawati Harumi
  18. Medy Muammar
  19. Mery Kathryn Kurniawati Panjaitan
  20. Mikhael Yosia
  21. Miranda Cempaka Ganda Putri
  22. Mizalfia Nursabrina
  23. Muhammad Ali Husein
  24. Muhammad Dzia Ul Haq
  25. Nariswari Khairanisa Nurjaman
  26. Olivia Rizki Zakia Alqirrah
  27. Putri Hana Syafitri
  28. Rafaelle R. Pearl
  29. Risda Laira
  30. Risky Ananda Lubis
  31. Risyah Adilia
  32. Rizki Prahaya Putra
  33. Ronaldi Billy Putrajaya
  34. Safira Khameswari
  35. Safira Pusparani
  36. Salma Effendi
  37. Shamira Andalusia
  38. Suci Cahyaningrum
  39. Winda Edelwis Zedilla
  40. Yose Ardhani Farasi

We do hope we’d be able to accommodate more participants in the future, so keep an eye on our channels for more savvy gigs in the coming months!

Zeva Sudana to Lead IYD as Co-chair

Following the previous announcement on the new IYD's leadership, we are pleased to announce that Zeva Aulia Sudana has also been appointed as IYD's co-chair.  Together with Biondi Sima, Zeva will replace Gracia Paramitha and Kania Muksin who had served IYD as co-chairs in 2014-2016. 

Zeva Aulia Sudana is currently an Outreach Officer at the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF). She is also an active freelance consultant for multi-stakeholders. She was a Communications Officer and Green Education Consultant at the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID). She was a Program Officer in Search for Common Ground (SFCG), an INGO in the fields of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. She has travelled to various parts of Indonesia to conduct grassroot programs.

She obtained her Masters of Arts (MA) Degree in December 2013 from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom in the studies of Social and Global Justice within the School of Politics and International Relations. She graduated with a Merit II-I award. She received a full scholarship from the University of Nottingham in collaboration with The Open Society Foundation (OSF). 

Zeva obtained her International Relations bachelor’s degree (SIp) in 2011 from Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia. She was the Chief Coordinator of KSMPMI - SENTRIS academic journal and member of Parahyangan English Debating Society. She graduated with both a cum laude and valedictorian honor.

She is a member of CAUSINDY since 2015, an alumnus of Istanbul’s Bilgi Üniversitesi Summer School on International Politics in 2012, scholarship recipient of the 2011 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) - Religious Pluralism in America from the US Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Bureau, and alumni of the 2010 Sekolah HAM untuk Mahasiswa / Human Rights School for University Students (SeHaMa) held by NGO KontraS. Zeva very much appreciates music, arts and culture. 

As co-chairs, Zeva and Biondi will join forces with a Core Team consisting of highly qualified individuals who were all part of previous Y20 Summit delegations. Profiles of each IYD Core Team member this year can be seen in this page. Core Team will run IYD's governance for the entire year to come. Recruiting for Y20 Summit / G-20 Youth Engagement Group and liaising as youth focal point to G20 Sherpa Indonesia and to the global network of IDEA (The International Diplomatic Engagement Association) are among the flagship programs IYD has dedicated itself to.


Biondi Sima, IYD’s Newly Appointed Chair 2016-2017




We are pleased to introduce Biondi Sima, our incoming Chair of the Indonesian Youth Diplomacy (IYD). Biondi replaces Gracia Paramitha and Kania Muksin, the outgoing co-chairs who are continuing their studies in a PhD program in politics in the University of York and a master’s degree in SIPA Columbia University, respectively. 

We would like to use this opportunity to thank Grace, Kania and IYD's previous administration for their invaluable service, hard work and dedication in expanding IYD legacy, serving as the youth focal point and official engagement group to G-20 Sherpa Indonesia.

Under the previous administration, Biondi was the Indonesian Delegate to the Y20 Istanbul and a co-lead recruiter for the Y20 Beijing-Shanghai.

Biondi Sima is a communications specialist at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia, a DC-based non-governmental organization, whose main focus is to use digital, open-source mapping for humanitarian response and economic development. He is tasked with Australian and US-funded programs that promote open-source softwares producing realistic disaster impact scenario and early-warning system. 

Biondi previously interned in the UNESCO Headquarters Paris and studied double master’s in International Economic Policy and Sustainable Development in PSIA SciencesPo and Peking University

With the new leadership, IYD will preserve its commitment as a springboard and avenue for among the most-celebrated Indonesian young talents who are passionate in international affairs and multilateral institutions. We will continue in our endeavor to be inclusive, ensuring youth voices are fairly represented and that it serves Indonesian national interest in the G-20, a decisive multilateral forum that brings together most powerful industrialized and developing economies to harmonize and to deliberate on pressing issues in global economy. 

We aim to deconstruct these complex narratives on global phenomena and familiarize them with the over 125 million Indonesian growing millennials, whilst working closely with Indonesian government, private entities and other youth organizations in advancing and preparing for the next generation of thinkers, doers and change makers.

For queries and partnership with IYD, please contact: info@indonesianyouthdiplomacy.org or liaise directly to our chair’s address: biondi.sima@hotosm.org.

The Y20 China 2016 Summit

The 7th edition of Y20 Summit was held in Beijing and Shanghai under Chinese Presidency from July 24th to 31st 2016. Despite have been discussing and sorting out strategies for the summit for the past 2-3 months online, the five of Indonesian delegation only met for the first time as a full team in Beijing International hotel on Monday morning of August the 25th. It was nice to finally put a face on each of the team’s name and getting to know each other a little bit better. The Y20 Summit agenda itself was also nicely arranged as it serves the first couple of days for cultural visits and ice breaking to allow the delegates from the G20 and guest countries as well as invited international organizations got acquainted with each other before the serious-fun parts begin.

Andreyka, Peter, Wafa, Fadhila, and Hanifah proudly wearing Batik for the Welcome Banquet of the Y20 Summit

Andreyka, Peter, Wafa, Fadhila, and Hanifah proudly wearing Batik for the Welcome Banquet of the Y20 Summit

The diplomatic week was commenced by a visit to the Forbidden City and The Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Called Gu Gong in Chinese, the former served as the imperial palace for the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It acquires the famous name as it was forbidden to enter the facility without special permission from the emperor. Now the establishment houses historical and valuable artifacts as the Palace Museum. The huge complex coupled with the summery weather in Beijing on that day was a perfect combination for some sweaty historical introduction to the Chinese culture!

The Indonesian delegation in front of the Forbidden City

The Indonesian delegation in front of the Forbidden City

The Great Hall of the People

The Great Hall of the People

A bit later on the first day, the Y20 delegates was formally welcomed by the Mr. Li Yuanchao, the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China in the Great Hall of The People. The Head Delegate of Turkish, Chinese, and German delegation had the privilege to address the Vice President representing the Y20 delegates as the previous, current, and upcoming presidency of the G20 summit. Mr. Li gave a short overview on the recent Chinese economic development followed by the introduction to concerns of the Chinese Presidency for this year’s summit with an emphasize on innovative, invigorated, interconnected, and inclusive global economy. On the following day, Hanifah delivered a speech to address the Sherpa of People’s Republic of China as the head delegate of Indonesia together with Canadian and Australian head delegates.

Hanifah is giving a speech to address the Sherpa of People's Republic of China, representing the Y20 delegates

Hanifah is giving a speech to address the Sherpa of People's Republic of China, representing the Y20 delegates

After spending two days in Beijing, the summit is continued to one of the busiest port cities in the World, Shanghai. The delegates took high-speed train that connects both megacities within five and a half hours. The Shanghai part of the summit was set about by a pleasant welcome banquet in the Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan Hotel. On the following day, the Y20 China 2016 was officially kicked off by an opening ceremony attended by all the delegates and invitees as well as the Vice president of All-China Youth Federation, Zhou Changkui, Vice chairman of the CPPCC Shanghai Committee, Xu Yibo, Chancellor of Fudan University, Wei Xiaopeng, and President of Fudan University, Xu Ningsheng.

Opening ceremony of the Y20 Summit 2016 in the Twin Tower of Fudan University

Opening ceremony of the Y20 Summit 2016 in the Twin Tower of Fudan University

Andreyka, Wafa, and Fadhila during the roundtable session.

Andreyka, Wafa, and Fadhila during the roundtable session.

The Y20 roundtables then were in order, which were broken into three sessions carried out within two days. Each of the Indonesian delegates covered one of the topics of this year’s summit under the general theme of “Youth innovation for our shared vision”. Both having political science background, Andreyka was attending the “social justice and equal opportunities” while Hanifah went for the “partnership and global covernance”. Fadhila covered the “green life and sustainability” topic given her background in engineering and sustainable technology. Peter and Wafa who are adept at economics by academic and professional background attended the “entrepreneurship and creative thinking” and “poverty elimination and joint development” respectively.

The head delegates meeting to finalize the Y20 communique

The head delegates meeting to finalize the Y20 communique

The Indonesian delegation were glad to be able to promote the following gists, among others, on the final Y20 China communiqué:

  • policies aimed at ensuring land rights for the poor in rural & urban areas; involvement of local communities in food production,
  • e-commerce services & mobile payment systems, rendering marketplaces available to small & individual businesses,
  • practical programs that foster entrepreneurial, creative, & critical thinking from primary school onwards,
  • point of access for entrepreneurs providing info, contacts, and affordable assistance pertinent to business activities,
  • removing barriers & regulatory burdens for start-ups and entrepreneurs; protection of intellectual property rights,
  • equal access to education and jobs across gender and age for vulnerable and underrepresented groups,
  • ratification of Paris Agreement by the signatories; dedicated fund for sustainable development projects,
  • integration of sustainability in formal education curriculum; incentives to make cities cleaner and more sustainable,
  • forest protection; clean technology transfer to developing countries; sustainable supply chain mechanism,
  • big data for inclusive social policy; transparency and neutrality in public private partnerships.

The silver lining of the points accentuated by the Indonesian delegation is the importance of integrated education for shaping an inclusive, just, creative, entrepreneurial, and sustainable mindset on the young generation.

The final communiqué drafting finally reached a consensus after a tense 10-hours meeting of the Y20 head delegates and guest countries meeting. The Y20 communiqué was officially handed to the All China Youth Federation as the organizing committee to be presented on the G20 country leaders and Sherpa meetings on September 2016 in Hangzhou.

The Indonesian delegation to the Y20 China would like to thank the Indonesian Sherpa for G20, the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague The Netherlands, and last but not least the Indonesian Youth Diplomacy for both the resources and moral support, which made youth diplomacy in this year’s Y20 a successful endeavor. We are keen to follow up not only the outcomes from the G20 China Summit in the coming month, but also the implementation of youth-driven solutions on the national development strategies afterwards.


Meet the Diplomats - British Embassy and French Embassy - RESULTS

Dear Meet the Diplomats Applicants!

Thank you for your patience and participation in this year's recruitment for the Meet the Diplomats Program. Indonesian Youth Diplomacy has been very proud to have worked with you, as well as all 300+ applicants representing the best and the brightest of Indonesia's young leaders.

This October session will be the first Meet the Diplomats program and we are deeply honoured by all the hours you spent preparing your applications for the program. Meet the Diplomats is one of the top priority program under this year IYD’s annual plan. It is a platform for sharing knowledge, engaging foreign policy influencers, government officials, International Government Organizations (IGOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and other international actors in dialogues with Indonesian youths.

Please kindly find the list of participants names below for the upcoming Meet the Diplomats 2015 at the British Embassy and French Embassy. We were genuinely impressed by your enthusiasm and passion during the application process. For those who have been selected as participants, please check your email as we have sent a notification and detailed information to you.

For those who have not been successful in your application this year, please don't be discouraged, we were overwhelmed with the quality and numbers of candidates we received this year. Again, we sincerely thank you all applicants for your great efforts in this program!

Please voice any questions, comments or concerns and we will get back to you.


Best regards,

Meet the Diplomats Team, Indonesian Youth Diplomacy


Participants for Meet the Diplomats Program at the British Embassy

Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 10.00-13.30 at the British Embassy Jakarta

Jl. Patra Kuningan Raya Blok L5-6, Setiabudi, Jakarta 12950, Indonesia

No       Name

  1. Selly Anastassia Amellia Kharis
  2. Rika Mulia
  3. Anisha Parasputi Muksin
  4. Garlan Archista Duarsa
  5. Muhammad Kharij Muhajir
  6. Dio Handrian
  7. Ratri Dyah Palupi
  8. Joseph Hendrik
  9. Adri Arlan
  10. Lindawati Kartika
  11. Alif Disa Putra
  12. Hadi Al Rasyid
  13. Megawati Rosalio Putri
  14. Hari Mahardika Sembiring
  15. Fauza Aulia Rahmi
  16. Noviana Zulfa
  17. Aditya Pratama
  18. Effendi Tandoko
  19. Intan Natasha Putri
  20. Gabriela Agmassini Pramesvari
  21. Shabrina Atrasina Fadhila
  22. Dion Yosafat Prabowo Tokalende
  23. Mayang Krisnawardhani
  24. Wildan Asysyaibani
  25. Nabila Sharfina Qamarani
  26. Aprilia Ekawati Utami
  27. Yeremia Yerre
  28. Anita Restiana Sutrisno
  29. Reestya Dyahwatie Siswoyo
  30. Mochammad Lanrega Hafiz

Participants for Meet the Diplomats Program at the French Embassy's IFI

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 15.45-18.00 at Institut Francais d’Indonesie (IFI) French Embassy Jakarta,

Jl. MH Thamrin no 20 Menteng, Jakarta

No       Name

  1. Mutiara Antartika Sari
  2. Astrid Damayanti Widyastuti
  3. Reza Robby Reza
  4. Ludhiana Putri
  5. Laras Annisa Wahyuningtyas
  6. Ahmad Huzair
  7. Ronny Nanda Putra
  8. Jajang Ramadhan
  9. Mohamad Djodi Hardi Prajuri
  10. Raafi Nurlistiani Avi
  11. Ratih Alifya Azeti
  12. Syahputra Ganda Turnip
  13. Ryan Rinaldy
  14. Yessica Chrisandtia Simanungkalit
  15. Winda Edelwis Zedilla
  16. Puti Adani
  17. Achmad Yozar Perkasa
  18. Arif Rachman
  19. Alexander Bryant Iwo
  20. Sisca Ameliawati Rudy
  21. Dina Chaerani
  22. Yeni Rahmawati
  23. Agni Noor Muhammad
  24. Fahmy Yusuf
  25. Caesar Budi
  26. Herman Saputra
  27. Citra Benazir Adityawarman
  28. Andre Fadyl
  29. Nuri Rachmayani
  30. Ineke Amandha Sari
  31. Iqram Editya
  32. Antonius Samturnip
  33. Didik Prasetyo
  34. Santiago Pawe Ago
  35. Kristi Ardiana
  36. Prita Mutiaulia Raharyanto
  37. Anggraini Wulandari
  38. Bagus Pramudito
  39. Candra Nugraha
  40. Indra Darmawan
  41. Susetyo Romadhoni
  42. Musyfiqul Khoir
  43. Dipo Nugra Ramdhan
  44. Sandi Yudha Pratama
  45. Farra Nabila Murti
  46. Rifki Habibi
  47. Muh. Hidayat Hasan withdraw
  48. Yuthika Anindya Putri
  49. Agustina Putri Dharmawan
  50. Tantyo Gumulja
  51. Kurnia Sandy
  52. Nurul Paradila Azizah
  53. Ilma Rafika
  54. Nurin Retno
  55. Muhammad Sa'ad Yumnan
  56. Anastasia Marza
  57. Andi Hamina Ina
  58. M. Oftawendra
  59. Fahmi Fauzi Abdillah
  60. Nadya Husein Zainuddin
  61. Aristyo Rizka Darmawan
  62. Banu Hardians
  63. Anisah Mubarokatin
  64. Syammas P. Syarbini
  65. Yusep Supriatna
  66. Clarissa Giovanni
  67. Tri Indah Ayu Sasmita Syamsuddin
  68. Afifah Luthfiya Hanum
  69. Gabriel Sebastian Butarbutar
  70. Ni Ketut Widi Kartini
  71. Dwi Iswahyudi
  72. Nur Afni Damanik
  73. Okta Martua Sitanggang
  74. Diakonia Pungkassari
  75. Ben Aldo Halim
  76. Suci Sekarwati
  77. Muhammad Ainun Maidi
  78. Akbar Pangestu
  79. Zia Azizah Jati Asmara
  80. Hasna Soraya Firdaus
  81. Indra Pujianto
  82. Adelina Nur Rahmasari
  83. Muhammad Dzia Ul Haq
  84. Irma Rostika Maryam
  85. Jasmine Alderira
  86. IrmaAnggi Yunita
  87. Jessica Wongsodiharjo
  88. Zara Thasya Almira
  89. Bunga Ramadani
  90. Muhammad Afif Yanfa
  91. Bintang Mikail
  92. Shelley Valencia
  93. Veradika Rismaghayesty
  94. Glady Fabiola Tanusaputra



Ankara: Visiting Our Embassy

After the conference was wrapped up, we still had one agenda left: visiting the Indonesian embassy in Ankara. We took a high-speed train from Istanbul, taking around 3 hours while indulging our eyes on the beautiful Turkish countryside.

The high-speed train station in Pendik, Istanbul.

The high-speed train station in Pendik, Istanbul.

The discussion in Ankara was attended by various embassy officials and Indonesian students, not only from Ankara, but from other cities in central Turkey. On behalf of IYD, we also presented a token of appreciation to Mr. Alamsyah, our Counsellor at the embassy.

The discussion covered what we did in the conference, presentation of the communiqué, and what IYD does. The participants were engaging with their questions, particularly on unemployment and peace topics. One of them even promised to join the application for next year's delegation! Our only regret was the engaging discussion stole time from our dinner time, but it was definitely worth it.

Mr. Alamsyah, Counsellor at the Indonesian Embassy to Turkey, in his welcoming remarks.

Mr. Alamsyah, Counsellor at the Indonesian Embassy to Turkey, in his welcoming remarks.

Our mandatory group photo in batik (and udeng!) in Ankara.

Our mandatory group photo in batik (and udeng!) in Ankara.

For more updates, follow us on Twitter@iYouthDiplomacy or our Facebook page. For more information on Y20, visit www.y20turkey.org.

The Indonesian delegation to the Y20 Summit 2015 is endorsed by the Sherpa of Indonesia, and sponsored by Tanoto Foundation and Pertamina, with support from the Indonesian Embassy to the Netherlands and Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan. 

Visiting Canakkale: A Reminder of the Importance of Youth Diplomacy

After the official closing of the Y20 Summit Turkey, delegates have a day of relaxing and fun. Some chose to explore Istanbul. Some went to Canakkale for a historic trip organized by Y20 Summit committee. Adiska and Kristia decided to go to join the Canakkale trip. 

Canakkale is about 300 km from Istanbul. We took a 5-hour bus drive to Canakkale. Canakkale has sites for both ancient and modern history of Turkey and the world. 

We visited Troy, the ancient city where the well-known Trojan War took place. Then we went to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena in an ancient city of Assos, located on top of Behramkale village.

A remake of the Trojan horse

A remake of the Trojan horse

On top of a hill at Behramkale village   

On top of a hill at Behramkale village  

Ruins of the Temple of Athena at ancient city of  Assos, located on top of the hill at Behramkale village 

Ruins of the Temple of Athena at ancient city of Assos, located on top of the hill at Behramkale village 

From visiting ancient cities, we then went to the sites of the World War I. We went to see the statue of Corporal Seyit and learned the story of this Turkish war hero. We also visited the Martyrs' Memorial and the 57th Regiment Memorial, both memorials of those who died in the Gallipoli campaign of the World War I. 

These visits reminded us on the atrocity of wars. Diplomacy is key in preventing wars, and this should start in youth. Y20 Summit works to promote such peaceful diplomacy between youths of the world.

Statue of Coporal Seyit, Turkish hero of the World War I 

Statue of Coporal Seyit, Turkish hero of the World War I 

Martyrs' Memorial 

Martyrs' Memorial 

For more updates, follow us on Twitter@iYouthDiplomacy or our Facebook page. For more information on Y20, visit www.y20turkey.org.

The Indonesian delegation to the Y20 Summit 2015 is endorsed by the Sherpa of Indonesia, and sponsored by Tanoto Foundation and Pertamina, with support from the Indonesian Embassy to the Netherlands and Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan. 

Final Conference Day of Y20 Turkey 2015: Drafting of Final Communiqué

In the last day, all delegations split into two groups: while the head delegates must endure over 7 hours of non-stop negotiation finalizing the communiqué, the rest had the chance to visit a complex of historical sites in Istanbul. Sultan Ahmet neighborhood hosting Istanbul's finest landmarks, such as Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, was easily picked as Y20 tour destination.

Meanwhile in Boğaziçi University, Head Delegates must go against each other's heads, trying to squeeze the final communiqué more dense and compact. The intensity radiated well beyond the Rectorate Hall, the meeting room, as delegations were waiting in anticipation to how the final communiqué would sound like. After two hours extension, the agitated crowd finally breathed in relieve as the final communiqué was presented in front of Turkish presidency. The 3 pages final document, consisted of 3 clauses on Youth Unemployment, 10 clauses on Education, and 5 on Peace, would then be forwarded to the G20 Leaders Summit this November in Antalya.

Final sessions were made for Head Delegates to refine the final communiqué, by which 2/3 of the draft evaporated as most clauses were merged into three pages.

Final sessions were made for Head Delegates to refine the final communiqué, by which 2/3 of the draft evaporated as most clauses were merged into three pages.

Indonesian Delegation deserves a pat on the back for having tirelessly fought for its national objectives of bridging urban-rural education gap, promoting teaching profession and quality, and ensuring access to market and mentorship for youth entrepreneurs, of which were all well-represented on the final communiqué.

The closing ceremony was marked by a speech from the Organizing Committee, and the troika, consisting of past, present and future hosts of Y20/G20 Summits. Delegations were then escorted to take a final picture, only to be pleasantly jaw-dropped once again with the fact that the final photo session was taken by a drone! The day ended with a gala in Çadir Köşk, another well-selected venue with astonishing ambience.

Final communiqué was presented and well accepted by the Turkish Presidency.

Final communiqué was presented and well accepted by the Turkish Presidency.

It's a wrap: the Gala Dinner marked the bittersweet of the last conference day.

It's a wrap: the Gala Dinner marked the bittersweet of the last conference day.

For more updates, follow us on Twitter @iYouthDiplomacy or our Facebook page. For more information on Y20, visit www.y20turkey.org.

The Indonesian delegation to the Y20 Summit 2015 is endorsed by the Sherpa of Indonesia, and sponsored by Tanoto Foundation and Pertamina, with support from the Indonesian Embassy to the Netherlands and Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan. 

Second Conference Day of Y20 Turkey 2015

The second conference day of Y20 Turkey on August 19 was the most physically draining and substantively engaging. We had a marathon of four break-out sessions for each group. Also keep in mind that the night before, the delegates stayed up to discuss the points until around 02.00 in the morning.

But it is the most substantively rich day of the conference. All of the points were discussed and debated. Discussion took a longer time than expected that the visit to the Istanbul Modern Art Museum had to be cancelled. According to reports from delegates, the discussion in the Youth's Contribution to Peace group seemed to be the most intense. Whispers were heard that delegates in the Peace group owed everyone an apology for making the dinner late.

Rocky in the Youth for Peace group. Yes, Rocky, your group owed everyone an apology.

Rocky in the Youth for Peace group. Yes, Rocky, your group owed everyone an apology.

Adiska in the Youth Unemployment group.

Adiska in the Youth Unemployment group.

Biondi in the Youth and Education in the 21st Century group.

Biondi in the Youth and Education in the 21st Century group.

Kristia in the Youth and Education in the 21st Century group. As Head Delegate, she navigated all the three groups.

Kristia in the Youth and Education in the 21st Century group. As Head Delegate, she navigated all the three groups.

Pre-lunch break, we also received an inspiring talk from Mr. Serdar Çam, President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

Today's dinner more than made up for the physically draining sessions. It was in Emirgan Pembe Kösk, a beautiful garden restaurant with a pink building.

The 'We're-Hungry-But-Still-Fabulous' faces.

The 'We're-Hungry-But-Still-Fabulous' faces.

These guys entertained us while we undiplomatically devoured our food.

These guys entertained us while we undiplomatically devoured our food.

For more updates, follow us on Twitter @iYouthDiplomacy or our Facebook page. For more information on Y20, visit www.y20turkey.org.

The Indonesian delegation to the Y20 Summit 2015 is endorsed by the Sherpa of Indonesia, and sponsored by Tanoto Foundation and Pertamina, with support from the Indonesian Embassy to the Netherlands and Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan.