Jakarta. President-elect Joko Widodo congratulated the winners of Beritasatu.com's young leader awards, which saw 11 young people with various backgrounds honored for their contribution to their professions last weekend.
The 11 winners of Star Awards for Inspiring Young Leaders 2014 are Abdullah Azwar Anas from the East Java district of Banyuwangi, Ainun Najib who is based in Singapore, Andy Yentriani (Jakarta), Bayu Setyo Nugroho (Banyumas, Central Java), Elang Gumilang (Bogor, West Java), Kevin Sanjaya (Jakarta), Gamal Albinsaid (Malang, East Java), Mesty Ariotedjo (Jakarta), Rangga Umara (Jakarta), Sarip Abdulrohman (Jakarta) and Stanley Ferdinandus (Ambon).
“Congratulations to all the inspiring young leaders. They are good role models for their respective regions, for people around them, in their professions,” Joko said during the award ceremony at Lippo Mall Kemang is South Jakarta, on Saturday evening.
“To Pak Anas [Abdullah Azwar Anas], the district head of Banyuwangi, I hope you can inspire other district heads. To Ainun Najib, who has guarded the election process, allowing for transparent elections, congratulations,” the Jakarta governor added.
Ainun is the founder of kawalpemilu.org, a website dedicated to watchdog the July 9 presidential election.
Primus Dorimulu, the chief editor of news portal Beritasatu.com, part of the Lippo Group, said winners of the IYL Awards were all successful people in their respective fields.
“Among them are a doctor, a district head, a village head, an artist and entrepreneurs,” Primus said. “As Pak Jokowi said, they are small examples of how to become role models for other people.”
Speaking in the same event, Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo said such awards were good to motivate more young people to develop their potential to support Indonesian development.
“There are a lot of examples of how youth can have a lot of potential," Roy said. "Take for example the street Daan Mogot in Jakarta, its namesake is a 17-year-old soldier who fought against the invaders.”
A lot of other young people, Roy added, contributed to Indonesia's independence struggle ahead of 1945. They showed good leadership when organizing the first Youth Congress in 1928.
“I hope this award can be organized every year so that we can find more achieving youth, and so that next time [Indonesia] will have an even younger president,” Roy said.
Members of the judging panel of the IYL awards include Standard Chartered Bank senior economist Fauzi Ichsan, political expert Heri Budianto, Primus and BeritaSatu Media Holdings head of digital strategy, Pingkan Irwin.
The Jakarta Globe is affiliated with the Lippo Group.