By: Amisha Agarwal, Canadian Delegate to 33Sixty - Malta.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in 33Sixty, a leadership development program for young leaders across the Commonwealth, held in Malta, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). During the program, we explored the global challenge of who profits from migration; this was through in-depth conversations with experts in the field and with various organizations that are doing important work in this area. Given the current state of world events, I found the basis of our discussions to be very relevant and helpful; they added to my knowledge on the topic, broadened my way of thinking about it, in addition to providing me with a better understanding of what my role as a young leader can be as an advocate for migration.
However, when I reflect back and think about that week, I realize that the program was much more than just working on the challenge. 33Sixty was the perfect self-learning opportunity; and it all relates back to the individuals I met. Meeting 99 other young leaders representing 25 different countries across the Commonwealth was by far the most wonderful part of this whole experience. I learnt about their traditions and cultures, their roles as change-makers and leaders in their communities, their life experiences, and their stories… all of this positive energy was so inspiring, on so many levels. Most importantly, by hearing and learning from all of these young leaders, I learnt so much more about myself – what kind of person I am, what I like and don’t like, what motivates me, where I need to grow and learn more, and where I see myself 5, 10, 50 years down the road. I now not only have an international network of individuals I can bounce ideas from and potentially collaborate with, I have so many new life-long friends! I also learnt so much about the Maltese culture, thanks to so many new local friends.
Overall, I believe I have come out of this program a stronger leader, with a greater basket of skills, and even more confidence to continue progressing towards my personal and career goals. Thank you to MYCommonwealth, Common Purpose and everyone else involved in giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to lead positive change in this world!