Development Worker Who Enjoys Diving & Music

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His work at UNDP demands him to manage crisis, making him busy. Still, he can enjoy his time doing his hobbies: music and diving

Concerned in Global Issues

Born in an Armed Force family, Notonegoro had to have a quite nomadic life due to his parents’ duty. Born in Jakarta on 27 December 1973, he spent his childhood in various cities, including Jakarta, Bandung, Tangerang, Cimahi, Ambarawa, Salatiga, and Yogyakarta. “Living such a migratory life has taught me to better appreciate diversity in culture, custom, and language. Though on one hand I could never have longlife friends since childhood to adolescence, on the other, it has made me accustomed to adapting and making friends very quickly,” Notonegoro recalled.

Since childhood, Noto has always loved reading. He enjoyed fantasy serial books such as Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time or George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, which now mostly known as the TV serials Game of Thrones.

This man, whose childhood name was Angger Pribadi Wibowo, is a figure with high concern in social and global political issues. While in his high school, the high-tension political situation in the Middle East had drawn his interest the dynamics of international political. “That was the first time I witnessed multinational alliance against one single front. It interested me to see the UN’s role in bringing peace to the world. I had dreamt of working for the UN since then,” he stated.

That was the reason he decided to take the International Affairs course at Gajah Mada University in 1992. “I took that major as I was interested in global issues and international organizations. I also took specialization in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution,” he explained further.

In 2002, Noto continued his study by majoring in International Development at School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University. “I took that major as I wanted to expand my knowledge in global issues, particularly development issues including poverty, environment, crisis (conflict/disaster), and so on.”

This son of Cavalry Colonel (Rtd) Sigim Machmud and Raden Ayu Nusye Retnowati had once been assigned as Project Manager for International Marketing in a private company named PURA Group Kudus, before eventually climbing his career steps with the United Nations Development Programme. UNDP is the UN’s development network, who promotes changes and provides access to education, skills and resources required to improve society’s wellbeing.

 

“I started working with the UNDP in Indonesia in 2006. Initially, I was assigned for disaster recovery, then as Programme Manager for Disaster Risk Reduction. Since 2010, I have been holding the position of Assistant Country Director, Head of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation unit at UNDP Jakarta, before eventually transferred to America in 2012,” Notonegoro explained.

 

Noto is currently assigned as Management Specialist at UNDP New York, US. He is responsible for managing Business Continuity Management by ensuring that UNDP could maintain its services to the people even during crisis. He is responsible mainly for New York Headquarter. An example of his experience there is when he played his part in managing the crisis during superstorm Sandy last year. “Whew, I had just moved to New York for a month and I had to deal with  such a massive superstorm. Thankfully it worked out well. We were able to maintain the continuity of our key functions in the organization,” Noto remembered.

However, Noto’s responsibility is not only limited to New York. “Whenever our office is facing an imminent crisis, I will be busy supporting my colleagues in the fields,” said Noto, who admitted that he is currently in stand-by mode to be sent to the Middle East at any time necessary. Furthermore, Noto also told that he is also responsible for the enterprise risk management in UNDP.

 

In Love with Music and Singing

Noto, the eldest of three, also loves music. He loves playing piano, guitar, and has also been listed in several choirs since his teenage. “During high school, I joined Padmanaba Choir, then I joined UGM’s Student Choir during college. In the US, I joined Washington State University Choir and was selected as Baritone Soloist once. Now I am a member of United Nations Singers and Big Apple Chorus in New York,” Noto explained.

A classic music lover, he instantly looked entusiastic when asked about the music he loved. “I’ve got many, I love everything from operas, musicals, orchestra, jazz, a capella, bossa nova to Samba,” he answered fluently. “Still, I also love playing indonesian folk songs, including dangdut, such as Anoman Obong or Kegagalan Cinta,” he added while smiling.

In addition to music, Noto also has another hobby – diving. “I have dived in many places around Indonesia, from Weh Island in the West, Raja Ampat in the East, Manado in the North, to Alor Island in the South. I have also been to Wakatobi, Derawan, Gorontalo, Karimun Jawa, and Bali. Though I’ve never dived in other countries, I am certain that Indonesia’s underwater beauty is unparralled,” he said.

Officially engaged with GKR Hayu, the man who now holds a new name and title of Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Notonegoro affirms that his new name represents a responsibility he has to meet as it implies prayers and expectation. He promises to do as best as he could to meet the expectation.

In the future, Notonegoro desires to keep contribute to the society and humanity. “I wanted to keep working for humanity, particularly those related to development issues in countries devastated by crisis,” he said, closing off the conversation.


Pekerja Kemanusiaan PBB yang Hobi Menyelam dan Bermusik

Pekerjaannya di UNDP memang mengharuskannya untuk sibuk mengurus masalah krisis. Tapi, di balik itu ia bisa tetap asyik menjalani hobinya: bermain musik dan menyelam

Concern terhadap Isu Global
Terlahir dari keluarga TNI AD membuat Notonegoro harus tinggal berpindah-pindah untuk mengikuti orang tuanya. Pria kelahiran Jakarta, 27 Desember 1973 ini telah menghabiskan masa kecilnya di berbagai kota, mulai dari Jakarta, Bandung, Tangerang, Cimahi, Ambarawa, Salatiga, sampai Yogyakarta. “Dengan tinggal berpindah-pindah ini saya jadi lebih bisa mengapresiasi perbedaan budaya, adat istiadat, dan bahasa. Walaupun itu membuat saya nggak bisa punya teman tetap dari kecil sampai besar, tapi saya jadi terbiasa untuk beradaptasi dan berteman dengan cepat.” kenang Notonegoro.

Sejak kecil, Noto juga sangat hobi membaca. Ia sangat menyukai buku-buku serial bertema fantasi seperti the “Wheel of Time”-nya Robert Jordan atau “Song of Ice and Fire” karangan George R.R. Martin yang sekarang terkenal sebagai serial TV “Game of Thrones”.

Pria yang bernama kecil Angger Pribadi Wibowo ini merupakan sosok yang sangat concern terhadap masalah sosial dan politik global. Sewaktu ia SMA, situasi politik di Timur Tengah yang menghangat membuatnya tertarik mengikuti dinamika politik internasional saat itu. “Itu pertama kalinya saya menyaksikan pasukan multinasional bersekutu untuk melawan satu front. Hal itu membuat saya tertarik melihat peran PBB dalam mengusung perdamaian dunia. Jadi sejak SMA emang udah kepengen kerja di PBB.” tandasnya.

Itu sebabnya ia lalu memutuskan untuk mengambil jurusan Hubungan Internasional di UGM saat beranjak kuliah di tahun 1992. “Saya mengambil jurusan ini karena tertarik pada isu-isu global dan organisasi internasional. Di sini, saya juga mengambil spesialiasi di bidang Negosiasi dan Resolusi Konflik.” lanjutnya.

Pada tahun 2002, Noto melanjutkan studinya di School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Jurusan International Development. “Saya mengambil jurusan ini karena ingin menambah pengetahuan mengenai isu-isu global terutama masalah-masalah pembangunan seperti kemiskinan, lingkungan hidup, krisis (konflik/bencana), dan lain-lain.”

Putra dari Kolonel Kavaleri (Purn) Sigim Mahmud dan Raden Ayu Nusye Retnowati ini sempat menjabat sebagai Project Manager Marketing Internasional di sebuah perusahaan swasta bernama PURA Group Kudus, sebelum akhirnya mulai meniti tangga karirnya di UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). UNDP adalah jaringan pembangunan dunia di bawah PBB yang mempromosikan perubahan dan menyediakan akses ke pengetahun, keahlian dan sumber daya yang diperlukan oleh masyarakat untuk memajukan kehidupannya.

“Saya mulai bekerja di UNDP Indonesia pada tahun 2006. Awalnya bergelut di bidang pemulihan bencana, kemudian beralih ke Pengurangan Resiko Bencana selaku Programme Manager. Sejak tahun 2010 saya menjabat sebagai Assistant Country Director yang mengepalai unit Perencanaan, Pengawasan dan Evaluasi di UNDP Jakarta, sebelum akhirnya saya dipindahtugaskan ke Amerika pada tahun 2012.” tutur Notonegoro.

Saat ini Noto bekerja sebagai Management Specialist UNDP di New York, AS. Di sana, ia bertugas mengurusi masalah Business Continuity Management yakni yang memastikan bahwa UNDP tetap bisa bekerja melayani masyarakat meskipun dilanda krisis. Ia bertanggung jawab terutama untuk Markas Besar New York, seperti misalnya pengalaman menangani badai Sandy tahun lalu. “Wah, baru juga sebulan pindah ke New York udah harus menangani badai sebesar itu. Untungnya semua berjalan lancar. Kami bisa menjaga kelangsungan fungsi-fungsi utama dalam organisasi” kenang Noto.

Meskipun begitu, tugas Noto tidak terbatas di New York saja. “Kalau ada negara yang terkena krisis, saya juga ikut repot membantu teman-teman di lapangan” tukas Noto yang mengaku saat ini sedang dalam kondisi stand-by untuk dikirim sewaktu-waktu ke Timur Tengah. Lebih lanjut Noto bercerita bahwa ia juga bertanggung jawab untuk keseluruhan sistem manajemen resiko di UNDP.

Hobi Bermusik dan Bernyanyi
Anak pertama dari tiga bersaudara ini juga hobi bermusik. Ia gemar bermain piano, gitar, dan juga tergabung dalam beberapa kelompok paduan suara semenjak remaja. “Waktu SMA saya bergabung di Paduan Suara Padmanaba, kemudian waktu kuliah gabung di Paduan Suara Mahasiswa UGM. Di US, saya bergabung di Washington State University Concert Choir sebagai Baritone Solist, kemudian United Nations Singers New York dan juga Big Apple Chorus New York.” jelas Noto.

Penyuka musik-musik klasik ini langsung bersemangat ketika ditanya tentang musik-musik yang ia gemari. “Wah banyak, dari musik opera, musical, orkestra, jazz, acapella, bossanova sampai samba, saya suka semua.” jawabnya fasih. “Tapi saya juga suka mainin lagu daerah lho, termasuk dangdut, misalnya ‘Anoman Obong’ atau ‘Kegagalan Cinta’.” tambahnya seraya tersenyum
Tidak hanya musik, Noto pun memiliki hobi lain, Ia gemar menyelam.“Saya pernah menyelam di banyak tempat di Indonesia, dari Pulau Weh di ujung barat, Raja Ampat di timur, Manado di utara sampai Pulau Alor di selatan. Saya juga pernah ke Wakatobi, Derawan, Gorontalo, Karimun Jawa, juga Bali. Walaupun belum pernah menyelam di negara lain, saya yakin keindahan bawah laut di Indonesia tidak ada tandinganya” tuturnya.

Setelah resmi bertunangan dengan GKR Hayu, pria yang menyandang nama dan gelar lengkap Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Notonegoro ini mengaku bahwa nama barunya adalah tanggung jawab yang harus selalu dijunjung karena menyiratkan doa dan harapan., Ia berjanji akan berusaha sebaik-baiknya supaya bisa memenuhi harapan tersebut.
Ke depannya Notonegoro ingin terus bisa berkontribusi untuk masyarakat dan kemanusiaan. “Saya ingin terus bekerja dibidang kemanusiaan, terutama yang berkaitan dengan pembangunan di negara-negara yang terkena krisis.” tuturnya menutup perbincangan.

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