A North­eastern busi­ness stu­dent led the Amer­ican stu­dent del­e­ga­tion and chaired a panel on inter­na­tional trade at this year’s Y-​​20 Forum, con­vened in Mexico ahead of next month’s G-​​20 Summit.

Michael Creegan, who just com­pleted his first of two years abroad through the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion’s inter­na­tional busi­ness pro­gram, was approached ear­lier this year by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, which was searching for Amer­ican col­lege stu­dents living and working in the area to par­tic­i­pate in the forum. He met with the U.S. ambas­sador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne, who asked Creegan to lead the del­e­ga­tion, made up of stu­dents from across the United States.

I was the go-​​to person between the U.S Embassy and the del­e­ga­tion, so I was the main point of con­tact as we started working with del­e­gates from each of the other coun­tries on a doc­u­ment that would go to the pro­fes­sional del­e­gates who would be at the G-​​20,” said Creegan. He is back in the United States for the summer, working an intern­ship at Bloomberg in New York, before returning to Mexico for a second year.

Creegan had studied at the Uni­ver­sidad de las Américas Puebla and worked at CEO Busi­ness Con­sulting, a firm that helped Latin– and Central-​​American com­pa­nies break into Amer­ican and Cana­dian mar­kets. He was con­sid­ered a per­fect fit to head the del­e­ga­tion, which would address a number of global issues — many of them tied to the economy and trade.

It was our respon­si­bility to pro­vide the del­e­gates with the per­spec­tives of the world’s youth,” he said. “We only had a few days to come up with a single paper making clear the youth’s views on the issues the G-​​20 would be addressing, and it had to be unanimous.”

Given the lan­guage and cul­tural bar­riers, con­sensus seemed like a dif­fi­cult task as first. But after three days of dia­logue — and a series of revi­sions — the group com­pleted its task and pre­sented it on national tele­vi­sion before a group of leaders including Mex­ican pres­i­dent Felipe Calderón.

I think we did a really good job,” Creegan said. “We accom­plished a very impor­tant thing in just a few days, but more impor­tant, I think, we learned a lot about working with other cul­tures. Some people might not voice their objec­tions on their own, but when the time comes might vote against some­thing and com­pletely sur­prise you. So you have to learn to some­times take the focus off your­self and look at how someone else is seeing and under­standing something.”

Creegan is set to grad­uate from North­eastern next spring after com­pleting more time abroad in Mexico and, he hopes, Brazil.

I’ve got expe­ri­ences at North­eastern I couldn’t have had any­where else, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world,” he said.