Talyn RahmaN-Figueroa - Executive
CEO, Grassroot Diplomat

LINFORD ANDREWS - POLITICAL ADVISOR, COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT

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A trained diplomat, TALYN RAHMAN-FIGUEROA founded Grassroot Diplomat in 2011 with the intention of strengthening trust between governments and civil society. Talyn has worked with several NGOs and diplomatic institutions, and completed training at the United Nations, European Union Commission, and the House of Commons.  

Former South African diplomat, LINFORD ANDREWS serves as Political Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where he is responsible for monitoring and analysing African political development, providing appropriate policy advice on key issues. His work also focuses on policy development for Commonwealth inter-governmental processes, including meetings of Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and other high-level bodies.

DR PAUL CLARK - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GRASSROOT DIPLOMAT

SAFORA SYED - Barrister, Ravenscourt Chambers

Former MP and government minister, DR PAUL CLARK established Gateway Associates to advise on Central Government’s political decision making processes. With a focus on transport, regeneration and social enterprise policies and government strategies, Dr Clark is specialised in helping company leaders understand the unique culture and stakeholder landscapes that they are operating within.

Criminal Law barrister SAFORA SYED has developed a practice in International Commercial Law, Public International Law, and now Energy. The Old Bailey as the courtroom, armed with powerful cross-examination and story-telling through a closing speech, provides an insight into the courtroom drama Safora enjoyed as a jury advocate. She has worked on high-profile cases including advising members of foreign royal family on wrongful conviction, international recognition of a country as a Sovereign State, and release of frozen assets.

Susanna Hughes - PR consultant and journalist

 

SUSANNA HUGHES is a public diplomacy specialist, advising clients on media and digital engagement strategy, international affairs, diplomatic communications and digital transformation. Previously she was a correspondent for swissinfo.ch, covering the UN and other international organisations. She was also Head of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the Swiss Embassy in London, where she was responsible for media relations and political analysis.

 

2016

  • Linford Andrews - former diplomat
  • Dr Paul Clark - Non-Executive Director, Grassroot Diplomat
  • Susanna Hughes - PR and Public Diplomacy Consultant
  • Safora Syed - International Lawyer, Ravenscourt Chambers
  • Talyn Rahman-Figueroa - CEO, Grassroot Diplomat

2015

  • Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell - Founder, Policy Centre for African Peoples
  • Linford Andrews - former diplomat
  • Dr Paul Clark - Non-Executive Director, Grassroot Diplomat
  • John Kraus - Non-Executive Director, Grassroot Diplomat
  • Talyn Rahman-Figueroa - CEO, Grassroot Diplomat

2014

  • Linford Andrews - former diplomat
  • Tace Bayliss - filmmaker
  • Dr Bremley Lyngdoh - CEO, Worldview Impact
  • Dr Paul Clark - Non-Executive Director, Grassroot Diplomat
  • Talyn Rahman-Figueroa - CEO, Grassroot Diplomat

 

2013

  • Hayk Berikyan - former diplomat
  • Dr Paul Clark - Non-Executive Director, Grassroot Diplomat
  • Talyn Rahman-Figueroa - CEO, Grassroot Diplomat
  • Dr Andy Williams - Political consultant