London, UK – May 15, 2014 – Hosted at the glamorous May Fair Hotel in London, Advisory Councillor and prominent TV psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos yesterday announced the grand winners of the prestigious Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. A second year running, the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards recognises the achievements of UK-based diplomats and politicians who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business. 

Recipients were chosen out of 42 shortlisted nominees in the categories of Policy Driver, delivering policy changes that positively affect local or international communities, Social Driver, working closely with non-government organisations for social projects, and Business Driver, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

A full list of the winners can be found here

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, founder of Grassroot Diplomat notes: “For our society to function, it is crucial that such outstanding policy makers continue to represent civil interests, to be ambassadors of this cause and push for people’s interest above and beyond political and national interest. We must focus on bringing more positive role models into society and diminish negative news - that is the grassroot diplomacy way”. 

Ms Rahman-Figueroa wore an African dress made by Senegalese designer Khadim Sek. 

A special thanks to Board Member Dr Paul Clark and former Home Secretary David Blunkett MP for their contribution to the eulogy of late Paul Goggins MP, who was nominated for the Policy Driver category for the award, and to His Excellency Williams Nkurunziza of Rwanda for his heart-wrenching rendition from his poetry anthology “Pangs of Life” in commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. 

To nominate government officials for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award for 2015, please click here.

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