Bridging the Gap through Networking

London Evening Standard

"Anthea Turner, Model of Diplomacy"
November 2013

To the Bulgarian Embassy in South Kensington for the launch of Grassroot Diplomat, a new NGO, Among the assembled diplomats was one stand-out figure: Anthea Turner, who arrived on the arm of Dragons’ Den star Richard Farleigh. (...)

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Embassy
"Grassroot diplomats recognised"
March 2013

Ambassadors won in three categories at the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Awards, an initiative recognising work that connects governments with people. The initiative drew 30 nominees from the public sector and parliament. (...)

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ShoutOut Magazine
"Grassroot Diplomat Award Ceremony 2013"
February 2013

As the room filled with more and more people from all walks of life, one could see the culmination of a years’ worth of work coming together. Diplomats, officials, MPs and young people all gathered together on Thursday 31st January to officially recognise six outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their outstanding services to the public. (...)

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Robert Buckland MP
"Grassroot Diplomat Award"
February 2013

On Thursday 31st January I had the pleasure of attending the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. During the evening, I had the great honour of being declared the winner of the Policy Driver Award. The Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award honours decision-makers, who through their dedication, commitment and efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level, have been engines for change. (...)

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Federation of Small Businesses
"Debbie Abrahams wins Grassroot Diplomat award for late payment campaign"
February 2013

On winning the award Debbie said: "It's such an honour to have been awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award and I have to thank my partner organisations the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Credit Management, and the Forum of Private Business for their support. (...)

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Debbie Abrahams MP
"Be Fair – Pay on Time Wins National Award"
February 2013

Last night I was delighted to be announced as the winner of the national Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award for the Be Fair – Pay on Time campaign, which challenged the remaining 75 of the UK’s top 100 FTSE companies to sign up to the Prompt Payment Code. The award was presented to me by Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, the Director of Grassroot Diplomat, last night at a ceremony. (...)

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Integrated Education Fund
"Baroness Blood recognised in first Grassroots Diplomat Awards"
February 2013

Baroness May Blood, Campaign Chair of the Integrated Education Fund (IEF), has been honoured at the first Grassroot Diplomat Award ceremony as a winner in the Social Driver category. Baroness Blood was recognised for her dedication and commitment to representing civilian matters at the highest level. (...)

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eKantipur
"Ambassador Chalise wins UK award"
February 2013

Nepali Ambassador to the United Kingdom Suresh Chandra Chalise on Thursday won the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards under the category of ‘Social Integration of Gurkhas through Social and Economic Diplomacy.’ Chalise had been nominated under two categories, including the Social Driver Award for ‘Promoting Gurkha Rights in the UK, a statement issued by the Nepali Embassy in London said. (...)

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Embassy of Israel, London
"Ambassador Taub honoured at 2013 Grassroot Diplomat Awards for Supporting Young Start-Ups"
February 2013

Ambassador Daniel Taub was honoured at the 2013 Initiative Award for supporting young start-ups and entrepreneurs through the Bizcamp Tel Aviv competition. The award ceremony took place on Thursday 31 January and was organised by Grassroot Diplomat, an organisation that bridges the gap between civil society, government officials and diplomatic activities. (...)

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Oldham Evening Chronicle
"Debbie’s ‘pay-up’ drive award"
February 2013

AN OLDHAM MP has won an award for a campaign urging leading firms to settle bills promptly. Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams was presented with the Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award for her “Be Fair — Pay on Time” campaign. The Labour MP invited 75 of the top 100 FTSE companies to sign up to the Institute of Credit Management’s Prompt Payment Code to help small businesses and boost the economy. (...)

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DC Nepal
"Ambassador, Dr. Suresh C. Chalise has won the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards"
February 2013

Ambassador, Dr. Suresh C. Chalise has won the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards under the category of “Social Integration of Gurkhas through Social and Economic Diplomacy” on Thursday, at Vincent Square, London. (...)

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Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, London
"Bulgarian Embassy in London was first nominated for the awards of Grassroot Diplomat"
February 2013

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in London was awarded an honorary diploma as a runner in the category social activities (Social Driver) on ceremony awards Grassroot Diplomat on 31 January this year awards are intended to distinguish prominent diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in presenting the issues of civil society at the highest level. (...)

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Mancunian Matters
"Oldham MP scoops inaugural Grassroot Diplomat award for supporting small businesses"
February 2013

A Greater Manchester MP who champions small businesses received the first ever national Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award in a Westminster ceremony last night. Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams launched the 'Be Fair – Pay on Time' campaign in July 2012 challenging the top 100 FTSE companies to pay bills on time to help keep smaller companies afloat. (...)

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Nepal News
"Ambassador Chalise wins UK’s Grassroot Diplomat Award"
February 2013

Nepal's ambassador to the United Kingdom Dr. Suresh Chalise has won the first ever 'Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards' under the category of “Social Integration of Gurkhas through Social and Economic Diplomacy” on Thursday, at Vincent Square, London. Chalise was nominated for two categories including Social Driver Award for “Promoting Gurkha Rights in the UK”. (...)

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Salford Online
"FSB nominee wins award for Be Fair campaigns"
February 2013

Creator of the Be Fair – Pay on Time campaign which challenged the remaining 75 of the UK’s top 100 FTSE companies to sign up to the Prompt Payment Code, Debbie Abrahams MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth won a Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award. (...)

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Everest Times
"Nepalese Ambassador honoured by Grassroot Diplomat"
February 2013

Article in native tongue. (...)

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Nepali Samaj UK
"Nepalese Embassy London wins UK's Grassroot Diplomat Award"
February 2013

His Excellency, ambassador, Dr. Suresh C. Chalise has won the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards under the category of "Social Integration of Gurkhas through Social and Economic Diplomacy" on Thursday, at Vincent Square, London. Ambassador Chalise was nominated for two categories including Social Driver Award for "Promoting Gurkha Rights in the UK. (...)

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Saddleworth News
"Debbie Abrahams wins Grassroot Diplomat award for late payment campaign"
February 2013

Creator of the Be Fair – Pay on Time campaign, Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, which challenged the remaining 75 of the UK’s top 100 FTSE companies to sign up to the Prompt Payment Code, has won a national Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award. (...)

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Citizens Eye

"Rewarding Diplomats and Politicians Representing People’s Interests"
January 2013

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Director of Grassroot Diplomat said, “Grassroot diplomacy empowers the voiceless, defines a path for the hopeless, and restores faith to influencers. The Initiative Award seeks to build trust again between the ‘us and them’ and bring people of all statuses together.” (...)

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Bulgarian Business Club
"Bulgarian Embassy first to be nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award"
January 2013

The Embassy of Bulgaria in Londonhas been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. Nominated under the Social Driver category, the Embassy has shown great support to the Bulgarian School. The Embassy has selflessly provided shelter to the school for many years and thanks to their efforts, the school became the biggest outside of the Bulgarian borders. (...)

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Swindon Advertiser
"MP Robert Buckland recognised for education support"
January 2013

A SWINDON MP has been nominated for a new award for his work to further special needs education.
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards, which looks to recognise outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level. (...)

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Live Music Forum
"Lord Clement Jones Nominated for Award"
January 2013

Lord Tim Clement-Jones has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. Nominated under the Policy Driver category, Lord Clemet-Jones has been instrumental in delivering the Live Music Act. This legislation removes some of the bureaucracy introduced by the 2003 Licensing Act which disrupted many businesses from having live musical performances at small venues. (...)

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Badhni
"Lord Rana Nominated for Strengthening Global Indian Diaspora"
January 2013

Lord Diljit Singh Rana MBE has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. Nominated under the Social Driver category, Lord Rana is being recognised for his work with GOPIO United, an organisation which supports people of Indian origin in business, commerce, cross cultural exchange and human rights. (...)

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The National Autistic Society
"Autism and SEN Campaigner Robert Buckland MP Nominated for Award"
January 2013

The MP for South Swindon has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards.
Robert Buckland MP is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers who raise the profile of autism in Parliament. (...)

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Autism Society
"Autism and SEN campaigner Robert Buckland MP nominated for award"
January 2013

Robert Buckland MP is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers who raise the profile of autism in Parliament. Robert’s nomination in the Policy Driver category is testament to his outstanding commitment to children and adults with autism at a national level in Parliament and in his constituency. (...)

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The Barrister
"Defending Social Justice"
January 2013

Legal aid, a vital part of the welfare state in the UK, is under threat from proposed government cuts, which aim to dramatically decrease the amount of funding allocated for legal aid. Legal aid provides a valuable service which ensures people, who have no means to pay for legal fees, are still provided with advice and protection when they require it. Cuts to the legal aid budget will mean that many who rely on services that legal aid provides will no longer have access to justice, leaving them stranded with little viable options. (...)

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Integrated Education
"Baroness Nominated for Award"
December 2012

Nominated under the Social Driver category, Baroness Blood has campaigned tirelessly for the social cause of integrated education in Northern Ireland for the last 14 years. Within two years of volunteering as member of the Integrated Education Fund, the baroness found herself leading the entire fundraising campaign as Chair of the Integrated Education Fund Campaign Council. (...)

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Inside Ireland
"Belfast woman nominated for London Award for work with integrated education in NI"
December 2012

A 74-year-old Belfast woman has been nominated for an award for her work with integrated education in Northern Ireland at a prestigious London ceremony at the end of January. Baroness Blood was nominated for ‘campaigning tirelessly for the social cause of integrated education in Northern Ireland for the last 14 years’. (...)

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Nepali Blogger
"Nepali Ambassador Nominated for Protecting Gurkha Rights"
December 2012

Dr Chalise has been nominated for defending Gurkha rights in the UK. Since becoming the Nepalese Ambassador to the UK in 2009, Dr Chalise has helped to raise the profile of Gurkha rights in the UK. Previous British law had stated that Gurkhas who had retired before 1997 were not permitted to settle in the UK. (...)

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Link Magazine
"South Swindon MP Robert Buckland nominated for activism"
December 2012

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland MP has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. Mr Buckland has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to children with special educational needs. Without Mr Buckland’s intervention, thousands of children with special needs would have lost access to legal help they need to secure a quality of education. (...)

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DIPLOMAT magazine
"The Initiative Awards"
December 2012

Grassroot Diplomat will host The Initiative Awards on 31 January 2013, at the Vincent Rooms, London,
rewarding senior diplomats and politicians for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in
representing civilian matters at the highest level. The 50 nominees include Zac Goldsmith MP and the
High Commissioner of Grenada Ruth Elizabeth Rouse. (...)

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Free! magazine
"Finnish Ambassador Nominated for Exporting Finnish Theatre"
December 2012

Pekka Huhtaniemi, the Finnish Ambassador to the UK, has been nominated for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards for his efforts to export Finnish theatre to the UK. Ambassador Huhtaniemi helped to set up the From-Start-to-Finnish campaign in April 2012. The campaign enables Finnish theatre to gain more exposure to British audiences. (...)

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The Guardian
"Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway in line for award for Scrap Metal Dealers Bill"
November 2012

Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway is in line for an award in recognition of his fight to stop scrap metal dealers blighting his constituency. Mr Ottaway has bagged a nomination for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards, honours designed to celebrate dedication, commitment and selfless efforts among British politicans. (...)

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Parliament UK
"Debate"
November 2012

All parties in this House regard the science base of the nation as critical to our success in the future. It therefore behoves us to have a better understanding of science. If we do not find better ways of engaging with the science, engineering and maths community, we will be doing ourselves a massive disservice. There are some fantastic schemes. (...)

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Grenada Broadcast
"Worthy of Our Admiration"
November 2012

High Commissioner Ruth Elizabeth Rouse of the Grenada High Commission has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. The High Commissioner is committed to encouraging more women to go into diplomacy and helping other female diplomats form something similar in their regions, and for this, her efforts are being recognised here. (...)

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The Jerusalem Post
"Recognizing diplomats for what they do"
November 2012

Diplomacy is an art that is spread over many fields of endeavor, often in areas of which the general public is largely unaware, but it is a vital tool in cementing relations between different countries. Diplomats do not always receive the recognition due to them, although in Israel this lacuna is being amended via various organizations and institutions that are dedicated to providing activities for diplomats. (...)

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CCR Magazine
"MP Debbie Abrahams Nominated for 
Protecting Small Businesses"
November 2012

Mrs Abrahams is lobbying hard to encourage 75 of the top FTSE 100 companies, who are not already signatories of the Prompt Payment Code. To date, she has achieved 13 top FTSE 100 sign-ups since July 2012 with the support of her partner organisations the Forum of Private Business, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Credit Management. (...)

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The Afro News
"Grenadian High Commissioner nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards"
November 2012

High Commissioner Ruth Elizabeth Rouse of the Grenada High Commission has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. As the founder of the Women in Diplomatic Services Organisation, Rouse has been active in creating avenues of equality and getting women from various country missions to work together as a unit. (...)

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Nepali Samaj UK
"Envoy Chalise nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Initiative award"
November 2012

The envoy has administered several high-level business functions to connect the Gurkhas with high-level politicians and British business owners so as to participate themselves in starting their own business and bring exposure to Nepalese culture to a British audience, the statement adds. (...)

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Stratford Observer
"Zahawi is up for an award"
November 2012

MP Nadhim Zahawi has been nominated for an award for shedding light on the Kurdish genocide. The Stratford MP is in the running for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards which aims to recognise diplomats and politicians in the UK for their efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level. (...)

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Oldham Evening Chronicle
"MP in the running for new award"
November 2012

OLDHAM MP Debbie Abrahams has been nominated for a prestigious award that recognises her support for small businesses. Mrs Abrahams, Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is in the running in the Business Driver category at the first Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. (...)

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The Kathmandu Post
"Chalise contender for UK diplomatic award"
November 2012

Nepal’s Ambassador to United Kingdom Suresh Chandra Chalise has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. Chalise has been an active supporter in defending the rights of the Gurkhas in and around the UK. (...)

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Swindon Advertiser
"Town’s MP in line for national award"
November 2012

SWINDON MP Robert Buckland has been recognised for his outstanding work with children with special needs. The MP for South Swindon has been nominated for the first Grassroots Diplomat Initiative Award. But he is not sure who put him up for the award, which aims to shine spotlight on outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level. (...)

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Ahmadiyya Times
"Dr Ayaz engaged to achieve better living conditions, well-being and welfare of refugees"
October 2012

Dr Iftikhar Ayaz, OBE, Consul General of the Tuvalu Islands, has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. "He brings with him grassroots stories from camps in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal and Malta to improve living conditions and protective rights with other civil servants," the press release further stated. (...)

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Local Guardian
"Croydon South MP Richard Ottaway to stand down at next general election"
October 2012

Next month, Mr Ottaway's Private Member's Bill to regulate the scrap metal industry, will have its final debate in the House of Commons. His work on the legislation has already earned him a nomination for the Grassroot Diplomat Award. Mr Ottaway added: "Today is far from the end of the road for me, there is plenty of important work to be getting on with in Parliament and in my constituency." (...)

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The Muslim Times
"Dr Iftikhar Ayaz, OBE, nominated for Active Refugee Advocacy Award"
October 2012

Dr Ayaz - a well known International Human Rights activist - has been Nominated under the Social Driver category. Dr Ayaz is a vocal advocate for better living conditions, well-being and welfare of refugees and asylum seekers and he is actively engaged with the UN High Commission for Refugees. (...)

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Bogota Free Planet
"Drug-tackling Ambassador Nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Award"
October 2012

Ambassador Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera of the Embassy of Colombia has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. Driver category, Ambassador Múnera has proven to be a vocal participant on tackling the war on drugs by evaluating new alternatives to combat its production and consumption. (...)

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Richard Ottaway MP
"Ottaway is shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of his metal theft legislation"
October 2012

Richard is in line for the Policy Driver Award for his tireless work on the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill to help combat the theft of metal crime that has devastated his constituency. Since adopting this Bill, Richard has been going out to scrap metal yards and meeting organisations affected by metal theft to weigh up all arguments. (...)

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Saddleworth News
"Debbie Abrahams nominated for national ‘Grassroot Diplomat’ award for ‘pay on time’ campaign"
October 2012

Debbie Abrahams MP of Oldham East and Saddleworth has been nominated for the first ever Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. The award looks to recognise outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level. (...)

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Polemics
"A New Type of Diplomacy"
June 2012

Ever since I graduated from university, I’ve always had a healthy interest in working for the government and re­presenting my country abroad. In order to learn about global policies, I participated in seve­ral international summits that were led by the United Nations and used this opportunity to network with government officials who were already serving their country on the world stage. (...)

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Discuss[n]
"Rethinking Global Diplomacy"
June 2012

In protest to Tunisian President Ben Ali’s regime, fruit-vendor Mohamad Bouazizi set fire to himself on 4th January 2011. His death was not in vain as the uprising spurred by his extreme action triggered regime change. Given the extreme lengths that thousands of people around the world have gone to call for change, the extent to which this was successfully achieved in Tunisia makes it an isolated incident. (...) 

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Career Geek
"Diplomatic Workshops - A Gateway to a Career in Diplomacy"
June 2012

Getting an advantage and standing out from the graduate crowd is a difficult task in the current job market, especially in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences. International Affairs and Diplomacy are such competitive fields to get into – I know because I spent 4 years at university studying the subject – that a university degree is only the base of what you’d really need for your dream career in the field of Diplomacy. (...) 

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Politics First
"Time to Nominate your Unsung Hero"
May 2012

Every day, diplomats, policy-makers and politicians strive hard to improve the lives of ordinary citizens that they represent but such vital work is often overshadowed by blunders, crises and global challenges consistently met by the international community. (...) 

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freemagazine
grenada broadcast

Advance Humanity

"Podcast Session with Talyn Rahman-Figueroa"
May 2012

Talyn founded Grassroot Diplomat after working in organizations like the United Nations and noticing the need for political discussions to happen at the grassroots level of civil society. In this interview Talyn sits down to discuss her inspirations, her current work and ways people can get involved with international conversations happening around the world.  (...) 

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At the Grapevine
"Grassroot Diplomacy in the Developing World"
May 2012

In an era where a Beninese woman farming and living in a village of just under five hundred people has two cell phones, one would assume communication inadequacies are wounds of the past. Throughout most of Africa, countries have skipped an entire technological step moving from word of mouth to mobile communication without even the installation of phone lines. (...)

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Palatinate
"Interested in a career in foreign affairs"
April 2012

Rahman-Figueroa, who is 26, founded Grassroot Diplomat when she found that, despite having a Masters degree and two years of unpaid work experience under her belt, being a recent graduate still meant it was difficult for her to compete against older candidates for government positions. (...)

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Career Geek
"One Hour to Change Your Career: Coaching Session by Grassroot Diplomat"
April 2012

I studied hard for my A levels. I got good grades and entered a competitive course at a top university. I continued to work hard on my course, balancing academia with work experience and other activities, and graduated with a 2.1. (...)

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The Huffington Post
"Why Politicians and Youth Issues Don't Mix"
March 2012

In an elegant experiment on empathy sociologist Sam Richards attempted and succeeded to encourage an auditorium full of Americans to sympathise with Iraqi terrorists. If this experiment was a success surely developing empathy for any social group is possible, right? (...)

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Diplomatic Courier
"Celebrating the Rise of Women in Diplomacy"
March 2012

International Women’s Day is a day of celebration applauding the achievements of women worldwide. We have seen that the struggle for equality and empowerment of women in any industry has strong links to unequal power relations, and the case applies for women entering the diplomatic world. (...)

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The Pryer
"Women as the force for change in global diplomacy" 
March 2012

The 8th of March marks the celebration of International Women’s Day, an occasion triggering thousands of events across the world throughout marking economic, political and social achievements of women. Although this special day marks a celebration of success, the underlying message is that women still have a long way to go. (...)

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The Next Women Magazine
"For Us, Every Day Is International Women's Day"
March 2012

Every day is International Women's Day for us. We have had the privilege to meet many awesome female founders, investors and decision makers, who have shared their experiences and insights and have given us food for thought. And, of course, we look forward to meeting many more of them. (...)

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Lead-HER-Ship
"Earn your Right for Privelege: Lessons of Grassroot Diplomat"
March 2012

The latest graduates coming off the production line are entering a world unfamiliar to the previous generation. As news of the economic climate in the Western world spirals off into a negative trajectory, many graduates with perfectly enhanced skills – usually slaving away in unpaid internships – are now struggling to get on the property ladder, let alone buy their weekly groceries (...)

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SOAS Alumni
"Graduate Career Case Studies"
March 2012

SOAS opened my eyes to the importance of variety - a good knowledge of world politics, language and culture - which has made it possible for me to enter the diplomatic world and engage with people whom I know very little about (...)

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Peace Is Sexy
"Helping Governments and NGOs Communicate"
February 2012

During my time at university, I was fascinated by how the United Nations was able to host peace talks with 192 countries that were, at one time, at war with each other. I was incredibly eager to learn about how an institution that operated on a multilateral diplomatic level was able to handle the world’s most pressing problems. (...)

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Diplomatic Insight
"Civil Society, Youth and Political Parties: Missing Link in Pakistan"
February 2012

Washington DC has a new Pakistani Ambassador. A veteran human-rights campaigner who maintains a good relationship with the military, Sherry Rehman could not be more different from Hussein Haqqani, the controversial figure who has presided over relations with the White House in the turbulent years since 9/11.  (...)

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InPEC
"Grassroot Diplomat: The Power of Relationships" 
January 2012

InPEC has conducted this interview with Talyn Rahman-Figueroa at Grassroot Diplomat’s office in Central London. Ms Rahman-Figueroa is a young policy leader and enthusiastic entrepreneur with a clear goal: to bridge the existing gap between civil society and leaders. (...)

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The Next Women Business Magazine
"26-Year Old Entrepreneur with Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan & Nick Clegg in Network"
January 2012

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, a 26-year old British-Asian woman from London, is the Founder & Director of innovative diplomatic agency Grassroot Diplomat. As the first diplomatic consultation agency of its kind, it is the mission of Grassroot Diplomat to bridge the gap between civil society and political leaders (...)

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Emerging Students
"Citizen Diplomacy: Power of Ordinary Citizens Is On The Rise"
December 2011

The old stereotype of diplomacy is that of an elderly and dignified gentleman who is engaged in negotiations with men of similar calibre. Diplomacy is not just negotiations and secret disclosures but a formal representation of a recognised nation. (...)

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The Diplomatic Insight
"Britain's Love For Arms Trade"
June 2011

A country without trade is like a person without friends. Dialogue becomes unnecessary. Communication is non-existent. Amicability ranks second best. With all this, diplomacy has no justification without trade. For Britain, commercial diplomacy has historically provided investment, stability, security and alliances and such a strategy still applies to contemporary diplomatic governance (...)

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Blog of ex-diplomat, Charles Crawford
"Look out, Foreign Policy! Here comes Talyn!"
June 2011

My article in DIPLOMAT about Diplomatic Loyalties has been recycled by Grassroot Diplomat, a site run by Talyn Rahman. She opens with this ambitious statement: Imagine this. You are a diplomat representing your birth country, but your heritage lies with two other states from your parents and you are married to a non-native national. (...)

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Defence Viewpoints
"Britain's Love For Arms Trade"
May 2011

Commenting on the February White Paper, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that "business is part of our commitment to inject a new commercialism into the Foreign Office, using our international influence to help British businesses secure new trade opportunities." (...)

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American Diplomacy
"Women in Diplomacy: Assessment of British Female Ambassadors in Overcoming Gender Hierarchy"
April 2011

This assessment of the role of women in the British diplomatic service and the difficulties they have faced and can still face in breaking through the “glass ceiling” may be echoed in most of the world’s diplomatic corps. It would be of interest to this journal to learn of the experiences of diplomats serving in other services and how they have fared. (...)

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tcktcktck
"A Thousand Messages Of Hope For Cancun" 
November 2010

In September of this year, ItsOneHumanity launched its Global Visual Petition Project for Climate Justice with the goal of giving young people a voice in the United Nations climate talks in Cancun. With the help of like-minded youth from around the world, they built a website with a visual petition system in 54 languages (...)

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The Newham Mag
"Environmental Trend"
September 2010

Climate change is the greatest humanitarian and environmental challenge facing us today but it seems that this issue is not being taken seriously enough by young people/ I am an avid fan of coffee shops, returning for my usual beverage at least three or four times a week, but I felt I was not 'doing my bit' for the environment (...)

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SOAS World
"Student Volunteer En Route To a Career At The United Nations"
May 2008

When Talyn Rahman began volunteerig at the London branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), it was with her long-term goal of working for the United Nations. Currently finishing up her final year of a degree in Japanese and Management, Talyn has been volunteering part-time for the London branch of WILPF for the last four months (...)

American Diplomacy

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