Ambassador of Mexico HE Diego Gómez Pickering Shortlisted
London, UK – March 5, 2015 – The Ambassador of Mexico His Excellency Diego Gómez Pickering has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Gómez Pickering is nominated for his work on improving Latin American relations in the United Kingdom.
Mr Gómez Pickering is a strong advocate in wanting to be the bridge and linking Latin American to the rest of the world. He has an aptitude to look at what is happening beyond the borders and dialogue with institutions that are able to collaborate for one cause particularly on areas where the same issues are affecting people globally. Having lived in Syria for a number of years, Mr Gómez Pickering felt the issues of refugees reflected the mass movement of Mexican immigrants particularly in the United States and felt it was vital to collaborate with the student population to create new or modified solutions.
The Mexican embassy has one of the most active student outreach services, where the Ambassador himself meets with Mexican students studying in the UK to ensure that their needs are being met and is in dialogue with the brightest pupils who are able to offer alternative solutions. Recently, Mr Gómez Pickering helped to facilitate high-level relationships with PhD students who wrote a 50-page document entitled “Proposal MX” on how security situation can change in Mexico. Talking directly with states, civil society, and longstanding institutions is just a small piece of his activities.
In order to promote a deeper understanding between societies and its cultures, the Government of Mexico and the United Kingdom have decided to dedicate 2015 as the “Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom” and the “Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico”. As part of this engagement, Mr Gómez Pickering initiated a number of cultural campaigns and road shows to exhibiting Mexican culture across Britain in the form of dance, contemporary artist, and museum tours with Mexican artefacts. The Year of Mexico also focuses on economic exchanges emphasising tourism, as well as culture and education. Part of Ambassador Pickering policy drive in UK is to encourage Mexican students about the advantage of UK as education destination and he said Mexican students need to takes this to the next level to building a legacy that deepens the relationship between the two countries
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”
Ambassador Gómez Pickering is a career diplomat as well as a writer and journalist who acted as Head of Foreign Press Coordination for President Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign. He was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in December 2013.
Join His Excellency Diego Gómez Pickering and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.
Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards
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