Award Alumnus at the House of Commons
London, UK – November 18, 2015 – Diplomatic consultancy Grassroot Diplomat held its first business networking event at the House of Commons in the presence of diplomats, politicians, and social entrepreneurs.
The Alumni Networking Club was created for government officials who were previously nominated for the prestigious Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, an accolade that recognises politicians and diplomats representing civilian interest at the highest level in the areas of policy, social cause, and business support.
This exclusive alumni club provides honoured diplomats and politicians with a wealth of opportunities to network, socialise, and exchange business knowledge with social entrepreneurs, who have a proven track record on solving the world’s most pressing problems. The room was made up of individuals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds including those belonging to the entertainment, education, corporate and trade industries. Those in attendance from the award alumnus included Baroness Finlay, Chloe Smith MP, Councillor Adedamola Aminu, the Embassy of Mexico, the Embassy of Afghanistan, and the Young Diplomats in London Association.
A recent business award winner, Tunisian Ambassador His Excellency Nabil Ammar reminded the audience in the importance of close business and civil society co-operation. In a heartfelt speech, the Ambassador remarked how the work of Grassroot Diplomat is needed now more than ever, referring to the tragedies that recently befell Paris and Beirut. He placed great emphasis on the lack of news stories that identified the number of Tunisians who were killed in the terror attacks, reminding that everyone is affected by atrocities taking place around the world.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, the founder and Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat notes: “We exist because complacency exists. We exist because weak links exists. We exist because greed exists. We exist because of the lack of trust and communication that exist between governments and its people, everywhere. Support us by improving government and civil society relations, so that your work is less disrupted by acts of terror and civil riots through innovative and effective solutions we build together”
The event was sponsored by tech company Diplomatic Card Services, where CEO Marc Stockbroekx shared his story on how this family-run tax-free fuel card was originally founded by his father. Designed for embassies and government institutions, the Diplomatic Card Services has a successful track record in Brussels and the Netherlands, and is currently expanding into the United Kingdom to ease administration pressure so that governments can focus on more important issues.
Nominations for the 4th Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award is now open until 14th December 2015 with the ceremony scheduled to take place in April 2016, London. To nominate please visit: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/nominate