Posts in GDI Awards
Baroness Kidron on the Edge of Madness

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE recently became a grassroot diplomat for her fresh and innovative approach to educating young people on a smorgasbord of cultures and issues.

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Home Away from Home for Ex-Pat Romanians

he Embassy of Romania in the UK has shown great leadership in serving its ex-pat community in Britain. Here is why they were awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Honouree.

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The Queen of Flights and Tourism

Welcoming our newest cohort, Jamaican High Commissioner Aloun Ndombet-Assamba won the 2016 Policy Driver Award for her lobbying efforts in reforming the Air Passenger Duty.

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The Dual Mexican Year of Unity

As he starts an exciting new role in the United States, Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering earned the Grassroot Diplomat Honouree award in 2016 for his work on the Dual Year of Mexico.

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Year of the Arabs: Why Middle Eastern Diplomats Are Today's Role Models

For the first time, Ambassadors from the Middle East sweep up awards from Grassroot Diplomat, proving to the world that the region is advancing in civil society.

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Ambassador of Sports and Interfaith Diplomacy

It is rare for an Ambassador to work so hard on issues that are not too close to the embassy mission. That is why we awarded the Polish Ambassador with the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award.

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Initiative Award Winners Announced for 2016
Kenyan High Commissioner HE Lazarus Amayo Nominated for Diaspora Engagement

His Excellency Lazarus Ombai Amayo, High Commissioner of Kenya to the Court of St James is nominated for his close engagement with the Diaspora community. The main focus of the High Commission is to enhance relations with the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Commonwealth and the International Maritime Organisation. However, this has not distracted Mr Amayo from his responsibilities to his community.

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Austrian Ambassador HE Dr Martin Eichtinger Nominated for Non-Government Interactions

Ambassador of Austria HE Dr Martin Eichtinger is nominated for varied cultural work in the non-government environment. The Ambassador has focused much of his work around culture and interacting with non-government organisations within this area. His Excellency was responsible for an exhibition marking 70 years of United Nations, and 60 years of Austria’s membership into the UN. Vienna has been a hub for internationals organisations and has now frequently been the venue for peace negotiations. 

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Dominican Republic Ambassador Dr Federico Cuello Camilo Nominated for Increasing Agriculture Export

Ambassador of Dominican Republic His Excellency Dr Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo has been nominated for his work on increasing export of exotic fruit and vegetables into the European market. Ambassador Cuello has been instrumental in connecting UK importers and investors with Dominican exporters since assuming position in 2011.

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John Glen MP Nominated for the Veteran’s Village

John Glen MP of Salisbury is nominated for his involvement with the Veteran’s Village. In his role as MP, Mr Glen has been an advocate for individuals and families, both within his constituency and across the UK, who are living in poverty. Mr Glen, who believes that “there is more to poverty than economics”, has been a supporter of the Troubled Families Programme, which focuses on truancy and anti-social behaviour rather than measures of individual income.

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Mexican Ambassador HE Diego Gomez Pickering Nominated for Dual Year of Mexico

Ambassador of Mexico HE Diego Gomez Pickering is nominated for his pioneering work of carrying out activities throughout The Dual Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom in 2015. The ultimate goal for the Mexican embassy is to get a better understanding of the country at grassroots level, and the Dual Year of Mexico was part of this process.

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Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns Nominated for Charitable Marathon Runs

Secretary of State for Wales Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP for Salisbury is nominated for his long-standing commitment to raising money for local charities. Mr Cairns described the lifestyle of an MP to being “lonely” where one can succumb into unhealthy eating habits and unbalanced lifestyle. As a motivation to keep active, Mr Cairns decided to commit himself to running the London Marathon every year with the goal of raising money for local charities within his constituency.

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Embassy of Romania Nominated for Supporting Non-Governmental Initiatives

The Embassy of Romania in the UK have been nominated for their work on the League for Romanian Students Abroad. Through the introductory initiative of Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Mr Cosmin Onisii, the Romanian embassy has been a long supporter of the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS).

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Polish Ambassador HE Witold Sobkow Nominated for Sports and Interfaith Diplomacy

Ambassador of Poland HE Witold Sobków is nominated for initiatives related to sports diplomacy and interfaith engagement. The Embassy has been focusing its sports diplomacy on volleyball and football, where Polish teams have demonstrated drive and achieved much success across the UK.

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