Posts tagged Diplomats
Albert Poggio: The Star of Gibraltar

A look into why Albert Poggio, the UK Representative of Gibraltar, became a grassroot diplomat in 2015.

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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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Initiative Award Winners Announced for 2016
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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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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Croatian Ambassador HE Ivan Grdesic Nominated for Croatian Cultural Expansion

HE Ivan Grdešić has been nominated for his work on showcasing the culture and talent of Croatia within the European Union. The political and diplomatic landscape of Croatia changed significant after the accession of Croatia into the EU in July 2013. As the 28th member of the club, the EU confirmed that Croatia belongs to the European democratic and cultural set of values which the embassy had readily embraced.

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High Commissioner of Botswana HE Roy Warren Blackbeard Nominated for Service to Diplomatic Corps

HE Roy Warren Blackbeard, High Commissioner of Botswana to the Court of St James, is nominated for his longstanding service to the Diplomatic Corps in the UK. Mr Blackbeard is the second longest serving Ambassador in the UK, where he was appointed in 1998. He is also the Dean of the African Union Heads of Mission and the Commonwealth.

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Jamaican High Commissioner HE Aloun Ndombet-Assamba Nominated for Air Passenger Duty Reform

HE Aloun Ndombet-Assamba has been nominated for her lobbying efforts to reform Air Passenger Duty affecting tourism between UK and the Caribbean. The controversial travel tax was introduced by Britain in 1994 as measure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, the tax made flying into Jamaica and the Caribbean more expensive, attracting substantial taxes that hurt airlines, business users and consumers.

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The Good High Commissioner Marie-Pierre Lloyd

Ms Marie Pierre Lloyd, the High Commissioner of Seychelles, has helped empower many disadvantaged Seychellois through her work with MPower Seychelles. Throughout her work, Ms Lloyd has placed ‘those marginalised and vulnerable individuals and groups in Seychelles society’ at the centre of whatever she is doing, and has always done her best for those in need.

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Romanian Diplomat Dr Razvan Constantinescu Nominated on Improved Social Capital

Using his diplomatic position to maximum effect, Dr Constantinescu is very active in networking and laying new foundations in supporting small and medium businesses across South West of England and Romania. Passionate about democracy and community engagement, Dr Constantinescu successfully recruited a team of 35 volunteers of all ages and diverse ethnicities to organise Bristol’s first ever Voting Station for the Romanian Community. 

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Tunisian Ambassador HE Nabil Ammar Nominated Post-Uprising

His Excellency Nabil Ammar is nominated for his outreach work after the revolution. The Ambassador came into office in London at a time when Tunisia was at its most fragile. After the uprising in 2011, Mr Ammar was left to manage a difficult transition period and to establish new relations of confidence with Tunisians living in the UK. 

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Ambassador of Mexico HE Diego Gómez Pickering Shortlisted

Ambassador of Mexico His Excellency Mr Diego 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.

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Dr Linda Papadopoulos Announces Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award Winners

Hosted by Britain's most renowned TV psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, winners of the 2nd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award was announced at The May Fair Hotel on Thursday 15th March, 2014.

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Maldives Acting High Commissioner Ahmed Shiaan Nominated for Climate Change Issues

Acting High Commissioner of Maldives Mr Ahmed Shiaan has been shortlisted for the 2nd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Policy Driver category for his persistent contribution on tackling small state island issues. Mr Shiaan has always held bold and ambitious aspirations for the small island nation. During his tenure as Head of Mission, Mr Shiaan has been a huge contributor to creating awareness of the great challenges small island developing states face within the Commonwealth of Nations. 

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Grenada High Commissioner HE Ruth Elizabeth Rouse Nominated for Empowering Female Diplomats

High Commissioner Ruth Elizabeth Rouse of the Grenada High Commission has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award for creating avenues to empowering women in diplomacy. 

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Nepalese Ambassador Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise Nominated for Driving Gurkha-led Business

His Excellency Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Business Driver category for creating business opportunities for the Gurkhas community in the UK.

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Honduran Ambassador HE Ivan Romero-Martinez Nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Award

Ambassador Ivan Romero-Martinez of the Embassy of Honduras has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Social Driver category for actively supporting several NGOs working for the welfare for Honduran street children.

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Finnish Ambassador HE Pekka Huhtaniemi Nominated for Exporting Finnish Theatre

Ambassador Pekka Huhtaniemi of the Embassy of Finland has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award who worked closely to facilitate the exchange of theatrical project between Finland and the UK.  

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