Posts tagged GDI Awards 2015
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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Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott Award Nomination for Tomorrow's People

Baroness Stedman-Scott is nominated for her inspiring work with national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People. Baroness Stedman-Scott has a strong passion for improving the lives of individuals living on the margins.  She joined Tomorrow’s People in 1984 from the Salvation Army. In the thirty years since the charity was founded, 470,000 people have been helped on their journey back to work. 

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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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Richard Graham MP Nominated for Set-up of Gloucestershire Credit Union

Mr Graham is nominated for setting up the local Gloucestershire Credit Union. With a population of roughly 600,000 residents, Mr Graham noticed how very few credit unions existed in Gloucestershire. With 10,000 people living in social housing, many of his constituents were vulnerable to become reliant on pay day lenders who are known to charge unaffordable interest rates.   

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Dame Tessa Jowell MP Recognised for Work on Former Sure Start Programme

Dame Tessa Jowell MP of Dulwich and West Norwood is nominated for her work on the Sure Start Programme. Founded in 1998, Sure Start was created to support children and early infancy through education in developing emotional attachment which could make the difference whether a child does well in school, and becomes a good citizen.  

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Walthamstow Councillor Karen Bellamy Shortlisted for Award on Poverty Action

Councillor Karen Bellamy of Walthamstow Council is nominated for her inspiring work on poverty action. Before being elected into office in 2010, Cllr Bellamy was a community activist for 20 years and has a real understanding of local issues within her local borough. For a borough with few social housing, Waltham Forest is the sixth most deprived borough in London and twenty third in the United Kingdom with at least 52% of children living in poverty. 

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Laura Sandys MP Recognised for National Epilepsy Awareness

A passionate and dedicated campaigner, Member of Parliament for South Thanet Laura Sandys has been nominated for her ongoing work on epilepsy awareness. Having epilepsy herself, Ms Sandys has a deep understanding regarding the concerns surrounding this issue and has consistently been pushing the debate through parliament.  

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Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Adedamola Aminu Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Adedamola Aminu is announced as one of 60 shortlisted nominees for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. Cllr Aminu is nominated for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of young people and minority communities expanding outside the Borough of Lambeth.

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Wolverhampton Councillor Arun Photay Nominated for The SHARAN Project

A passionate and dedicated campaigner, prospective MP for Yardley Councillor Arun Photay has been nominated for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards for his active work in growing and promoting local charity the SHARAN Project in Wolverhampton. 

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Frank Field MP Nominated for Championing Climate Change with Cool Earth

Frank Field is nominated for his work with climate change charity Cool Earth. Set up in 2007, Mr Field founded the organisation with businessman Johan Eliasch as a reaction to the failure of any progress made to halting deforestation. The idea was originally conceived when Mr Field read how Johan had bought a part of the Brazilian rainforest, employing members of the local community as rangers and gave open access to local communities for sustainable farming. 

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HE Khaled Al-Duwaisan Shortlisted for Counter Terrorism Initiative

The longest serving ambassador in London, Mr Al-Duwaisan has lived a life of extremes, seeing his country become invaded by Kuwait in the 90s. Since then, Mr Al-Duwaisan has since been made Dean of the Diplomatic corps in April 2003 with 80 per cent of his time given to receiving officials from 185 embassies in London and attending official functions in the diplomatic community.

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Bridget Jones Director Baroness Beeban Kidron Nominated for FilmClub and iRights

Baroness Kidron is nominated for her work with FilmClub and the new 5-point internet framework iRights. Described as her “mad as hell moment”, Baroness Kidron founded educational charity FilmClub in 2006 to provide children with unthreatening life experiences through access to carefully selected films.

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Ambassador of Peru HE Julio Munoz Deacon Nominated for Invest in Peru

Ambassador of Peru HE Julio Muñoz Deacon has proven to be an excellent facilitator for businesses looking to do work in Peru in times of rapid growth. The United Kingdom is the second investor in Peru’s mining export with great levels of produce sales including asparagus, mangoes and limes to the British market. 

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Palestinian Diplomat Manuel Hassassian Nominated for Raising Palestinian Awareness

Professor Manuel Hassassian is a Palestinian diplomat who came from occupation and managed higher education under occupation. He has dedicated his career to raising awareness about Palestine to help change its future and discourse.  

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Malaysian Ambassador HE Dato’ Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi Nominated for Brand Malaysia

An achievement in its own right, Mr Hazizi understands the relevance of bringing Malaysian to the forefront particularly in strengthening relations from a top-down approach. As part of his mission to Brand Malaysia, Mr Hazizi is working personally with hotel proprietors and business contacts to inject Malaysian culture and patriotism back into Malaysian projects that currently exist in the UK.

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Belarus Ambassador HE Sergei Aleinik Nominated for Economic Development

Economics is a big focus for Belarus but Mr Aleinik stresses that “Financial link is a clear link to human development”. A young country that burdened with the continuing and substantial decontamination and health care costs of the Chernobyl accident, the Belarusian Ambassador has a strong stance against nuclear and chemical weapons, a strong desire to develop the need for good infrastructure.

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Baroness Shreela Flather Nominated for Women's Rights

Marie Stopes International is one of the biggest international health charities that provide life-saving reproductive and sexual health services internationally. Baroness Flather has been on the Board of the organisation for over 20 years, focusing on raising awareness on family planning, maternal health and abortion particularly in developing countries. 

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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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Parliamentary Rock Band MP4 Nominated for Rocking Jams for Charities

Led by Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP (Conservative, East Yorkshire), Pete Wishart MP (SNP, Perth and North Perthshire), Kevin Brennan (Labour, Cardiff West), and former Labour MP Ian Cawsey, the band was formed in 2004 as the first and the world’s only Parliamentary Rock band.  

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Irish Ambassador HE Dan Mulhall Funds Irish Communities

Promoting the welfare, business, and culture of the Irish community is a top priority for the Ambassador of Ireland. Since his positing in September 2013, Mr Dan Mulhall has associated himself with more than 30 local organisations in the United Kingdom that have a close link with the Irish community, providing financial support and hosting events at the embassy. 

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