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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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Senior Turkish Chambers Nominated for Chamber of Commerce Leadership Initiatives

Emma Edhem CC, Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation is the first representative of the Corporation to be shortlisted. Her work includes changing and aligning Chambers of Commerce and Industry to become leading facilitators of bilateral trade and investment and setting up new initiatives to help drive young entrepreneurs and professionals towards economic and social development.

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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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Sharon Hodgson MP Nominated for Holiday Hunger Campaign

Sharon Hodgson MP is nominated for her work on ensuring that children have meals during school breaks. Ms Hodgson has been a prominent voice in campaigns for children to have a decent meal during school break, after successfully securing commitment from the Prime Minister in protecting free school meals for children.

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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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Kate Osamor MP Nominated for Yarl’s Wood Campaign

Kate Osamor MP is nominated for her campaign work on behalf of Yarl’s Wood detention centre.
Ms Osamor is not afraid to utilise her position in the government to call out the faults in the system that hinder progress and development for the people. She has been prominent in speaking out against discrimination against women in the workplace and various walks in society.

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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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