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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Lawyer Politician Helen Grant MP Nominated for Championing Social Justice

Helen Grant MP of Maidstone and The Weald has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awardunder the Social Driver category for publicly speaking out for social justice and protecting legal aid 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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Councillor Lindsey Hall Shortlisted for Multi-Million Pound Benefit Fraud Crackdown

Councillor Lindsey Hall of Westminster City Council has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award for her investigation of suspected Housing Benefit Fraud. Nominated under the Policy Driver category, Councillor Hall secured Government backing following her white paper to Government in September 2010.

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Warwick International Development Summit

The Warwick International Development summit is a unique platform that allows participants to engage with critical issues facing the field of international development. See how Grassroot Diplomat participated in this student activity.

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London Councillor Rajwant Sidhu Award Nomination for Greenwich Green Initiative

Councillor Rajwant Singh Sidhu of Woolwich and Greenwich Council has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award who has facilitated environmental change within the Greenwich borough. 

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Robert Buckland MP Award Nomination for Special Educational Needs Activism

Robert Buckland MP of South Swindon has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awardunder the Policy Driver category in demonstrating an outstanding commitment to children with special educational needs both nationally and locally.

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CEO at Envision UK “We Are London” event

CEO Talyn Rahman-Figueroa provides nuggets of wisdom to students under the ages of 19 at Central Hall in Westminster, the hub of Europe's political activities.

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Colombian Ambassador HE Mauricio Rodriguez Munera Award Nomination for Drug Tackling Policy

Ambassador Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera of the Embassy of Colombia has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award for being a vocal participant on tackling the war on drugs on the international scene.

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London Councillor Chris Maines Award Nomination for Olympics Business Stream

Councillor Chris Maines of Blackheath has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award  under the Business Driver category for his outstanding contribution supporting local businesses in the Blackheath area during the London 2012 Olympics.

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Slovenian Ambassador HE Iztok Jarc Award Nomination for Opening Business Borders

Ambassador Iztok Jarc of the Embassy of Slovenia has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award  under the Business Driver category for proving to be an influential promoter of entrepreneurialism.

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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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Tuvalu Diplomat Dr Iftikhar Ayaz Shortlisted for Active Refugee Advocacy

Consul General of the Tuvalu Islands Dr Iftikhar Ayaz OBE has been nominated for tthe inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Social Driver category for his vocal advocacy work with refugees and asylum seekers. 

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Ambassador of Israel HE Daniel Taub Award Shortlist for Entrepreneur Development Scheme

Ambassador Daniel Taub of the Embassy of Israel has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Business Driver category in creating avenues for young entrepreneurs to pitch to investors and companies for funds.

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Recent Progress on Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan High Commission provides a special one-day photo exhibition to highlight the renaissance of Sri Lanka after a long history of terrorism and war. 

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Embassy of Bulgaria first to be nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award

The Bulgarian Embassy is the first embassy in London to be nominated as a full institution for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, who have shown commitment to engaging the grassroots through the Bulgarian School at the embassy.  

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Lord Tim Clement-Jones Award Nomination for Delivering Live Music Act

House of Lords peer Lord Tim Clement-Jones has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Policy Driver category for delivering the Live Music Act. 

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Nepalese Ambassador HE Suresh Chalise Award Nomination for Promoting Gurkha Rights

His Excellency Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awardunder the Social Driver category for actively defending the rights of the Gurkhas in and around the UK.

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An Evening with Liberia's Vice President Joseph Boakai

Grassroot Diplomat was invited by the Royal African Society and Fasken Martineau LLP to meet with the Vice President of Liberia Joseph Boakai. The Vice-President made it clear that agriculture is the key driver of GDP growth in Liberia, accounting for over 40% of GDP since 2008.  Rice and cassava are the staple food crops, while rubber, oil, palm and cocoa are the dominant export tree crops. Liberia also hosts some of the biggest rainforests in the West African region.

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Debbie Abrahams MP Nominated for Protecting Small Businesses

Debbie Abrahams MP of Oldham East and Saddleworth has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the Business Driver category for establishing the Pay On Time Campaign to improve late payments affecting small businesses. 

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