Who is your Superhero?

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, reflects on the importance of having a role model and mentor in personal and professional development.

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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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Actor Zero Kazama joins Advisory Council

We are pleased to announce Zero Kazama as part of the latest addition to the Grassroot Diplomat Advisory Council. Zero is a Hawaii-raised Japanese-American actor, producer and stuntman most recognised for his role as the host of MTV’s hit show Silent Library and Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior

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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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Victim's Commissioner Baroness Helen Newlove Nominated for Tackling Drinks Culture

Baroness Newlove is nominated for her vast campaigns in tackling drinking culture and creating safer communities across the United Kingdom. The surge to bring about change was born from the tragic murder of her late husband Garry Newlove who in 2007 was murdered by three drunken teenagers after confronting them for vandalising her car. 

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Representative of Gibraltar Albert Poggio Nominated for Award

Mr Poggio is nominated for his longstanding commitment to Gibraltar - UK relations. Mr Poggio has spent over twenty years strengthening political and business ties for Gibraltarians and British citizens alike. Mr Poggio came to post in 1988, where he established Gibraltar House in the Strand, London, as the official representative office for H.M. Government of Gibraltar in the United Kingdom.

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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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Luciana Berger MP Nominated for Uncovering Britain's Hidden Food Poverty

Describing the food poverty crisis as a ‘national scandal’, Ms Berger was the first MP to secure a parliamentary debate on food banks and had since brought the issue back to parliament more than 16 times. Ms Berger was shocked and appalled to see the growing number of people within her constituency and across the United Kingdom – one of the richest countries in the world, relying on food banks to feed themselves and their families. 

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Andrew Griffiths MP Award Nomination for Standing up for the Brewing Industry

Burton upon Trent is the home of British brewing, and as the local Member of Parliament, Andrew Griffiths has been working hard over the last five years to represent brewing and pubs in Parliament. With large breweries such as Molson Coors to smaller microbreweries like Burton Bridge and Tower Brewery, there are thousands of people in the constituency dependent on a healthy brewing industry for their livelihoods.

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Julian Brazier MP Nominated for Promoting Outdoor Adventure

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence and MP for Canterbury and Whitstable Julian Brazier is nominated for his ongoing work to promote outdoor adventure. Mr Brazier has fought hard for young people to have opportunities to learn about risk management, self-discipline and teamwork through outdoor activities unfortunately deemed too hazardous by society.

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Government Minister George Freeman MP Nominated for The Norfolk Way

As said by George Freeman MP, the Norfolk Way is the reason why he is involved in politics. Founded in 2007, Mr Freeman created the Norfolk Way to inspire entrepreneurial activity and raise aspirations in an area too often dismissed by Whitehall as a ‘rural backwater’. Known for its rich heritage of villages and markets, Norfolk is traditionally rural with dependency on agriculture and historic issues over large-scale over-development.

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Stourbridge MP Margot James Brings Inhalers Back to School

Ms James has been nominated for spearheading a major campaign to improve emergency asthma care in schools across the country. Asthma is the most common condition amongst children with an average of 2 children in every school classroom suffering from it. The Medicines Act 1968 prohibited inhalers being kept for generic use, providing an exemption for the armed forces, RNLI and mountain rescue teams only. 

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