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2024 IHG DIPLOMAT of the Year Awards

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Ambassadors and High Commissioners from over 70 countries (and diplomats from over 90 countries) attended the 2024 IHG DIPLOMAT of the Year Awards ceremony at The Peninsula London on Hyde Park Corner on Monday 22 April. At this annual event, DIPLOMAT magazine presented 10 awards to some of the most influential diplomats based in the UK. The 180-plus guests were treated to a reception and canapés prepared by The Peninsula’s chefs.

In its fourteenth year, the awards ceremony recognises the outstanding work and achievements of London’s diplomatic community who are trying to better their nations’ well-being. DIPLOMAT magazine identified 10 categories that recognise different levels of diplomacy, and winners were nominated by their peers.  The evening welcomed the massed ranks of London’s diplomatic corps, at what has become a key date in the capital’s diplomatic calendar. The BBC’s Adam Fleming (Presenter of Newscast, the UK’s most listened to podcast), was the Master of Ceremonies, who performed with immense slickness and wit.

Sponsors for the evening were International Hospitals Group, VFS Global, Cleveland Clinic London, International Diplomatic Supplies and The Peninsula London. International Diplomatic Supplies provided the champagne and wine, and Royal warrant holders’ Cleave & Co. produced the unique awards for the winners.

With over 180 diplomatic missions, a posting in London remains one of the highlights of any diplomat’s career. DIPLOMAT’s Editor, Venetia de Blocq van Kuffeler, said: “As the global centre for diplomacy, London has become more important than ever. This is an award ceremony for diplomats, with winners chosen by diplomats. This evening is about hard work and technique. It’s about people and professionalism.”





2024 Diplomat of the Year from Africa

His Excellency Mr Manoah Esipisu

High Commissioner of Kenya

2024 Diplomat of the Year from Europe

Her Excellency Ms Simona Leskovar

Ambassador of Slovenia

2024 Diplomat of the Year from Asia & Oceania

Her Excellency Ms Saida Muna Tasneem

High Commissioner of Bangladesh

2024 Diplomat of the Year from the Middle East & North Africa

His Excellency Mr Sherif Kamel

Ambassador of Egypt

2024 Diplomat of the Year from Eurasia & the Western Balkans

His Excellency Mr Osman Koray Ertaş

Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye

2024 Diplomat of the Year from North America & the Caribbean

Her Excellency Ms Josefa González-Blanco

Ambassador of Mexico

2024 Diplomat of the Year from Central & South America

His Excellency Mr Rafael Ortiz Fábrega

Ambassador of Costa Rica

2024 Outstanding Contribution to Climate Diplomacy

His Excellency Mr Girish Nunkoo

High Commissioner of Mauritius

2024 Young Diplomat of the Year

Mr Perko Mijatovic

Second Secretary, Embassy of Montenegro & Vice- President of YDL

2024 Outstanding Contribution to Diplomacy in London

HE Mr Pedro Serrano

Ambassador of the European Union


International Hospitals Group: Founded in 1972, IHG has successfully completed over 480 healthcare projects in 55 countries for private and public sector clients including 24 national governments, the UN, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. It is one of the leading healthcare services companies in the world. https://ihg.co.uk/

The Peninsula London: Strategically located close to key government institutions and embassies, The Peninsula London caters to the discerning needs of the city’s diplomatic community. Drawing inspiration from neighbouring royal parks, renowned architect of interiors Peter Marino has meticulously curated The Peninsula London’s spaces, seamlessly blending the outside world with the hotel’s elegant interiors. Four signature suites make for splendid venues for special-occasion gatherings and The Peninsula Suite includes a private screening room and fitness centre.  Guests have the option to privatise the top floor into a seven-room configuration, sizing up to an expansive 1,300 square meters. Beyond accommodation, The Peninsula London offers nine meeting and event spaces, including five configurable conference rooms, a private cinema, and a pillarless ballroom capable of accommodating up to 1,100 people. Buckingham Palace, The Royal Parks and Westminster, are less than a 15-minute-walk away – though guests can also opt for transport in one of the hotel’s luxury chauffeured cars. www.peninsula.com/en/london/5-star-luxury-hotel-belgravia

VFS Global: VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions. VFS Global is the trusted partner of 67 client governments, operating a global network with more than 3,300 Application Centres in 151 countries. The company manages non-judgmental and administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport, and consular services for its client governments, enabling them to focus entirely on the critical assessment task. https://www.vfsglobal.com/en/governments/index.html

Cleveland Clinic London: Located on Grosvenor Place, Cleveland Clinic is part of a global health system that consistently ranks among the top hospitals in the world. As part of one of the world’s most respected academic medical centres, Cleveland Clinic London offers access to a global network of physicians and specialists. It provides patients with high-quality, integrated care, enabled by technology. https://clevelandcliniclondon.uk/

International Diplomatic Supplies: With over 25 years of experience with customers in 80 countries, IDS is the world’s only dedicated diplomatic supply company. https://www.i-d-s.com/

Cleave & Co: Royal Warranted court jewelers Cleave & Company design and create some of the world’s most exceptional bespoke jewellery, Objet D’Art, pens, insignia, orders, decorations and medals by appointment. https://cleave.com/


For enquiries contact Diplomat magazine Editor, Venetia van Kuffeler on

E: vvk@diplomatmagazine.com



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