Ambassadors and High Commissioners from over 85 countries (and diplomats from over 100 countries) attended the Tata DIPLOMAT magazine 2016 annual Awards Ceremony in the glorious surroundings of the Ballroom at The Langham, London hotel on Monday 11 April. DIPLOMAT presented 10 awards to some of the most influential diplomats based in the UK. The 250-plus guests were treated to a champagne reception and canapés prepared by the hotel chefs.
In its eighth 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. Veteran diplomat Charles Crawford CMG was the Master of Ceremonies, who performed with immense slickness and wit.
The headline sponsor for the evening was Tata, along with category sponsorship from The Langham London, International Diplomatic Supplies, International Hospitals Group, the Ambassador Partnership and Loughborough University’s Academy of Diplomacy & Governance. For the seventh year running, Cleave and 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: “This is an award ceremony for diplomats, with the award-winners voted for by diplomats. The only one of its kind in the world. This evening is not about politics or policies. It’s about people, and professionalism.