London, UK: On Monday 29th April 2019, Mr. Wilfred T. Adderley II, Second Secretary/Vice Consul, at The Bahamas High Commission received the award for Young Diplomat of the Year for 2019 at the 11th Diplomat Awards Ceremony organised by DIPLOMAT Magazine.The awards ceremony was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers and was attended by Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Diplomats representing over 95 countries.
DIPLOMAT Magazine presents awards to the top diplomats in ten categories who were chosen by diplomats through a voting process. DIPLOMAT’s Editor, Venetia de Blocq van Kuffeler, was quoted as saying: “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.”
Mr. Adderley was presented the award by His Excellency Khaled Al-Duwaisan GCVO, Ambassador for Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Adderley said “It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. I am a product of that village and I have brought my village with me tonight.” He went on to thank the High Commissioner, Diplomats and staff of The Bahamas High Commission, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Senior Diplomats and colleagues for selecting him. Mr. Adderley ended his speech by encouraging Ambassadors and High Commissioners to continue to support Young Diplomats.
His Excellency Ellison E. Greenslade QPM, High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the Court of St. James’s attended the awards ceremony and was accompanied by Mr. Marché A. Mackey, Third Secretary/Vice Consul and Ms. Vernique M. Joseph, Finance Attaché from the High Commission.
High Commissioner Greenslade in his tweet expressed “Congratulations to Mr Wilfred Adderley II, 2nd Secretary & Vice Consul, at The Bahamas High Commission in London, on receiving the ‘most outstanding young diplomat in London award’ tonight! Thank you, Diplomat Magazine & sponsors! 242 Pride!”
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Mr. Wilfred T. Adderley II, Second Secretary/Vice Consul receiving the award for Young Diplomat of the Year 2019 from His Excellency Khaled Al-Duwaisan GCVO, Ambassador for Kuwait to the Court of St. James’s and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps
2019 Young Diplomat of the Year
Wilfred T. Adderley II, Second Secretary & Vice Consul, Bahamas High Commission
In attendance: His Excellency Ellison E. Greenslade QPM, High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the Court of St. James’s, Mr. Marché Mackey, Third Secretary/Vice Consul, Ms. Vernique Joseph, Finance Attaché
2019 Diplomat of the Year Awardees L-R: Her Excellency Ms Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner for Rwanda, 2019 Diplomat of the Year from Africa; Mr Wilfred T. Adderley II, Second Secretary/Vice Consul, High Commission of The Bahamas; 2019 Young Diplomat of the Year; Spouse of His Excellency Mr Said T. Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan, 2019 Diplomat of the Year from Asia & Oceania; His Excellency Mr Sulaiman Almazroui, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, 2019 Diplomat of the Year from the Middle East & North Africa; His Excellency Mr Fernando López Fabregat, Ambassador of Uruguay, 2019 Diplomat of the Year from Central & South America; Deputy of Her Excellency Mrs Päivi Luostarinen, Ambassador of Finland, 2019 Diplomat of the Year from Europe; Ms. Francesca Flessati OBE, Assistant Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps & FCO Deputy Director of Protocol, 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Diplomacy in London; Representative from the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange, 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Economic Diplomacy; Deputy of His Excellency Mr Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan, 2019 Diplomat of the Year from Eurasia & the Western Balkans; Her Excellency Mrs Teresita de Jesús Vicente Sotolongo, Ambassador of Cuba, 2019 Diplomat of the Year from North America & the Caribbean