The third edition of the Diplomat of the Year Awards will be held at Meikles Hotel on Friday 7 March 2014.
Speaking to Zimbo Jam, Diplomat of the Year Awards founder, Reginald Chapfunga said all is set for the event.
“We are looking forward to a successful award ceremony. All the processes from submission of nominees, compilation of winners and announcement of nominees have been successfully completed. We are now working on the actual event its self”, he said.
Chapfunga said this year they received over whelming response from the embassies, with over 20 diplomatic missions submitting their nominees and five corporates sponsoring the awards
“To us that was a great achievement. That also confirms the embassies’ and corporate world’s endorsement of the awards”, reiterated Chapfunga.
This year the awards are being sponsored by Stanbic Bank, Premier Auto through its Jaguar brand, Meikles Hotel, Stephen Margolis Resort, Securico and Opportunities Africa.
Commenting on the scope of the awards the Diplomat Awards Founder said, “We established the awards in 2011, with the first edition held in January 2012. The second edition was held in February 2013 and now we are working on the third edition which will be held on 7 March.
“Our prime objective is award diplomats who have excelled above others in executing their mandate in Zimbabwe. The awards are also a celebration of the good work done by all diplomats who leave their various countries to make a change in our lives. ”
Chapfunga said winners of the six awards categories are selected based on popular vote from submissions by embassies.
DIPLOMAT OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014 – nominees
DIPLOMAT OF THE YEAR FROM AFRICA
• H.E Ms Mdiyoi m Mutiti – Zambia
• H.E Ms Josephine V Awuor – Kenya
• H.E Mr Koang Dung – Ethiopia
DIPLOMAT OF THE YEAR FROM EUROPE
• H.E Stefano Lavizzari – Switzerland
• H.E Aldo Dell’ Arica – EU
• H.E Laras Ronnas – Sweden
DIPLOMAT OF THE YEAR FROM ASIA AND THE OCEANIA
• H.E Jeitendra Tripathi – India
• H.E Liu Liu – China
• H.E Kermal Demirciler – Turkey
DIPLOMAT OF THE YEAR FROM THE AMERICAS
• H.E Mrs Marcia Maro dasilva – Brazil
• H.E Mr Bruce Wharton – USA
• H.E Lisa Stadelbauer
DIPLOMAT OF THE YEAR FROM MIDDLE EAST
• H.E Mr Lazhar Soualem – Algeria
• H.E Mr Hashem Dajani – Palestine
• H.E Mr Mohamad Amninejad – Iran
DEPUTY HEAD OF MISSION OVERALL
• Ms Ximena Sartori – Spain
• Mr Mwakiluma – Tanzania
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DIPLOMACY
• Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
• Zimbabwe Institute of Diplomacy