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Bahamian awarded 2019 Young Diplomat of the Year

LONDON, United Kingdom – On Monday, April 29, 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, organized 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 presented awards to the top diplomats in ten categories who were chosen by diplomats through a voting process. DIPLOMAT 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.”

Adderley was presented the award by Khaled Al-Duwaisan, ambassador for Kuwait and dean of the diplomatic corps.

In his acceptance speech, 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. Adderley ended his speech by encouraging ambassadors and high commissioners to continue to support young diplomats.

Ellison E. Greenslade, high commissioner of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the Court of St. James’s, attended the awards ceremony and was accompanied by Marché A. Mackey, third secretary/vice consul and Vernique M. Joseph, finance attaché of the high commission.

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