His Excellency Mr Amar Abba, Ambassador of Algeria to the UK was named Middle East Diplomat of the Year at the ‘TATA Diplomat of the Year Awards’ in London last week for his “impressive presence on the diplomatic scene in the service of his country”. His Excellency had “significantly improved the image of Algeria since he took office in London”, according to the judgment of his peers in the diplomatic service. The awards, voted for by the readers of DIPLOMAT magazine and members of the diplomatic community, were presented at the TATA Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Kensington last Monday. Diplomats from over 120 countries attended and the two hundred plus guests were treated to a champagne buffet prepared by the hotel’s chefs.
The annual ceremony, which first began in 2008, offers awards in ten categories recognising different levels of diplomacy, including this year, special mention of diplomatic spouses, the recipient being Mrs Agnes Evriviades, wife of the High Commissioner for Cyprus. The awards partnered for the first time with the charity Football for Peace, a diplomatic movement to create dialogue between people.
BBC Diplomatic correspondent, James Lansdale presided over the awards ceremony. London is one of the world’s top diplomatic postings with over 180 diplomatic missions. As DIPLOMAT Magazine editor and founder of the awards Venetia Van Kuffler said, “This is an awards ceremony for diplomats, with the award-winners chosen by diplomats. This evening is about hard work and technique. It’s about people and professionalism.”