London, UK -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 11thDiplomat Awards Ceremony organised by DIPLOMAT Magazine on April 29, 2019.
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. MarchéA. Mackey, Third Secretary/Vice Consul and Ms. Vernique M. Joseph, Finance Attaché of the High Commission.
High Commissioner Greenslade in his tweet expressed “Congratulationsto 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!”