A trained diplomat, TALYN RAHMAN-FIGUEROA is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Grassroot Diplomat, a diplomatic consultancy making diplomacy effective for a modern world. As an innovator and a leader in the practices of modern diplomacy, Talyn has been described as a 'change-maker' by the diplomatic corps. Talyn is a heavy-weight networker, working closely with top politicians and diplomats to ensure that governments engage effectively with civil society on a range of sensitive issues.
With over 10 years' experience working as an independent consultant, Talyn has assisted various public sector organisations in delivering high-level projects on business and innovation, public health, trade and investment, and climate change alongside CEOs, Board of Directors, and senior government officials.
Talyn is the author of "Women in Diplomacy" and is currently working on the "Diplomatic Planner: Career Development Planner for International Relations and Diplomacy" and the "Brexit Handbook: Management of Civil Society Crisis for Global Diplomats".
Talyn leads on all aspects of the consultation process from planning to implementation, and has coached aspiring diplomats all over the world in finding the right balance between personal ethics and delivering conflicting national interests.
She manages top professionals across disparate international locations, and is known for developing highly sensitive campaigns that repairs public trust and breaks stereotypical misconceptions of countries and its people. Her natural talent includes developing effective strategic communications on behalf of government projects and is currently developing a line of self-development toolkits in the practices of international relations as part of her duties at Grassroot Diplomat. This includes the launch of the Diplomatic Leadership Training programme, where Talyn produces the Grassroot Diplomat Talks podcast, offers 1:1 tailoured career coaching for aspiring international relations practitioners, and online webinars on the modern practices of diplomacy.
Talyn was born and raised in London, lived and studied in Japan, Morocco and the United States, and has travelled around Europe, North Africa, America and Asia in various public speaking engagements. She was awarded the Diplomatic Academy of London scholarship in 2010 to pursue a postgraduate in Diplomatic Studies, which she gained a Distinction award, focusing her paper on the slow rise of women in diplomacy in the modern age. She undertook supplementary diplomatic training in Morocco, the European Union Commission, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and has now formed her own blend of intensive Diplomatic Leadership Masterclass that combines diplomatic strategy, non-verbal communication and story-telling formulas to teach other leaders. Her education includes a Bachelor's degree in Japanese and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies and Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and she is familiar with four other languages.
- Board of Director for Yumerise Corp. (digital start-up company), current.
- Member of Advisory Board for African Asian Global Scholars Network, 2011-2013
- Executive Board Member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, London branch, 2007-2010
- Communications Director for Action for UN Renewal, 2004-2006
Talyn is a keen practitioner of crossfit training, boxing and MMA, an avid video-gamer, and is currently completing her action thriller novel under a pseudonym.
The diplomatic entrepreneur who is changing diplomacy in the 21st century.
Areas of Specialisation
Diplomacy — Soft power diplomacy, public diplomacy, grassroots diplomacy, digital diplomacy
Government Relations — Networking, stakeholder engagement, change management, embassy relations, political liaison, digital strategy, public relations
Branding and Communications — Project management, nation brand marketing, strategic communication, corporate social responsibility, digital strategy
Training and Development — Career coaching, personal branding, personal ethics
"Diplomacy is everyone's business"