One of the brightest minds in one of the oldest field...
Talyn is well-known thought leader in the field of diplomacy and international relations.
Whether you are kicking off an event, reworking your strategy, or looking to refresh a tired public image, Talyn can energise your audience with her candid and vibrant nature. Talyn is a pro in charming the crowd and has a way of making every individual in the room feel needed and inspired for change.
A leader in the field of modern diplomacy, Talyn is excellent in breaking down misconceptions and stereotypes, and has a friendly way of helping even a lay audience understand how easy it is for anyone to become a diplomat or an Ambassador for their chosen cause.
Talyn can travel anywhere in the world and normally conducts speeches and training in English. For more information, please contact media [at] grassrootdiplomat [dot] org.
Short Bio for Events and Interviews
PRONOUNCED: Tah-leen Raa-man Figure-roa
Described as a “change maker” by the diplomatic community, Talyn Rahman-Figueroa is the founding CEO of Grassroot Diplomat – a non-profit diplomatic consultancy that focuses on making diplomacy inclusive for all. Talyn is the creator of the “Diplomatic Planner”, a 12-month career development planner designed for international relations and diplomacy, and has worked closely with foreign governments and various public sector organisations in delivering high-level projects for the public good. She is also working on Brexit in providing diplomats with strategies in the management of civil society crises. A trained diplomat, Talyn holds a MA in Diplomacy and BA in Japanese and Management, including credentials from Seton Hall University and McGill University. For further information, visit: www.grassrootdiplomatorg or www.iamtalyn.com.
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Sample Keynote Topics
Talyn is able to speak on a wide variety of topics related to diplomatic self-development and public diplomacy issues. The following topics are a sample only.
Tools of Diplomatic Leadership - self-development guidelines for international relations practitioners that embraces emotional intelligence, cultural humility, self-awareness, and personal branding principles
Practices of Modern Diplomacy - how modernised operations in diplomatic relations can break national stereotypes and misconceptions at local level
Digital Diplomacy in the Age of Information - fostering technology to improve negative perception through effective branding and public engagement
Breaking the Boundaries of Modern Diplomacy - the responsibility of global citizens in the role of modern diplomacy
Select Past Engagements
State of Qatar, “Sports and Digital Diplomacy”, Oxford, UK. November 30, 2018.
Federation of International Women's Association of London, "Women’s Voices Heard: Equality and Empowerment from Around the World", London, UK. April 27, 2018.
Essex University, "Responding to the Ever-changing Global Security Threats", Colchester, UK. November 18, 2016.
International Centre for Water Cooperation, "Grassroot Diplomacy in the Management of Water Resources", Stockholm, Sweden. November 17-18, 2016.
Warwick University, "Practices of Modern Diplomacy", Coventry, UK. November 16, 2016.
Business Club, "Diplomacy in the World of Trade and Business", London, UK. November 16, 2015.
Embassy of Kuwait, "Youth in an Age of Religious Extremism", London, UK. October 14, 2015.
Future Leader's Conference, "The Language of Diplomatic Leadership" Vlore, Albania. August 25, 2014.
Embassy of Bulgaria, "Bridging the Gap between Governments and the People", London, UK. November 26, 2013.
Karadeniz Teknik Universitesi, "Bridging the Gap through Grassroot Diplomacy", Trabzon, Turkey. July 1-5, 2013.
McGill University, "Global Democracy in the Information Age: Online Hate Speech", Montreal, Canada. March 16–26, 2013.
7th Annual Warwick International Development Summit. "National Interest versus People’s Interest", Warwick, UK. November 16–17, 2012.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Diplomacy: A Youth Perspective", Rabat, Morocco. July 02, 2010
Royal Holloway Diplomatic Society, "Role of Diplomacy for Global Citizens", Surrey, UK. March 06, 2012.
Oxford University, "Bridging the Gap Between Civil Society and Government Leaders", Oxford, UK. February 24–26, 2012.
University of Westminster, "What Makes a Good Diplomat?" London, UK. February 01, 2010.
Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum, "Youth and Climate Change", Geneva, Switzerland. June 17-19, 2009.
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, "United Nations in Action and Practice", Kyoto, Japan. 29 May, 2007.
Dhaka University, "Diplomacy for Youth Entrepreneurs", Dhaka, Bangladesh. July 29, 2006.