Countries are visible and so should diplomats. Tell the story of your country through YOU.
That’s why I focus on creating personal brands that builds and repairs trust between YOU and the general public, both online and offline.
I help diplomats be authentic.
Live your values.
Show off your personality.
Build your legacy.
Known as the original grassroot diplomat, TALYN RAHMAN-FIGUEROA is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Grassroot Diplomat, a nonprofit diplomatic consultancy making diplomacy inclusive for everyone. With over 10 years’ experience working in international relations and government communications, Talyn coaches public diplomats on creating a personal brand, finding the right balance between managing personal ethics and conflicting national interests. She is the lead coach at the Grassroot Diplomat Online Academy where she offers tutorials, case studies, podcasts, and practical exercises for practitioners to create the best version of themselves in a complex and highly bureaucratic environment.
Talyn has a natural affinity for visual communications and continues to advice governments and public sector bodies on strategic communications. A trained diplomat, she is the director and producer of several podcast shows including Grassroot Diplomat Talks and Diplomacy Engage, the lead consultant for all digital diplomacy and public diplomacy projects, and the author of "Women in Diplomacy". Talyn recently published the “Diplomatic Planner” - a highly visual 12-month career development toolkit for international relations to help practitioners overcome ethical dilemmas and conflicts of interests in this red-tape field. Her new book “Brexit Handbook: Management of Civil Society Crisis for Global Diplomats” will be out in 2019.
Talyn has a proven track record of operating at senior level, answering directly to senior management and Board of Directors. Consequently, she has assisted various foreign government projects including the NHS, the British Government and the Qatari Government, and continues to consult with clients working directly on government projects. This includes working with politicians and state governments in improving their public brand and image for various campaigns.
Born and raised in London, Talyn has a truly international background, having lived in Japan, Morocco, parts of Europe, and North America. She is a polyglot and engages in various speaking engagements around the world.
“Talyn is not afraid to think differently. As a consequence, she gets things done that others can’t.”
Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS
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McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellowship
(McGill University) - Montreal, Canada
United Nations Intensive Training
(Seton Hall University) - New York, USA
Middle Eastern and North African Politics
(Al Akhawayn University) - Ifrane, Morocco
Masters of Arts degree, Diplomatic Studies
(Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster) - London, UK
Japanese Language and Culture Diploma
(Kyoto University of Foreign Studies) - Kyoto, Japan
Bachelor of Arts degree, Japanese and Management
(School of Oriental and African Studies) - London, UK
2013 - Present: Independent Government Communications Consultant
2011 - Present: CEO and Senior Consultant, Grassroot Diplomat
2015 - 2017: Board Member, Yumerise Corp.
2012 - 2015: Advisory Councillor, Africa Asia Global Scholars Network
2010 - 2011: Communications Manager, House of Commons
2007 - 2010: Head of Communications and External Relations, WILPF International
2009 - 2010: International Advisor, UNFCCC
2004 - 2006: Head of Campaigns and Communications, Action for UN Renewal
2002 - 2004: Policy Analyst, WorldWrite