One of the brightest minds in one of the oldest field...

Talyn is a 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 add a fresh voice in diplomacy, Talyn can energise your audience with her candid and vibrant nature. With a British flair, Talyn is a pro in charming the crowd and has a way of making every individual in the room think about their future and inspire 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 nonprofit 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 preparing 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.grassrootdiplomat.org or www.becomeadiplomat.com

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Sample Keynote Topics

Talyn is able to speak on a wide variety of topics related to self-development and public diplomacy issues. The following topics are a sample only.

  • Everyone is a Diplomat - an eye-opening exhibition that clarifies how everyone plays the role of a diplomat in the wider scope of international relations at home and abroad.

  • Personal Branding for Diplomats - self-development guideline for international relations practitioners that embraces emotional intelligence, cultural humility, self-awareness, and personal branding principles.

  • Self Development in Diplomacy - looking at the challenges of a diplomatic career and how to prepare oneself for a career fuelled by protocol, bureaucracy and ethically-minded decisions.

  • 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

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.