February 20, 2019

The Global Public Diplomacy Award in Germany

For the first time, Diplomat Magazine, a leading publication in Europe and the Diplomatic Council presented the Global Diplomatic Award in Germany to honor the Ambassador of Croatia, H.E. Dr. Gordan Grlić Radman.

The award, constitute a recognition to the efforts of the head of diplomatic missions who actively contributed to the advancing Public Diplomacy ideals overseas, promoting strategic diplomatic engagements and leadership.

In keeping an academic character, the award honours Public Diplomacy actors who:

  • Enhance Public Diplomacy outreach in diplomatic missions.
  • Provide innovation and opportunities in the core areas of culture, education, country-branding, international trade and business relations.
  • Enhance, empower and inspire key national and international audiences such as women, students, researches and educators.
  • Engage, under-served communities, including its own nationals, and grassroots organisations.

The Global Public Diplomacy Awards was initially conceived in April 2013 by diplomats and academic in The Hague. The recipient of the first Global Diplomacy Awar 2019 is His Excellency H.E. Dr. Gordan Grlić Radman, Ambassador of Croatia to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Dr. Grlić Radman was credited to Germany in October 2017. Ever since, he has undertaking outstanding efforts in strengthening the German-Croatian economic, cultural and political relations. As ambassador, he specially places emphasis on the role of Croatian whiting the European Union.


Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Ambassador of Germany to Luxembourg and President of the Diplomatic Council. Mrs. Grlić Radman and the Ambassador of Croatia, H.E. Dr. Gordan Grlić Radman, Mrs. Hang Gnuyen, Secretary-General of the Diplomatic Council and Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Diplomat Magazine’s publisher.

Ambassador Grlić Radman, en European enthusiast, came to Germany after his graduation of the Manager School in Bern, Switzerland. in the 1990’s, he played a pivotal role in setting up the Croatian diplomatic and consular missions in Bern, Geneva and Zurich. He also served at the Croatian missions in Sophia and Budapest.

In addition to his native Croatian, Dr. Grlić Radman masters: German, English, Bulgarian and Hungarian, also some Spanish. Furthermore, Ambassador Grlić Radman, serves as President of The Danube Commission, sit Budapest.

Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Ambassador of Germany to Luxembourg, President of the Diplomatic Council during his memorable speech.

The gala was held on February second at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, Frankfurt with the presence of Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Ambassador of Germany to Luxembourg and President of the Diplomatic Council, Ms Hang Nguyen, Secretary-General, Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Diplomat Magazine’s publisher and ambassadors, consuls general and business people coming from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

During the ceremony, the German ambassador, Dr. Heinrich Kreft, member of the Diplomatic Council Board of Presidents, delivered a passionate yet thoughtful speech encouraging more multilateralism and less “firsts” in light of the increasing political, economic and social uncertainties around the world. 

Ambassador Radman receiving the Award from Dr. De Lara and Ms Hang Nguyen.

Photography by Diplomatic Council.

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