Dell'Ariccia earns top diplomat gong

HARARE - European Union (EU) head of delegation to Zimbabwe ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia scooped both the overall and European diplomat of the year awards at a glittering ceremony held in Harare.

The two prestigious awards were in recognition of the exceptional work that Ariccia has been doing with respect to improving Zimbabwe’s relationship with the members from the European bloc.

The awards ceremony, held at the Cresta Lodge, were jointly hosted by Ecobank, Stanbic Bank, Daily News, the Diplomat Magazine and The Standard newspaper.

The best dressed diplomat of the year award went to Gladys Kokorwe, Botswana’s ambassador, who has constantly promoted her national dress.

The overall deputy head of mission award was won by Maria Ines Coroa from the Portugal delegation.

The overall first runner- up was Indian ambassador Yeetendra Kumar Tripathi, who also managed to scoop the diplomat of the year award from Asia, while the overall second runner up, Zambian ambassador to Zimbabwe Ndiyoi Mutiti won the top prize in the diplomat of the year award from the African continent.

Namibian ambassador Adadi Rajabu was the first runner-up from the African region, followed by Namibian top representative to Zimbabwe Panduleni Shingenge.

Brazilian envoy to Zimbabwe Marcia Maro da Silva landed the top accolade in the diplomat of the year from the Americas as Australian ambassador Matthew Neuhaus was voted first runner-up.

Ambassador of Palestine to Zimbabwe Hashem Danjani clinched the diplomat of the year award from the Middle East region, closely followed by Egyptian ambassador Bassem Khalil and ambassador Abdullah Jumah Al-Sharhan from Kuwait respectively.

Special awards for outstanding contribution to the diplomatic community went to Ambassadors’ Rotary Club and Pandhari Lodges, institutions that have successfully hosted several diplomatic events. - Kudzai Chawafambira

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