School of Social and Political Science

SPS student makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list for work on diversity in foreign policy

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Tiaji Sio, a student at the School of Social and Political Science (SPS), has been named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Germany for her impact in diversity and inclusion in foreign policy.


While studying the MSc in International Development online with SPS, Tiaji works as a diplomat in the German embassy in Vietnam. She works at the intersection of economics and development cooperation. 

This Forbes list celebrates 30 extraordinary young people from Germany who demonstrate the power of entrepreneurial thinking and innovative ideas to solve the challenges the world faces. Tiaji was selected for the list by a panel of experts, out of 1,500 nominated candidates.

Tiaji’s entry is here: Forbes 30 Under 30 – Tiaji Sio
See all the entries here: Forbes 30 Under 30

Driving the anti-racism discourse

Tiaji was honoured mainly for her work in racial equality. She founded the diversity network Diplomats of Color in the Federal Foreign Office, to raise awareness of diversity and inclusion and increase representation of marginalised communities on all levels of decision-making processes. 

Through the network, Tiaji is driving the anti-racism discourse forward in the German Foreign Service. She considers an anti-racist institutional framework and a diverse workforce to be the foundation for implementing an inclusive foreign policy agenda, both in Germany and in Europe. 

The network is being supported by German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas and has been recognised by members of parliament. It currently has 150 members, with support from former Siemens CHRO Janina Kugel and the German politician Aminata Touré. 

Tiaji said:

“Diversity and inclusion make us stronger and allow us to tackle the complex challenges of the 21st century more effectively. To challenge societal preconceptions of who should represent our country, it takes movers and shakers who dismantle structural barriers and pave the way for the next generation of diplomats and policy makers.”

Studying the MSc International Development

Tiaji said:

“The MSc in International Development provides me with the theoretical framework and the critical thinking skills needed for my practical work in the foreign service. During the past year I have worked in Germany, Senegal, Mozambique and Vietnam - the flexible online courses allow me to access lectures and reading materials from all over the globe.

“The vibrant community of online students further enriches the learning experience through their diverse professional backgrounds.”

Study at SPS

Read more about our MSc International Development (Online Distance Learning) programme.

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