Nabil Ayad

Director of the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University in London

Professor Nabil Ayad is the Director of The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University in London and he is the founder and former Director and Rector of the London Academy of Diplomacy of the University of East Anglia’s London campus. He has over 30 years of experience training groups of diplomats and officials and has advised governments on setting up institutes for diplomatic training.

Mr. Ayad also founded and served as Director of the Diplomatic Academy of London and headed the Department of Diplomacy and Applied Languages at the University of Westminster. Professor Ayad has developed training programs for officials sponsored by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office from the Commonwealth, Central Asia, Eastern and Central Europe and diplomats sponsored by many governments including Kuwait, Iraq, Tanzania, Swaziland, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.  He also has experience establishing and presenting training programs for groups sponsored by the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Peoples’ Liberation Army, Central Communist Party, National Development and Reform Commission, State Council Information Office and Beijing Security Police to prepare for the Olympic Games.

Mr. Ayad has lectured extensively on diplomacy, international relations, security, media and the impact of information technology on diplomatic missions and government departments. He pioneered the concept of exploring the impact of information technology on diplomatic practice and coined the phrase “virtual diplomacy.”

In addition, Mr. Ayad has organized eighteen international symposia focused on exploring and predicting the emerging patterns in diplomacy in the 21st century. He has received two honorary degrees of Doctor of Science in recognition of his contributions to the development of educational programs in international relations and diplomatic training.

Mr. Ayad is a member of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFTD), International Institute for Strategic Studies and Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). He accepted the Diplomat Magazine Annual Award in 2012 for his program’s distinctive contribution to diplomacy in London and around the world.