Selected Activities, Key Conferences, Seminars, & Meetings Attended
October 2003 - December 2013
24-25 April 2014, Moscow, Russia
Professor Ayad will present at Global University Summit MGIMO-University (Moscow)
Title of presentation "Emerging Patterns in International Security and Terrorism." Informaiton about the conference > >
18 December 2013, Washington DC
Professor Ayad participated in 2nd Round Table on Science Diplomacy which was organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He gave a presentation on Educating for Science Diplomacy.
7 October 2013, House of Commons, London
Professor Nabil Ayad gave a presentation at the House of Commons to a group from Dean’s International Council Members, the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago on: Assessing Global Risk
Has the deal over Syria undermined the position of the West and do we in the West now find ourselves in an anti-intervention, anti-aid mindset and what does that mean for us all?
20-22 September, Stockholm, Sweden
Professor Ayad participated in the IISS 10TH Strategic Review which was held in Stockholm
2 July 2013 London
H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates – Member of the Cabinet paid a visit to the London Academy of Diplomacy (LAD) on 2nd July to discuss cooperation.
(From right to left) Professor Joseph Mifsud, Director of International Strategic Development, LAD; H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State – Member of the Cabinet; Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector of LAD; Professor Riad Nourallah, Director of Research, LAD.
June 15, 2013 Italy
Dr Francesca Romana Memoli, President of ASILS (National Association of Schools of Italian) and Director of Academia Italiana signing an MoU with Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector, London Academy of Diplomacy
June 11 – 13, 2013 Florence, Italy
Professor Nabil Ayad and Professor Joseph Mifsud participated in the international conference on ‘Global, Regional and National Actors in the Governance of the Atom: A Focus on Europe and the Middle East' at the Academy of Global Governance in Florence, Italy,
Professor Ayad acted as the President whilst Professor Mifsud as the facilitator of the simulation exercise on Special UN Sessions on the M.E Nuclear Free Zone. Professor Sameh Aoul Enein, visiting professor at LAD acted as the moderator of the simulation exercise.
May 29, 2013 in London, UK
Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector of the London Academy of Diplomacy (LAD) attended the lecture ‘Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict' hosted by the Women in Diplomatic Service (WDS) on Wednesday 29 May 2013. The keynote speaker is the Rt Hon The Baroness Amos, PC, United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator.
As the professional association for senior women diplomats in London, WDS hosts a number of networking events during the course of the year to give members the opportunity to meet high profile people in British public life. For upcoming events, please see below:
June 1st - River Cruise to Greenwich; Visit to Museum/Greenwich Market
June 22nd - Excursion to Somerset (Clarks Village Outlet)
July 13th - Invitation to the Fifth Annual Grenadian Heritage Day - Pinner, Harrow, Middlesex
September 17th - WDS Gala Concert - South Africa House
October 8th - WDS Lecture Series
October 11th - Embassy Magazine Annual Induction Seminar for New Diplomats
November 9th - WDS Stall at the Annual Commonwealth Fair - Kensington Town Hall
November 27th - Annual Festive Tea Party
LAD has acquired full membership for all female students studying at LAD. Male students are most welcomed to attend the above events as well.
In the middle: Baroness Amos; to her left, H.E. Mrs Ruth Rouse, High Commissioner for Grenada and Chair Person of WDS; to her right, Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector of LAD, UEA London and Miss Najah Alotaibi, PhD student of the School of Political, Social and International Studies of UEA. In the far right: Ms Baharak Mordi, IMO-Marine Safety Division. In the far left: Ms Carol Joseph, a member of the Grenadian Diaspora and a business consultant
May 23-25, 2013 in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector of the London Academy of Diplomacy (LAD) and Professor Daryl Copeland, LAD participated in the 16th CEI Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum on ‘Innovations and Changing Roles of Diplomacy and Diplomatic Training' between 23rd and 25th May 2013. Professor Ayad gave a presentation entitled ‘Emerging Patterns in Diplomacy' and Professor Copeland gave a presentation on the impact of globalisation on diplomacy.
May 14, 2013 in Cambridge, UK
Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector of the London Academy of Diplomacy (LAD) attended the Symposium entitled ‘The Future of Deadly Conflict: Is Optimism Defensible?' hosted by the University of Cambridge on 14th May 2013.
January 13, 2013 in Abu Dhabi
Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector of the London Academy of Diplomacy and Professor Bi Scott, Module Leader, Diplomatic Discourse at LAD visited Alhosn University in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 13th January 2013 in order to discuss academic cooperation.
Professor Nabil Ayad with Professor Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice-Chancellor, Alhosn University
Mr Khaled Mustafa, Advisor to H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Rubaya Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Alhosn University, United Arab Emirates
Professor Nabil Ayad, Rector of the London Academy of Diplomacy
Professor Bi Scott, Module Leader, Diplomatic Discourse at LAD
Professor Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice-Chancellor, Alhosn University
- See more at: University of East Anglia News - July 2, 2013 >>
June 27th - London, UK
Professor Nabil Ayad organized at training programme for a group of 22 officials from the Foreign Affairs Office of Qinghai Province, People's Republic of China entitled "The Dynamics of Diplomacy."
May 24th-26th Dubrovnik , Croatia
Professor Nabil Ayad participated in the 15th EU Central European Initiative Diplomatic Forum on the theme of Diplomacy and Intercultural Dialogue. The Forum was organised by Croatian Diplomatic Academy . EMUNI University and University of East Anglia. Professor Ayad gave a presentation on, Culture and Diplomacy in the Age of Heteropolarity.
April 30th, 2012 - London, UK
Professor Nabil Ayad acted as an External Examiner for PhD Thesis entitled "Analytical Study of Sovereign Wealth Funds' Strategies and Policies: A Case Study of Oman Sovereign Wealth Fund" by Majid Al-Saidi at Brunel University, London.
March 29th, 2012 - 17th International Symposium - Diplomacy in the 21st Centuary
Professor Nabil Ayad organised the 17th International Symposium in the series of Diplomacy in the 21st Century –28-29 March 2012 , on: Rethinking Diplomatic Practice, Global Commerce and International Security in the Age of Heteropolarity
January 12, 2012 - London, UK
Professor Nabil Ayad acted as an external examiner for a PhD thesis on : Music as Cultural Diplomacy: A Personal Journey Using Improvisation as a Creative Tool, by Sabina Rakcheyeva, Department of Arts and Humanities, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
November 2011 - Breukelen,The Netherlands
Professor Nabil Ayad acted as an external examiner for a PhD thesis on: The Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in the Middle East and North Africa Region by Tim Rogmans, Nyenrode Business University. The Netherlands.
November 24-25, 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal
Professor Nabil Ayad attended "Towards Education and Technological approaches to. Implement Sustainability: The role of Universities on Better Life. Indicators" - the 4th General Assembly of the Euro-Mediterranean University together with the TETIS 2011 Conference organized by University of Lisbon and Euro-Mediterrian University in Slovenia.
August 10, 2011 - London, UK
Professor Nabil Ayad organised an executive programme in Environmental Tax Policy and Legislation for 22 senior Chinese officials who were sponsored by the National Development Reform Commission, People's Republic of China. He gave a presentation entitled "The Dynamics of Environmental Diplomacy."
June 2, 2011 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Professor Nabil Ayad, Director of the London Academy of Diplomacy, University of East Anglia, London Campus gave a presentation entitled: The Role of Diplomacy in Bridging the Cultural Gap at the 14th CEI DUBROVNIK DIPLOMATIC FORUM ON ‘EU and Its Neighbours: Prospects and Challenges'
The international conference was sponsored by the EU and organised by Croatian Diplomatic Academy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and European Integration , EMUNI University, Slovenia and the London Academy of Diplomacy , University of East Anglia, United Kingdom'
24th October 2010:
Professor Nabil Ayad, Director of the London Academy of Diplomacy, was the Keynote speaker at the Round Table session on Teaching and Learning Diplomacy on 24th October 2010 as part of the one week Rome Diplomatic Festival which was organised by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and The Guarini Institute for Public Affairs, John Cabot University,
(L-R -below) Prof. Stefano Bartolini, Director of the Robert Schman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Dr Jutta Edithofer, Office of the Special Advise to the High Representative, Council of the European Union, Ambassador Dr. Mladen Andrlic, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Croatia, Professor Nabil Ayad, Director of the London Academy of Diplomacy, Professor Lawrence Gray, Professor of Political Science, John Cabot University, Prof. Joseph Mifsud – President of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI), Mr Dimitriv, Minister Councillor, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Ms Emanuela D'Alessandro, Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
17-20 February, 2010, New Orleans , USA
- International Studies Associations' 51st Annual Convention
ISA Annual Convention 2010, New Orleans
Theory vx Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - Saturday, February 20, 2010
Chaired a Roundtable Session "Guerrilla Diplomacy: Revolution in Diplomatic Affairs" which was sponsored by the Diplomatic Studies Section.
Chair: Nabil Ayad, University of Westminster - Discussant: Daryl Copeland, Foreign and International Affairs, Canada
Pannel Members: Geoffrey Allen Pigman, Bennington College; Kathy R. Fitzpatrick, Quinnipiac University; Ali R. Fisher, Mappa Mundi Consulting; Evan H. Potter, University of Ottawa; Jan Melissen, Clingendael; James Der Derian, Brown University; Nicholas J. Cull, University of Southern California
23-24 November, 2009 , Sousse , Tunisia
- The Union for the Mediterranean: Cultural Platform & Institutional Construction , Sousse University
Gave a Presentation entitled "The Role of Diplomacy in Bridging the Cultural Gap"
23-26 September, 2009 , Vienna
- Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations at the 34th Meeting of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training - Held at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna , on : Training for Peace
11-13 September , 2009 , Geneva
- The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 7th Global Strategic Review, on the theme “The New Geopolitics”
3 June 2009, House of Lords, London
- Event sponsored by Society Outreach
Member of the panel on ‘The Role of the Media in the Arab-Israel Relations: Stereotyping or Bridging Gaps'?
Gave a presentation on 'The Impact of the Social Media
7-9 May 2009, Dubrovnik, Croatia
- 12th CEI DUBROVNIK DIPLOMATIC FORUM ‘Modern European Diplomacy and Diplomatic Training’ , Dubrovnik, Croatia
Gave a presentation on Crisis Management: Diplomacy and Diplomatic Training
Acted as Respondent to the session on Women in Diplomacy – Ms Vivian Walker, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Zagreb
6-7 April 2009, Washington DC
- Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference, "The Nuclear Order—Build or Break,"
23-24 June 2008, London
- Participation in the World Public Relations Conference & Festival , themed "The Public Benefit of Public Relations”. The conference was organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations to celebrate the 60th anniversary of CIPR Public Relations Centre.
Member of the panel on Repairing Damage - the Role of PR in Public Diplomacy
Gave a presentation entitled: Public Diplomacy: Image Protection and Reputation Management
4-6 June 2008 , London
- Participated in the Defence Image and Reputation Management Conference which was organised by Marcus Evans www.marcusevans.com
Gave a presentation on: Public Diplomacy and the New Media Landscape: Understanding the new media environment requirements, Overcoming an increasingly fragmented set of media and audiences, Redefining public diplomacy, Lessons learnt - case-study
5-8 May 2008, Rome, Italy
Participated in the Diplomatic Week on: Preparing Leaders for the Changing World which was organised by Link University in Rome in Conjunction with the Diplomatic Academy of London , University of Westminster
Gave presentations on the following topics : Dynamics of Diplomacy, Diplomacy of the XXI Century: challenges and limitations, Global Threats in the information age, The Role of Intelligence in the Formulation of Foreign Policy, and Assessing Performance and Outcomes in Diplomacy.
25 April 2008, Waterloo, Canada
Gave a presentation on Image Projection and Reputation Management in the Middle East at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation www.cigionline.org , Waterloo, Canada
17-19 April 2008, Dubrovnik
- Participated in the annual conference of the Central European Initiative (CEI) Diplomatic Forum on: Diplomatic Training and Regional Co-operation .
Gave a presentation on: Defence Diplomacy
26 – 29 March 2008, San Francisco, CA
- Participated in the 49th Annual ISA Convention “Bridging Multiple Divides
Bridging Key Divides: Using Public Diplomacy to Communicate in the Age of the ‘War on Terror' and acted as a discussant for the following panel :
Geoffrey A. Pigman , Bennington College
Bringing Diplomacy Back In: Theoretical Foundations for the Study of Diplomacy and War
Shuhei Kurizaki , Texas A&M University Public Diplomacy and Counterinsurgency in the Globalization Age: Two Sides of the Same COIN?
Daryl Copeland , Independent Scholar
Evan H. Potter University of Ottawa Public Diplomacy,Subjectivity and Identity: Communicating about ‘Terrorism’
Jonathan Cristol Bard College US Public Diplomacy's Mission, Values and "Best Practices": Views from the Front Lines
Nabil Ayad , University of Westminster
26-27 February 2008, Rabat , Morocco
- I participated in a seminar on Quality in Universities in the Euromed Area which was held in Rabat, 26-27 of February 2008.
I gave a paper on : Experiences and Good Practices in the Field of Quality Systems of Euromed Universities – University of Westminster – A Case Study.
I was elected Chairman of the European Universities Group within the EPUF – EuroMed Permanent University Forum ( EPUF)
26-27 November 2008, Tarragona, Spain
- Lectured and ran two seminars on Diplomacy and International Conflicts for candidates on the MA in International Conflict Management as part of the Mediterranean Cultural Studies Programme at University Rovira I Vergili
27 October 2008, London
Organised a two week executive training programme on: Government Communication and Public Diplomacy for a group of 20 senior Chinese government officials, sponsored by the State Council Information Office.
Gave a lecture to the group on Governments and Public Accountability.
21 October 2008, Beijing , China
Gave a lecture on International Security in the Age of Fear at China Foreign Affairs University,
14 July 2008, London
Received a Saudi Military delegation, headed by the Commandant of the Land Forces Language Training Institute in Riyadh, Brigadier Talal Al-Ramdi, to discuss the possibility of a tailor-made Academic English course with a military syllabus.
23-24 June 2008, London
- Participation in the World Public Relations Conference & Festival, themed "The Public Benefit of Public Relations”, The conference was organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations to celebrate the 60th anniversary of CIPR Public Relations Centre.
Participated in the panel on Repairing Damage - the Role of PR in Public Diplomacy
Gave a presentation entitled: Public Diplomacy: Image Protection and Reputation Management
23–28 June 2008, London
- Organised a one week training programme on the Dynamics of Diplomacy for 22 Egyptian diplomats sponsored by the Cairo Institute of Diplomatic Studies, Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Gave a lecture on Public Diplomacy: Image Projection, Reputation Management and Nation Branding
19 June 2008
Met with the Chief of Staff of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Shrivenham), Colonel Michael Montagu, to discuss cooperation with DAL in the areas of Defence Diplomacy, Intercultural Communication, Military English and validation of some of their courses.
17 June 2008, London
- Chaired the final plenary session of the International Conference on: Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East, organised by SOAS in conjunction with the British Pugwash Group
4-6 June 2008, London
- Participated in the Defence Image and Reputation Management Conference which was organised by Marcus Evans (www.marcusevans.com), London.
Presented on the following topics: Public Diplomacy and the New Media Landscape: Understanding the Mew Media Environment Requirements, Overcoming an Increasingly Fragmented Set of Media and Audiences, Redefining Public Diplomacy, Lessons Learnt - Case-Study
December 2007, London
Received a delegation from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry to discuss diplomatic training.
Gave a lecture to the group on Emerging Patterns in Diplomatic Practice and the Formulation of Economic Foreign Policy.
8 November 2007, London
Invited the Honourable Letizia Moratti, Mayor of Milan and former Minister for Education, University and Scientific Research in the Italian Government to give a talk on: XX1st Century's Challenges on Environment Protection and Global Development and the Position of New Tools of Diplomacy Generated by Cities and Science Networks
9 November 2007, London
Invited H.E. Ambassador Dr Muhammed Shaaban, UN Under-Secretary General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management and former Advisor to the Foreign Minister of Egypt to give a lecture on: The Role of the UN in a Troubled World and Diplomatic Practice at the UN
7-8 September 2007, Geneva
Attended the fifth IISS Global Strategic Review International Conference, on: Managing Global Security and Risk
July 2007, London
- Organised the summer exchange programme for groups nominated by various Universities in Spain, Morocco and Italy as well as Ministries for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (Diplomatic Academy of Moscow), Albania and Kazakhstan
July-October 2007, London
Organised a three months executive training Programme for a group of UAE senior officials sponsored by the Civil Service Department
29 May - 03 June 2007, Ostana , Kazakhstan
Invited by the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan to address senior members of the Foreign Ministry. Gave presentations on: the Dynamics of Diplomacy and Global Threats in the Information Age
June 2007, Alexandria , Egypt
Participated in the IV Euro- Mediterranean University Forum, which was sponsored by the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation. Alexandria, Egypt. Gave a paper on, “University Enterprise - Necessities and Possibilities for the Future.”
12-14 April 2007, Malta
Invited by the Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs to address the Third High Level annual meeting of Maltese Ambassadors and High commissioners resident abroad as well as senior members of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Made presentation on: Image Projection and Reputation Management in the Age of Geodiplomatics
1-3 March 2007 , Chicago
Attended the 48th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) on: Politics, Policy and Responsible Scholarship, Chicago, IL, USA.
Chaired the panel on: Public Diplomacy from Monologue to Dialogue.
13 March 2007, London
Received a delegation of 12 MPs from the Iraqi Foreign Affairs Committee.
Gave a talk to the group on: International Affairs and Parliamentary Diplomacy. The visit was sponsored by the FCO
14 March 2007, London
Received a delegation from the Kenyan Parliament and Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Gave a talk to the group on: New Diplomacy and the Restructuring of Ministries for Foreign Affairs
6-7 December 2006 , Bandung, Indonesia.
- Invited by the Indonesian Ministry for Foreign Affairs to Participate in the Public Diplomacy National Workshop on: Building Image of a Democratic, Moderate and Progressive Indonesia – Consolidation of Soft Power and Foreign Policy Assets
Presented a paper on, “How Indonesia Can Learn From UKPublic Diplomacy”
Presentation on: Public Diplomacy and the Tyranny of Real–time Coverage
8-10 September 2006 , Geneva
Attended the Fourth IISS Global Strategic Review International Conference, on: "New Thinking on Conflict and Peace," Geneva.
15 -17 September 2006 , Pontignano, Italy
Invited by the British Council to participate in the annual Anglo-Italian think tank meeting (Pontignano XIV) which was organised by the British Embassy in Rome and the Italian Embassy in London on: The European Learning Curve,.
Presented a paper entitled, “Learning and the Media”
26 - 28 September 2006 , Vienna
Participated in the 34th Annual Meeting of the Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations (International Forum on Diplomatic Training), which was held at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
20 June 2006 , Beijing , China
Gave a lecture at Tsinghua University , on : Public Diplomacy – Image Projection and Reputation Management
8 -10 June 06, Malta
Participated in the III Mediterranean University Forum, which was held in Malta.
Presented a paper entitled, “Developing a Euro-Mediterranean Universities’ Strategy – Image Projection and Reputation Management”
July 2004 , London
Organised and chaired a simulation exercise on the Role of the United Nations in Combating International Terrorism.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended part of the session.
March 2004 , Madrid , Spain
Participated in an international NATO workshop on Threats to Security in the Mediterranean (19-21 March) organised by NATO and the Spanish Ministry of Defence.
Gave a paper on Homeland Security and Foreign Policy
23-27 February , Tunisia
Visited Tunis as a guest of the British Council and the Tunisian Diplomatic Institute
Gave two lectures at the Institute as well as a lecture on UK Foreign Policy in the Middle East at the residence of the British Ambassador in Tunis
5 February 2004 , Germany
Participated in an international conference on Europe in Atlantica: Partnership or Continental Drift, which was organised by die Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and das Verteidigungsbezirkskommando 81 Halle-Dessau,
Gave a presentation on: Diplomacy as a means to overcome ‘cultural gaps and divide.’
23-28 January 2004 , Abu Dhabi
Visited The United Arab Emirates as a guest of the Emirates Diplomatic Institute (EDI) which is an integral part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Conducted three workshops on Modern Diplomacy: Theory and Practice to a group of trainees from UAE Foreign Ministry
28-30 January , London,
Participated E-Learning for Diplomacy, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
Oct. 2003- Sarajevo and Belgrade
Represented the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Westminster at ‘University Cooperation Programme in South-Eastern Europe’, which was attended by Vice –Chancellors and Rectors of European Universities.