My career has been a study in questioning conventional approaches. In developing the Diplomatic Academy of London (DAL), I created a new model for university education for professional diplomats. My greatest success has been the integration of theoretical and practical concepts. When I started the diplomatic studies program at the University of Westminster in 1980, Diplomacy was a minor branch of International Relations. Through my vision, Diplomacy has become a discipline unto itself, and DAL has been recognised as the leader in the field.
In recognition of my contribution to world diplomacy and the training of the new generation of diplomats in Central Asia, and the development of education in the Republic of Uzbekistan, the government of Uzbekistan conferred two honours on me: an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan, September 1999, and an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies.
I am currently s a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and an Associate Member of the London Diplomatic Association.
Founding the Diplomatic Academy of London (DAL) and the Department of Diplomacy and Applied Languages (DDAL), University of Westminster has been the major achievement of my career to date. Since joining the University of Westminster in 1978, I have been involved in the training of diplomats (including heads of diplomatic missions) and other government officials from the Commonwealth, the Arab World, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe, the Caribbean, Central Asia and China. Most of these training programmes have been sponsored by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, as well; groups have been sponsored by their own governments. These include China, Kuwait, Iraq, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
In addition, I have advised governments on setting up institutes for diplomatic training and lectured extensively on diplomacy, international security, international relations, the media and the impact of information technology on Diplomatic Missions and Government Departments, at various Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic Training Institutes and universities in many countries, including, Australia, Russia, Austria, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, France, Italy, Malta, Kazakhstan, the UAE, Indonesia, Croatia , Poland ,Thailand, Malaysia, Spain, Uzbekistan, Italy, China, USA, Germany and in the UK (Universities of Birmingham , Reading and Salford).
In 1982, I introduced a new emphasis in diplomatic training. I developed and implemented programmes with courses including: diplomatic missions and the media and the management of diplomatic missions. In 1986, I pioneered the concept of exploring the impact of Information Technology on diplomatic practice and government departments and coined the phrase virtual diplomacy. I have worked to develop innovative concepts and theories in the conduct of international relations such as geodiplomatics, image projection and reputation management, optical illusions in decision-making and dogmatic perception as opposed to reality.
Over the last eight years, I was involved in the training of groups sponsored by the Chinese government from Ministry for Foreign Affairs, People’s Liberation Army and Beijing Security police with the aim of preparing them for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and beyond.
As Head of DDAL, I had responsibility for offering over 17 languages (including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish.) My work encompasses a number of international teaching and training centres in diplomacy, applied languages, communication, translation and interpreting for governments, international and regional organisations and multinational corporations, as well as for graduates aspiring to an international career.
I have participated in many international conferences and organised sixteen international symposia in the series of “Diplomacy Beyond 2000” which explored and predicted the emerging patterns in diplomacy and the training needs in the 21st Century.
I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan, September 1999 and an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, October 2002 by the Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies in recognition of my contributions to the development of educational programmes in the field of international relations as well as the creation of new models for diplomatic training and the development of human resources.
At the time, DAL was considered the largest institution of its type in the United Kingdom and indeed in the world. Diplomats, other government officials and graduates from more than eighty countries (152 candidates) are attending its Masters degrees and associated training programmes during the academic year 2009-2010. In addition, the department runs a host of projects and consultancies funded by governments and organisations.
Academic Positions Held
Rector - London Academy of Diplomacy, University of East Anglia, London Campus (August 2010 - Present)
Director & Head - Diplomatic Academy of London Department (1st August 2008 - 23rd July 2010)
Course Leader, MA International Liason and Communication (February 2005 - July 2010)
This is the only Course of its kind in the world. Most candidates on the course are sponsored by the British Ministry of Defence. The course combines the study and analysis of diplomacy and international affairs with the skills required to communicate information across cultures. This involves enhancing students’ intercultural competence, information handling competence and ability to facilitate, represent and advocate between participants from countries worldwide.
Founder & Head - Department of Diplomacy & Applied Languages.
August 2000 - July 2008
The Department offered nine Masters Degrees and Post Graduate Diplomas in Diplomacy, Communication, Interpreting and Translation and in more than seventeen languages and ran a large number of consultancies and projects funded by governments and organisations, including the British Ministry of Defence, the British Council and the European Union [EU].
Course Leader - MA Diplomatic Studies.
October 1989 - July 2003
The Course is a blend of academic disciplines and professional training and development. It is designed to provide training, development and education in diplomacy, international security and the management of diplomatic missions to enable students to demonstrate professional knowledge and competence. It forms an appropriate foundation for achieving competence at higher levels of responsibility.
Founder & Director - University of Westminster Paris Centre
October 1999 - December 2002
Visiting Principal Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK
October 1990 - June 1992
The Graduate School of International Studies; responsible for teaching the core course Diplomacy & Statecraft on the MA Degree of International Studies (Diplomacy).
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Centre of Applied Language Studies, Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading.
October 1984 - June 1985
Visiting Professor, University of Salford, UK
1983 - 1984
Department of Modern Languages.
Director of Studies for the MA degrees in English / Arabic / English / Translation / Applied Linguistics; Director of studies for the MA degree in English /Arabic Interpretation.
Founder of the International Studies Unit (ISU), Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts (The ISU was based in Regent’s Park, Bedford College, London.)
Director of Studies for the MA degree in Diplomatic Studies and MPhil and PhD degrees in International Relations (ISU)
Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Salford, UK
1982 – 1983
Department of Modern Languages and Department of Politics and Contemporary History.
Organised the University of Westminster-Salford University joint MSc programme for diplomats and overseas students resident in London.
Initiated and designed the syllabuses for the MA degrees in English / Arabic Translation, and Applied Linguistics and MA in Interpreting, Department of Modern Languages, University of Salford.
Senior Lecturer - University of Westminster
School of languages
April 1979 - 1982
Lecturing on the Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Conference Interpretation Techniques.
Director for a special three-year postgraduate programme in interpreting and translation. (The course was organised for two groups of Iraqi translators and interpreters from the Ministry of Information.)
Visiting Lecturer, University of Westminster
School of Languages
October 1978 – March 1979
Conference Interpreting Unit.
Management and Administrative Experience
Director, Diplomatic Academy of London
Developing and establishing the Diplomatic Studies Programmes in 1980.
Developing Strategic Plans in consultation with staff and various institutions / agencies which utilize the Diplomatic Academy - the most recent of which was completed in November 2009, covering the period to 2014.
Creating a new model for university education for professional diplomats and civil servants. The model integrates theoretical and practical concepts through enlisting course involvement and presentations by experts and practitioners in the field, such as practitioners in media management and international security.
- Pioneering diplomatic training programmes in the UK. Thus moving iplomacy from merely a minor branch of international relations to becoming a discipline in its own right. DAL is recognised as the leader in the field.
Designing programmes which include the role of the media and information technology, so that courses of study reflect the reality of the modern world.
Developing modules which deal with the management of diplomatic missions , intercultural communication , intelligence and Diplomacy in Islam.
Establishing University of Westminster centres in other countries, such as the University of Westminster Paris Centre and conceiving and negotiating the setting up of Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Developing short courses for specific needs, mainly in collaboration with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Developing and organising a series of international symposia, in London and Paris, which have dealt with global issues such as ethics, gender, religion, refugees and minorities, security, information technology and good governance, including their impact on statecraft and training in an interdependent world.
Head, Department of Diplomacy and Applied Languages (DDAL)
- As Head of the Department of Diplomacy and Applied Languages, responsible for thirty-two full-time members of staff and more than one hundred twenty part-time staff .
- Providing underpinning support for the student body at DDAL which comprises more than four hundred full-time students and fourteen hundred part-time students in an academic year, representing more than one hundred forty countries. Many of the students hold senior positions at London Diplomatic Missions and various government departments.
- Assuming financial accountability for the Department budget of more than £4 million. Devised budgeting to make courses more self-funding.
- Managing Course income, expenditure and staff salaries. Devising and managing costing for various activities including special executive programmes and symposia .
- Supervising the financial record keeping and liaising with the University’s central finance.
- Identifying sources of external funding.
- Selecting and providing support and orientation to staff
- Developing and organising executive training programmes and bespoke courses.
- Initiating staff appraisal, staff development and team building.
- Line managing and supporting unit leaders who have been given delegated responsibilities for their sections.
- Developing and validating new Masters Degrees .
- Establishing and monitoring quality assurance.
- Developing and establishing of a number of centres within the Department, including:
The Centre for Interpreting and Translation (CIT):
CIT is the only applied languages centre in the UK recognised by AIIC - Professional Conference Interpreters Worldwide. CIT postgraduate courses in interpreting and translation have an international reputation. These include: MA in Bilingual Translation, MA European Masters in Conference Interpreting, MA Translation and Linguistics, an MA / Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Technical and Specialised Translation an MA in Interpreting and Translation and MA in Interpreting, Translation and Diplomacy
Modern Languages Evening Programme (MLEP)
MLEP offers the widest range of part-time language teaching to more than 1200 students with many of its courses ranging from beginner to mother tongue level in 17 - 24 languages
Westminster International Language Testing Centre (WILTC)
WILTC designs and delivers a suite of specialist language examinations programme to the British Ministry of Defence known as the University of Westminster and Ministry of Defence Languages Examinations Board (MODLEB) in 46 languages. It is also involved in the recruitment of MOD officers/ Military Attaches who are registered on the MA in International Liaison and communication. The Centre also oversees the administration of IELTS examinations at the university in collaboration with the British Council.
China Projects Centre (CPC)
The remit of CPC is to administer and develop projects and training programmes for groups sponsored by the Chinese government and academic institutions
Major Strategic Accomplishments
- Introduced new concepts as part of the diplomatic training programme, including diplomatic missions and the media and the management of diplomatic missions.
- Developed international links and exchange programmes with a number of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations such as the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Moscow Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation and the Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands and the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Al Akhawayn University (AUI), Ifrane, Morocco.
- Planned, implemented and contributed to 16 international symposia in the series "Diplomacy Beyond 2000" which explored and predicted the emerging patterns in diplomacy in the 21st Century. DAL's international conferences have attracted senior government officials, heads of diplomatic missions and decision makers from all over the World.
- Developed courses of study valued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, overseas governments, diplomatic missions in London, international and regional organisations, and multilateral corporations. They are also valued by individual students for their focus and relevance to career development.
- Supervised more than four hundred MA Dissertations and 11 PhD Theses.
Professional Service and Involvement
- Member of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training which comprises Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations from eighty countries ( 1995 - present)
- Chairman of the UK Forum on Diplomatic Training
- Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
- Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
International Conferences - organised and implemented a series of international symposia entitled Diplomacy Beyond 2000 in London and Paris.
The conferences have attracted members of the London and Paris Diplomatic Corps, senior UK government officials, academics and decision makers from overseas governments:
- 16th International Symposium 29 April - 01 May, 2008 - "Transformational Public Diplomacy" (Highlighted the importance of "soft power.")The symposium was organised in collaboration with the American Embassy in London and Center on Public Diplomacy , University of Southern California
- 15th International Symposium 01 May, 2007 - "The International Dimensions of European Values"
- 14th International Symposium 09-10 May 2006 - “International Security and the Dynamics of the New Diplomacy”, organised in conjunction with Foreign Affairs Canada
- 13th International Symposium 15 March 2005 - “Reforming the UN and the Future of Multilateralism”
- 12th International Symposium, 9 April 2003 - “Diplomacy and Gender”
- 11th International Symposium, 10 December 2002 - “ The Media and Terrorism”
- 10th International Symposium, 25 October 2002 - “The UN and the Media in War and Peace”
- 9th International Symposium, 31 May 2001 - “Institutional Corruption & Good Governance”
- 8th International Symposium, 10 -12 April 2001 - “Refugees & Minorities in International Relations”
- 7th International Symposium, 2 May 2000 - “Divinity, Diplomacy and Development”
- 6th International Symposium, 17 -19 April 2000 - “Ethics in International Practice”
- 5th International Symposium, 29 - 31 March 1999 - “The Impact of Technology on Intelligence and Security”
- 4th International Symposium, 7 - 9 April, 1998 - “Diplomacy & Divinity: Religion In International Relations”
- 3rd International Symposium, 7 - 9 April, 1997 - “The Information Explosion: A Challenge for Diplomacy”
- 2nd International Symposium, 1 - 3 April 1996 - “Are Diplomats Really Necessary?”
- 1st International Symposium, 5 -7 April 1995 - “Diplomacy Beyond 2000”
Supervision of Research Degrees
Supervisor of PhD students.
Topics of student research:
- A Critical Study of Hamlet’s Arabic Translations
- The Conflict in the Western Sahara
- The Construction and Representation of the European Union's International Identity
- Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations and State Practice.
- A New Conceptual Approach to Conflict Resolution in the Post Cold War World
- Regional Integration and Co-operation in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Towards an E-Government: The case of Dubai
- Diplomatic Negotiations: Romania’s Accession to the European Union, a case study. The viva voce will take place on 30th June 2010
Effective Diplomacy and Nation-Building: A critical study of the Tribal Diplomacy adopted by three Arabian Gulf clans and its contribution to the Establishment of two modern nation states (1716-1826). The viva voce will take place on 6th July 2010
- Paradigms in Caribbean Trade Diplomacy: Negotiating the Economic Partnership with the EU. It is expected to be examined in late July 2010.
- Image Projection and Reputation Management: Analysing the Benefits of Public Diplomacy for Small States. It is expected to be examined in October 2010.
- Edited The Dynamics of Diplomacy, by Sir Peter Marshall, The Diplomatic Academy of London, 1990
- Diplomacy beyond 2000, edited with Sir Peter Marshall, University of Westminster Press, 1996
- Are Diplomats Really Necessary? Edited with Sir Peter Marshall, University of Westminster Press, 1999
- The Information Explosion: A Challenge for Diplomacy, edited with Sir Peter Marshall, University of Westminster Press, 1999
- Diplomacy and Divinity: Religion in International Relations, (edited with Sir Peter Marshall), Diplomatic Academy of London Press, University of Westminster 2005
- The Impact of Technology on Intelligence and Security, (edited), Diplomatic Academy of London Press, University of Westminster 2006
- Strategic Public Diplomacy: Shaping the Future of International Relations, edited by Nabil Ayad and Daryl Copelad , The Diplomatic Academy of London , University of Westminster 2009
Articles in Books
- “Threats to Global Security from Terrorism: Intelligence Services and Non-State Actors” in The Impact of Technology on Intelligence and Security. Edited by Nabil Ayad, The Diplomatic Academy of London Press, 2006
- “Information Technology and the Future of Diplomatic Training,” in Diplomacy beyond 2000, edited with Sir Peter Marshall, University of Westminster Press, 1999
- “Information Technology and Diplomatic Training: The Hydra in a Mutating Environment,” in Are Diplomats Really Necessary? Edited with Sir Peter Marshall, University of Westminster Press, 1999
- “The Information Explosion and the Future of Diplomatic Training,” in The Information Explosion: A Challenge for Diplomacy, edited with Sir Peter Marshall, University of Westminster Press, 1999
- “Information Technology and the Future of Diplomatic Training,” 1st International Symposium Diplomacy Beyond 2000, University of Westminster, April 1995
- A series of Lectures on Diplomatic Training Information Technology, at the Uzbek Ministry for Foreign Affairs, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, and the Tashkent State University for Oriental Studies, June 1995
- “Information Technology and Diplomatic Training: The Hydra in a Mutating Environment,” 2nd International Symposium: Diplomacy Beyond 2000
- Are Diplomats Really Necessary?” University of Westminster, April 1996
- “The Impact of Information Technology on Diplomacy,” Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, Malaysian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Kuala Lumpur, August 1996
- “Information Technology and the Dynamics of Diplomacy,” Institute of Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand, August 1996
- “Information Technology, the Media, and Diplomacy,” the Diplomatic Institute of Education and Training, Indonesian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, November 1996
- “The Impact of the Information Revolution on the Organisation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Practice,” Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Doha, Qatar, July 1997
- “International Security “, the German Foundation of International Development, Foreign Ministry, Berlin, February 2000. Participated in a simulation exercise on the UN and Water Resources Disputes
- “Towards the Virtual University: Trends and Strategies,” International Symposium on “The Virtual University,” Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, November 1996
- “The Information Explosion and the Virtual Diplomat,” 3rd International Symposium in the series of Diplomacy Beyond 2000: The Information Explosion, A Challenge for Diplomacy, University of Westminster, April 1997
- “The Information Explosion: A Challenge for Communication and Diplomacy,” the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy, September 1997
- “The Information Explosion and Diplomatic Training: Challenges, Benefits, and Strategies,” Conference on Diplomacy and Information Technology,” the Mediterranean Academy, Malta, May 1997
- “Diplomacy and Divinity in the Information Age” 4th International Symposium in the series Diplomacy Beyond 2000: Diplomacy and Divinity: Religion in International Relations, University of Westminster, April 1998
- “Media and Multimedia”, Al-Ain, UAE, April 1998
- “Distance Learning: Characteristics and Collections,” 26th Meeting of the Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of Foreign Relations, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security Seoul, Korea, September, 1998
- “Diplomacy in the Information Age: Education and Training,” Croatian Diplomatic Academy CEI Conference: The Role of Diplomacy in Countries in Transition, Croatia, October 1998
- “Global Education in the Information Age”, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 1999.
- “Global Threats in the Information Age” Centre for International Development, Berlin, February 2000
- “Ethics in the Information Age”, Sixth International Symposium, Diplomacy beyond 2000, University of Westminster, April 2000
- “Diplomacy, Divinity and Development in the Information Age”, Seventh International Symposium, Diplomacy beyond 2000,The American University of Paris, The Diplomatic Academy of London and the Association of European and Middle East Churches, The American Church in Paris, May 2000.
- “Globalisation and Diplomatic Practice”, The Annual Central European Initiative Conference on Diplomatic Training entitled “ Diplomacy in the Era of Globalisation”, organised by the Croatian Diplomatic Academy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Dubrovnik, October 2001
- “Refugees and Minorities in International Relations”, 10-12 April 2001
- “Diplomacy and Gender”, 8-9 April 2003
Selected Activities, Key Conferences, Seminars, & Meetings Attended - October 2003 - July 2012
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.