PROFESSOR NABIL AYAD MA PhD - CV
My career has been a study in questioning conventional approaches and embodying global education. In developing the Diplomatic Academy of London (DAL) and later the London Academy of Diplomacy (LAD); as well as their satelite centres in Paris and Rome, 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.