Nabil Ayad is a professor at the University of East Anglia London. He is the founder and director of the Diplomatic Academy of London, which is composed of student diplomats from more than 84 countries. He is also a Professor of Diplomatic Studies at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands.
Ayad coined the term "virtual diplomacy" in 1986. During that time period, he pioneered exploration of information technology's impact on diplomacy. He has done extensive poineering work in the area of diplomacy and through his vision, Diplomacy has become a discipline unto itself, and London Diplomatic Academy has been recognised as the world leader in the field.
In recognition of his 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 Dr. Ayad: 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.
He is currently a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and an Associate Member of the London Diplomatic Association.
Today London Academy of Diplomacy is regarded as the largest institution of its type in the United Kingdom and indeed in the world. Diplomats, other government officials and graduates from nearly 100 countries have attended its Masters degrees and associated training programmes. In addition, the Academy runs a host of projects and consultancies funded by governments and organisations.