Nabil Ayad is a lecturer at the University of East Anglia London. He is the initiator 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 invented the term "virtual diplomacy" in 1986. During that time period, he opened up exploration of information technology's impact on diplomacy. He has done wide pioneering work in the area of diplomacy and during his vision, Diplomacy has become a discipline unto itself, and London Diplomatic Academy has been identified as the world leader in the field.
In recognition of his involvement to world diplomacy and the training of the new generation of diplomats in Central Asia, and the improvement of education in the Republic of Uzbekistan, the government of Uzbekistan awarded two honors 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 presently a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and an Associate Member of the London Diplomatic Association.