Royal Visit & Awards
Over a long career, several achievements and recognitions have been significant.
Royal Visit to the Diplomatic Academy
In July 2004, the Diplomatic Academy was honoured when Her Magesty, Queen Elizabeth II attened part of a simulation exercise which I organized on the Role of the United Nations in Combating International Terrorism. The exercise was conducted by the staff and candidates on the Diplomatic Studies MA. A group of students from the Moscow Diplomatic Academy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, was also present.
Pictured (below) with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are (on her left) Dr Geoffrey Copland, former Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Westminster, and (on her right) Emeritus Professor Jack Lonergan, with staff and candidates on the International Liaison and Communication MA.
Pictured above (seated, left to right) are Stanley Martin, the Queen’s Most Advanced Gentleman Usher and Associate Head of the Protocol Department; Dr Riad Nourallah, Principal Lecturer and Deputy Course Leader, Diplomatic Studies MA; Brian Hurn, Module Leader, Intercultural Communication; Professor Nabil Ayad, Director, the DAL; the DAL Director of Studies, Mr Abdel-Ilah Bennis Abdel Ilah Bennis, Senior Academic and Director of Studies, Diplomatic Studies MA; and Mr Roger McNally, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Course Leader, Diplomatic Studies MA
Diplomat Magazine Award
April 24th, 2012 - Diplomatic Academy of London honoured at DIPLOMAT Magazine's "Diplomat of the Year Awards" for Distinguished Contribution to Diplomacy in London
DIPLOMAT of the Year Awards Winners with Rod Wilkinson of Jaguar Landrover (far left), Tody Hampton of General Trading Company (2nd left) & Huguo do Blocq van Kuffeler (far right) – Professor Nabil Ayad (back, 2nd from right) with London Academy of Diplomacy Award.
The Distinguished Contribution to Diplomacy in London
The Diplomat Magazine Press Release quotes Professor Nabil Ayad who picked up the ‘Distinguished Contribution to Diplomacy in London’ award on behalf of The London Academy of Diplomacy: "Diplomats are considered custodians of national interest. No one can put a premium on national interest; hence diplomats are still [more than] necessary.’
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 - an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies in September 2001 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan, September 1999,.
Professor Nabil Ayad was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Tashkent State University for Oriental Studies, September 2001. (l-r) Dr. Nelmatulla Ibrahimov, Rector of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies and Professor Nabil Ayad at the graduation ceremony.
Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan, September 1999. (l-r) Professor Nabil Ayad and His Excellency Mr Abdulaziz Kamilov , Foreign Minister of Uzbekistam and Rector of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy at the Award Ceremony