Academic Staff

Nabil Ayad

Nabil Ayad

Director of The Academy for Diplomacy and International Governance

Nabil is an influential academic and leading practitioner in the discipline of Diplomacy and International Relations. Nabil pioneered the concept of presenting postgraduate Diplomacy programmes in the UK and has over 30 years of experience directing innovative postgraduate degrees in Diplomacy and the associated disciplines. Nabil also established the Diplomatic Academy of London at the University of Westminster.

Nabil’s teaching has been valued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Ministry of Defence, overseas Ministries for Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic Missions in London, international and regional organisations and multi-national corporations.

Riad Nourallah

Riad Nourallah

Deputy Director, Professor of Diplomatic and Intercultural Studies

Professor Riad Nourallah has nearly 40 years of experience in university teaching and research and leads the development and implementation of research, teaching and enterprise at the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance. He provides academic leadership specifically in the areas of diplomatic, intercultural, and related studies.

Tatevik Mnatsakanyan

Tatevik Mnatsakanyan

Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance

Tatevik teaches the modules International Security; Peace-building; and Introduction to Diplomacy; as well as contributes to the module Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures. She has several years of experience in university teaching at undergraduate level, and developing experience in teaching at postgraduate level, gained at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter. Her expertise is in international relations theories, security studies, and communication and discourse studies. Her previous experience involves work for diplomatic bodies and intergovernmental organisations, including the World Bank.

Robert Whalley

Robert Whalley

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

Robert contributes to International Security, and Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures. He is also an adviser to research students and contributor to Executive short courses in London and abroad. Robert has 36 years of experience in UK Government service, mostly in the Home Office, but also in the Northern Ireland Office and the Cabinet Office. Previously, he has been a Consulting Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University. He also contributes to Masters’ courses at the Swiss National Technical University (ETH) in Zurich, and the Swedish National Defence College (SNDC).

Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

Claire contributes to the module International Security; Peace-Building; and Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures. She is a former senior diplomat, and has previously worked in China, Pakistan, Germany and Switzerland for the UK government, a major Swiss bank, the UK Cabinet Office and the German Foreign Ministry. Drawing on her experience of policy formulation, risk, international relations and good governance, she now provides consultancy services to private companies, individuals, public sector and not-for-profit clients in the UK and internationally. Claire has vast experience as a negotiator, lecturer, trainer, public speaker and presenter.

Daryl Copeland

Daryl Copeland

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

Daryl contributes to the modules Public Diplomacy and Social Media, as well as Foreign Policy, and will lead the forthcoming module Science Diplomacy and International Policy. He has many years of experience in Canadian government. He has been in government service at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Department of External Affairs, Ministry of State for Economic Development, as well as in diplomatic service in Malaysia, Ethiopia, and Thailand. In his capacity as a researcher, educator and consultant, Daryl Copeland has been a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute; Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

Tony Baldry

Tony Baldry

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

The Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Baldry contributes to teaching on Parliamentary Diplomacy and International Law; British Politics and Institutions; Diplomacy and Security, and will lead the forthcoming module International Law and Diplomacy. Sir Tony has been a Member of Parliament for 31 years (1983-2015). He was knighted for political and public services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 and was appointed a member of HM Privy Council in November 2013. Sir Tony has held various ministerial posts, has chaired the Commons Select Committee on International Development; and the Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission. He takes a keen interest in foreign affairs, particularly Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and has been a Governor of the Commonwealth Institute.

Sameh Aboul-Enein

Sameh Aboul-Enein

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

Ambassador Professor Sameh Aboul-Enein contributes to various modules in the Academy, primarily to Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures, and conducts simulation exercises specific to diplomatic issues. He also contributes to executive short courses in London and abroad. He is Professor of International Relations and Organisations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations; Academic Advisor and Visiting Professor at the NATO Defense Academy, Rome; Adjunct Professor at the American University in Cairo; Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; and Senior lecturer at the School of Business in the Management Centre of the American University in Cairo. Ambassador Aboul-Enein is the Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt for Disarmament, International Security and Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. He is currently seconded to the League of Arab States as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of LAS to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva. He is also a member of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Cyber security. Ambassador Professor Aboul-Enein has published and lectured widely in both English and Arabic on international and regional security as well as on conflict resolution and the Middle East Nuclear Free Zone.

Rosalie Rivett

Rosalie Rivett

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

Rosalie Rivett contributes to the modules Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedure, and Diplomatic Discourse. She is an experienced diplomatic consultant and academic with a comprehensive knowledge of politics and international affairs, and a broad experience of working with international charities and organisations. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Women in Diplomatic Service Association. Rosalie has also worked for UNICEF, United Nations Information Centre, and the British Council. She is a member of the Council for Maltese Living Abroad. In 2013, she was awarded The Freedom of the City of London.

Barry Tomalin

Barry Tomalin

Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance

Barry’s consuming interest is in intercultural issues in diplomacy, business and media. He is an expert in International Communication and Cultural Awareness and teaches Information Management and Government, and Cultural Projection and Reception. He has a BA Hons in African Studies and an MA in International Liaison and Communication and in an international career spanning work with the British Council and the BBC World Service he has worked in over 60 countries worldwide. Barry is co-author of ‘World Business Cultures - a Handbook’ and ‘Cross-Cultural Communication, Theory and practice’ as well as numerous monographs and articles.

Keith Sargent

Keith Sargent

Visiting Contributor

Keith Sargent works in the field of state/peace building, and specialises in governance, public sector reform, institutional development and strategic planning.

Dr Robert  Govers

Dr Robert Govers

Visiting Contributor

Dr Robert Govers contributes to modules Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedure; Cultural Projection and Perception; and Economic Global Governance.

Antonio Acuña

Antonio Acuña

Visiting Contributor

Mr Acuna contributes to lectures on the themes of data Government, M-Government and Digital Technology for Diplomats.

Dr Nicola Chelotti

Dr Nicola Chelotti

Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance

Dr Nicola Chelotti is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance. His teaching and research interests focus on negotiations, diplomacy and regional/international organizations, the EU in particular. Prior to joining Loughborough University in 2016 as Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance, Chelotti was LSE Fellow in the Department of International Relations, at the London School of Economics. He also previously held teaching and research positions at University of Pisa, University College London and University of Aberdeen.


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