Our Ambassadors

Meet Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are personalities whose commitments are in adequation with the values as promoted by our Academy. The Academy wishes to acknowledge and express its gratitude to its Ambassadors who devote their time and knowledge to promote the Academy’s image and values
throughout the globe.

Ambassador Anthony Layden

Joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 1968; MECAS Lebanon 1969, Jeddah 1971; Rome 1973; FCO Middle East; Rhodesia, Personnel Operations Departments 1977-82; head of chancery in Jeddah; Saudi Arabia 1982-85; FCO Hong Kong Dept 1985-87; Counsellor and head of chancery Muscat, Oman 1987-91; Counsellor  (Economic and Commercial) Copenhagen 1991-95; deputy head of mission Copenhagen 1994-96; Director of Western Europe Department FCO 1996-99; Ambassador to Morocco 1999-2002 (concurrently non-resident ambassador to Mauritania); Ambassador to Libya 2002-2006 during the period of Libya’s re-emergence in international affairs and when Gaddafi gave up the weapons of mass destruction and dismantled his nuclear programme; Ambassador Layden then became Commissioner and special representative  for deportation with assurances FCO 2006-13; President of the Society for Libyan Studies 2009-12; Chairman of the British- Moroccan Society 2007-2014; President of the travellers Club 2011-2014; Chairman of the Centre for Euro-Mediterranean and African Studies 2015.