Director General, Emirates Diplomatic Academy

The UAE leadership perceives excellence in diplomatic capacity as pivotal to building positive strategic relations with the country’s regional neighbours and the international community. Emirates Diplomatic Academy represents the realization of this vision and a major step forward in achieving the foreign policy objectives and aspirations of the UAE.

As the leading integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre in the region, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy has become a major catalyst in the nation’s efforts to take diplomacy to the next level. We provide an unparalleled learning community for UAE diplomats combining a unique blend of practical region-specific programmes, thought leadership, access to the finest diplomatic minds and an acute sense of traditional preservation to build the next generation of UAE diplomats capable of representing the nation in the global arena.

Our academic and executive programme is closely supported by a team of expert researchers and professors with vast knowledge about the Middle East and the global political scenario as well as issues related to climate change, nuclear energy and security concerns to name a few.

I am grateful to His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for entrusting me with this pioneering noble task of supporting the evolution and the professionalization of the next generation of UAE diplomats.

At this point, we at Emirates Diplomatic Academy are filled with a sense of fulfilment, having come a long way within a short period of time. Looking ahead, we see promising new opportunities to redefine diplomacy in the context of the new realities facing the region and the world.
We welcome you to join us in this journey.

Bernardino Leon
Director General