His Excellency Mr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh currently serves as the Cultural Advisor to His Highness the President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and as Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University.
His continuous government service dates from 1968, prior to the foundation of the UAE and thereafter. From the late 1960s His Excellency acted as the personal interpreter and adviser to His Highness, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, founder and President of the UAE. He served as a Minister of State in the UAE Government and as Cultural Adviser to the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs. He also was the inaugural Director of the UAE Federal Ministry of Information and established and managed the Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. As Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, and as member of the Board of what is now the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, His Excellency developed many of the strategies that promulgate understanding of UAE culture and values and advance international political, economic, and societal cooperation.
His Excellency assisted the establishment of the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in 2006 and acted as the Chairman of its Board of Trustees. He chairs the UAE National Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and is a member of the Board of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, the Board of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Board of the International Prize for Arab Fiction, and the Board of Abu Dhabi University. He has also held Board roles at the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics, the Alliance Française in Paris, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and the ‘Friends of Bayreuth: The Wagner Society’ – in both Germany and Abu Dhabi.
His Excellency holds a master’s degree in economics from Queen’s College, University of Cambridge and an honorary PhD in Human Sciences from the Al Quds Arab University in Jerusalem.
His Excellency has been honoured with Arab and international awards for cultural diplomacy by numerous foreign governments and international institutes. These awards include:
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