New Trustee Position Created at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Ambassador Ahmad Kamal Appointed
Teaneck, NJ (November 16, 2005) —Recognizing the value of providing the University with an international perspective, the Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University has created a special non-renewable, three-year Trustee position. It is the Board’s intention to provide for a United Nations affiliate to serve on the Board on a rotating basis.
The first person to occupy this chair is Ambassador Ahmad Kamal, president of The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations, and former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.
Ambassador Kamal served as a professional diplomat in Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nearly 40 years, retired in 1999 and is now a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He also serves as an Honorary Visiting Professor at several universities in the United States, and conducts regular weekly videoconference discussions from the United Nations with university students and faculty.
In addition to serving as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and New York, Ambassador Kamal held diplomatic postings in India, Belgium, France, the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. He was Pakistan’s chief negotiator in the Uruguay Round negotiations which led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization. In recent years, Ambassador Kamal has served as the Chairman of the Working Group on Informatics at UN Headquarters and maintains a strong interest in technology.
Ambassador Kamal’s recent books and articles include “The Law of Cyber-Space – an Invitation to the Table of Negotiations”, “Information Insecurity - A Survival Guide to the Uncharted Territories of Cyber-Space”, and “New Forms of Confrontation - Cyber-Terrorism and Cyber-Crime.”
At Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ambassador Kamal has been a guiding force in the establishment and growth of the UN Pathways Lecture Series through The Ambassadors Club and he has taught in the interdisciplinary program at the University.
FDU President J. Michael Adams congratulated the Ambassador on his Board position, noting, “This new board position — and specifically the presence of Ambassador Kamal — brings a broad perspective and a new dimension to our body. Now and in the future, the University must continue to have a global view. This is an exciting development and we all look forward to the contributions of the Ambassador."