Aref Ali Nayed
Aref Ali Nayed

Nayed was the first post-Gaddafi Libyan Ambassador to the UAE for Libya’s National Transitional Council. He led the Tripoli Stabilisation Team. Prior to the Libyan revolution, he worked as an important scholar in the field of Muslim-Christian relations, and is the founder and director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM).

Birth: 1 January 1962 (Age: 58)

Source of Influence: Scholarly

Influence: Scholarly, Political. Influential figure in Libyan government.

School of Thought: Sunni

Status: Featured in current year


Religious Scholar: Nayed is a former professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), a former professor at the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC, Malaysia) and a senior advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Program and the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge, UK. Prior to the Libyan revolution he lectured on Islamic Theology, Logic, and Spirituality at the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasa in Tripoli, Libya, and supervised Graduate Students at the Islamic Call College there. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Templeton Foundation.

Political Leader: Nayed’s other strengths have not gone unnoticed, and when he first submitted his resignation from the post of Ambassador to the UAE, it was rejected, and he was asked to take the position again. He is viewed in many circles as a man of integrity, wisdom and strength; virtues that are needed at the highest level to put Libya back on track. In 2017, Nayed launched a new movement for change in Libya dubbed Ihya Libya (“Reviving Libya”) which aims to create a stable, prosperous and democratic country. He is currently the Chairman of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) and has given various interviews confirming his intent to be a candidate for the post of either president or prime minister.