The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Libya
to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
H.E. Mahmud Nacua was born on 3 March 1937 in the Libyan city of Zintan. He spent many years in exile due to his opposition to the Qaddafi dictatorship.
Education and Early Career
After obtaining a BA degree in Arabic and English Literature from the Libyan University in 1963, H.E. Mahmud Nacua embarked on a training program with the Libyan National Broadcasting Cooperation in Tripoli, where he worked as a news editor in the broadcast journalism.
In 1967 H.E. Mahmud Nacua became a columnist and editor with a host of daily national Libyan newspapers including Trapols Algharb, Al A’lam and others. However, H.E. Mahmud Nacua decided in 1970 to move to the private sector where he became an executive manager of a private constructions company.
H.E. Mahmud Nacua’s career was interrupted in April 1973 when he was arrested and imprisoned by the Qaddafi regime. He spent the following two years as a political prisoner in Tripoli. Upon his release from prison, he left Libya in 1978.
In 1980 H.E. Mahmud Nacua became a founding member of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, He served with the Front for eight years living in various countries across the Middle East before finally settling in the UK 1988.
In 1988 H.E. Mahmud Nacua resumed his work in the media sector in London working as a writer, producer and editor for various Arabic media outlets including working as a news editor from 1994 to 2002 with MBC FM.
Political and Diplomatic Career
H.E. Mahmud Nacua continued his political activities as an opponent of the Libyan regime until the end of the Qaddafi’s era.
In July 2011 he was appointed as the First Representative of the Libyan National Transitional Council to the UK. A year later, in 2012 he became the Libyan Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland.
H.E. Mahmud Nacua is a renowned Libyan writer, known for his works on cultural, social, historic and political issues. H.E. Mahmud Nacua has published 15 books including Love and Beauty in Islam, which has been translated into three different languages.
Amongst his publications five books on Libya
- Ideas and Attitudes 1972
- Lights on Youths’ Road 1975
- Seeds of Democracy in Libya
- Political and Cultural Struggle in modern Libya 2002
- Essays from London 1999
- My Journey with People and Ideas 2007
- Modern Islamic Movements in Libya 2010