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Maleeha Lodhi

Maleeha Lodhi

Dr Maleeha Lodhi is Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

She twice served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US (1993 – 1996, 1999 – 2002) and as High Commissioner to Britain (2003 – 2008). Until recently she was the special adviser for international affairs to Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate, the Jang/Geo Group.  She also served as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2001 to 2005.  She was the first woman in all of Asia to become the editor of a national daily newspaper. In 1994 Time magazine nominated her as one of a hundred people in the world who will help shape the 21st century, the only one from Pakistan.

Dr Lodhi is a member of the Council of the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies. She is a member of the Senate of Pakistan’s National Defence University. She also serves on the advisory board of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.