Country Chair For Afghanistan
Dr Dawood Azami is an award winning journalist and academic. He works as a Multi-Media Editor at the BBC World Service in London covering international news and current affairs. He joined the BBC in 1999 and reported from various parts of the world including Waziristan, Helmand, Tora Bora and the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. He also served as the BBC World Service Editor and Bureau Chief in Kabul, Afghanistan (in 2010 and 2011).
Azami has a PhD (in Politcs and International Relations) and holds three Master’s degrees including Science, Law, Politics and Diplomacy. Azami taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, and also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University, Columbus, USA. He has in depth knowledge of international political and security affairs and is familiar with the history and cultural and social dynamics in South and Central Asia and the Middle East. He has participated as a speaker in more than a hundred conference/seminars and has visited nearly thirty countries for journalistic and academic activities.
Azami has won many awards and prizes. He was honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in 2011. In 2012, he was selected as a European Young Leader under the first pan-European program of leadership called ’40 under 40’. And in 2009, he became the youngest person to ever win the biggest award in the BBC, "Global Reith Award for Outstanding Contribution". Azami speaks five languages, writes poems and short stories, paints and practices calligraphy.