Dawood Azami

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Alma materUniversity of Westminster, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National Defence University, School on Oriental and African Studies
Member ofFriends of Europe/Young European Leaders/2012, International Institute for Strategic Studies, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2011
Spooky BBC journalist and editor. Selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Dawood Azami is a senior broadcast journalist and academic, working as multi-media editor at the BBC World Service in London, leading a team of journalists that cover regional and international news and current affairs.[1]

Azami is also an Associate Fellow at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London. He joined the BBC in 1999 and reported from more than a dozen countries and has made a number of special programmes on political, security and social issues. He also was made BBC World Service Bureau Chief and Editor in Kabul, Afghanistan (2010 and 2011). [1]

In 2011, he did a leadership course at the National Defence University in Washington DC.[2] The same year, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, teaching on a B.A. module called “Globalization, Power and International Governance” (2012-2015). He also taught on the M.A. module “International Politics of Resources: The Resources Wars.” Prior to that, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University, Columbus, USA (1996 and 1999) lecturing and researching political and cultural issues in the greater Middle East. [1]

In 2012, he was selected as a Young European Leader by the corporate lobby solicitation Friends of Europe.

Azami’s PhD looked at conflict, drugs funded insurgencies and state (un)building. He also holds three Master’s degrees including International Relations, Politics, Law and Diplomacy. He has an in depth knowledge of international political and security affairs and is familiar with cultural, social, ethnic and tribal dynamics in South and Central Asia and the Middle East.[1]

He has participated as a speaker in more than a hundred conferences/seminars in various countries. He has also written dozens of investigative and analytical articles on social, security and political issues for the BBC as well as academic journals, think tanks and research institutes. [1]

He is also a member of several international research and academic institutions and initiatives.

Dr 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". He was also given the 2015 Journalist of the Mediterranean Award in Italy. [1]

Azami speaks five languages (Pashto, Dari/Persian, Urdu/Hindi, and English) and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Turkish.

In 2021, he works as the Multi-Media Editor at the BBC World Service in London.


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"