Dr. Dawood Azami is an award winning journalist and academic. He has been working as a Multi-Media Editor at the BBC World Service in London, mostly covering regional and international news and current affairs. He also served as the BBC World Service Editor and Bureau Chief in Kabul, Afghanistan (2010 and 2011).
Dawood worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, teaching on a module called “Globalization, Power and International Governance” (2012-2015). 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 Middle East. Dawood’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. Dawood 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”. 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 a “Journalist of the Mediterranean” Award in Italy in 2015.
Dawood speaks five languages (Pashto, Dari/Persian, Urdu/Hindi, and English) and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Turkish. He is a painter/artist, writes poems and short stories and practices calligraphy.