Maleeha Lodhi

Maleeha Lodhi twice served as Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., from 1993 to 1996 and 1999 to 2002, and later as high commissioner to Britain. Currently, she is special adviser for international affairs to Pakistan's largest media conglomerate, the Jang/Geo Group. Lodhi is a member of the council of the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, the advisory board of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics and vice chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on counterterrorism.

Lodhi's previous appointments include service on the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs, as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Formerly the editor of Pakistan's leading English daily, The News, she has taught politics and political sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was a visiting faculty member at the National Defense University in Islamabad.

Lodhi's latest book, an edited volume titled Pakistan: Beyond the Crisis State, was published in April 2011. She is the recipient of Pakistan's Hilal-e-Imtiaz presidential award for public service and an honorary fellowship from the London School of Economics, where she earned both her undergraduate and doctoral degrees.