Veteran journalist-turned-diplomat Maleeha Lodhi was on 15 December 2014 appointed as 16th Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). Lodhi succeeded incumbent Ambassador Masood Khan.
Lodhi will join the office as Pakistan's representative to the UN in February 2015.
• Maleeha started her career in journalism and is the first woman in South Asia to become the editor of a national daily The News International. She entered diplomacy after a career in journalism.
• Lodhi taught Politics and Political Sociology at the London School of Economics from 1980 to 1985.
• Lodhi has twice served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States in 1993-96 and 1999-2002.
• She had been the Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom between 2003 and 2008.
• Lodhi has also served as a member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs in 2001-2005.
• She received the Pakistan presidential award Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2002 for her public services.
• She is a member of the National Defence University Senate and a member of the advisory council of the London- based International Institute of Strategic Affairs.
Who: Maleeha Lodhi
When: 15 December 2014