Dr Maleeha Lodhi is Pakistanís Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
She twice served as Pakistanís Ambassador to the US (1993 Ė 1996, 1999 Ė 2002) and as High Commissioner to Britain (2003 Ė 2008)
Until recently she was the special adviser for international affairs to Pakistanís largest media conglomerate, the Jang/Geo Group
She also served as a member of the UN Secretary Generalís Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2001 to 2005.
She was the first woman in all of Asia to become the editor of a national daily newspaper. In 1994 Time magazine nominated her as one of a hundred people in the world who will help shape the 21st century, the only one from Pakistan.
Dr Lodhi is a member of the Council of the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies. She is a member of the Senate of Pakistanís National Defence University.
She also serves on the advisory board of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.
Dr Lodhi was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington in 2010 and a Fellow at Harvard Universityís Kennedy School in 2008.
She is the recipient of the Presidentís award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for Public Service in Pakistan. Lodhi also received an Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Economics in 2004 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from Londonís Metropolitan University in 2005.
Dr Lodhi was the founding editor of Pakistanís leading English daily, The News. She taught Politics and Political Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1980-85. She has also taught at Quaid e Azam University in Islamabad.
She is the author of two books: Pakistanís Encounter with Democracy and The External Challenge.
Her latest book, an edited volume titled Pakistan: Beyond the ĎCrisis State,í was published in 2011 by C Hurst, Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press. It has gone into its fifth edition.