Afghan journalist Dawood Azami selected as 40 under 40 - European Young leaders

Kabul, Nov 23, 2012

The European Young Leader program, entitled “40 UNDER 40”, is the first pan-European program of leadership which brings together forty of the European Union’s brightest young minds aged between 30 and 40.

Each year, the 40 Under 40 program brings together a group of 40 European young talents for two two 3-day seminars taking place in symbolic European cities. For the 2012-2013 period, the first seminar will be held in Berlin between 6 and 9 December 2012. The second one will be hosted by the city of Athens in June 2013.

This high-level initiative has been developed by two European think-tanks (EuropaNova and Friends of Europe) with the support of the European Commission, foundations and private partner and brings together the continent’s most promising talents to contribute to Europe’s leadership through their capacity to federate and inspire people. Participants of the program will form a unique community that can dramatically affect the lives of future generations and craft innovative responses to address the challenges Europe faces. 40 UNDER 40 / ​​European Young Leaders program aims to develop a collective vision by bringing togather a new generation of opinion leaders and the best talents in various fields in the continent. Reflecting the diversity of European players, the program also aims to address the current multilevel crisis.

Dawood has been working for the BBC World Service in London as a Senior Broadcast Journalist and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he teaches Globalization, Power and International Governance. He joined the BBC in 1998 and also worked as the BBC World Service Bureau Chief and Editor in Kabul.

He was a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University, USA. He holds three Bachelor's and three Master's degrees, including Science, Law, International Relations and Diplomacy. In 2010, Dawood became the youngest person to ever win the biggest award in the BBC, ‘Global Reith Award for Outstanding Contribution’, first Allama Tarzai Award, Afghanistan 2010 and as Young Global Leader (YGL) of the year 2011.

He is also a poet/writer, calligrapher and painter/artist.