Maleeha Lodhi Named Among World’s “Five Most Successful Women Diplomats”

A popular Russian news website named Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi as one of the world’s “five successful women diplomats”.

The report, citing the website — Gazeta.ru — was carried by RIA Novosti, a state-owned domestic Russian-language news agency.

“Gazeta.ru” is a popular website with around a million viewers every day. The website honors women who have followed in the footsteps of the defunct Soviet Union’s “highly acclaimed” diplomat, Alexandra Kollontai, and succeeded in the profession.

Kollontai, a Russian Communist Revolutionary, served as ambassador to Norway, one of the first women from the country to hold such a post.


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Gazeta.ru described Ambassador Lodhi as “one of the most famous female figures in the Muslim world.” It also mentioned that Lodhi served twice as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States.

The agency also noted that Dr Lodhi was the first Pakistani woman to serve as Permanent Representative and chief delegate to the United Nations.

Background

Maleeha Lodhi was born in an upper-middle-class family. Her father was the chief executive of a British oil company as well as the first Pakistani head of a British company in Pakistan.

She received her initial education in Lahore and Rawalpindi but later moved to the United Kingdom where she attended the London School of Economics in 1972 to study economics.

Lodhi was selected by Times Magazine in 1994, as “the only one from Pakistan” who would help to shape the 21st century.

She served on UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs (2001-2005) and currently is a member of the Advisory Council of the London-based Institute of Strategic Studies.

Lodhi, at first, was selected by the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States. She served in that post for three years and later returned to this post again for another term.