The Institute for Education hosted special guest James Astill, Lexington Columnist of The Economist, at its Media & Technology Roundtable (MTR). The dinner was held by the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, H.E. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib and Mrs. Lael Mohib at the residence. By invitation only.
ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST: James Astill is The Economist’s Washington correspondent. Previous to this, he was Political Editor and Bagehot columnist based in London from 2012. He joined The Economist as International Security Editor in 2004. He had previously filed dispatches from Afghanistan, Pakistan and many African countries, while also working for the Guardian. In 2007 he moved to Delhi to be the South Asia Correspondent, writing on all the countries of the Indian sub-continent. He has won several awards, including the Gerald Ford prize for his coverage of US security and the Grantham prize for a special report on the world’s forests. Mr Astill has also written special reports on India, on Pakistan and the Arctic. He returned to London in 2011 to take up the role of Energy and Environment Editor before his current appointment. Follow him on twitter: @JamesMAstill
ABOUT OUR DINNER HOST: Before being appointed Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib served as Deputy Chief of Staff to H.E. The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The role included oversight of the spokesperson’s office, the office of correspondence and diplomatic communications, protocol office, petitions office, and the Presidential secretariat. Dr. Mohib has a PhD and Bachelor’s degree with honors from Brunel University in the UK. Before joining the government, Dr. Mohib worked for the American University of Afghanistan and Intel Corporation. As an active leader in civil society, he founded the Afghan Students Association of the UK, and the Afghan Professionals Network (APN). Follow the Ambassador on Twitter and Facebook. Click here to view Ambassador’s extended bio