Mr. Lotfullah Najafizada, 31, is an award-winning journalist and director of TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s top 24/7 news and current affairs TV channel. At TOLOnews, Mr. Najafizada oversees the largest news operation in Afghanistan. Mr. Najafizada has interviewed many global leaders, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and former US NSA Gen HR McMaster, among others.

His international recognition include Reporters Without Borders’s prestigious medal of Press Freedom Hero for his fight for free press in Afghanistan in 2016, TIME Magazine’s title of Next Generation Global Leader and Forbes magazine 30 under 30 Asia influencers in media.

He has a BSc in Economics.