Haroon Ullah

Haroon Ullah

Senior Fellow


Haroon K. Ullah, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Policy, serves as Chief Strategy Officer at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an $800+ million global media agency. He oversees the BBG's Office of Policy and Research, including the elevation of BBG's policy engagement in the interagency, strategic planning and strategic initiatives functions, and positioning within the broader U.S. government and with key stakeholders. He is an award-winning author, scholar, diplomat and policy practitioner with a special focus on digital strategy, countering violent extremism and transmedia engagement.

Ullah most recently worked on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Policy Planning Staff, covering digital innovation, public diplomacy and public/private partnerships. He has advised three secretaries of state, traveled with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s Afghanistan/Pakistan team, and started the first-ever public diplomacy countering violent extremism office at any American Embassy (US Embassy Islamabad).

He teaches at Georgetown University and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as senior Harvard University Belfer Fellow, where he completed his graduate coursework at the Kennedy School of Government and won a Peabody Award for his TV animation, "Burka Avenger." Ullah has a MA and Ph.D. in international political economy, and was a William J. Fulbright Fellow, a Harvard University Presidential Scholar, and a Woodrow Wilson Public Service Fellow. His award-winning books include "Vying for Allah’s Vote" (Georgetown University Press), "The Bargain from the Bazaar" (Public Affairs Books), and the new "Digital World War" (Yale University Press), which has been featured on Diane Sawyer (ABC 20/20), CNN News Day with Chris Cuomo, CBS news and focuses on the new ‘information battlefield’ and uses for technology, transmedia, and digital content


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