Dr Maha Hosain Aziz specialises in political risk, prediction and strategy across varied industries and disciplines. She is a part-time professor teaching and researching this topic at New York University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She is a lead analyst at Wikistrat, the world's first crowdsourced consultancy, where she focuses on political risk & prediction products. She is a former global politics columnist for Businessweek and CNN World, who now writes on political risk, prediction & strategy for the Huffington Post's political offshoot, The WorldPost and The Observer. And she is a cartoonist who created The Global Kid, the world's first comic book on global political risk, prediction and strategy for young adult and adult readers – winner of the 2016 Wonder Woman Award (100% of sales from the Indiegogo-crowdfunded comic book are going to two global education non-profits that help youth reach their potential – Developments In Literacy and Global Glimpse).
Previously, Dr. Aziz served as chairwoman of a small team that co-launched the New Silk Road Generation, the first e-mentoring program for university students in Afghanistan. She was a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of London's SOAS, co-convening an undergraduate course on democracy, development and militant groups in South Asia. She also taught an undergraduate course on British politics and democratic institutions at the London School of Economics (LSE), winning three teaching awards. At the LSE, she was the C&J Modi/Narayanan Fellow while pursuing her doctoral research on the moral economy. Before her PhD, she worked in investment banking and media; she also earned a Bachelor's at Brown University, a Master's at Columbia University, a Master's at the LSE, and a research certification in Leveraging Crowds in the Public Sector at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.