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Mohseni at the 2011 Time 100 gala
23 April 1966 |
London, United Kingdom
|Known for||founder of MOBY Group and Tolo TV|
Saad Mohseni (Persian: سعد محسنی, born 23 April 1966 in London, United Kingdom) is an Afghan Media mogul and entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of MOBY Group, which is one of Afghanistan's largest media companies and is best known for brands such as Tolo TV, Tolo News, Lemar TV, Farsi1 and Arman FM. Prior to establishing Moby Group, he headed the equities and corporate finance division of an Australian investment banking firm. From 2002 to 2004, Saad served as a Senior Economic Advisor to the Afghan Government, where he assisted in the development of the Industrial Parks Commission as well as the High Commission for Investment. He also helped establish the Afghanistan Centre for Policy and Research Studies.
Early years and background
Mohseni was born on 23 April 1966 in London, United Kingdom, where his father, Yassin Mohseni, was serving as an Afghan diplomat who throughout a 25 year career served in Kabul, Washington DC, London, Islamabad and Tokyo.
After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Mohseni and his family opted not to return to Afghanistan (from Tokyo) and relocated to Australia in 1982. He has two younger brothers, Zaid and Jahid Mohseni, and younger sister Wajma
Returning to Post Taliban Afghanistan
After the removal of the Taliban government in late 2001, Mohseni and his brothers returned to Afghanistan to participate in the country's reconstruction. They entered the media arena by establishing Arman FM, the country's first independent media outlet. "I always liked the media, because you can really influence people, particularly younger people," Mohseni believes.
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- Morning Joe (Ken Auletta discussing the Moby Group) (29 June 2010)
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- NPR "Afghan TV Station to Fight Soap Opera Ban" (April 2008)
- NPR "Emerging Afghan Media Triggering Change" (September 2007)
- Marketplace/Public Radio "Radical Change on Afghanistan’s Airwaves" (October 2006)
- ABC Television "Afghan TV" (November 2006)
- SBS Television "Revolutionary TV (August 2005)
- Washington Post "David Ignatius: What Afghans Want" (December 2008)
- Washington Post "Reaching his Prime Time in Afghanistan" (September 2007)
- New York Times "Amid War, Passion for TV Chefs, Soaps and Idols" (August 2007)
- Time Magazine "Capitalism Comes to Afghanistan" (December 2006)
- Fortune " Cobbling a Media Empire in Kabul" (January 2006)