Ronan Farrow, the 21-year old son of Mia Farow and Woody Allen has been appointed Special Advisor on Humanitarian and NGO Affairs by Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, according to a State Department source, reports Politico. Born in 1987, Farrow worked for former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Holbrooke after graduating from Bard College at 15, deferring his admission to law school (at 16!) to work for Holbrooke. Farrow also worked as a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth in Nigeria, Angola, and Sudan, and recently graduated from Yale Law School, whch he began attending in 2006.
Confirming the appointment, a State Department official told Politico:
He’s very qualified for the job, and has already helped explain the current situation re: Pakistani procurements to key NGOs, including a meeting he organized today with InterAction and its affiliated NGOs.
Ronan Farrowwho has written on human rights issues for the Wall Street Journal, LA Times and International Herald Tribune for years, has been called a “prodigy” and “a friggn’ genius” by those who know him. One associate writing to Politico on the condition of anonymity says
Working for UNICEF – not just with his mother in Sudan, but in Eritrea, Angola, and Nigeria – is just a fraction of what got him hired. He was a human rights law guy at the House Foreign Affairs Committee, ran a research team for the CDC in Nairobi, and has testified as an expert witness before Congress repeatedly. … He’s young but he has a depth of experience that many people twice his age lack. ….
[H/T Perez Hilton]