Dr. Adil Najam



Adil Najam is a leading scholar of environmental policy, global governance and international development. He is a former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore Univeristy of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan and currently a Professor of International Relations, Earth and Environment at Boston University.

Career Snapshot

Dr Najam has served as the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore Univeristy of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan, and as the Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy at Boston University and the Director of the Pardee Centre for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He has now returned to Boston Univeristy where he is is the Distinguished Professor of International Relations, Earth and Environment. Earlier he has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Univeristy, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr Najam served as a Lead Author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), focusing on the relationship between climate change and sustainable development. After the publication of its Fourth Assessment, the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the public understanding of climate change science.In 2009, Dr Najam was appointed by the UN Secretary General to serve on the UN Committee on Development (CDP). In 2010, he was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), one of Pakistan’s highest civil awards by the President of Pakistan, and was elected as a Chairman of the Board of Governors of LEAD-Pakistan. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation.

He has frequently served as advisor to international organizations and nongovernmental organizations, and to governments in the developing and industrialized countries on issues related to environment and development, globalization, development policy, and higher education.

Dr Najam’s research and teaching has spanned a variety of topics related to sustainable development policy for developing countries, especially focusing on climate change, international trade, global governance and human security. He is highly sought after by the global print and electronic media as an expert commentator, and has published opinion editorials in some of the leading newspapers around the world.

Formal Education

Dr Najam holds two Master and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Specialization in Negotiation from the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, and an engineering degree from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Pakistan.

Dr Najam’s first term of office expires in December 2015.
Dr Adil Najam / ©: WWF
Dr Adil Najam

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