Dr. Adil Najam
Adil Najam is a leading global authority on environmental policy, global governance and international development. He was appointed Vice Chancellor (equivalent to University President in the US system) of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in June 2011.
Prior to returning to his native Pakistan, Dr Najam served 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 remains affiliated with Boston University as a Professor of International Relations and also of Geography and the Environment. He is a Visiting Professor of Negotiation and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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 selected 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 served on the Advisory Board for the 2011 Human Development Report of the UNDP.
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.
Dr Najam holds two Masters 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 2014.