Adil Najam is a leading scholar of international environmental policy, global governance and international development. He is currently the Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and is a former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore Univeristy of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan.
Dr. Adil Najam was appointed the Inaugural Dean of Boston University’s new school of international affairs, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, in 2014. He also serves as a distinguished professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment at Boston University. He has earlier served as the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), one of Pakistan’s leading universities. Prior to these, he has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 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 and as the Chair of the South Asian Network of Development and Environment Economics (SANDEE).
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 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 second term of office expires in December 2019.