Adil Najam

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Adil Najam
Adil Najam at NUST.jpg
Born Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality Pakistani
Fields international relations, conflict resolution, and environment and development policy
Institutions Boston University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Tufts University
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Alma mater University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.A
Notable awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz (2009)
Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award (2004)
MIT's Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching (1997)
Pakistan Television Outstanding Achievement Medal (1990)

Adil Najam is a Pakistani academic and intellectual, is the former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is a leading expert on issues related to developing country environmental policy, especially climate change, and also on the politics of South Asia. He was the Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and man Professor of International Relations and of Geography & Environment, both at Boston University before joining as Vice Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).1 He is the winner of teaching awards at MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the author of multiple books, scholarly papers and book chapters. He is also the founding editor of the blog Pakistaniat: All Things Pakistan and a highly sought public speaker.

Education

Adil Najam attended University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, (UET). He did his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. After Graduating from UET, Adil Najam went to United States for higher studies where he attended MIT. Najam holds two Masters Degrees and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His teaching and research focusses on international relations, environment and development policy, negotiation and conflict resolution, and on South Asian issues. Adil Najam was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University (1997–2002), an Associate Professor of International Negotiation and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2002–2007), and returned to Boston University as a Professor of International Relations and of Geography and Environment in 2007. In November 2007, Adil Najam was named The Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy and the Director of Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future,234 where he replaced eminent historian David Fromkin. In 2011 he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Media

Dr. Adil Najam worked as a talkshow host for the state owned Pakistan Television (PTV) in the late 1980's. He hosted the live coverage of South Asian Federation (SAF) Games held in 1989 in Islamabad. 

Publications

Najam has published widely in scholarly journals and is author of over 100 scholarly papers and book chapters. His recent books include "The Future of South-South Economic Relations" (co-editor, 2012), "Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment" (co-editor, 2007), "Portrait of a Giving Community" (2007), "Environment, Development and Human Security" (editor, 2003), "Civic Entrepreneurship" (co-author, 2002), amongst others. He serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly academic journals, including Global Governance, Ecological Economics, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He also writes occasionally in the international press and in 2007 launched his blog "All Things Pakistan (Pakistaniat)."56

Awards

In 2009 Najam was awarded the civil award the Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan for his services to education and the environment. In 2008 Najam was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP) which advises the UN ECOSOC on development priorities and is also responsible for periodic reviews of the UN’s list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs).7 Leading development thinkers like Ester Boserup, Gamani Corea, Hernando de Soto, Mahbub ul Haq, Sir Richard Jolly, Robert McNamara, Sir Shridath Ramphal, Klaus Schwab, and Nobel winning economist Jan Tinbergen have served on the CDP in the past. Najam was also one of the Lead Authors of the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), works for which the IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.8

Najam won the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award (2004), MIT's Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching (1997), the International Political Science Association's Stein Rokkan Award (1997), and the Pakistan Television Outstanding Achievement Medal (1990).34 He has been a famous Pakistani TV Talk Show host and journalist who has emerged as a rising star in the international environmental movement according to The Boston Globe.2

In 2011 Najam was elected to the Board of Trustees of WWF-International, the World Wide Fund for Nature9 and in 2013 he was elected as a Trustee of The Asia Foundation.10 He was also elected the Chairman of the Board of Governors of LEAD-Pakistan.11 Najam also serves on the Board of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR) and is a Visiting Research Fellow of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Islamabad.

References

  1. ^ "Dr. Adil Najam appointed as the third VC of LUMS". LUMS Official site. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Omar Sacirbey (18 February 2008). "Adil Najam puts things on global perspective". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Faculty Profile for Prof. Adil Najam". Boston University. Archived from the original on 10 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Faculty Profile for Prof. Adil Najam". The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Adil Najam (8 June 2007). "Climate change conversion". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  6. ^ Get rid of all nuclear arms (18 February 2004)
  7. ^ "Pardee Center Director Tapped for United Nations Role". Boston University. Retrieved 1 March 2002. 
  8. ^ "IPCC Chair and senior members, incl Prof. Najam, discussing importance of Nobel recognition for IPCC". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
  9. ^ WWF (24 January 2012). "Adil Najam joins the WWF International Board of Trustees". World Wide Fund for Nature. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  10. ^ The Asia Foundation (26 February 2013). "The Asia Foundation Announces Six New Trustees". The Asia Foundation. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  11. ^ LEAD-Pakistan (20 January 2012). "Adil Najam Elected Chairman of Board of LEAD Pakistan". Retrieved 28 January 2012. 

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