Lahore University of Management Sciences

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Adil Najam

Department of Office of the Vice Chancellor


BS, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

MS Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Specialisation in Negotiation, Programme on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (PON), Harvard Univeristy, USA

PhD, International Environmental Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Specialisation: International Environmental Policy, Climate Change, International Negotiation; Sustainable Development; Human Development and Human Security.
In 2011 Professor Adil Najam was appointed as the third Vice Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Dr. Najam is a teacher, scholar and public intellectual of global recognition and is considered a leading authority on international environment and development policy.

Before joining LUMS Dr. Adil Najam was a Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy and the Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston Univeristy USA (2007-11). He remains a Professor of International Relations and Geography and the Environment at Boston University, USA.

Prior to joining Boston Univeristy he was an Associate Professor of International Negotiation and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Univeristy where he also held a joint appointment in the Department of Civil Engineering. Earlier, Dr. Najam has also taught at Boston University, School for International Training (SIT), University of Massachusetts (UMass-Boston), and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He has authored more than 100 scholarly papers and book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of many scholarly journals. He also won MIT’s Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching, the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award, the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award, and the Pakistan Television Medal for Outstanding Achievement.

In recent years, Dr. Adil Najam’s scholarly work has focused on issues of global climate change and sustainable development, and particularly on the role of developing countries in international environmental policy. Prof. Najam was a convenor and co-author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), work for which the scientific panel (along with Al Gore) was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the public understanding of climate change science. In addition, Dr. Najam’s research and writings have also focused on international diplomacy and development, sustainable development, Muslim and South Asian politics, environmental politics in developing countries, philanthropy, and Diaspora studies.

In 2008 he was appointed by the United Nations 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. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the 2011 Human Development Report of the UNDP; and currently he serves as a Trustee of WWF-International; on the Governing Council of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria; on the Board of the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) in Boston, USA; and as the Board Chair of LEAD-Pakistan.

Dr. Najam’s recent books include: Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Trade and Environment Negotiations: A Resource book (2006); Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002). He serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly journals including: Global Governance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; The Journal of Ecological Economics; Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development; Annual Editions: Environment; and The Encyclopedia of Earth.

Former Vice Chancellor
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