LUMS Congratulates Dr. Adil Najam, Former Vice Chancellor, LUMS, and Professor Kamal Munir, Former Dean, MGSHSS, on Making a Mark on National and International Fronts
The LUMS community is immensely proud to announce that Dr. Adil Najam, Former Vice Chancellor, LUMS, (2011-2013) has been named the new President of WWF-International while Professor Kamal Munir, Former Dean, Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2015-16) has been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of education.
Policy expert and academic, Dr. Adil Najam is Dean Emeritus of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and Professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment. He has also taught at Boston University, MIT, University of Massachusetts and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Dr. Najam is a 2009 Sitara-e-Imtiaz recipient. He has been at the forefront of inspiring change. He co-authored the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which the scientific panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the public understanding of climate change science. Meanwhile, Dr. Najam has also served on policy making positions including the UN Committee on Development and the Advisory Board for the 2011 Human Development Report of the UNDP.
During his time as Vice Chancellor at LUMS, he initiated many go-green policies; he had pavements along the campus converted to green belts and offered his students bicycles in exchange for their cars parked on campus. After spending 20 years in the US, what brought him back to Pakistan and especially LUMS was the LUMS National Outreach Programme, the flagship initiative to make quality education accessible to all.
Professor Kamal Munir
Professor Kamal Munir, the first South Asian in 800 years to hold the prestigious position of Pro-Vice Chancellor (University Community and Engagement) at the University of Cambridge, is a trailblazer.
While at LUMS, he founded the Saida Waheed Gender Initiative, a centre which advances gender as a critical lens for understanding society, culture, and politics.
Professor Munir was also part of the team that developed the 2010 Industrial Policy of Pakistan. He has also consulted for the State Bank of Pakistan, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He is a published author for leading organisational and technology journals, a sought-after speaker at international conferences, while his work has been cited in several forums, including BBC's Hard Talk, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Wired magazines. In addition to his other roles, Professor Munir also serves on the Syndicates of the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and the University Library.
We wish them the best of luck in their new roles.