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Adil Najam

Trustee of The Asia Foundation

Dean, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
Former Vice Chancellor, Lahore University of Management Sciences


Adil Najam joined The Asia Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2013. Najam is the dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He was formerly Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and a globally recognized authority on international environment and development policy. He has served as the Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy and the Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University (2007-11) and prior to that as Associate Professor of International Negotiation and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2002-07).

He is a past winner of MIT's Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching, the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award, the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, and was awarded one of Pakistan's highest civil awards, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence). He was amongst the authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessments, work for which the scientific panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Najam is a Trustee of WWF-International, serves on the Governing Council of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and was nominated by the United Nations Secretary General to serve on the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP).

He has published over a hundred academic papers and book chapters, was the founding editor of the award-winning blog 'All Things Pakistan' (Pakistaniat.com), and his recent books include: South Asia 2060 (2013); The Future of South-South Economic Relations (2012); Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002). Najam holds two master's degrees and a doctor of philosophy degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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