Adil Najam is the inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University which was founded in 2014. He is also a Professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment. Earlier, Adil served as Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan (2011-13) and as the Director of the Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future (2007-11). In addition to Boston University, Adil has taught at MIT and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development.
Adil was a co-author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), work for which the scientific panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the public understanding of climate change science. In 2008 he was invited by the United Nations Secretary General to serve on the UN Committee on Development (CDP). He was a member of the President of Pakistan’s Special Task Force on Human Development (2001) and served on Pakistan’s Presidential Commission on Higher Education (2002). 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 is a past winner of MIT’s Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching, the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award, and the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award, and the Pakistan Television Medal for Outstanding Achievement. In 2011, he was elected a Trustee on the International Board of World Wildlife Fund and in 2013 elected a Trustee of The Asia Foundation (TAF). He has been a Council Member of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria and is the Board Chair of the South Asia Network of Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). Adil has also served on the Academic Council of the South Asian University (SAU), New Delhi, India and the Syndicate (Board) of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan. He continues to serve as a Board’s Visiting Committee member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Adil has written more than 100 scholarly papers and book chapters. Adil earned a BS from the University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan; a MS (CEE) from MIT; a MS (TPP) from MIT; and a PhD from MIT.