Pakistan Honors Najam
Country's highest civilian honor is conferred| From Commonwealth | By Brendan Gauthier (COM'11)
College of Arts & Sciences professor of international relations and of geography and environment Adil Najam
As part of Pakistan’s annual Independence Day bestowal of honors, President Asif Ali Zardari conferred the honor of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) on Adil Najam, BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy. On August 14, 2010 he was awarded the civil decoration, one of the nation’s highest, for his contributions to, and public service in, the field of global environment and development policy.
A College of Arts & Sciences professor of international relations and of geography and environment, Najam is also director of BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, which convenes symposia and conducts interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, future-oriented research that contributes to long-term improvements in the human condition. He also is a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy.
Before coming to the United States, Najam was a celebrity in Pakistan by his mid-twenties, with high-profile jobs as a sports reporter, a television talk show host, and a national environmental expert. He left Pakistan to pursue an engineering degree at MIT.
His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to South Asia, Muslim countries, the environment, and development. He was a lead author for the third and fourth assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, work for which the panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.