New York, 4 April 2023 (TDI): Pakistan Consulate General (CG) in New York congratulated Dr. Adil Najam on his appointment as the new President of the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature International.

“This appointment is a source of pride for the Pakistani-American diaspora,” the Pakistan CG in New York stated.

Dr. Adil Najam, a prominent academic and policy expert from Pakistan will succeed the outgoing Acting President, Neville Isdell, who will leave his position in July after serving for 13 months.

Notably, Neville Isdell, the outgoing Acting President of WWF International, expressed his delight at Adil’s appointment, stating that Adil is an exceptional choice for the position due to his extensive experience and expertise in global public policy.

About the life of Dr. Adil Najam

Adil Najam is an acclaimed academic and researcher, with a specialization in global public policy, conservation, sustainable development, and climate change in developing countries.

He has held several academic and administrative positions, including the Vice Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the Director of the Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Moreover, Adil Najam is also a retired Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and he currently holds the position of Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment.

Likewise, Adil has taught at prestigious institutions like MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Furthermore, Adil already has eight years of experience as a trustee on the International Board of WWF, which Neville believes makes him the ideal candidate for the position.

Thus, Adil’s vast academic and research experience will undoubtedly help guide WWF’s efforts toward achieving its mission of creating a world where people and nature thrive.

In the same vein, Adil Najam has made several contributions to climate change research and policy as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s third and fourth Assessments.

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On top of that, Adil Najam has authored over 100 academic papers and book chapters, and he has served on various boards, including as Chair of the Luc Hoffmann Institute & the South Asian Network of Development and Environment Economics.

Additionally, he has frequently advised international organizations, NGOs, and governments worldwide. In 2009, Adil Najam was appointed to the Committee for Development Policy by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

In 2010, he received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (one of the country’s highest civil honors) award from the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari.

New role as President of WWF International

As the new President of WWF International, Adil Najam will lead the organization’s global efforts toward addressing critical conservation challenges, protecting endangered species, and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Adil’s appointment is expected to bring fresh perspectives, insights, and leadership to WWF International, enabling the organization to achieve even greater success in the future.

The WWF International Board expressed its confidence in Adil, stating that he “brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help guide the organization towards its vision of creating a world where people and nature thrive.”

Apart from that, the Board also expressed their gratitude to Neville Isdell for his dedicated service as Acting President and for his contributions towards WWF International’s mission.

Adil’s appointment as the new President of WWF International has been widely acclaimed. Many expect him to bring significant positive changes to the organization, making it an even more influential force for conservation and sustainable development around the world.

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