Pakistani academic Dr Adil Najam has been appointed as the new President of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International.
Adil will succeed the outgoing Acting President, Neville Isdell, who will bid farewell to his office in July after completing 13 months in this position.
Speaking of the new President, Neville remarked that Adil is an exceptional choice for the position because he is known as a thinker and a leading expert among global policymakers.
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Neville further added that Adil understands the WWF network since he already has eight-year of experience as a trustee on the International Board.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of the globally renowned academic and police expert Dr Adil Najam as the next President of WWF International. Adil will assume the post from the outgoing interim President, Neville Isdell, beginning 1 July,” WWF announced on Twitter.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of the globally renowned academic and policy expert Dr Adil Najam as the next President of @WWF International. Adil will assume the post from the outgoing interim President, Neville Isdell, beginning 1 July. pic.twitter.com/YYlshnwmu1
— WWF (@WWF) April 3, 2023
Dr Adil Najam’s appointment as the President of WWF International is a welcoming development for Pakistan. The President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi also congratulated Adil Najam on the appointment.
“Congratulations Adil Najam. Definitely a great responsibility as well as an opportunity to put everything in balance with nature,” Dr Arif Alvi said on Twitter.
Definitely a great responsibility as well as an opportunity to put everything in balance with nature. https://t.co/ev2pnaJsS9
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) April 3, 2023
Adil Najam is a retired Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and currently holds the position of Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment. He will continue to teach at the university in addition to carrying out his duties as the WWF President. He has also taught at prestigious institutions like MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Moreover, Adil has made many contributions to climate change research and policy as a lead author for the IPCC’s Third and Fourth Assessments. He has authored over 100 academic papers and book chapters.
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In 2009, he was appointed to the Committee for Development Policy by the United Nations Secretary-General, and in 2010, he received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz award from the President of Pakistan, which is one of the country’s highest civil honors.