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News Release

Melitta J. Cutright
Brett Rush


For Immediate Release


OAK BROOK, Illinois, June 2, 2008—Adil Najam, Nobel Peace Prize winner and director of Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, will deliver a keynote address on the issue of climate change at the 91st Lions Clubs International Convention to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, June 23-27.

Najam shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with environmentalist Al Gore and other members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their efforts to increase understanding and awareness of man-made climate change. He will deliver the address during the convention’s opening plenary session on Wednesday, June 25, at the IMPACT convention center.

“Adil Najam is changing how we approach challenges faced by the global community,” said Mahendra Amarasuriya, president of Lions Clubs International. “His work has helped bring the issue of climate change to our collective conscience, and we are excited to welcome him to our convention.”

Najam began his career as a reporter, TV talk-show host and national environmental expert in Pakistan, where he later helped draft the country’s first national environmental policy. He moved to the United States to pursue an engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1992, and furthered his education with a Specialization in Negotiation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Najam is considered an expert on global policy and the Muslim world, and has served frequently as a guest commentator for CNN and other news outlets.

Najam, who has a Ph.D. and two Master’s degrees from MIT, continues to research, speak and teach on issues of global public policy, and is the founding editor of the blog He is a past winner of MIT’s Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching and currently serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly publications, including “Global Governance,” “Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly,” “The Journal of Ecological Economics,” and “The Encyclopedia of Earth.”

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world. To learn more about Lions Clubs International, visit


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