Malik Siraj Akbar
Founder and President of Balochistan Institute
Malik Siraj Akbar is a journalist, political analyst and communications specialist. He is the founder and President of the Washington-based Balochistan Institute, Editor-in-Chief of the Baloch Hal, Pakistan’s first hyper-local online newspaper and editor of the liberal Urdu news magazine Enkaar. Akbar was a 2012 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and, a 2010-11 Fulbright Hubert. H. Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Akbar is the author of Pakistan: A Broken Democracy (2015) and the Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement. In 2006-2010, Akbar served as the Bureau Chief of Pakistan's liberal English language publications, Daily Times, and The Friday Times in the country's largest province of Balochistan.
Akbar has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and currently serves on the Board of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).
Anwaar ul Haq Kakar
Official Spokesperson, Government of Balochistan
Mr. Anwaar ul Haq Kakar is the spokesperson of the Government of Balochistan. He is a renowned political activist, and has been active in national political scene since 2008. He is a senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N. He holds degree in Political Science and Sociology and regularly lectures on issues related to Balochistan, including at the National Defense University Command & Staff College. He has also been an active member of the civil society and has served with Taraqee Foundation in 2005 earthquake in Kashmir.
Adil Najam (Moderator)
Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University
Prof. Adil Najam served as Vice Chancellor (equivalent of president) of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore Pakistan from August 2011 through June 2013. He served as the Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University from November 2007 through August 2011, and he remains a Professor of International Relations and of Earth & Environment. In 2014, he was appointed Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.
Prof. Najam 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). 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 also serves on the Advisory Board for the 2011 Human Development Report of the UNDP.
Prof. Najam has taught at Boston University, MIT, University of Massachusetts and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human well-being.
Prof. Najam has written nearly 100 scholarly papers and book chapters. 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. Prof. Najam also serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly publications, including Global Governance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, The Journal of Ecological Economics, Annual Editions: Environment, and The Encyclopedia of Earth. Prof. Najam is frequently interviewed by and writes for the popular media and is the founding editor of the blog Pakistaniat.com (voted the Best Current Affairs Blog in Pakistan (2010) and also won the 2010 Brass Crescent Award for Best Muslim Blog from South Asia).
Adil Najam is an expert in international diplomacy and development. His research interests include sustainable development, Muslim and South Asian politics, environmental politics in developing countries, and philanthropy among immigrant communities in the United States. Much of his work has focused on longer-term global policy problems, especially those related to human well-being and sustainable development. He contributed to Pakistan’s first environmental policy document, as well as to that country’s report to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, has worked closely with governments and civil society in both industrialized and developing countries, and regularly collaborates with the United Nations. He is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), and serves on the Boards of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR) and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada.