Dr. Prof. Saleem H. Ali is an environmental security scholar whose research and practice focuses on ways of resolving ecological conflicts through technical and social mechanisms, as well as exploring novel ways of peace-building between corporations, governments and communities. He holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, and is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment. In addition to his academic roles, Professor Ali serves on the 7-member Science Panel of the Global Environment Facility (the world’s largest multilateral trust fund for the environment held in trusteeship by the World Bank) and on the United Nations International Resource Panel. He has also been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and undertaken policy research assignments with New America and the Stimson Center. Professor Ali’s books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press); Environmental Diplomacy (with L. Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press); Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan’s Madrassas (Oxford University Press); and numerous anthologies. He also serves on the editorial board of the Review of Middle East Studies (Cambridge University Press). Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Tufts University. He is a citizen of the United States (by birth); Australia (by naturalization) and Pakistan (by parental origin). Twitter @saleem_ali

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Planning; Natural Resources Policy; Environmental Conflict Resolution; Environmental Policy, Planning, and Development; Social Responsibility in Mining
Country of Origin: Pakistan
Current Residence: Australia
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu