Saleem Ali

Saleem Ali

Lead, Critical Minerals and Inclusive Energy Transition


Professor Saleem H. Ali is an environmental security scholar

Professor 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. At UNU-INWEH he will be leading the new initiatives on research around critical minerals for the green, just, and inclusive energy transition.

Professor Ali’s books include Soil to Foil: Aluminum and the Quest for Industrial Sustainability (Columbia University Press, 2023); Earthly Order: How Natural Laws Define Human Life (Oxford University Press, 2022); 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.

His laurels include being a National Geographic Explorer, with field experience in more than 160 countries and all continents (including Antarctica); being selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and serving on the boards of notable non-profit charitable organizations including RESOLVE, Adventure Scientists and Mediators Beyond Borders International.

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 holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware (USA) and is a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel.