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2023 Cleantech Panelist Speaker

Saleem Ali

Chair of the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

University of Delaware


Saleem H. Ali is Chair of the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences and the Blue & Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware (USA). He is also a member of the United Nations International Resource Panel. Before embarking on an academic career, Prof. Ali worked as an environmental health and safety professional at General Electric Corporation. His laurels include being a National Geographic Explorer, with field experience in more than 160 countries and all continents; 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. His books include Earthly Order: How Natural Laws Define Human Life (Oxford Univ. Press) and Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale Univ. Press). Prof. Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Tufts University. Dr. Ali is a citizen of the United States of America by birth; Pakistan by parental lineage; and Australian by naturalization.