Mir, CEO of GEO TV, was recognized for his and his team’s contribution in the historical lawyers movement that brought independent judiciary to Pakistan, peace campaign between India and Pakistan and other ground breaking work that helps the overcoming of differences in religion, culture and ethnicity.
Mir was also given the Lucius N. Littauer Award, given to members of the graduating class that excelled in the classroom and made a significant positive contribution to the Kennedy School community. Mir was acknowledged for representing his class in the Kennedy Student Government, as well as organizing several key seminars and being on the Advisory Board for Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. Mir was the rare student to also serve in Harvard’s prestigious Admissions Committee, which is staffed usually by only senior most Professors. The Co-founder and CEO of GEO TV Network, and has been on a sabbatical for a year at Harvard to complete his Masters in Public Administration, where he has also researched and written a thesis on Pakistan’s potential, titled: Reason to Believe- Finding A New Public Narrative for Pakistan.
Dr. Ali is also on the adjunct faculty of Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. For the 2007-2008 academic years, he also served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. For the 2008-2009 academic year, Dr. Ali was on sabbatical working on a book pertaining to mineral resources and the environment: Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future.
His research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace. He is also on the visiting faculty for the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), where he teaches a course on Indigenous Environment and Development Conflicts. Much of his empirical research has focused on environmental conflicts in the mineral sector and he is the author of Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts (University of Arizona Press, 2004). His most recent edited volume (November 2008) is Earth Matters: Indigenous Peoples, The Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Resposibility (edited with Ciaran O'Fairchellaegh). He is also the editor of Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution (MIT Press, September, 2007).
Dr. Ali is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN Taskforce on Transboundary Conservation. He has also been involved in promoting environmental education in madrassahs (Islamic religious schools) and using techniques from environmental planning to study the rise of these institutions in his ethnic homeland -- Pakistan, leading to a book published in January 2009 by Oxford University Press titled Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan's Madrassahs.