31 MARCH - 01 APRIL 2014
Dr. Simon Adams is Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He has worked extensively with governments and civil society organizations in South Africa, East Timor, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. Between 1994 and 2002 Dr. Adams worked with Sinn Féin and former IRA prisoners in support of the Northern Ireland peace process. He is also a former anti-apartheid activist and member of the African National Congress.
Dr. Adams is the author of four books and numerous academic articles with a focus on international conflict. He has also written for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Kuwait Times, The Australian, Huffington Post, International Herald Tribune, News24 (South Africa), O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil), Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Dr Adams has appeared as an expert commentator on al-Jazeera, BBC, ARD (Germany), Chinese Central Television and numerous other media.
Dr. Adams studied at the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa and at the University of New South Wales in Australia, where he received his Ph.D. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Adams has lectured at a number of international universities. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor (International Engagement) at Monash University, Australia's largest public university, and as Vice President of its South African campus between 2008-2010.
Among his other commitments, Dr. Adams is currently Special Advisor to the Monash-Oxfam Partnership and a member of the board of Catalpa International, an East Timorese not-for-profit information technology and development organization. He acts as an advisor to Skateistan, an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to using skateboarding to expose Afghan, Cambodian and South African children to educational and leadership development opportunities. Dr. Adams is also a member of the board of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world's leading professional association for the promotion of international education