Adam led data at Spotify for the last few years. Previously, he founded and was CEO of Seed Scientific, the data analytics firm, which was acquired by Spotify in 2015. He recently founded a new purpose-driven AI startup.
Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Adam has lectured at the United Nations, MIT, NASA, Ars Electronica, MoMA, The National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society, the World Economic Forum (WEF), and before the U.S. House of Representatives on the role of data and science in society. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow in Science, Technology & Society at Harvard Kennedy School, has advised Fortune 500 companies on data strategy and national political campaigns on science policy, and has served on the WEF Global Agenda Councils on Complex Systems and Data-Driven Development.
Deeply committed to modernizing and spreading science literacy, Adam founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning science magazine, Seed; co-organized Design and the Elastic Mind, the landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art; and edited Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science and Society (HarperCollins). He sits on the National Leadership Council of the Society for Science and the Public, the organizer of the Science Talent Search and the International Science and Engineer Fair, which he won in 1998 (Best of Category, Biochemistry), and he is a member of the Advisory Committee for Broken Nature, the XXII Triennale di Milano 2019.
For his efforts to advance the public's understanding of science, Adam was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
Born in Montreal, he studied at McGill University and began his career researching the genetics and biochemistry of metastasis at the National Research Council of Canada. He lives in New York City.
As a lifelong supporter of science fairs (and 20-time competitor!), I'm thrilled to be joining the inaugural National Leadership Council of the Society for Science & the Public.
I've started a petition to restore science and technology advice to Congress. You can read more here and sign here.
I am hiring data, ML, and backend engineers for my new startup, including a Senior Data Engineer.
Brian Feldman wrote a very nice article in New York Magazine about Your Time Capsule, entitled Spotify Has The Only Algorithms I Don't Fear.