Group Lead, Global Public Policy
Adam is Visa Inc.’s Group Lead, Global Public Policy, based in San Francisco. In this role he leads Visa’s newly established global public policy department, which is tasked with developing key company-wide positions on major international policy trends impacting the electronic payments industry and deploying capacity-building platforms between Visa and public policy makers around the world.
Adam joined Visa in 2010 and was previously Vice President, Government Relations, based out of Sydney and leading a team of government facing professionals across South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australasia and the Pacific.
Until October 2010, Adam served for three years as Chief of Staff in key national economic portfolios in the Australian Governments of Prime Ministers Rudd and Gillard, namely to the Assistant Treasurer and to the Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law.
These high-level political roles placed Adam at the center of Australia’s successful economic response to the global financial crisis of 2008-09, along with major roles in significant reforms in banking, superannuation and financial services, international development bank policy, private equity regulation, securities market reforms and critical Federal-State negotiations on consumer credit and finance, margin lending and mortgage regulation.
Prior to this Adam served as a Ministerial Chief of Staff for two years in the New South Wales Government. Adam has also held several private sector appointments, including working as a foreign lawyer in Tokyo with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, one of Japan’s largest law firms, and in London with Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, a global top-three firm.
Adam holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economic, a Masters in Law (BCL) from Oxford University and degrees in both law and government from The University of Sydney. Adam has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Adam is an admitted Barrister and Attorney of the High Court of Australia and the New South Wales Supreme Court.