Adam Blackwell started his diplomatic career in 1985, and served in a variety of roles. His international assignments include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Kenya, the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Minister in Mexico, Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. In 2000 completed the Executive Development Program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Upon completing his assignment as Director-General of Strategy in the Bilateral Relations Branch, Ambassador Blackwell joined the Organization of American States at their headquarters in Washington, DC. Starting as Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration (Treasurer) in 2006, Mr. Blackwell was then Secretary for External Relations in 2008 and Secretary for Multidimensional Security from April 2010 to October 2015. During his career, Mr. Blackwell has participated in and led several election observation missions as well as received numerous awards and honors. Most notable of these are; The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella Grand Cross with Silver Breast Star, of the Dominican Republic and the Ministers Award for Management (1995). He has been decorated by the Colombian Police and AMERIPOL. He also was a contributor and coordinator of the 2013 OAS Drug Report. He has been part of the Peace Process in El Salvador and a member of the Commission to Reform Public Security in Honduras.
Currently, Adam Blackwell is the Vice President International at Development Services Group, INC. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board of TechTrace; S.A, He served as a Diplomat in Residence at the William J. Perry Center for the Hemispheric Defense Studies (NDU). Chair of the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy for the World Economic Forum (WEF), a member of the Board of the Trust of the Americas, Board of Wright Thomas International and the Board of Polcyb. Blackwell is also an active participant and presenter in international fora such as Davos, Chatham House, the Ditchley Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Wilson Center as well as regional and annual meetings of the WEF.
Has published extensively and most recently the books
“If the War on Drugs is Over – now what? Security Without Easy Answers. Freisen Press (2015)
“Si la Guerra contra las drogas llega a su fin…Que Sigue? INACIPE (2016)