In 1985, Adam Blackwell began his diplomatic career in the Canadian Foreign Service Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Kenya. He served in a variety of assignments, at headquarters and in the field, including as Minister Counsellor in Mexico and at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. He then continued his diplomatic career in the region, serving as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Dominican Republic from 2002-05 and as Assistant Secretary of Strategy and Services in the Bilateral Relations Branch.
Ambassador Blackwell worked at the Organization of American States at their headquarters in Washington, DC until Oct 2015. 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 July 2010 to January 2016. 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 also was a contributor and coordinator of the 2013 OAS Drug Report. Mr. Blackwell is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Adam Blackwell served as Ambassador in Residence at the William J. Perry Center for the Hemispheric Defense Studies (NDU).
Currently he is the Vice President at the Development Services Group, building high value networks to help professionals build capacity, forge new partnerships and effect meaningful behavioral and policy change. He is also the Chair of the Managing Board of Techtrace S.A. A Swiss company active in the fight against illicit trade.
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, a member of the Commission to Reform Public Security in Honduras and a member of the Technical Coordinating Committee to manage the Peace Process in El Salvador. Ambassador 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)