Adam Schwarz is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Group Advisors. Based in Southeast Asia since 1987, Adam has a deep set of relationships with business, political and civil-society leaders across the region, and is considered a leading international authority on Indonesia. He has served as advisor to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, the World Bank and the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and United States. He was one of two foreigners selected as members of the Chairman’s Advisory Committee at Indonesia’s National REDD+ Task Force. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia and has previously served on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO).
From 2001 to 2013, Adam worked for McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia serving private-sector, public-sector and state-owned-enterprise clients in the energy, telecom, agribusiness, and financial sectors. He advised clients on issues ranging from strategy, corporate transformation, talent management, board governance, strategic communications, and regional economic integration. He was one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, supporting clients on issues related to green business opportunities, renewable energy, sustainability standards and climate change policy.
On the request of Indonesia’s President Yudhoyono in 2005, he led McKinsey’s year-long support to the Aceh Reconstruction Agency (BRR), an agency established to coordinate and manage reconstruction aid following the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of late 2004, for which he was one of 12 Indonesians and foreigners given a “Hero of Aceh” award by the Indonesian Government for his contributions to Aceh’s reconstruction.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Adam worked as correspondent and bureau chief in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam for the Far Eastern Economic Review, a weekly news magazine. He has written extensively on Indonesia and Southeast Asia, including A Nation in Waiting, a highly acclaimed work on contemporary Indonesian history. He was awarded a Luce Scholar fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation, and was the 1997—98 recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He holds an MBA degree in International Business from Columbia University, where he was awarded a University Fellowship.