Adam Lane

Senior Director Public Affairs - Huawei Southern Africa

Adam Lane

Senior Director Public Affairs - Huawei Southern Africa

Biography

At Huawei since 2014, and based in Nairobi since 2016, Adam is currently responsible for working with governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, the media and other stakeholders with a focus on the Kenya and East Africa region. Adam helps these groups understand how to use ICT for Development in their strategies, policies and programs; as well as developing partnerships and cross-sector collaboration with various actors in the ICT ecosystem including social enterprises. Adam has a strong focus on digital health in the region and is also actively engaging with those in the Internet of Things space.

Previously, Adam was based in Huawei’s HQ as a Director for Corporate Sustainable Development responsible for Huawei’s global flagship project to bridge the digital divide as well as thought leadership on the digital divide. In 2015 after an extensive research effort around the world, Adam published Huawei’s white paper on Digital Enablement summarizing the challenges and solutions to bridging the digital divide (www.huawei.com/minisite/digital-enablement). He then set-up a new digital divide project related to e-health in Kenya building on the findings from this white paper working with a Kenyan social enterprise and helping them scale up their e-health project.

Prior to Huawei, Adam worked for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) for more than 6 years based in Beijing. He worked with both multinational and domestic companies, NGOs and foundations on sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and strategic philanthropy initiatives. His work also covered sustainable investment, responsible labor, and access to healthcare.

Before BSR, Adam was based in Xi’an where he established Plan International’s Corporate Partnerships function in China working with corporate partners such as Nokia, Accor, and Hilton on poverty alleviation programs in rural China.

Previously, during several years at AIESEC in Mainland China and the UK, Adam led efforts to teach students about sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, opened new branches of AIESEC at several universities, and arranged for life-changing international internship programs.

 

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