Dr. Lishan Adam is an educator, researcher and consultant specializing in science and technology and ICT policy and regulations, infrastructure, e-government and ICTs applications in development fields. In the period of 1990-2002 he worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa as a programmer, trainer, network manager and a regional advisor. He was one of the pioneers who introduced low cost and Internet connectivity in Africa in early 1990s. From 1993-1997 he was project officer for the capacity building for Electronic Communications in Africa (CABECA), which helped to establish the first electronic communications nodes in 24 African countries. From 1998-2002 he was a regional advisor on information technology policy and applications.
Dr. Adam served as a visiting associate professor on Communications Policy and Regulation at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa. He was Associate Professor at the Department of Information Science of the University of Stellenbosch with the Center of Knowledge Dynamics and Decision Making, South Africa (2004-2007), as a course director on telecom sector planning at the University of West Indies (2006-2008). Dr. Adam is a member of Research ICT Africa Network with facilitating roles in eastern Africa.
Since he began consulting in 2003, he provided advice to governments, international institutions and regional bodies on the broadband infrastructure, e-applications, network development and policy and regulatory matters.