Key interests and
Adam was awarded a
Fulbright Scholarship to study at the internationally-renowned
Harvard University where he studied a Masters in Public
Administration. He went on to become a Fellow at the Centre for
International Development at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School
In 2014 he won the
Bronze Medal at the New York Film and Television Festival for his
documentary on the 1984/85 Miners Strike. In 2015 his four-part
series was recognised with two BAFTA Cymru Awards.
He was born in
Carmarthen into a miner’s family and was educated at Ysgol
Dyffryn Aman and then Cardiff University where he graduated with a
Adam is a former
Managing Director of Newidiem, a UK policy and economics
consultancy, and former Executive Director of the Welsh economic
development and cultural change agency, Menter a Busnes.
Before being elected to
the National Assembly, Adam worked as a Senior Programme Manager
for a UK Innovation Foundation.
Adam is a former Member
of Parliament, representing the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
constituency between 2001 and 2010.
A voracious opponent of
the Iraq War and Tony Blair’s role in the outbreak of war,
Adam led an attempt, alongside other Plaid Cymru and SNP members,
to impeach Tony Blair. Adam was ejected from the House of
Common’s chamber on 17 March 2005 for refusing to retract his
statement accusing Tony Blair of having “misled”
Adam initiated a
three-hour debate on an enquiry into the Iraq War, resulting in the
establishment of the Chilcot Enquiry.
During his time at the
Commons he served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee and was
Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for Treasury, Business, Innovation
Adam was voted the only
Welsh MP to retain public support in the Western Mail’s
online poll of MPs’ during the expenses scandal of 2009. He
was named as the 2007 BBC AM.PM Communicator of the Year, and won
the 2005 ITV Welsh Political Awards Campaigning Politician of the