About us

Advisory board

Adam Sharpe

IMG_1746Adam is a learning and development professional with experience working with some of the biggest organizations in the world, including the United Nations, MTV EXIT, Telenor, and the Asian Development Bank. His expertise centers around youth development, program evaluation, advocacy campaigns, brand-building, content strategy, and human resource development. Adam is the founder of 21st Century Workshop, Director of e-Learning at Metafuture.org, Director of Research and learning at Young Creators UK, and sits on the advisory boards of Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) as well as Rapid Asia.

Adam was born and raised in London, but his career took off after arriving in Asia in 2009 where he became an events producer, fundraiser and community-builder, raising money for children’s homes on the Thai-Burmese border and launching a secret live music community in Bangkok known as Sofar Sounds. Adam first encountered Rapid Asia in 2012 while working for MTV EXIT where he helped to build their regional youth networks and programming, managing over 200 days of events and training programs to over 600 youth leaders, empowering youth to deliver education and engagement on human trafficking to over 80,000 people. The experience gave him a deep knowledge of prevention and engagement in both urban and rural contexts.

After MTV EXIT closed its doors in 2014, his youth engagement work continued when he developed a campaign to prevent rape and sexual violence on Thai university campuses for the Thailand Institute of Justice, before joining UNESCO to design and promote intercultural dialogue and youth-led peace-building initiatives across the Asia-Pacific. Adam played a key role in strengthening the Asia Pacific Inter-agency Network on Youth, an informal membership network of UN agencies and INGOs established to increase the effectiveness of UN work on youth development.

Adam’s program management experience opened the door to the world of program evalutions. He began by developing a monitoring and evaluation strategy for APYE, working with hundreds of youth to measure behavior change, and in turn SDG 4.7 Education for Sustainable Development. This led to monitoring and evaluation consultancies at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).

His passion for strategy and learning is realized in his role as Director of e-Learning at Metafuture, where he works with world-renowned futurists to develop interactive online courses to build resilience in uncertain times. Adam also played a pivotal role in establishing Covid Relief, a non-profit campaign that provides essential first response needs to communities most affected by coronavirus across Bangkok.

We are proud to have Adam Sharpe join our advisory board to help strengthen our brand strategy, communications, and learning programs.