Adam Gross

Consultant USAID, FAO and Director Darhei Noam

Adam currently acts as Director for the Darhei Noam Emerging Markets Advisory and as the Investments and Capital Markets Advisor to the NEPAD Business Foundation.

He is also consultant on the Africa Crop Receipts Initiative, a partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Finance Corporation to introduce securitised pre-harvest financing instruments into Africa based on the precedent of Brazil.


Adam Gross

Adam Gross

Consultant USAID, FAO and Director Darhei Noam

Short bio

Adam is a strategist, thought leader and experienced business manager who has enjoyed a broad-ranging career in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has specialised in commodities, finance, capital markets, corporate strategy and international development, and has in-depth expertise with commodity and derivative exchanges, clearing houses and warehouse receipt systems.

A graduate of the University of Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Adam also holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Leeds (UK) and a Diploma in Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management from Complutense University (Spain).

Adam worked as a corporate strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman (ex Mercer Management Consulting) across industry sectors, project managing large client teams and building an advanced business skills toolkit.

He joined the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) achieving rapid recognition as a thought leader on commodity finance and risk management, with specialised focus on exchanges, derivatives, clearing and warehouse receipt systems.

For UNCTAD, he worked across emerging markets, authoring a number of important studies, with credits as an expert resource person and conference organiser.

Adam has worked with Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) and was founding Director of Strategy for Bourse Africa, responsible for business model development, licensing, corporate finance and implementation of a Pan-African Derivative and Commodities Exchange.