Adam Bly is a scientist, entrepreneur, and thought-leader who has spent the past fifteen years innovating at the nexus of science and society. He is currently VP Analytics at Spotify, responsible for global data and analytics strategy. Previously, he founded and was CEO of Seed Scientific, the advanced analytics and data innovation firm, which was acquired by Spotify in June 2015.
He frequently speaks about scientific thinking and data innovation to business and government leaders around the world, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the United Nations, MIT, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Kennedy School of Government, The Museum of Modern Art, SXSW, The Royal Society, NASA, The National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. State Department and House of Representatives.
Adam was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (and has served on the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Complex Systems, Design Innovation, and Data-Driven Development), was a Visiting Senior Fellow in Science, Technology & Society at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien highlighted his dedication to “showing people the scope and power of science not just as an object of study but as key to understanding the world around us.”
Prior to founding Seed Scientific, Adam founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of Seed, a print and online magazine with a mission of modernizing science’s place in society (published from 2001 to 2012). “The best comparison for Seed,” wrote a media critic, “is the early years of Rolling Stone, when music was less a subject than a lens for viewing culture.” Under Adam’s leadership, the magazine — tag-lined “Science is Culture” — forged new links between science and society, from art and design (in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art) to politics and economics (in partnership with the World Economic Forum) to religion. Seed received the Utne Independent Press Award, was frequently cited in Best American Science Writing, and was twice nominated for a National Magazine Award.
He has served on various committees, juries, and boards, including the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the Earth Award, the Science Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum, the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s Risk Science Center, the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Communications Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences, OECD’s Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, and the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on the State of Canada’s Science Culture.
His book, Science is Culture, was released by HarperCollins in 2010 and has been translated into Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish.
Adam studied biochemistry at McGill University and began his career researching cell adhesion and cancer metastasis at the Biotechnology Research Institute of the National Research Council Canada.
Born in Montreal, he currently lives in New York City with his wife Ayah Bdeir.