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Adrian Wan

Adrian Wan

Outreach Manager, Asia-Pacific

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Biography

Adrian Wan is the Outreach Manager of the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau at the Internet Society, whose mission and vision are to ensure the Internet is open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy for everyone. He supports engagement and communications outreach on key Internet policy issues in the APAC region.

A former business and technology journalist with the South China Morning Post based in Hong Kong and Beijing, he has since channeled his career focus to technology policy and engagement in Asia Pacific, having worked in organizations including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Microsoft, and Huawei.

He gained a Google Policy Fellowship to research on digital trade and digital skills development for APEC in 2016. One of the reports he worked on analyzed the emerging policy issues which limited the full potentials of the internet and set back the region’s economic growth.

He was one of Internet Society’s Ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum in 2016. He also became a fellow of the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy, co-organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA), in 2017. The next year, he was invited back as a mentor.

In Microsoft, he analyzed trade agreements and policies concerning data protection, privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, among others, in Asia Pacific. In Huawei, he handled public policy and communications.

He holds a Master’s in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, specializing in economic policy and analysis. He did his first degree at the Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in International Journalism and minoring in French studies.

He is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and has a working knowledge of French and Vietnamese. He fell in love with Vietnam (and its coffee) during an internship in Ho Chi Minh City and has not stopped learning the language for many years.

He is based in Singapore.

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Shaping the Internet's Future 23 September 2019

APAC Policy Survey 2019: Consolidation in the Internet Economy

The Internet is changing. Consolidation in the Internet economy, the topic of the Global Internet Report 2019, might be...

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Shaping the Internet's Future 3 July 2019

Internet Society Asia-Pacific Policy Survey 2019 Now Open: Consolidation in the Internet Economy

The Internet Society recently embarked on a year-long effort to explore the trends of consolidation in the Internet economy,...

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About Internet Society 27 June 2019

Asia-Pacific Chapters Advocacy Meeting: Local Actions, Global Goals

Earlier this month, 19 representatives from 14 local Chapters in Asia-Pacific gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a two-day...

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Improving Technical Security 12 March 2019

Making the Internet Better Together at APRICOT 2019

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) 2019, said to be the largest technical conference in the...

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Building Trust 29 January 2019

New UN Tool Maps Asia-Pacific Cybersecurity Landscape

News of cyber attacks and personal data breaches frequently make headlines nowadays, particularly in Asia Pacific*, and every time...

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