Started at UWA: 2019
Author, investor, strategy expert and global business leader
I love the sheer range of what I do and the people I work with. Entrepreneurs creating and building new businesses; great engineers, scientists and programmers; with students investing in their careers. And to have the time to read, study and write – what a privilege. Dr Adam Parr
Dr Adam Parr, an Adjunct Professor at the UWA Business School, offers a wealth of experience from a 30-year career in education, investment finance, law and sport. He is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist focusing on strategy and the value that academic discipline brings to business.
Since 2012, Dr Parr has been an adviser to BHP helping to design and then implement group strategy with a particular emphasis on operational excellence. He is also an investor, adviser and director of several startups, including a number of spin-outs from the University of Oxford.
Well known for his appointment as Chief Executive and Chairman of the Williams Formula One team, Dr Parr combined his passion for strategy with competitive sport.
He published The Art of War – Five Years in Formula One in 2012 (Haymarket Publications) and co-authored Total Competition – Lessons in Strategy from Formula One in 2016 (Simon & Schuster). His career has led to travel around the world, living and working in Europe, Japan, South Africa and Australia. He spent six years in Western Australia with Rio Tinto and began an enduring relationship with UWA in 2004.
Dr Parr's most recent work is The Mandate of Heaven, a traditional academic monograph on the first European translation of the Sunzi bingfa (Sun Tzu’s Art of War) by a Jesuit priest in Peking in the 1760s. He is also working on a graphic novel.
- Bachelor of Arts, Cambridge University
- PhD, University College London
- Chairman and Co-founder, Oxford Semantic Technologies Limited
- Co-founder, Ox Mountain Limited
- Director and founding investor, Apolitical Group Limited
- Chair of Trustees, The Downforce Trust
Helping to build a dozen pioneering companies that have created hundreds of jobs and new technologies in many fields, 2011–2019
Helping to turn around the Williams F1 Team, 2006–2012 and Cosworth Group, 2013–2019
Being part of the transformation of a leading global resources company, 2012–Current
Co-authoring a best-selling book with Ross Brawn, 'Total Competition – Lessons in Strategy from Formula One', 2016
Strategy and revolution: the last words of the Jesuit China Mission?
After the recent publication of 'The Mandate of Heaven' by UWA's Dr Adam Parr, he has been invited to write a blog post for the Voltaire Foundation (a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship and a research).Read more
'The Mandate of Heaven' by Adam Parr
The Mandate of Heaven examines the first European version of Sunzi’s Art of War, which was translated from Chinese by Joseph Amiot, a French missionary in Beijing, and published in Paris in 1772. His work is presented in English for the first time.Read more