Bill Graham is a CIGI senior fellow, effective October 2013, and is contributing to the Global Security & Politics Program’s research on Internet governance. He previously worked with the Internet Society from 2007 to 2011, where he was responsible for expanding engagement in a wide range of international organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and in regional organizations where Internet policy and technical issues are discussed, including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Bill has been a member of the Internet Governance Forum's Multistakeholder Advisory Group since its formation in 2006. In 2011, Bill was appointed to the ICANN Board of Directors by the Generic Names Supporting Organization.
Bill joined the Canadian government in 1988, and held management positions in program evaluation, strategic planning and telecommunication policy. He was involved in early promotion of community networking and Internet use in Canada, as well as in international business development in the spectrum, information and communications technology sector. He has also worked in the private sector as director of government relations for Teleglobe Inc., a major international telecommunications carrier.
Prior to joining the Internet Society, Bill was director of international telecommunications policy and coordination in the Canadian government. He was responsible for coordinating Canadian participation in organizations such as the ITU, the APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group and the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission, and Canada's bilateral relations on telecommunications policy issues. Bill was head of delegation during the UN World Summit on the Information Society. He served as Canadian representative and vice-chair of the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee.
Bill holds a master’s of public administration and a bachelor's degree in Pacific and Oriental studies from the University of Victoria. He lives in Victoria, Canada, where he also works as an independent consultant.