Paul Twomey is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where he focuses on Internet governance, e-commerce and cyber security. Paul sits as a commissioner on the Global Commission for Internet Governance (GCIG).
Previously, Paul served as president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (from March 2003 to June 2009). As senior president, he acted as adviser and assistant to the incoming president and CEO. Paul’s background brought a balance of public/private experience to ICANN during his tenure, including numerous leadership positions in commercial enterprises, government and in chairing ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee.
Before joining ICANN, he was the founder of Argo [email protected], a high-level international advisory and investment firm that assists both Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies to build global Internet and technology businesses and strategic alliances. He is also a founder of Leagle Inc, an online legal content and community aggregation business.
Paul was also founding CEO of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE), and the Australian federal government’s special adviser for the information economy and technology. Established in 1997, NOIE is Australia’s lead Commonwealth agency for information economy issues. In his position as special adviser, Paul was charged with providing strategic advice to the government on developing its information economy and technology priorities and strategies, including a National Strategy for the Information Economy. He was also Australia’s representative at international fora, such as the World Trade Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, to ensure that Australia’s interests were promoted during the current formation of the rules and regulations of the international information economy.
From 1994 to 1997, Paul was the executive general manager of strategic development for Austrade and was responsible for the development of corporate strategy, business process and operational management within Austrade. He was the author of the influential study “Austrade Scenarios for the Australian Trading Environment.” This study, released early in 1997, outlined, inter alia, implications for Australian exports of an East Asian economic collapse. The study was influential to Australian government policy reactions to the Asian financial crisis in late 1997-1998.
Prior to this, Paul was a consultant with global management consultancy McKinsey & Company. In this role, he advised major corporations primarily from the telecommunications financial service and tourism sectors in Australia, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong. Earlier, he served as a research officer with an international refugee organization.
Paul is a board member of the Atlantic Council of the United States, the founding chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, and a member of the advisory board of the United Nations’ Digital [email protected] Initiative.
Widely published in academic and popular journals, Paul has contributed to books on industry policy, foreign and defence policy, and development issues. He holds a bachelor of arts (first class honours) from the University of Queensland, a master of arts (political science and international relations) from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge