Niel Harper is deeply committed to digital trust and to ensuring that end users consistently benefit from safety, privacy, security, reliability, and data ethics when using online platforms. He has spent the last 26 years advising global organizations in the areas of corporate governance, digital transformation, enterprise risk management, cybersecurity management, privacy program management, and Internet regulation & policy.
He has leadership and advisory experience in over 20 countries with private corporations, non-profits, and multilateral organizations, e.g., African Union, AT&T, Bemol, Canonical, CARICOM Secretariat, CIBC, Deloitte, Doodle, European Commission, Internet Society, and several United Nations agencies, among others. He has also worked with a number of governments, policymakers, and regulators.
Holds a Master of Laws specialising in privacy, cyber crime, and national security (University of Strathclyde); Master of Business Administration (University of Leicester); Postgraduate Diploma in Telecoms Regulation & Policy (University West Indies); Diploma in Business Information Systems (Algonquin College); and has completed executive programs at Florida International University, Boston University, Nanyang Technological University, and the University of Oxford. Possesses industry certifications in engineering, IT auditing, cybersecurity, privacy, and business continuity management.
Recipient of the ISJ Caribbean Security & Resilience Award (2021) and the ISACA Technology for Humanity Award (2021). Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (2014) and by the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader (2011). He was previously a Member of the United Nations Information Security Special Interest Group (UNISSIG) and is currently a Member of the World Economic Forum’s. Has been awarded fellowships by the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), British Computer Society (BCS), International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL), OECD Technology Foresight Forum, and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Frequently sought after speaker and regular contributor to major trade publications and media. Featured in Captive Insurance Times, CircleID, CSO Online, IBM Security Intelligence, Infosecurity Magazine, Tech Monitor, The Economist Group, and the World Economic Forum Davos Agenda, among others.
Niel is happily married and has 4 children (3 girls and a boy).