Niel Harper is the Managing Director at Octave Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that assists organizations in combating online threats and safeguarding digital assets. The organization works with business leaders to not only prevent and respond to cyber attacks, but to effectively manage the full spectrum of cyber risks in a manner that adds business value and creates market opportunities. The portfolio of services delivered by Octave Consulting includes CIO, CISO and board advisory; cyber strategy; IT auditing; IT service management; business continuity management; and cyber law (data protection, privacy and consumer protection). Throughout his career, he has had management responsibility, consulting engagements, and short-term assignments in over 20 countries. Niel has held leadership roles at or provided advisory services to organizations such as AT&T Wireless, Bemol, Bermuda Commercial Bank, CIBC, Cingular Wireless, European Union, First Global Bank, Internet Society, Lex Caribbean Attorneys-At-Law, and the Sint Maarten Telephone Company, among others.
Additionally, he works with the Internet Society where he oversees a global education and leadership development programme that focuses on preparing the next generation of Internet leaders to address the complex issues at the intersection of technology, policy, and business. The programme includes various elements such as fellowships, leadership (un)conferences, online learning, and face-to-face training covering multidisciplinary areas such as access, critical infrastructure, public policy, regulatory frameworks, cybersecurity, and ICTs for development (ICT4D).
Niel currently serves as Board Director at TEN Habitat, a startup community, co-working space and hybrid accelerator that is focused on providing an enabling ecosystem for entrepreneurs across the Caribbean and its diaspora. TEN Habitat delivers bootcamps, training, mentorship, co-working space, funding support and a hybrid accelerator. The organization gives priority to businesses and innovative ideas in Agro Processing, Green Energy, Creative Industries, and Education and Tourism. He is also a Board Member at Vouch Digital, a Uganda-based award-winning social enterprise that focuses on technology innovation for sustainable development. The company’s flagship product is the Mobile Voucher (M-Voucher) system that streamlines the distribution of subsidies to farmers and agro-dealers.
He is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Bridgetown Hub, Mentor at the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Mentor at the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill, and a Volunteer with United Nations Volunteers.
For his achievements across the spectrum of information technology, telecommunications, cybersecurity and ICTs for development (ICT4D), Niel was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014. This honour is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world. Previous members of the Forum of Young Global Leaders include Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba, Michael Schumacher, Formula 1 Champion, and Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook. In 2015, he was elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He has also been selected as an Internet Society Next Generation Leader and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Niel is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (2010), Fellow to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (2010), and Fellow to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum (2011).