Niel’s work integrates deep interdisciplinary knowledge across the domains of technology, policy, and business. He has spearheaded deployments of technology applications and infrastructure from mobile networks to bridge the digital divide to online banking products in support of digital and financial inclusion in emerging economies. His experience also includes advisory engagements with public sector entities to support the growth of digital economies, with involvement in areas such as Internet governance, public policy, telecoms regulation, and cyber law. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, workforce development and capacity building in developing nations, mentoring and developing young digital influencers, and preparing them as leaders-successors to address the complex issues associated with emerging and disruptive technologies. Has consistently provided strategic and technical leadership to organizations on leveraging technology to bring to market innovative products and services with high social value, and all while implementing robust security controls and preserving the digital rights of consumers and data subjects.
Recognized in 2014 by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and currently a Member of their Expert Networks for IT, Telecoms, and Cybersecurity. Holds/has held fellowships at the American Registry for Internet Numbers, British Computer Society, CIFAL Miami, OECD Technology Foresight Forum, and the Royal Society of Arts. Holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Internet Law & Policy from the University of Strathclyde, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester, Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Telecoms Regulation & Policy from the University of the West Indies, and has completed executive education programs at Florida International University, Nanyang Technological University, University of Oxford and Boston University. Possesses several industry certifications in engineering, IT auditing, cybersecurity, privacy, and business continuity management.
A thought leader, global connector, and consensus builder with leadership and advisory experience in over 20 countries with organizations such as AT&T, Bemol, Bermuda Commercial Bank, CARICOM Secretariat, CIBC, European Union, First Global Bank, Internet Society, OECD, and the United Nations, among others. Broad network spanning the public sector, corporations, startups, NGOs, technical community, intergovernmental agencies, and civil society. Deeply committed to equipping and empowering individuals to transform their lives, their communities, and their countries through the power of the Internet.
Niel is happily married and has 4 children (3 girls and a boy).