Niel’s work integrates deep interdisciplinary knowledge across the domains of technology, policy, and business. He has spearheaded build-outs of mobile and fixed infrastructure and the delivery of 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. Committed to workforce development and capacity building in emerging economies, 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.
A thought leader, global connector, and consensus builder with experience in over 20 countries with organizations such as AT&T, Bemol Lojas, Bermuda Commercial Bank, CARICOM Secretariat, CIBC, European Commission, First Global Bank, IADB, 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.
Recognized in 2014 by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and currently a Member of their Expert Networks for Information Technology, Telecoms, and Cybersecurity. Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum, and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (The RSA). 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 Nangyang Technological University, University of Oxford and Boston University. Possesses several industry certifications in engineering, IT auditing, cybersecurity, and business continuity management. Extremely passionate about equipping and empowering individuals to transform their lives, their communities, and their countries through the power of the Internet.
Married to the amazing Sharon, and the father of three lovely daughters (Kiara, Nyala, and Aminah) and a wonderful son (Imani).