Niel Harper is a thought leader, global connector, and consensus builder who has spent the last 20 years serving as a trusted advisor to global organizations in the areas of digital transformation, enterprise risk management, cybersecurity governance & strategy, privacy & data protection, and ICTs for development (ICT4D).
He has leadership and advisory experience in over 15 countries with organizations such as AT&T, Canonical, CIBC, Deloitte, Doodle, European Commission, Internet Society, and the United Nations, among others. He has also been actively involved in key technical communities such as the African Internet Summit, IEEE, Internet Engineering Task Force, Internet Governance Forum, and regional Internet registries (RIRs), research and education networks (RENs), and network operator groups (NOGs) across the globe.
Holds a Master’s Degree in Law specializing in Privacy, Cyber Crime and Security (University of Strathclyde); MBA (University of Leicester); Postgraduate Diploma in Telecoms Regulation & Policy (University West Indies); Executive Certificate in Cybersecurity Leadership & Strategy (Florida International University); and has completed executive programs at 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 the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader (2011). He is currently a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Networks for Cybersecurity, Data Policy, and Risk & Resilience. Holds/has held fellowships to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), British Computer Society, CIFAL Miami, OECD Technology Foresight Forum, and the Royal Society of Arts. Has sat/sits on the advisory or non-executive boards for non-profits such as ISACA, Branson Center for Entrepreneurship, TEN Habitat, and Vouch Digital, among others. Frequently sought after speaker, regular contributor to major trade publications and media, and has been featured by IBM Security Intelligence, CSO Online, Tech Monitor, Infosecurity Magazine, and Laserfiche, among others.
Niel is happily married and has 4 children (3 girls and a boy).