Niel Harper is a thought leader, global connector, and consensus builder who currently advises governments, international organisations, non-profits, corporations and tech startups in key areas such as cybersecurity management, privacy & data protection, enterprise architecture, IT governance, risk & control (GRC), and ICT law & policy.
He has leadership and advisory experience in over 20 countries with organizations such as the African Union, AT&T, Bemol, Bermuda Commercial Bank, Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Canonical, CARICOM Secretariat, CIBC, European Union, First Global Bank, 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, ISACA, and numerous Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), Research and Education Networks (RENs), and Network Operator Groups (NOGs) across the globe. Niel is deeply committed to equipping and empowering individuals to transform their lives, their communities, and their countries through the power of the Internet.
Holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Telecoms Regulation & Policy from the University of the West Indies, LLM from the University of Strathclyde (specialising in Privacy, Security & Cyber Crime), MBA from the University of Leicester, and has completed executive programs at Boston University, Florida International University, Nanyang Technological University, and the University of Oxford. Possesses several industry certifications in engineering, IT auditing, cybersecurity, privacy, and business continuity management.
Recognized in 2011 by the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader and in 2014 by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He is currently a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Networks for IT, Telecoms and Cybersecurity and has been awarded fellowships to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), British Computer Society, CIFAL, OECD Technology Foresight Forum, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a frequently sought after speaker and regularly contributes to technical publications, articles and blogs addressing the complex issues at the intersection of technology, policy and business.
Niel is happily married and has 4 children (3 girls and a boy).