Niel Harper joined the Internet Society in April 2012 as the Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders.
Niel has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of telecommunications engineering, information security management, business continuity management, enterprise risk management, and ICT policy research. During this time, he has worked for organizations such as Cable & Wireless, AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless and CIBC FirstCaribbean. His experience in terms of ICT policy research has been mainly in the areas of network development, regulatory frameworks, spectrum management and economic pricing models.
Niel was most recently employed with CIBC FirstCaribbean as Head of Telecommunications Engineering. As part of the company's Technical Architecture Committee and Change Advisory Board, he provided leadership in the development of Internet-based merchant platforms, micro-payment applications and online banking portals (Internet, telephone, and mobile).
Niel holds an MBA in Total Quality Management from the University of Leicester (Leicestershire, UK) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications Regulation & Policy from the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago). He is also an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registered with the UK Engineering Council and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Niel is passionate about Internet Governance related activities, and is keen to work on developing the capabilities of emerging leaders in the Internet ecosystem.
Niel has been an NGL participant himself. He was selected for the 2011 English e-Learning class and was also one of our two Fellows to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum in 2011.
Niel is based in St. Michael, Barbados.