Mark Carvell is responsible for global internet governance policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) which is a ministry in the UK government. Mark represents the UK in the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), is the UK member of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and represents the UK in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other multilateral fora on issues relating to Internet governance.
After graduating from the University of London, he joined the DTI in 1980 working in the area of corporate affairs. In 1985 he transferred to the independent telecommunications regulator Oftel (now Ofcom) where he was appointed Private Secretary to the first head of Oftel, the Director General of Telecommunications, Professor Sir Bryan Carsberg. He moved back to the DTI in 1988 to take up an appointment as Private Secretary to Eric Forth, Member of Parliament, and Trade and Industry Minister with responsibility for telecommunications and postal matters. From 1990 to 1994, Mark worked in trade and investment promotion for the UK government and in 1994 he moved to Fukuoka, Japan, where he taught English for a number of companies including Fujitsu and Toshiba. He moved back to the UK in 1998 to resume his career as a government advisor on ICT policy.
Mark is married with two children and lives in Old Coulsdon in the county of Surrey.