Paul Wilson has over twenty years’ involvement with the Internet, including 12 years’ service as Director General of APNIC, one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), responsible for the distribution and management of IP addresses and related critical Internet resources for the Asia-Pacific region.
In his current role, Paul represents the activities and interests of the Asia Pacific Internet community in local and global forums related to the technical development and management of the Internet. As a non-profit body within the Internet technical community, the role and importance of APNIC is well-known.
Prior to joining APNIC, Paul accumulated over ten years experience in the Internet industry, including work with business, civil society and technical sector organisations.
From 1989, Paul helped establish the first independent ISP in Australia, serving from 1992 to 1997 as CEO. During this time, he helped establish the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and served as an APC Council and Executive Board member.
Also during the 1990s Paul undertook work on ICT projects for UN and other international agencies. In 1992, he joined the APC technical team providing Internet services to the Rio Earth Summit. From 1994, he helped establish IDRC’s Pan Asia Networking (PAN) Program, which introduced and developed Internet services in many developing Asian economies. He continued work on PAN projects in countries including Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, PNG, and China; and on similar activities in several countries of Latin America.
Paul is today a highly experienced and respected member of the global Internet community, with a record of service on boards and committees of groups including: Asia Pacific Internet Association (APIA), Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF), Number Resource Organization (NRO), Internet Society (ISOC) Advisory Committee, DotAsia Organisation (.Asia) Advisory Committee, and Association for Progressive Communications (APC).