Niel Harper

Niel Harper

Managing Director
Joined on March 10, 2017 – Barbados
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Niel Harper is the Founder & Managing Director of Octave Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that assists organizations in combating online threats and safeguarding digital assets. The organization works with business leaders to not only prevent and respond to cyber attacks, but to effectively manage the full spectrum of cyber risks in a manner that adds business value and creates market opportunities. The portfolio of services delivered by Octave Consulting includes CIO, CISO and board advisory; cyber strategy; IT auditing; IT service management; business continuity management; and cyber law (data protection, privacy and consumer protection). Throughout his career, he has had management responsibility, consulting engagements, and short-term assignments in over 20 countries.

Additionally, he works with the Internet Society where he is programme lead for their global education and leadership development programme that focuses on preparing the next generation of Internet leaders to address the complex issues at the intersection of technology, policy, and business. The programme includes various elements such as fellowships, leadership (un)conferences, online learning, and face-to-face training covering multidisciplinary areas such as access, critical infrastructure, public policy, regulatory frameworks, cybersecurity, and ICTs for development (ICT4D).

For his achievements across the spectrum of ICTs for development (ICT4D), Niel was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014. This honour is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world. Previous members of the Forum of Young Global Leaders include Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba, Michael Schumacher, Formula 1 Champion, and Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook. Niel has obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) in Internet Law & Policy from the University of Strathclyde, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester, and a Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) in Telecoms Regulation & Policy from the University of the West Indies. He also holds a number of industry certifications in IT auditing, information security, and business continuity management.

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