Luisa Paez

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Organization: ISED
Affiliation: GAC
Region: North America
Country: Canada

Luisa Paez works in the International Telecommunications and Internet Policy Directorate of the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and is a Vice-Chair of the GAC.

Career History

Prior to managing the Internet Governance Team at ISED, Paez was responsible for international telecommunications issues, representing Canada at the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) and at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to advance development, governance, and gender equality. Before joining ISED, Paez worked at the Department of Global Affairs Canada coordinating, advancing, and negotiating international policy issues in a variety of capacities. She worked as a Policy Advisor in the International Crime and Counterterrorism Division, as Political Officer for Brazil, and as Political Officer for the Nordic countries, coordinating Canada's bilateral political relations with Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.[1]

ICANN and Internet Governance Participation

Since 2017, Paez has been the Canadian representative to the GAC and has assumed the role of incoming GAC Vice-Chair for a one-year term until March 2020. She contributes to the capacity development efforts of the GAC Underserved Regions Working Group to enable new and current GAC members to engage in ICANN's activities and policy processes.


Ms. Paez holds a Master's degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa (2012) and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (2008).