Nigel Hickson

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Country: UK
Email: Nigel.Hickson[at]
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Nigel Hickson is a Senior Adviser on Data Protection for the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He was ICANN's Vice President for Europe from March 2012 to January 2020.[1] Hickson has held various technology-related positions for the governments of Bermuda and the United Kingdom for more than 30 years.[2]

Career Background

In 1982, Nigel worked for the United Kingdom's Department of Trade and Industry. He was assigned to a department responsible for high technology goods exports control. He was then appointed to lead a team working on commercial information security and information technology standards following changes in financial services regulation. He helped develop e-business-related legislation, particularly the E-commerce Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act. He also initiated the introduction of an accredited certification system and the review standard for BS 7799 (Information Security Management Standard). In 2000, he joined the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as head of the E-Business Group. In 2001, he joined the government of Bermuda as an adviser of e-Commerce. He evaluated the regulations affecting the island's e-business and promoted its growth. [3] [4]

In 2004, he returned to the United Kingdom at the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills as Head of the Global ICT Policy and Regulatory Issues. He represented the UK at Internet discussions of the G8 and worked on the ITU Plenipotentiary and the EU Communications and Spectrum Framework. Before joining the international internet governing body, Nigel's position was transferred to Department of Culture, Media and Sports.[5]


Nigel holds a Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of London.[6]

Other Activities and Interests

Nigel is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and active in the scouts' movement of the United Kingdom. He loves walking and cycling.[7]