Paul Wilson

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Paul Wilson has been involved in the internet industry for over twenty years and currently serves the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) as Director General since 1998. He actively participates in numerous activities and conferences conducted by different local and international organizations such as the ICANN, RIR and ASO to contribute in the development, growth & management of the internet as well as to represent the views and interests of APNIC. Wilson studied Computer Science from the University of Queensland.[1]

Other Positions

At present, Wilson is a member of the Executive Council, NRO; member of the Advisory Committee of the ISOC); Advisory Committee Member (.Asia); Executive Committee, APNG; Grants Evaluation Committee, Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) and Vice Chairman, of APIA.[2]


In 2001, Wilson was inducted into the Australian Internet Awards' Hall of Fame.[3]

Career History

Before joining APNIC, Wilson served as Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Networks, one of the pioneering private ISPs in Australia. He was one of the founding staff members of the company in 1989. His first job was Technical Director until he assumed the position of CEO in 1992. At the same time, he was involved in various international internet projects in developing countries as Consultant to the United Nations.

In 1994, He worked as Principal Consultant for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He help the organization's Pan-Asia Networking (PAN) Program in implementing its internet projects in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Maldives, Mongolia, Vietnam, PNG. He also helped introduce the internet in several Latin American countries.[4]

Furthermore, Wilson has been a member of the Council of the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) for 5 years and member of the APC Executive Board for 2 years. He participated in the Working Group for Internet Governance (WGIG) process and contributed his broad knowledge in internet governance particularly on domain names and number addressing issues. He was nominated to become part of the Multi-Stake Holder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).[5]

ICANN Involvement

As Director General of APNIC, Wilson is primarily involved in the different activities and meetings of ICANN. He represents the views and interests and the support of the organization regarding the different issues and policies of the international internet governing body. For example in 2008, Wilson wrote to then ICANN Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush and President & CEO Paul Twomey expressing APNIC's unanimous support regarding ICANN's decision to sign the root zone of the Domain Names System (DNS) using the DNSSECto improve the stability and security of the internet and requested that it should be done as soon as possible once all issues are resolved.[6]