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Paul Twomey

Paul Twomey

A global IT strategist, Dr Paul Twomey plays a key influential role in the formulation of the technical and administrative rules for the commercial Internet globally. He is currently Chair of the forty plus member Governmental Advisory Committee and one of the founders of Argo P@cific, a high-level international advisory and investment firm that assists both Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies to build global Internet and technology businesses and strategic alliances.

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Paul Twomey's Biography

Dr Paul Twomey is the founder of Argo P@cific, a high-level international advisory and investment firm which assists companies to build global internet and technology-businesses. With very strong links with the leaders of the Internet business and technical community in the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific, Argo P@cific works with both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to build international businesses and strategic alliances.


Dr Twomey was formerly the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) and the Federal government's Special Adviser for the Information Economy and Technology. In these roles, he reported directly to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and to a Cabinet Sub-committee: the Ministerial Council for the Information Economy. 


NOIE is Australia's lead Commonwealth agency for information economy issues. It was established in 1997. 


NOIE has a 'whole of Commonwealth government' mandate to ensure an integrated Australian approach to the delivery of online policy. It is also tasked to raise public awareness about the benefits and issues involved in the transition to an information economy. Dr Twomey worked closely with the Ministerial Council and the Prime Minister's Office in implementing a whole of government action agenda, consulting as appropriate with the states and territories.


As Special Adviser, Dr Twomey was charged with providing strategic advice to the government on developing its information economy and information technology priorities and strategies, including a National Strategy for the Information Economy. He also represented Australia at international fora, such as the World Trade Organisation, the OECD and APEC, to ensure that Australia's interests were promoted during the current formation of the rules and regulations of the international information economy. In this context he has very close, high level relationships with the Whitehouse, the European Commission, the British Cabinet Office, the French Prime Minister's office and many governments in APEC.


Dr Twomey has been closely involved with the international reform of the Internet's technical rule making and is Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Dr Twomey was one of the founding fathers of ICANN, an international not-for-profit corporation charged with technical and policy coordination of the Internet protocol, address and domain name functions. 


In recognition of Dr Twomey's role in ICANN and his international influence on Internet and e-commerce issues with foreign governments, the Australian government has appointed him its Special Representative for the Internet and ICANN.


Dr Twomey was also the Commonwealth government's IT Investment Coordinator, responsible for overseeing a whole-of-government strategy to attract more IT related investment into Australia. In this context, Dr Twomey met regularly with the Chief Executives of significant IT, e-commerce and private equity firms in Europe and North America. 


Dr Twomey works daily with the key leaders of the Australian Telecommunications, IT and Internet industries. The Sydney Morning Herald recently described him as one of the top five "people who will shape Australia's e-commerce environment." 


Throughout 1998-99, Dr Twomey worked closely with the Ralph Review of Business Taxation to promote changes to the Capital Gains Tax regime to encourage growth in the start up sector, especially for innovation companies. 


Prior to his appointment as CEO of NOIE, Dr Twomey was Executive General Manager, Europe of Austrade - the Australian Trade Commission. In this position he was the leader of Austrade's Global Information Technology and Telecommunications Network, assisting Australia's IT&T firms to market their products and services to key European, American and Asian markets. 


From 1994 to 1997 Dr Twomey was the Executive General Manager of Strategic Development for Austrade and was responsible for the development of corporate strategy, business process and operational management within Austrade. As well as reforming Austrade's pricing, marketing and business processes Dr Twomey was the author of the influential study: Austrade scenarios for the Australian trading environment. This study, released early in 1997 outlined inter alia, implications for Australian exports of an East Asian economic collapse. The study was influential to Australian government policy reactions to the Asian financial crisis in late 1997-98. 


Prior to this, Dr Twomey was a consultant with global management consultancy McKinsey & Company. In this role he advised major corporations primarily from the telecommunications inancial service and tourism sectors in Australia, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong. 


Dr Twomey's other positions have included Adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Council for Overseas Aid and Research Officer for Asian Bureau Australia. 


Dr Twomey is widely published in academic and popular journals and has contributed to books on industry policy, foreign and defence policy and development issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts (Political Science and International Relations) from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.  


Speaking Topics Include

  • The Challenges for Australia of the Changing Political and Economic International Order
  • The Economic and Business Challenges of E-commerce
  • The Impact of Globalisation on Finance, Business and Trade