Paul Timmers is a research associate at the University of Oxford. His recent research is on cybersecurity, strategic autonomy and sovereignty. He is also visiting professor at Rijeka University, Senior Advisor to the European Policy Center, Chief Adviser to the European Institute of Technology/Health, and Supervisory Board member of the eGovernance Academy in Estonia.
He is a former Director at the European Commission for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity, responsible for policy, legislation and innovation in cybersecurity, digital privacy, digital health and ageing, e-government, and smart cities/mobility/energy. He was member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner Liikanen.
He held various academic positions. He was manager in a large ICT company and co-founder of an ICT start-up, holds a PhD in physics from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands, an MBA from Warwick University in the UK, was awarded an EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill and completed executive cybersecurity education at Harvard.