2018 Forum programme

Mr. Paul Mitchell
Mr. Paul Mitchell

Senior Director, Internet Governance
Microsoft Corporation


Paul Mitchell is Senior Director, Technology Policy at Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for policy engagement on long-term technology evolution. Mr. Mitchell assumed his current role in July 2011. He is responsible for strategic technology policy initiatives in the areas of spectrum, Internet governance, and broadband.

Prior to his current position Mr.Mitchell held a variety of senior positions including General Manager, Interoperability and Standards and, with Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, General Manager of Policy and Standards.

Mr. Mitchell joined Microsoft as a product manager in the Developer Tools Division, where he helped secure developer adoption of Microsoft’s professional C and C++ products. He was responsible for launching Microsoft C7, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual C++ for Windows NT.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 1991, Mitchell was a senior marketing manager at Raima Corporation, a developer of database products. There he launched the company’s first object-oriented toolkit, created an international distribution strategy and developed a distribution and consultant network.

Mitchell is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on the evolving nature of broadband, the role of interoperability and open standards in the market place, and the impact of technology shifts on media.

Mitchell has served on the board of directors of BET.com, Vision TV and SVOX in Canada, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions.