Paul Levins is an executive leader with over 25 years of diverse achievements in business, not for profits, politics and media. He established Levins Consulting when he returned to his home in Sydney Australia at the beginning of 2010 after almost four years living in Los Angeles and Washington DC where he was Executive Officer and Vice President for a not for profit corporation that coordinates the stable and secure operation of the global Internet’s unique identifier systems – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

Amongst his many successes, he was principal architect, writer and negotiator at ICANN of the ‘Affirmation of Committments’ making ICANN accountable to all global Internet stakeholders. It was a enormous victory for an Internet controlled by no one but coordinated by all.

Prior to this he was an executive in large private companies and spent over 12 years as Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to National and State Governments in Australia in portfolios as diverse as Social Security, Higher Education, Youth Affairs, Health, Planning, Water, Forestry, Infrastructure, and Housing.

He has unrivalled  skills in communication, government affairs, management, and negotiation, supported by excellent judgment and people skills.

Photograph taken by Joichi Ito

“Google and its users depend every day on a vibrant and expanding Internet; we endorse this Affirmation and applaud the maturing of ICANN’s role in the provision of Internet stability.”

Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of Google

“This agreement is a perfect example of how a public-private partnership can work to the advantage of all stakeholders. It will help insure that the Internet remains stable and secure for the people around the world who use it for work, study, entertainment, or to stay in touch with family and friends.”

Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives

“Paul Levins’ efforts were invaluable to crafting the Affirmation of Commitments signed by the Department of Commerce and ICANN this year.¬† His work to move this process forward helped to result in an agreement to improve the accountability and transparency of ICANN as it moves forward with managing the DNS. I wish him well in his new endeavors beyond ICANN.”

Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce