Paul Timmers is a senior advisor at the European Policy Centre in Brussels and an investor in digital innovation, in particular in health technology. Until 2017, he was Director of Digital Society, Trust, and Cybersecurity at the European Commission (EC). He was responsible for policy, legislation, and innovation in cybersecurity, digital privacy, digital health and ageing, e‑government, and smart cities/mobility/energy. Legislation included, among others, the EU’s Network and Information Security Directive as well as Regulations on electronic identity (eIDAS) and deployment of trans-European digital networks. He was also responsible for significant parts of the EU’s research and innovation programmes. He served as a member of the management board of the EU’s cybersecurity agency, ENISA, and interim member of the EC’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board. Before becoming Director in 2011, he worked for 20 years in a variety of fields in the EC.
He was a member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen for telecoms and information society policy (2001-2003). He has held various academic positions and is a highly cited author on e-business models. His professional experience also includes serving as a manager at Philips (1984-1991). In 2017, he worked with researchers at UC Berkeley on comparative cybersecurity industrial policy. His current research interests include cybersecurity industrial policy, digital sovereignty, digital data, digital transformation, and business models.
He holds a PhD in physics from Nijmegen University (1985), an MBA from Warwick University (1998), was awarded an EU research fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill (2008-2009), and completed executive cybersecurity education at the Harvard Kennedy School (2014).