Senior Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft Corporation
In his twenty-five years with Microsoft, Paul Mitchell has held diverse roles spanning numerous products and technologies: digital programing tools including Microsoft’s first C++ development system, the launch of MSN, Microsoft’s digital television platforms including Mediaroom (now owned by Ericsson), numerous media standards, digital rights management systems for content protection, and wireless technologies. Mr Mitchell has also led Microsoft’s engagement strategy with the International Telecommunication Union, participating in WCIT-12, WTDC-14, and WRC-15 and associated preparatory work.
Mr Mitchell holds ten issued US patents related to wireless communications and has 11 pending. He led the team that developed Microsoft’s TV White Space trial programs with the goal of making Internet access possible for those that remain unconnected today, and he was responsible for Microsoft’s spectrum observatory project - now transitioned to the University of Washington/National Science Foundation as an open platform for spectrum studies.
Mr Mitchell is currently a member of the US International Telecommunication Advisory Committee for the 2016-2018 term and also serves as a Commissioner on the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. He has previously served on the board of directors of BET.com as well as Vision TV and SVOX in Canada.
He holds an MPA from, and is on the advisory board for, the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.