Paul Timmers is involved in academic research and entrepreneurship related to digital business models in health, smart energy & mobility and cybersecurity. He also advises on digital technology, policy, and economy / society.
He was a European Commission Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity in the Directorate General CONNECT where he has been leading policy and legislative development and R&I programme management in digital health, ICT for active ageing, e-commerce, e-government, e-ID, digital inclusion, smart cities, self-driving cars, smart energy, cybersecurity and digital privacy. As interim member of the EC Impact Assessment Board he evaluated policy and legislation proposals. He was a policy adviser to European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen on information society and telecommunications.
Paul Timmers has widely published and lectured as visiting professor in the field of technology, business and policy. His articles and book on business models are frequently cited and used worldwide.
Before joining the European Commission he worked in IT industry and co-founded a software start-up. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Nijmegen (NL), an MBA from Warwick Business School (UK), studied sociology of ageing and was EU Research Fellow at UNC Chapel Hill (USA). He also completed cybersecurity executive education at Harvard.