Paul Ash

Director, National Cyber Policy Office / Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, New Zealand

The National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO) coordinates and leads the development and implementation of New Zealand cyber security policy.  Paul has led the NCPO since it was established in July 2012.

Prior to his present role, Paul was a career diplomat, most recently serving as Deputy Head of Mission in Brussels from 2008 to 2012.  Paul was previously Deputy Director of the International Security and Disarmament Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Paul’s other postings include roles in Honiara, Beijing and Taipei.  Paul has also worked in the Pacific, United Nations and Human Rights, and Development divisions of MFAT in Wellington.

Paul is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, where he received a B.A. Hons (1989), and the Chinese Language and Area Studies School of the Foreign Service Institute (1994).  Paul speaks Chinese and Melanesian Pijin, and is working on French and German.