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Paul Raines

Chief Information Security Officer, U.N. Development Programme

In his capacity as Chief Information Security Officer, Paul is responsible for managing the cyber-security and disaster recovery planning for the organization’s 177 locations around the world.  His unit is the first and only United Nations unit to be both ISO 9001, ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 certified.  His information security unit has won international awards for outstanding performance including an Honors Laureate award from Computer World magazine in 2013 and CSO50 awards from CSO magazine for 5 of the past 6 years—a feat never before accomplished in the history of the award.  The CSO award honors the top 50 cybersecurity organizations in the world for business value and thought leadership and UNDP is the first and only organization to have won the award for 3 consecutive years.  In 2020 his unit was awarded a Future Edge 50 award by CIO magazine for technological innovation in developing an incident response and threat hunting platform. Finally, Computer World magazine selected Mr. Raines for its Premier 100 award for being among the 100 most influential IT leaders for 2016—the second time Mr. Raines has won this award in his career. 

Prior to UNDP, Paul worked for the organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) where he, as well as other members of the organization, was a joint recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.  Prior to working for the United Nations, he was the Chief Information Security Officer for Bloomberg LP, Barclays Capital, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

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