Sam Paltridge

Directorate, Science Technology and Industry, OECD, France

Sam Paltridge, Ph.D., is in the Directorate of Science Technology and Industry, for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

He joined the OECD as a communication analyst in the Division of Information Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) in 1993. He was a principal author of the Communications Outlook series between the 1995 and 2005 editions; and was principal administrator of ICT statistics in the OECD’s Economic Analysis and Statistics Division between 2005 and 2007, before shifting to be part of the Secretariat team that organised the OECD Seoul Ministerial on the Future of the Internet Economy in 2008. Since that time he has headed up the unit in ICCP that deals with communication infrastructure and services including working on the OECD’s high-level meeting on the Internet Economy in 2011.

Sam has also served in a number of advisory roles to governments, such as the Australian Government’s Broadband Advisory Group, and he is a former member of the organizing committee for the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) held each year in Washington. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Council of LIRNEasia, since 2005. Sam’s work with the OECD involves working closely with other international organizations on ICT policy and, in 2005, he chaired the International Telecommunication Union’s World Meeting on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators. Paltridge is currently the OECD’s representative on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and was one of the founding members of the GAC in 1999. He was also the initial OECD representative to the Multistakeholder Advisory Group for the Internet Governance Forum.