15 November 2022

Alumnus Paul Samson Named President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Paul Samson is an expert in digital currency, innovation economy, Artificial intelligence, G20/G7/BRICS and environment, who recently assumed his new role at the CIGI in Ottowa, Canada. He completed a doctorate (1996) and an MA (1991) in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute.

Paul Samson has more than 30 years of experience across a range of global policy issues, working with international partners from around the world. He is currently focused on the transformation of the global economy through digitisation, scenarios for an evolving world order and institutional global governance challenges.

During 24 years with the Government of Canada, Paul’s positions included Director General of Strategic Policy at the former Canadian International Development Agency and Assistant Deputy Minister-level roles with Global Affairs Canada and with International Trade and Finance, Finance Canada. At the Privy Council Office, he held several positions during the tenure of three different prime ministers. Previously, he worked at Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada. His last position was as Associate Deputy Minister with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Paul served previously as Director for Canada, Egypt and Ethiopia at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (2018–2019). He also served as Canada’s deputy for finance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum from 2015 to 2019 and frequently led Canadian delegations for meetings with multilateral development banks, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and the Global Environment Facility. He was Co-chair of the G20 Framework Working Group on the global economy from 2015 to 2019. During 2018–2019, Paul served as Co-manager of the Canada-UK Policy Forum on the Modern Economy, which focused on the emerging digital economy. He also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Earlier in his career, he worked at several think tanks and universities in Geneva; Washington, D.C.; Oslo; and Boston. In Geneva, Paul worked with Mikhail Gorbachev at Green Cross International and in Washington he was a Fellow within the US Department of Energy’s National Laboratory network. In Oslo, Paul was a Fellow with the Peace Research Institute; in Boston, he was a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government.

Before completing his doctorate (1996) and MA (1991) in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute, he earned a BA at the University of British Columbia. He completed postdoctoral studies in global environment assessment at Harvard University.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank committed to innovative policy making at the intersection of technology and international governance. Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, CIGI has a global network of multidisciplinary researchers and strategic partnerships providing expert research and objective analysis with one goal in mind: to improve people’s lives everywhere.