Paul Raines is the Chief Information Security Officer for the United Nations Development Programme. In that capacity he is responsible for the information 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 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 3 consecutive years, 2014, 2015 and 2016—the first organization in the history of the award to have won 3 consecutive years. The CSO award honors the top cyber security organizations in the world for business value and thought leadership. Recently, Computer World magazine selected him 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, Mr. Raines worked for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) where he and other members of the organization were joint recipients of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to working for the United Nations he was the Chief Informations 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. For relaxation he enjoys opera, Shakespeare, French wine and sometimes just sitting in a cafe with an espresso and croissant reading a good book on Roman history.