Peter F. Cowhey is Dean and Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy at the
University of California, San Diego's Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy
and former Vice Chair of the Council. He is a leading expert on the future of communications
and information technology markets and policy, specializing in United States trade policy,
foreign policy, the Internet, global biological threats, international corporate strategy
and the microfinance industry to alleviate poverty.
Cowhey currently serves on a bi-national experts group appointed by the U.S. and Chinese governments
to research and guide innovation policy. In 2009, he served a 12-month assignment as the senior counselor
to Ambassador Ron Kirk in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, playing a key role in the
strategic agenda for trade policy.
He was also a former chief of the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
and negotiated many of the U.S. international agreements for telecommunications and satellite services.
He had responsibility for antitrust decisions involving the communications and satellite industries.
As chair of the CONNECT Innovation Institute, he is co-leading a project on U.S. innovation policies.
Cowhey is also vice chair of the California Council on Science and Technology. Cowhey is a member of
the board of directors of the Grameen Foundation USA, the U.S. foundation supporting the work of Nobel
Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Muhammad Yunus. He is a research scholar at the California Institute on
Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) and is a non-resident fellow of the Annenberg
Center of Communications at USC.
Cowhey served as the chief policy officer for the Aspen Institute's International Digital Economy
Accords project to update policies involving the Internet and global communications markets, and
published "Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of
Innovation" in 2009.
Cowhey is a member of the Global Competitiveness Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.
He has served as chairman of the board of Digital Partners, a non-profit organization using social
entrepreneurship to address the "digital divide." In addition to having served on the advisory boards
of the United Nations Development Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development,
he has advised over fifty countries on reforming their communications markets.
Cowhey joined UCSD's faculty in 1976 and became dean in July 2002. He was the director of
the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) from
1999-2006. He holds a B.A. in foreign services from Georgetown University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in
political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
He was named to the CCST Council in 2007 and served as Vice Chair from 2011 to 2017. In 2018 he
stepped down from the Council and was named a CCST Senior Fellow.