Peter F. Cowhey is the Qualcomm Professor of Communications and Technology Policy and Dean at the
University of California, San Diego's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
(IR/PS) and former Vice Chair of the Council. He is an internationally recognized expert on international
trade and regulation with a special expertise in telecommunications and information policy and
Cowhey joined UCSD's faculty in 1976 and became dean of IR/PS 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.
From 1985 to 1986 Professor Cowhey served as a member of the international planning group of AT&T
International. In 1994 Cowhey took leave from UC San Diego to join the Federal Communications
Commission as the Commission's Senior Counselor for International Economic and Competition Policy.
Later he became Chief of the International Bureau of the FCC and he led the Commission's work in the
WTO negotiations on basic telecommunications services and new competition rules for international
telecom services (including the Internet).
He has served as an adviser to major companies in the telecommunications and information technology
industries and to leading international institutions. He is a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations and is Vice Chair of the Board of the Grameen Foundation USA.. From 2010-2011 he also
served as Senior Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative on strategy and negotiations with a
special responsibility for technology and intellectual property issues. He was named to the CCST
Council in 2007 and was named Vice Chair in 2011. From 2011 to 2012 he was the chief policy officer
for the Aspen Institute's project on the international digital economy and he also is the Chair of
the CONNECT Innovation Institute.
He was named to the CCST Council in 2007 and served as Vice Chair from 2011 to 2017.