Dean and Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Communications and Technology Policy
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 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 was named CCST Board Chair and was also named a CCST Senior Fellow.
Date Named Senior Fellow: February 1, 2018