Peter was appointed in late 2019 to the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC as Senior Adviser on Technology and Space Policy. He returned to his career as a civil servant after a decade in the private sector, seven years of which were spent in the USA.
Peter's professional career since 1984 has been working in the European public service, firstly for the Council of Europe and then since 1990, for the European Parliament. His work over the years has included several functions, including Chief of Staff of the then largest political group in the Parliament; Policy Adviser to the Deputy Secretary General; and head of the service that led the Parliament’s first information and technology governance strategy. He also served, from 2005, a period of secondment as a Senior Adviser to the Office of the Austrian Federal Chancellor, before his career break.
In the private sector, he advised several Fortune 50 companies and many national governments and international organisations on technology strategy and governance; and also served as President and Chair of the Board of the “Identity Ecosystem Steering Group”, established to deliver US President Obama’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).
He is a member of the Institute of Directors, author of several books and articles on the growth of European political parties as well as on issues regarding boardroom governance of technology, including most recently on governance implications of the use of artificial intelligence. His personal interests include a wide array of political, societal, cultural, entrepreneurial, scientific and technological issues, and in particular, music: Peter boasts a home studio that includes an eclectic collection of analogue, modular, and digital synthesizers.