Adjunct Professor, UNSW

Paul Xavier McCarthy is an author, speaker and observer of technology and its global impacts. His new book ''Online Gravity'' is about how the web is transforming the way we work, learn and play is published by Simon and Schuster in New York, London and Sydney.

McCarthy is CEO of Online Gravity Consulting a specialist corporate innovation and technology strategy advisory firm. He is also adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales School of Computer Science and Engineering.

Previously, he was Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sirca—a global technology company based in Sydney that provides online services for data-intensive researchers and analysts in financial services and other domains. McCarthy is also co-founder of several innovative enterprises for IBM, NSW Government and CSIRO—Australia’s National Science Agency and the inventors of Wi-Fi.

McCarthy received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Graduate DipArts in Fine Arts both from the University of Sydney, where he won the Ian Langham Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Science, his Master of Design in Digital Media from the University of Western Sydney and his MBA from Macquarie University, where he won the MGSM Award for Advertising and Marketing.


  • –present
    Adjunct Professor, UNSW


  • 2000 
    Macquarie Graduate School of Management, MBA
  • 1994 
    University of Western Sydney, Masters of Design (Digital Media)
  • 1991 
    University of Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Arts (Fine Arts)
  • 1989 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery