Paul Arlman studied law, economics and international relations at the Universities in Rotterdam, Groningen (Netherlands) and Nice (France).
From 1970 to 1974 he was an associate at the Treasury Department in The Hague, Netherlands. From 1974 to 1978 he was a finance attache at Dutch Embassy in Washington. From 1978 to 1986 he served as a deputy director for international affairs at the Ministry of Finance Netherlands in The Hague. From 1981 to 1986 he was a director of European Investment Bank in Luxemburg. From 1986 to 1990 he was an executive director of World Bank Group, International Bank Reconstruction & Development, in Washington. From 1988 to 1990 he worked as an executive director of Multilateral Investment Guaranty Agency in Washington.
From 1990 to 1996 he was a secretary general of Stock Exchange in Amsterdam, Netherlands. From 1997 to 1998 he was a director of international affairs at Amsterdam Exchanges. From 1998 to 2005 he was the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) in Brussels. From 2001 to 2003, he was Chairman of the Industry Advisory Committee to the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum. He is a contributor of articles to variety of publications on international affairs and chapters to books.
Paul Arlman was a founder member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.
Paul Arlman is married married and have two children: Sjoerd B., Annekoos J.