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Mr Paul was appointed to the museum staff in 1990 to establish and run the science centre, Discovery World. He took over the leadership role of the museum in 1994, and was formally appointed as its head in 1995.
Mr Paul leaves to head a Jakarta-based centre of excellence for cancer, which is also the hub for a network of hospitals for cancer treatment in South-east Asia.
The Otago Museum Board have started the process to find a suitable replacement for Mr Paul, who has offered his full assistance in the transition process.
While working internationally, Mr Paul will remain based in Dunedin.
For full story see tomorrow's ODT.