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Vera Jourova

Vera Jourova

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission


Ms Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

In 2014, before coming to the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and also was involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. In 2003 Ms. Jourová was appointed Deputy Minister for Regional Development, a position which she held for three years. Previously she worked as Head of the Department of Regional Development in the Vysočina Region, from 2001, and before that as Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office, from 1995 to 2001.

Ms Jourová holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague and a Master's degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.

Giovanni  Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli

European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS


Giovanni Buttarelli has been European Data Protection Supervisor since December 2014. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council on 4 December 2014 for a term of five years. He previously served as Assistant EDPS, from January 2009 until December 2014.

Before joining the EDPS, he worked as Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority, a position he occupied between 1997 and 2009. A member of the Italian judiciary with the rank of Cassation judge, he has attended to many initiatives and committees on data protection and related issues at the international level.

Urmas Reinsalu

Urmas Reinsalu

Minister of Justice, Republic of Estonia **


Urmas Reinsalu has served as the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia since 9th April 2015. He is a member of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.

During 2014–2015 Urmas Reinsalu was a member of the XII composition of the Parliament (Riigikogu).
During 2012–2014 he served as the Minister of Defence.
During 2007–2013 Urmas Reinsalu was a member of the X, XI and the XII composition of the Parliament (Riigikogu).
During 2002–2003 he worked as a lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences.
During 2001–2002 Reinsalu served as the Political Secretary of the Res Publica Party.
During 1998–2001 Urmas Reinsalu served as the Director of the Office of the President, prior to which he served as the Domestic Policy Adviser to the President since 1997.
During 1996–1997 he was a legal specialist at the Ministry of Justice.

Urmas Reinsalu, born in Tallinn on the 22nd of June 1975, graduated 37th in the Tallinn Secondary School and the Faculty of Law of Tartu University.

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

Chairwoman, CNIL and Article 29 Working Party **


Ms. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin graduated in France from the HEC School of Business Management (“Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales”), the National Administration School (“Ecole Nationale d’Administration”) and the Multimedia Institute (“Institut Mutltimédia”).

She first held various posts with the French State Council (“Conseil d’Etat”), as an “auditeur” from 1986 to 1989, a “maître des requêtes” (counsel) from 1989 to 2001 and was responsible of the relations with the print and broadcast media from 1988 to 1991.

Ms. Falque-Pierrotin also served as Deputy Chair of the French Ministry of Culture and French-Speaking World Matters from 1993 to 1995. She became State Counselor (“Conseiller d’Etat”) in November 2001.

After serving as Chair of the Interministerial Commission on Internet Affairs in 1996, she was appointed as an expert adviser for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1997 and as “rapporteur général” of the report of the French State Council on “Internet and Digital Networks” from 1997 to 1998.

From 2001 to December 2010, Ms. Falque-Pierrotin was Chair of the Advisory Board and General Delegate (“délegué générale”) of the French Internet Rights Forum (“Forum des droits sur l’internet”).

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin has been a member of the French Data Protection Authority (“Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés”) since January 2004. Appointed as Deputy Chair of this authority from February 2009 to September 2011, she became its Chair as of 21 September 2011. She was reelected by the members of the Commission on 4 February 2014. She was initially elected Chair of the Article 29 Working Party for a two-year term on 27 February 2014, and was re-elected for an additional two-year term on 2 February 2016.

Andrea Jelinek

Andrea Jelinek

Director, Austrian Data Protection Authority


Andrea Jelinek has been the Head of the Independent Austrian Data Protection Authority since January 2014.
From 2003 to 2013 she was the Head of the Police Directorate of the Third District in Vienna, Austria.
From 1993 to 2003 Dr Jelinek worked in the legal department of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, having previously worked in the early 80’s within the private sector.

Dr Jelinek formerly studied law at the Vienna University, having graduated in July 1985.

She speaks: German, English, French and a little bit of Italian and Spanish.

Nicole Jones

Nicole Jones

Senior Law Enforcement & Security Counsel , Google


Nicole Jones is Senior Law Enforcement & Security Counsel at Google where she provides legal counsel on matters related to cybercrime, government requests for user data, information security, and internal investigations. Ms. Jones works closely with security engineers and user protection investigators to manage significant fraud, abuse, and security issues across Google’s products and services. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Jones was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, where she was a member of the National Security and Cybercrimes Section. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Jones investigated and prosecuted a variety of crimes with a focus on computer intrusions, Internet fraud, financial crimes, and national security matters. Ms. Jones was the lead attorney on multiple successful felony trials, contested evidentiary hearings, and Ninth Circuit appeals. In addition to her duties as a prosecutor, Ms. Jones was responsible for training and advising other prosecutors and federal agents on law and technology issues.

Marc Joye

Marc Joye

Fellow & Security Technologist, NXP Semi-Conductor


Marc Joye received his Ph.D. degree in applied sciences (cryptography) from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, in 1997. In 1998 and 1999, he was a post-doctoral fellow of the National Science Council, Taiwan. From 1999 to 2006, he was with the Card Security Group, Gemplus (now Gemalto), France. From 2006 to 2016, he was with Technicolor (formerly Thomson R&D), France & USA. Since 2016, he has been with NXP Semiconductors, USA.

Daniele Nguyen

Daniele Nguyen

Group Data Privacy officer, Schneider Electric


Daniele Nguyen is Group Data Privacy Officer since 2010 of Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation (~€25 billion in FY2016, 144,000 employees).

She is also the French Data Protection Correspondent with CNIL (“Correspondant Informatique et Libertés”) since 2007 and she works within the Corporate Legal Department within the Compliance team.

She assists the business Entities and functions Leaders in their data privacy compliance program , ensure the relationship with the CNIL data protection authority, put in place the BCR , a global data privacy governance organization, internal training sessions on data privacy for Employees and Managers.

She is a Teacher at the Law University Assas-Paris in the DPO University Program, a new programme aiming to train future DPOs;

She is now part of the Team leading the Schneider Electric Global GDPR Program.

Previously, she started with Schneider Electric as Plant HR Manager then European Labour Relations Manager within the Group HR Department of Schneider Electric.

Kimon Zorbas

Kimon Zorbas

Vice President Government Affairs and Privacy Europe, Nielsen


Kimon Zorbas is heading up Nielsen’s Government Affairs and Privacy activities in wider Europe. He is responsible for contacts to governments and authorities, including engagement such as the world Economic Forum.

Prior to joining Nielsen, Kimon has been working as a consultant for some of Europe’s largest telecommunication and digital companies, after a long tenure as head of IAB Europe; an association representing Europe’s media, marketing research and online advertising companies.

Before joining IAB Europe, Kimon worked for a major US based ICT related association where he was responsible for public policy issues. He also worked in-house, on government affairs for a major semi-conductor company; that works with the European Commission on state aid issues.

Kimon is a qualified lawyer, having undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Tübingen, Germany and the K.U. Leuven, Belgium, respectively.

Bruno Gencarelli

Bruno Gencarelli

Head of Unit International data flows and protection DG Justice, European Commission


Mr. Gencarelli heads the International data flows and protection unit at the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers). He was in charge of the Commission’s work in the area of privacy in the decisive years of the legislative reform and the EU-US negotiations. In that capacity, he led the Commission's delegation in the interinstitutional negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council that resulted in the adoption of the EU data protection reform ("General Regulation" and "Police Directive"). He was also one of the lead negotiators of the EU-US Privacy Shield and of the "Umbrella Agreement". Mr. Gencarelli previously served as a member of the European Commission's Legal Service and as an assistant (référendaire) to a judge at the European Court of Justice after having practiced law in the private sector. He holds degrees in law and political science, and teaches EU Competition Law at Sciences Po Paris. He is the author of numerous publications on EU law.

Rosa Barcelo

Rosa Barcelo

Deputy head of Unit (DG CNECT Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit, European Commission


Rosa Barcelo works at the European Commission, in DG CONNECT (Unit H1 – Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit) where she is Deputy Head of Unit. The Unit is responsible the review of the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58) and for legislative, policy and R&I actions to improve network and information security, such as the NIS Directive.

Prior to taking up this job, Rosa worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor (2006-2011) and in DG JUSTICE Data Protection Unit of the European Commission (2004 and 2005).

Rosa worked as a private lawyer in the Brussels offices of Morrison and Foerster and DLA Piper where she advised clients on European privacy and data protection, electronic commerce and technology law. She also worked for some years in the academia (Belgium and Spain). She obtained her PhD in Law with a dissertation on electronic contracts and digital signatures.

Boris Wojtan

Boris Wojtan

Director of Privacy, GSMA


Boris is the Director of Privacy at GSMA, the global industry association that helps shape the future of the mobile industry. In his role, Boris seeks to lead public debate around privacy in mobile and to help global membership deliver long-term benefits for mobile users. He is a firm believer in the value of data privacy leadership: organisations can go digital, innovate and grow and at the same time foster consumer privacy and trust.

He brings with him a wealth of privacy experience in the areas of IT and digital. Before joining GSMA, Boris was at Accenture for nine years where he lead the data privacy function for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and successfully obtained one of the first ever approvals from EU data privacy regulators for so-called Binding Corporate Rules. He was instrumental in obtaining a pioneering ISO27001 certification which applied to Accenture’s entire client-facing privacy program rather than specific locations and led the privacy team’s response to the invalidation of the EU-US Safe Harbor transfer mechanism.

Previously, Boris spent three years as legal adviser to the UK’s Information Commissioner and six years in private practice. He has also worked at the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Boris sits on the European Advisory Board for the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) and holds IAPP CIPP/E and CIPM certifications in addition being a 16+ PQE solicitor.

Follow Boris on Twitter: @Boris_Wojtan

Caroline Goemans-Dorny

Caroline Goemans-Dorny

Data Protection Officer, Interpol


Caroline Goemans-Dorny took office as the INTERPOL Data Protection Officer (IDPO) in January 2016. IDPO’s mandate includes amongst others monitoring compliance of data processing activities within INTERPOL according to INTERPOL’s rules and regulations, liaising with the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s files (CCF) which is INTERPOL’s external oversight body, coordinating the work of the Data Protection Officers designated within the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus, established in each of the 192 member countries.

Prior to her appointment as IDPO, Caroline worked as Senior Advisor at the Office of Legal Affairs within the General Secretariat of INTERPOL established in Lyon (France). In that capacity she advised on data protection issues and carried out the coordination of INTERPOL’s participation in a number of EU funded research projects (SMART, RESPECT, EVIDENCE, SIIP, E-CRIME, MAPPING). Prior to joining INTERPOL, Caroline worked as a scientific researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Law and IT (ICRI), University of Louvain (Belgium). She also practised at the Bar of Antwerp (Belgium) and served as Secretary General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which is acting as liaison body with the European Institutions.

Ilias  Chantzos

Ilias Chantzos

Senior Director, Government Affairs EMEA & APJ, Symantec


Ilias Chantzos is Senior Director of Symantec’s Government Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). He is also the Global Advisor for Critical Infrastructure and Data Protection. Chantzos represents Symantec before government bodies, national authorities and international organisations advising on public policy issues with particular regard to IT security and privacy.

Before joining Symantec in 2004, Chantzos worked as legal and policy officer in the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission focusing on information security policy. He covered the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention and the Framework Decision on Attacks against Information Systems. In addition, he worked on a number of EU legislative initiatives relevant to information society and security, including directives on Privacy on Electronic Communications, the Data Retention Directive and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). He also represented the European Commission in various international debates and conferences.

Chantzos holds a law degree from the Aristotle University, an Erasmus degree from the University of Limburg, a Master degree in Computers and Communication Law from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Master in Business Administration from Solvay Business School. He has also completed executive education at the JFK School of Government in Harvard. Chantzos is member of the Athens Bar Association. He served as Chairman of the Executive Board of TechAmerica Europe. He also served for four terms as Chairman of the European Policy Council of Business Software Alliance (BSA). He is appointed member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and at Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3) Advisory Board. He also represents Symantec at the NATO Industry Cooperation Platform. Chantzos is a member of the Young Global Leaders 2014 class of the World Economic Forum. He speaks Greek, English, Dutch and German.

Birgit Sippel

Birgit Sippel

MEP & Coordinator of the S&D Group in the LIBE-Committee, European Parliament


Birgit Sippel is a member of the European Parliament and Coordinator of the S&D Group in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

In 1982, Birgit Sippel joined the Socialist Youth of Germany "Die Falken", belonging to the International Falcon Movement, and was engaged up to the district level. That same year, she also joined the Social-Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and was soon involved in the local party branch in Neheim. In 1983, she became member of the German Industrial Union of Metalworkers (IG Metall), in which she served i. a. as employee representative. From 1994 to 2004, she served as member of the city council of Arnsberg for the SPD. Apart from her commitment at local level, Sippel was member of the SPD's Federal Party Council from 1996 to 2010 and, since 2010, has been member of the party's council and presidium in the federal state of North Rhine-Westfalia.

In the European Parliament, Birgit Sippel has been a full member in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), in which she has taken over the role as coordinator of the S&D Group after her re-election in 2014. Furthermore, she is a member of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries, and a substitute member in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL). Since 2017, she is also member of the Special Committee on Terrorism (TERR).

In the LIBE committee, Birgit Sippel has been involved in diverse topics, touching upon questions of privacy and data protection (e.g. Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme, Passenger Name Record data (PNR)) but also upon issues like the EU asylum policy, migration and the Schengen area. Moreover, she has been involved in the advancement of police and judicial cooperation at EU level (Area of Freedom, Security and Justice), e.g. by supporting the adoption of several directives on procedural safeguards.

Jason Biros

Jason Biros

Legal Adviser, US Mission to the EU


Legal Adviser Jason Biros advises the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and the U.S. Department of State on European Union and international law matters relating to U.S.-EU relations. He comes out of the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to Brussels, Jason held the intelligence portfolio in the Legal Adviser’s office for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, in which he served as primary legal counsel to the State Department’s Intelligence Community element, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. In that role he provided advice regarding U.S. and international law on a broad range of intelligence matters, including intelligence collection and analysis and intelligence sharing, as well as with respect to the Department’s work with specific intelligence agencies. He advised actively across the Department on the legal aspects of allegations relating to NSA surveillance activities, the effects such allegations had on the Department’s policy work, and the implementation of reforms to signals intelligence practices. He also advised on transnational law enforcement matters – including extradition and mutual legal assistance – with numerous countries in western Europe, the Balkans, and south and central Asia. Prior to joining the Office of the Legal Adviser, Jason worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., and clerked at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Fanny Hidvegi

Fanny Hidvegi

European Policy Manager, Access Now


Fanny Hidvegi is Access Now’s European Policy Manager based in Brussels. Previously, Fanny was International Privacy Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. where she focused on E.U.-U.S. data transfers. For three years Fanny led the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Program of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union where she engaged in strategic litigation with journalists and other NGOs, participated in the fight against the national data retention law in Hungary, and promoted privacy enhancing technologies. There, she gained experience on how to operate as a human rights advocate in a restrictive environment. Fanny also worked as a consumer protection lawyer both in the public and the private sector. She has a law degree from Eötvös Loránd University Budapest and she spent one academic year at the University of Florence.

David Martin

David Martin

Senior Legal Officer, BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation


David Martin is a Senior Legal Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in the development of all EU policies.

David is part of BEUC’s Digital policy team, where he focuses on privacy, data protection, copyright and competition. He has been working on digital and ICT issues since 2006. Prior to joining BEUC in May 2015, David worked at the Public Affairs consultancy Burson-Marsteller and the EU Regional Office of Murcia in Brussels.

A Spanish national, David is fluent in English and French. He studied Law at the University of Murcia (Spain) and holds a Master’s Degree in European Law from the University of Luxembourg, as well as a Postgraduate Degree on Economic and Legal EU Studies from the Collège Miguel Servet / Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

He can be contacted at

Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué

Director General, Policy — EMEA, BSA l The Software Alliance


Thomas Boué oversees the BSA | The Software Alliance’s public policy activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He advises BSA members on public policy and legal developments and advocates the views of the ICT sector with both European and national policy makers. He leads on security and privacy issues as well as broader efforts to improve levels of intellectual property protection and to promote open markets, fair competition, and technology innovation in new areas such as cloud computing.
Prior to joining BSA, Boué served as a consultant in Weber Shandwick where he advised clients on a wide range of technology and ICT-related policy issues and represented them before the EU institutions and industry coalitions. In this role, he also served as policy and regulatory adviser for both EU and US telecom operators. Prior to that Boué worked for the EU office of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was responsible for the lobbying activities towards the EU Institutions in the areas of trade, education, and labor, as well as for the organization and running of seminars on EU affairs for SMEs and business professionals.
Boué holds a Master of Business Administration from the Europa-Insitut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual Master’s degree in French, English, German and European Law, from the Universities of Warwick (UK), Saarland (Germany) and Lille II (France) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Lille II, France. He is based in BSA’s Brussels office.

Joan Antokol

Joan Antokol

Managing Partner, Park Legal LLC


Joan Antokol is internationally recognized for her work in privacy and data protection. She is the managing partner of Park Legal LLC, an Indianapolis-based boutique law firm that focuses its practice in the areas of data privacy, information security and records management. Ms. Antokol also owns an online training company and a software company. She assists organizations with many aspects of privacy and security, including healthcare and clinical research, security breaches, international data transfers, enterprise management, and privacy auditing. Joan is a frequent presenter at privacy conferences and has a number of published articles and has written twenty booklets on various aspects of privacy and security. She is the 2011 Chair of the Indiana Security and Privacy Network (InSPN), an organization comprised of about 75 privacy and security professionals, and is also a member of the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (IWGDPT), let by Dr. Alexander Dix, the Berlin Data Protection Commissioner.

Prior to launching Park Legal LLC in May 2010, Joan spent three years as a partner at a large Indianapolis law firm and chaired that firm’s privacy and records management practice group. Before that, Joan spent seven years working for Novartis in New Jersey and Switzerland, and served as Vice President and Global Head of Privacy for the Novartis Group companies. Previously, she worked for Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in New Jersey, and eventually served as the head of product liability litigation for that company, handling litigation matters in the U.S. and other countries. At Roche and Novartis, Joan also handled certain international drug safety and regulatory matters. Joan spent the first four years of her career as a trial attorney at a large New Jersey based law firm (Shanley & Fisher, PC., which is now Drinker Biddle) and simultaneously served as an acting municipal prosecutor in New Jersey for two years.

Joan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark, NJ), where she was the Business Editor of the Computer & Technology Law Journal.

Jeremy Rollison

Jeremy Rollison

Director of EU Government Affairs, Microsoft


Jeremy Rollison is Director of EU Government Affairs within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs (CELA) group. Based in Brussels, his work focuses on policy related to the EU Digital Single Market (DSM), with a particular emphasis on data issues and corresponding public policy covering privacy, cybersecurity, cloud policy, and the cross-border provision of online services. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked in the Government Relations team at Nokia in the company’s EU representative office, and was previously Director of the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA) in Brussels. He has over a decade of experience in Brussels at the company, association, and consultancy levels, focusing and engaging with EU stakeholders on issues related to the development and delivery of online services in the Internal Market and corresponding EU regulatory policy.

Matthieu Juif

Matthieu Juif

Digital and Intellectual Property Counsel, L'Occitane en Provence


Matthieu Juif is Digital and Intellectual Property Counsel within L’Occitane Group, in charge of ensuring compliance with data protection and privacy laws and regulations; supporting growth of the Group in e-commerce as well as protecting the intangible assets of the Group.

Rand Hindi

Rand Hindi

CEO and Founder,


Dr Rand Hindi (@randhindi) is an entrepreneur and data scientist. He is the founder and CEO of Snips, the first AI Voice platform for connected devices that offers Privacy by Design.

Rand started coding at the age of 10, founded a Social Network at 14 and a web agency at 15 before getting into Machine Learning at 18 and doing a PhD in Bioinformatics at 21.

He has been elected as a TR35 by the MIT Technology Review, as a "30 under 30" by Forbes and is a member of the French Digital Council where he leads the "AI and Jobs" taskforce in the government's AI strategy.

He holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Bioinformatics from University College London (UCL), as well as two graduate degrees from Singularity University in Silicon Valley and THNK in Amsterdam.

Alastair   Johnson

Alastair Johnson

Founder & CEO, Nuggets


Founder and CEO of Nuggets – a consumer blockchain platform giving users a single biometric tool for login, payment and identity verification, without sharing or storing private data. Not even with Nuggets itself.

An entrepreneur and innovator with over 25 years’ experience, Alastair as spent over two decades in digital innovation, taking big ideas and design through to delivery. With deep knowledge across technical, production and commercial areas, he has led global integrated product development and product marketing for world-class brands like Microsoft, Skype, Office, Xbox, Hololens, Disney, TED and the BBC.

Karel Ribbens

Karel Ribbens

Founder and CEO, Aztrix*


Karel Ribbens is the founder of the startup Aztrix, a platform for individuals & organization to better manage contact info and privacy.

Before GDPR was on the agenda he was already exploring how contact data could be managed better.
With the help of Innoviris (Brussels-Capital Region), he was able to do some experimental development & research to eventually start developing the Aztrix platform.

Aztrix's objective is to provide individuals & organizations, small and big, a solution to better control contact data in a more transparent & positive way and allow organizations become more compliant with GDPR.

Karel is a strong believer GDRP can bring a lot of value to both parties, individuals & organizations, but it is especially an opportunity for innovation and for competitive advantage.
Based on their technical setup, Aztrix has the intention to interface with third parties, to create an entire eco-system with parties who also respect user privacy & choice.

Karel has been invited to present Aztrix in Seoul (K-Startup), Hong Kong (RISE), Beirut (Accelerate - Banque de Liban) & Lisbon (Websummit).

He has been talking with the different stakeholders (individuals, organization & government) to explore their different views on the matter.

Prior to founding Aztrix, Karel has been working as an external marketing consultant in Western-Europe, US & Canada, mainly for Procter & Gamble.

Karel lives in Brussels, he speaks fluent Dutch, French, and English.

Caroline Calomme

Caroline Calomme

Founder, Brussels Legal Hackers


Originally from Brussels, Caroline studied at the European Law School in Maastricht before obtaining her graduate law degree from the University of Oxford. She worked as a Blue Book trainee for the European Data Protection Supervisor and as a private law lecturer for Maastricht University. She is pursuing her passion for law and technology in Brussels, and has been working in a tech company as product manager for Connected Car Services since August 2017 where she is also responsible for privacy by design.

Joe McNamee

Joe McNamee

Executive Director , European Digital Rights


Joe McNamee is Executive Director of European Digital Rights, a post that he has held since 2009. In his current position, he has run two projects supported by the European Commission (DG Justice) in the field of fundamental rights. In his previous role, as Country Director for the consultancy Political Intelligence, he led research teams that prepared three published studies for the European Commission (DG Connect) on telecommunications-related issues.

Joe was involved in the discussions around the revisions of the ePrivacy Directive from an industry perspective and was also closely involved for the entire duration of the process that led to the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation. Apart from data protection, Joe has a particular interest in issues surrounding the role and responsibility of internet intermediaries and the rule of law.

Paul De Hert

Paul De Hert

Human Rights and Law & Technology Scholar , Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


Professor Paul De Hert is a human rights and law & technology scholar working in the area of constitutionalism, criminal law and surveillance law. He is interested both in legal practice and more fundamental reflections about law. He is full professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) where he combines several management positions: Director of the Research Group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC), Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (Metajuridics), Co-Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub and of the Research Group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS). He is also an associated-professor at Tilburg University where he teaches “Privacy and Data Protection” at the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT). He is co-founder of Privacy Salon vzw a non-profit organisation devoted to setting up public events related to privacy.

Paul Adamson

Paul Adamson

Chairman, Forum Europe


Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world.

He is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board, Rand Europe's Council of Advisors and the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, a polling think-tank. He is a member of the board of advisors of the European Institute in Washington DC, the advisory board of the Washington European Society and the advisory committee of the EU chapter of Women in International Security (WiiS).

Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

He founded the consulting firm Adamson Associates, which was sold to Weber Shandwick and The Centre, which was later sold to Edelman.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List. In 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

Erika Mann

Erika Mann

Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP


Erika Mann, a non-lawyer, is a senior European policy advisor in Covington’s EU Public Policy & Government Affairs team. A former Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Mann has over 20 years of experience in policy related matters.

Ms. Mann is a current Board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which she first joined in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014.

She was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Germany between 1994 and 2009. As an MEP, she concentrated on trade policy, transatlantic relations, financial services, pharmaceuticals, digital economy, telecommunications and Internet related legislation and research policy. Ms. Mann was the Chairperson of the Joint Board which coordinates World Trade Organization matters between the European Parliament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) based in Geneva. She also served as the Chairperson of the European Parliament Delegation with Mexico between 2005 and 2009, and has worked on Free Trade Agreements with various countries. She served on European Parliament delegations to Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, EFTA-Countries, and South Asia.

Ms. Mann was the Executive Vice President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association between December 2009 and October 2011. In that role, she built and led the Association’s Brussels office.

Prior to this, Ms. Mann was the European Chairperson of the Transatlantic Policy Network between 2003 and 2008. In this position, she conceived the notion of a “transatlantic market” between the EU and the U.S., which lead to the foundation of the Transatlantic Economic Counsel (TEC). She sat as a member of the advisory board of TEC until 2009.

Over her career in public policy, Ms Mann held positions of non-resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council (based in Washington) and a Trustee of Friends of Europe (based in Brussels). She was the Chairperson of the evaluation board for the Risk-Sharing-Finance Facility (RSFF), a financing instrument governed by the EU and the European Investment Bank.

Ms. Mann is a lecturer and author of numerous publications on trade, transatlantic relations and digital economy related topics.

Ms. Mann is part of Covington's global public policy and government affairs team, which includes experienced lawyers as well as other former senior policymakers. The team advises clients on a range of European public affairs issues, including the EU policy-making processes and functioning of the European institutions.

Alea Fairchild

Alea Fairchild

Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute


Dr. Alea Fairchild is a Research Fellow at The Constantia Institute, which is a Brussels-based technology policy think-tank, focusing on innovation and technological advances and their impact on industry and society. As a technology commentator she has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Alea covers the convergence of technology in the cloud, mobile and social spaces and she helps global enterprises understand the competitive marketplace and to profit from digital process redesign.

Alea is passionate about commercial marketing and innovation, and as an entrepreneur, has started several companies of her own. She loves working with start-ups and actively supports VCs in due diligence work. She also assists governmental institutions on technology policy issues.

Magnus Franklin

Magnus Franklin

Chief Correspondent, MLex


Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent for MLex ITM, was previously an analyst and reporter on Mobile Communications Europe and Telecom Markets. He provides comprehensive coverage of regulatory and legal developments in the telecoms, media and IT sectors both in Brussels and across Europe. Magnus studied journalism and economics in London, and works in English, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian.

Nick  Wallace

Nick Wallace

Senior Policy Analyst , Center for Data Innovation


Nick Wallace is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He lives in Brussels and manages the Center’s European activities. He previously worked as a government technology policy analyst at Ovum, a global research firm based in London, and as a research assistant at the Central European Labour Studies Institute in Bratislava. Originally from Liverpool in the UK, Nick holds a Masters in public policy jointly awarded by the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.



Thursday 30 November, 2017
09.00 to 17.30




Steigenberger Wiltchers Hotel

Avenue Louise 71, Ixelles, 1050 Brussels

Tel: 32 2 542 42 42

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