Martin Abrams, Executive Director at The Information Accountability Foundation, Texas (USA)
Martin Abrams, Executive Director and Chief Strategist for the Foundation, has 35 years of experience as an information and consumer policy innovator. Multi-stakeholder collaboration has been a key for Abrams in developing practical solutions to dilemmas in information policy. His most recent work has been on big data governance and privacy compliance driven by demonstrable data stewardship. For the past five years, he has led the Global Accountability Project, which has refined the accountability principle that is part of various data protection laws and guidance documents.
Abrams has also provided leadership in other policy areas. He worked on multi-layered privacy notices, which changed the way policy makers and organisations thought about privacy transparency. His work is generally reflected in new laws and regulatory guidance in jurisdictions from Asia, across Europe and in the Americas. He has led educational seminars on almost every continent and has been a key advisor to four International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. He has been deeply involved in the development of the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules and has also been involved with the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy. He is an advisor to numerous benchmark corporate privacy programmes.
Abrams was the co-founder and President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, which he led for 13 years. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Information Policy at Experian and Director of Information Policy at TRW Information Systems where he designed one of the early privacy impact assessment tools. He also chaired their Consumer Advisory Council. Abrams began his consumer policy work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where he was Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer. At the Federal Reserve Bank he drove collaboration by helping banks and the communities they serve find their intersection of self-interest.
Abrams continues to seek practical solutions to assure information driven innovation with personal dignity at the Foundation.
Dr Paolo Balboni is a Founding Partner of ICT Legal Consulting (ICTLC) and Visiting Fellow at Maastricht University European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity.
ICT Legal Consulting is a law firm with offices in Milan, Bologna, Rome, an International Desk in Amsterdam, and multiple Partner Law Firms around the world. Together with his team, he provides legal counsel across Europe to multinational companies specializing in the fields of Personal Data Protection, Data Security, ICT, and Intellectual Property Law. Dr. Balboni is the President of the European Privacy Association based in Brussels, the Cloud Computing Sector Director and Responsible for Foreign Affairs at the Italian Institute for Privacy in Rome, Italy. Balboni is actively involved in European Commission studies on new technologies and is a regularly invited expert in the revision of the EU Commission proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation. He co-chairs the Privacy Level Agreement (PLA) Working Group of Cloud Security Alliance and has acted as the legal counsel for the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) projects on ‘Cloud Computing Risk Assessment’, ‘Security and Resilience in Governmental Clouds’, and ‘Procure Secure: A guide to monitoring of security service levels in cloud contracts’. He is Lecturer at the Master in Digital Media Management at the European Institute of Design and Research Associate at Tilburg University. He obtained his Law Degree with distinction from the University of Bologna in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Comparative ICT Law from Tilburg University in 2008.
Maja Brkan, Assistant Professor in EU law at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University.
She graduated in 2003 with distinction from University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and obtained an LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 2004. In 2007, she was awarded a PhD in EU law from University of Ljubljana. She also holds a Diploma of the Academy of European Law. Before moving to Maastricht, she worked as a référéndaire at the Court of Justice of the EU (2007-2013). Her research interests comprise EU procedural law, EU fundamental rights and constitutional law, questions of data protection and protection of privacy in an electronic environment as well as private international law and consumer protection law in the EU. She is a member of several professional associations as well as a fellow and a Council member of the European Law Institute.
Paul Breitbarth is Nymity’s Director for EU Certification Research and Senior Solutions advisor and Visiting Fellow at Maastricht University Eurpean Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity.
He works from The Hague, the Netherlands. In addition to working with Nymity’s clients and prospects throughout the European Union, Paul is involved in two research projects aimed at GDPR process certification and demonstrating compliance to DPAs.
Before joining Nymity, Paul served as Senior International Officer at the Dutch Data Protection Authority, where he was involved in a large number of international data protection related projects, including the EU data protection reform and the Privacy Shield. In 2015, he organised the International Privacy Conference in Amsterdam.
Christopher Docksey , Director of the Office of the EDPS
He has been responsible for the coordination and implementation of policies and activities since 2010. He is a member of the English Bar and a law graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Virginia. He has taught law at the Universities of Exeter and Washington and at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He was the Legal Adviser on data protection to the European Commission from 2001 to 2010. During this period he represented the Commission in the data protection cases before the European Court of Justice and advised on draft legislation and international negotiations on matters such as Safe Harbor, PNR and TFTP. Most recently he represented the EDPS in the Schrems proceedings before the Court.
Leena Kuusniemi, Senior Legal Counsel, Rovio Entertainment
Leena supports Rovio’s technology R&D, cloud services, patent initiatives and technology co-operation initiatives, and is responsible for all privacy and regulatory matters globally. Before joining Rovio in 2012, Leena was with Nokia for ten years, mainly supporting Nokia’s device R&D, online services, data security and privacy. Prior to Nokia, she was a legal counsel at Remedy and started her career as an attorney and litigator. Leena has participated into numerous legal working groups and lectured widely in various seminars and universities.
Dr. Christopher Kuner is professor of law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium, and co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, a legal research centre at the VUB. He is also an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Kuner is editor-in-chief of the law journal International Data Privacy Law published by Oxford University Press. He has participated in the work of numerous international organizations, and has taught courses at the summer session of the Hague Academy of International Law and at the summer school of the Academy of European Law in Florence.
Brian Honan, is an independent security consultant based in Dublin, Ireland, and is also the founder and head of IRISSCERT, Ireland’s first CERT. He is a Special Advisor to Europol’s Cybercrime Centre (EC3), an adjunct lecturer on Information Security in University College Dublin, and sits on the advisory board for a number of innovative security companies. Brian is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of information security and has worked with numerous companies in the private sector and with government departments, in Ireland, Europe and throughout the United Kingdom. Brian has also provided advice to the European Commission on matters relating to information security. He is on the advisory board for a number of innovative information security companies. Brian is the author of the book “ISO 27001 in a Windows Environment” and co-author of books “The CSA Guide to Cloud Computing” and “The Cloud Security Rules”. He is a regular speaker at major industry conferences and regular contributes to industry publications. In 2013 Brian was awarded “SC Magazine Information Security Person of the Year” for his contribution to the computer security industry. Brian Honan was also inducted into the 2016 Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.
Mika Lauhde engages with governments, industry partners, and SSH product- and service users on important security and privacy issues such as critical infrastructure protection, compliancy, software assurance, risk and identity management.
Prior to joining SSH Communications Security, Mika Lauhde headed Business Security and Continuity in Nokia Corporation, where he was accountable of Government Relations in Cyber Security area, Criminal compliancy and forensic, Nokia wide crisis management as well terminal and manufacturing related security tool manufacturing.
Mika has an extensive experience with cyber security related topics and governmental institutions both in Europe and USA. Currently he is a Member of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) Permanent Stakeholder Group and Member of Finnish Government Cyber Security working group.
Mika Lauhde received his Bachelor of Science in Automation and Graphical industry from the Vantaa Institute of Technology, Finland and has a Master of Engineering Science degree in Electronics from HochSchule Osnabrück, Germany.
Cyber Security and Government relations
- Member of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) PSG (2009 – ) ) (Part of the European Cyber Security Strategy plan 2013)
- Member of Loueven University European Crypto Task Force (2014 – )
- Member of European Cyber Security Research Center, (2011 – )
- Member of Finnish Government Cyber Security working group (2013 – )
- Founding Member and Board Member of TDL (Trust in Digital Life) (2010 – ) (Part of the European Cyber Security Strategy plan 2013)
- Member of EU government security advisory board RISEPTIS, reporting to Commissar Redding), (2007-2009)
- Member of Finnish government ICT security advisory board (2007 – 2010)
- Member of UK government critical infrastructure protection group CPNI (2005 – 2009)
Herke Kranenborg is a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission working in the area of privacy and data protection. Previously, from 2008 to 2013, he worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in Brussels. From 2001 to 2008 he taught European Law and European fundamental rights at the Europa Institute of the University of Leiden. In the same period he wrote a PhD on how to reconcile the EU fundamental rights to privacy and data protection with the EU fundamental right of public access to documents. Since 2010 he is connected as affiliated senior researcher to the Institute for European Law of the KULeuven.
Cosimo Monda, Director of the Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity.
Before joining the Maastricht University European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, he was working at the European Institute of Public Administration, as Senior Lecturer and Head of Information, Publications, and Marketing services where he was involved in various data protection related training, teaching programmes and consultancy. Moreover, he coordinated the interactive learning and e-learning solutions for the "EU Governance Training, Consultancy and e-Learning Services to the EU institutions, bodies and agencies” framework Contract. He holds a Law Degree obtained at the University of Bologna.
His fields of expertise include Data Protection and Cyber security, EU Information Management; Transparency and access to documents; EU Agencies; EU decision-making procedures and Institutions and EU law.
Laurent Lim, Senior International, Legal & Policy Officer at the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
I am a French lawyer holding a postgraduate degree (DEA) in European labour law, a Master's degree in Private law and a Master's degree in Finance. After working in the private sector as legal counsel for the human resources department of an international transportation group, I joined the French data protection authority (CNIL) where I worked with the legal department (employment sector unit and police-justice sector unit) and with the CNIL's international department.
In this latest capacity, I worked as a member of the WP29 presidency team, co-coordinator of the Financial matters subgroup, and coordinator of the international transfers subgroup. I developed expertise on the EU framework for personal data transfers and recently worked closely on the Privacy Shield. Since February 2017, in joined the EDPS in Brussels to work as a senior international, legal & policy officer within the policy & consultation unit.
Aurélie Pols, Data Governance & Privacy Advocate at Krux Digital, Member of the EDPS Ethics Advisory Group
Aurélie Pols designs Data Privacy best practices: documenting data flows in order to limit Privacy backlashes, minimizing risk related to ever increasing data uses while solving for data quality.She spent the past 15 years optimizing (digital) data-based decision-making processes. This allowed her to co-found and successfully sell her first start-up in Belgium to UK based Digitas LBi (Publicis).
She recently joined leading DMP Krux Digital Inc. as Data Governance and Privacy Advocate while also being part of the European Data Protection Supervisor’s Ethics Advisory Group. She teaches Privacy and Ethics at IE Business School in Madrid and serves as an advisor to the IAPP, the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Philippe Renaudière, Data Protection Officer of the European Commission
Philippe Renaudière is since May 2006 the Data Protection Officer of the European Commission. The previous positions of Mr Renaudière in the Commission were successively held with DG Justice Liberty Security where he was Head of the Data Protection Unit from 2005 to 2006, DG MARKT, where he was Head of the International Relations Unit from 1996 to 2001 and Head of the International Relations from 2001 to 2005, member of the cabinet of Commissioner K Van Miert from 1992 to 1996 in the fields of transport and competition and DG Environment, in the subjects of legal affairs from 1987to1990 and global environment issues from 1990 to 1992.
Jeroen H.J. Terstegge is partner at Privacy Management Partners, a Dutch consultancy firm which provides privacy compliance management services, DPO services, privacy training and regulatory affairs. Terstegge advises clients in various sectors, including the internet, financial, energy, government and healthcare sector in The Netherlands and abroad. He specializes in corporate privacy compliance, cross-border privacy compliance, employee privacy, privacy governance and regulatory affairs.
Terstegge serves as the Chair of the Privacy Committee of the Dutch Council of Central Business Associations (VNO-NCW / MKB Nederland). In this role, Terstegge was closely involved in the development of the GDPR and all recent Dutch privacy regulations. He is also a member of the board of the Dutch Privacy Law Association, and is a member of the Ethics Board of the EU-funded research project SoBigData. He was a member of the High Level Expert Group to the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, which advised the Dutch Government on the privacy and ethical issues of Big Data, was Editor-in-Chief of Privacy & Compliance, is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, and is the author of several books and articles on privacy and data protection. Earlier in his career, Terstegge was corporate privacy officer/senior legal counsel with Royal Philips Electronics. He is one of the founding fathers and pioneers of the binding corporate rules (BCRs) idea. Prior to joining Philips, Terstegge was a policy analyst with the Dutch Data Protection Authority, was part of the team that drafted the Dutch Data Protection Act at the Dutch Ministry of Justice and was a researcher in employee privacy law at the Universities of Amsterdam and Maastricht.
Christopher Mondschein is a Researcher at the Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Data Protection (ECPC) at the Maastricht University Faculty of Law, the Netherlands. He holds Master degrees from the Maastricht University Faculty of Law from the programmes ‘European Law School – Specialisation EU Law’ (cum laude) and ‘Globalisation and Law - Corporate and Commercial Track’ (cum laude). Christopher also is an Associate Editor at the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative law, based at Maastricht University.