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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ursula Pachl

Ursula Pachl

Deputy Director General, BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation


Ms. Pachl has worked at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, since October 1997, first as Legal Advisor, then as Senior Policy Advisor and presently as Deputy Director General.

Ms. Pachl leads BEUC’s work on the Digital Single Market and on consumer rights and enforcement. She is also responsible for horizontal and strategic policy issues, represents BEUC in the European Commission’s REFIT platform and co-ordinates BEUC’s law enforcement project ‘COJEF’.

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 Community policies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Mr Biros's biography will appear here shortly

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.



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