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Keynote Speaker

Viviane Reding

Viviane Reding

Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission


Personal details
* Luxembourger
* born April 27, 1951 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Political career
* 2004-2010: Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media
* 1999-2004: Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media, Sport
* 1989-1999: Member of the European Parliament
* 1995-1999: Vice-president, Parti Chrétien-Social, Luxembourg
* 1988-1993: National president of Christian-Social Women, Luxembourg
* 1981-1999: City councillor, city of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
* 1979-1989: Member of the Parliament of Luxembourg

Professional career
* 1978-1999: Journalist, Luxemburger Wort
* 1986-1998: President, Luxembourg Union of Journalists

Other activities
* 2009 Member of the Global Council of the Women's Forum
* 2009 Member of the Board of Les Journées d'Echternach (association sans but lucratif)
* 2007 Member of the Board of Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (fondation d'utilité publique)

* 1977: Doctor of human sciences, Sorbonne, Paris

* Luxembourgish: mother tongue
* French: fluent
* German: fluent
* English: fluent
* Italian: good knowledge

Jan-Philipp Albrecht

Jan-Philipp Albrecht

Rapporteur, General Data Protection Regulation


Jan Philipp Albrecht is a Member of the European Parliament from the German Greens. Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter-Hallstein Institut in Berlin. He graduated in ICT-law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo in 2009 and was spokesman of the Green Youth in Germany from 2006 to 2008. Jan Philipp Albrecht is specialized in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy. In the European Parliament, he works especially on home affairs, data protection and police & justice cooperation. He is the European Parliament's chief negotiator ("Rapporteur") for the General Data Protection Regulation.

Julie Brill

Julie Brill

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, US Government


Julie Brill was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission April 6, 2010, to a term that expires on September 25, 2016.

Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Ms. Brill was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice, a position she held from February 2009 to April 2010. Commissioner Brill has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law. Before serving as Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust in North Carolina, Commissioner Brill served as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years, from 1988 to 2009. Commissioner Brill was associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York from 1987 to 1988. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. from 1985 to 1986. Commissioner Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

Since joining the Commission, Ms. Brill has been working actively on issues of critical importance to today’s consumers, including protecting consumers’ privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving health care and high-tech.

Commissioner Brill is an advocate of protecting consumers’ privacy, especially with new online and mobile technologies, and supports the creation and implementation of mechanisms to give consumers better information and control over the collection and use of their personal online information. In her speeches, publications and meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders, Commission Brill calls on industry and policymakers to improve privacy by developing practical solutions rooted in both consumer protection and competition principles.

Commissioner Brill focuses on the need to improve consumer protection in the financial services arena. She advocates improving regulations and enforcement involving credit reporting, debt collection and in other financial areas. She is particularly interested in combatting frauds targeting consumers caught up in the economic downturn. She strongly supports increased cooperation among the FTC, the CFPB, and the States as they implement the provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Commissioner Brill continues to advocate for effective antitrust enforcement, especially in the health care and high-tech sectors. She wrote the Commission’s unanimous decision in ProMedica, dissolving the merger of two hospitals in Toledo, Ohio. She has called for more effective competition enforcement in the health care sector, including in her statements involving the merger of pharmaceutical management companies Express Scripts and Medco, and the Commission’s decision to withdraw its appeal in FTC v. LabCorp. Her decisions in Google, Intel, and the proposed merger of IDT/PLX demonstrate smart and effective competition enforcement in the high tech sector.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Brill received several national awards for her work protecting consumers, including the National Association of Attorneys General Marvin Award for her “outstanding leadership, expertise, and achievement in advancing the goals of the association,” Privacy International’s Brandeis Award for her work on state and federal privacy issues, and the National Association of Attorneys General’s Privacy Award. Commissioner Brill also served as a Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Privacy Working Group. In addition, Commissioner Brill testified before Congress on the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as other topics including financial institutions, consumer credit, and affiliate sharing practices.

While she was an Assistant Attorney General, Commissioner Brill published numerous articles on important consumer protection issues, including the costs and benefits of prescription drugs in the American health care system, state fair credit reporting laws, and consumer protection issues relating to tobacco retailing. She also served on many national expert panels focused on consumer protection issues such as pharmaceuticals, privacy, credit reporting, data security breaches, and tobacco.

Paulius Griciūnas

Paulius Griciūnas

Vice-minister of Justice, Republic of Lithuania


Born in Vilnius

Vilnius University (VU)
• Master of Law (LL.M.)
• Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Professional Experience:
Vice-Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (since 2013)
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania (2008-2013), Secretary General of the Ministry, Director of the Strategic Management Department, Deputy Director of the International Law Department
Committee on Audit of the Seimas (2006-2008), Head of the Office of the Audit Committee
Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania (2003), on Legal Matters
Office of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania (Seimas) (2002), Senior Advisor at the Legal Department
Agri-Food Eurointegration Department (2004-2005), Under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania, Deputy Director
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Lithuania (1997), European Integration Department, Harmonisation of Normative Documents Division, Chief Specialist

Foreign Language Skills: English, French and Russian

Jacob Kohnstamm

Jacob Kohnstamm

Chairman, Article 29 Working Party


Before his appointment as Chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority in 2004, Jacob Kohnstamm was active in Dutch politics as member of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament, as State Secretary for Internal Affairs and as member of the Senate of the Dutch Parliament (between 1981 and 2004). Before that, he worked as a lawyer in Amsterdam. Since February 2010, Jacob Kohnstamm is Chairman of the Art. 29 Working Party of European Data Protection Authorities.

Thomas Zerdick

Thomas Zerdick

Head of Sector, , European Commission


Thomas Zerdick LL.M., is Policy Officer in the Personal data protection unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) for Justice. Previously, he held positions at the DG for Internal Market and the DG for Enlargement, including as an EU legal expert to the United Nations Good Offices Mission in Cyprus. Mr Zerdick studied Law in Passau and at the College of Europe in Bruges. He was an attorney specialising in European Union law, IT law and personal data protection law and Director of the German Bar Association’s Brussels office. He has published books and articles on European Union law.


Dimitrios Droutsas MEP

Dimitrios Droutsas MEP

European Parliament


• Degree - Magister juris (Mag.jur.) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna (12 April 1994).

• Assistant professor of European law at the European Affairs Research Institute of the Vienna University of Economics (November 1994 - September 2000). Legal adviser in the Austrian Foreign Ministry (January 1998 - September 1999). Special adviser in the Greek Foreign Ministry (September 1999 - March 2004).

• Director of the Diplomatic Office of Georgios A Papandreou, President of PASOK and of the Socialist International (March 2004 - October 2009). Secretary of the PASOK Foreign Policy and International Relations Section- (May 2008 - October 2009). International press spokesman for PASOK.

• Greek Deputy Foreign Minister (October 2009 - September 2010). Greek Foreign Minister (September 2010 - June 2011).

• Commander of the Order of Makarios III (Republic of Cyprus). Grand Officer of the Order of Orthodox Crusaders of the Holy Sepulchre (Patriarchate of Jerusalem). Medal of the Holy Sepulchre (Patriarchate of Jerusalem).

Christopher Graham

Christopher Graham

Information Commissioner, UK Information Commissioner


Christopher Graham became UK Information Commissioner in June 2009, with responsibility for overseeing the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act regimes – upholding information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. He is the Vice Chair of the Article 29 Working Party of the European Data Protection Authorities.

Christopher was Director General of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) from April 2000 to June 2009. From 2003-5, he was Chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), the federation of advertising self-regulatory bodies across the EU Single Market.

Prior to joining the ASA, Christopher was for three years Secretary of the BBC. Christopher first joined the broadcaster as a News Trainee in 1973. He was a Current Affairs Producer for BBC radio and TV before becoming Managing Editor of News Programmes for TV and Radio.

Paul Nemitz

Paul Nemitz

Director - Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, DG JUST, European Commission


Paul F. NEMITZ is the Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the JUSTICE Directorate-General of the European Commission. Free movement of people in Europe, Data protection and Children's rights are also key responsibilities of his Directorate.

Before joining DG JUSTICE, he held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of Commissioner Nielson, and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He has a broad experience as agent of the Commission in litigation before the European Courts and he has published extensively on EU law.

Nemitz studied Law at Hamburg University. He was admitted to the Bar in Hamburg and for a short time was a teaching assistant for Constitutional law and the Law of the Sea at Hamburg University. He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law, supported by a grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Giovanni Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli

Assistant Supervisor , European Data Protection Supervisor


Mr. Giovanni Buttarelli (1957) has been Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor since January 2009. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 January 2009 for a term of five years.

Before entering his office, he was Secretary General to the Italian Data Protection Authority since 1997. Member of the Italian judiciary, he has attended to many committees on data protection and related issues at international level.

In 1984 he obtained (ʺcum laudeʺ) his Degree in Law at the University of Rome ʺLa Sapienzaʺ. He previously served from 1976 at the Municipality of Frascati mainly as Head of two registry offices.

From 1984 to 1990 he collaborated with the Chair of Criminal Procedure at Rome University.

He has been a member of the Italian judiciary from 1986.

From 1986 to 1990 he served at the Courts of Rome and Avezzano (here, as monocratic judge “pretore”).

From 1990 to 1997 he worked at the Legislation Department of the Italian Ministry of Justice where he contributed to drafting ad following up many regulatory provisions, in particular concerning criminal law, criminal procedure and data protection. He was a member of several inter Ministerial committees also concerning immigration, racial discrimination, Community fraud, de‐criminalisation, reformation of tax, computer crime laws, access to confidential records and digitalisation of public administrative agencies.

During the EU Italian Presidency period (1996), he chaired the European Union Council Working Group which drew up Directive no. 97/66/EC on the protection of privacy in the telecommunications sector.

In 1997, after the entry into force of the first Italian Data Protection Act, which he had contributed to drafting, he was appointed as Secretary General of the Italian Garante. He played an active role as a member of the Committee that drew up the 2003 Personal Data Protection Code..

In the 2002 to 2003 period he was the President of the Joint Supervisory Authority set up in pursuance of the Schengen Agreemen, after being its Vice‐President in 2000‐2001.

The experience on data protection includes the participation in many bodies at European Union level (including Art. 29 Working Party, Art. 31 Committee of Directive n. 95/46/EC and Taiex programs), and at the Council of Europe (in particular, also as a consultant, T‐PD; CJ‐PD, DH‐S‐Ac, Venice Commission), as well as the contribution to many hearings, meetings and workshops held also by Parliaments and to specialized book journals and papers.

He currently teaches on privacy at the Lumsa University, Rome.

Gulshan Rai

Gulshan Rai

Director General, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology


Dr. Gulshan Rai is Ph.D in Electronics and has over 30 years of experience in different areas of Information Technology which include Cyber Security, e-Governance, Legal Framework in general and the Information Technology Act for e-commerce, and several related fields. He has been deeply involved in number of e-Gov projects particularly in the Law Enforcement and Finance sector. He was principal member of group which set up MICR based cheque system introduced by RBI in 1984 and other big projects include TaxNet, Custom and Excise Network. At present, he is Director General, CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) and Group Coordinator of E-Security and Cyber Law Division in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Dr. Rai is particularly focused on developing security capabilities in the country through increased security education programs. Prior to this he was Executive Director, ERNET India for over 7 years and he was instrumental in setting up of the first large scale education and research network in close collaboration with the leading educational and research institutions in the country. The network covered more than 350 universities and equal number of research organizations in the country. The network was connected on dedicated link with GEANT and other educational networks.

He has authored several reports which have been converted in to National Policies. He has authored couple of Research Papers and is expert on the Panel of IITs and other Universities for conducting Ph.D viva as well as guide for Ph.D students.

Anna Fielder

Anna Fielder

Trustee and Chair, Privacy International


Anna has has been a consumer policy advocate and expert for many years (though she did also spend a stint as a travel writer and editor). As well as her Privacy International duties, she works as independent policy advisor and researcher for national and international organisations, and has authored studies for the UK National Consumer Council (Consumer Focus), the EU Commission and Parliament, OECD, Age UK, etc on subjects ranging from alternative dispute resolution to cloud computing and discrimination in financial services. She is co-ordinator of the sustainability standards area for the British Standards Institute Consumer and Public Interest Unit, and is a Fellow of the Roayl Society of Arts (FRSA). Until 2006, Anna was regional Director for developed and transition economies at Consumers International (CI), where she put issues related to online rights and data protection on the consumer organisations’ priorities agenda and set up the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) ; she is currently senior policy advisor for the latter, with a focus on EU-US economic partnership and free trade negotiations.

Thomas Boué

Thomas Boué

Director, Government Affairs, EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance


Thomas Boué oversees BSA | The Software Alliance's public policy activities on security and privacy. 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.

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 Masters of Business Administration from the Europa-Institut (Saarbrücken, Germany), a Certificate of Integrated Legal Studies (trilateral and trilingual 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.

Pat Walshe

Pat Walshe

Director of Privacy, GSMA


Pat is responsible for the GSMA’s work on privacy. Pat is currently working with GSMA members and other key stakeholders to establish dialogue and explore ways to shape—collaboratively and collectively—the way privacy is advanced, managed and protected across the mobile ecosystem.

Pat has more than 13 years of experience in data privacy and regulatory policy in the fixed, mobile and internet sectors. He has represented industry on a number of privacy matters with various regulatory and international public interest groups.

Pat has a degree in Social Anthropology and Development and holds privacy and information security qualifications. He has served on the International Standard Organisation's Privacy Steering Committee and is a member of the British Computer Society.

Nuria Rodriguez

Nuria Rodriguez

Senior Policy Advisor, BEUC


Nuria Rodriguez has been with BEUC since March 2003, first as Legal Officer and presently as Senior Policy Advisor.

BEUC represents 44 national consumer organisations from 31 EU countries before the European institutions. BEUC is also a member of International organisations such as Consumers International (CI) and Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). Our role is to try to influence the legislative decision-making process in the interest of consumers of the EU.

1992-1993 University of Rennes, France Master Degree in European Law
Mémoire: “Vers une politique communautaire de la consommation”
Individual project: “Primacy of European Law over Domestic Law”
Group project: “Telecommunications in the European Community”

1987-1992 University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Degree in Law: private law, pubic law, administrative law, European law, international law.

Jonathan Weeks

Jonathan Weeks

Director, Legal Affairs EMEA, Intel


Jonathan Weeks is Intel’s Director of Legal Affairs for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. He has worked for Intel for 13 years. In addition to managing Intel’s EMEA Legal Department, Jonathan provides legal advice on a wide range of matters, with his main area of focus being data protection. Jonathan qualified as a solicitor in 1986. He started his career with the UK firm, Eversheds. Prior to joining Intel, Jonathan held a number of positions at in-house legal departments (including GKN plc, Alliance & Leicester plc and Lucas Industries plc). Jonathan is based at Intel’s EMEA Headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.

Chris Sherwood

Chris Sherwood

Head of Public Policy , Allegro Group (on behalf of Industry Coalition for Data Protection)


Chris Sherwood joined the Allegro Group in 2013 as Head of Public Policy. He is the first permanent Brussels public policy professional to be employed by a European Internet company. He has responsibility for all of the Allegro Group’s public policy issues. Chris previously worked for Yahoo! as Director for Public Policy, and at the US Department of Commerce at the US Mission to the EU, where he worked on ICT sector-related issues, including privacy and environmental rules. He has also been a public affairs consultant in Brussels and an IT systems implementation consultant. He has Masters Degrees in German and European Studies. He speaks fluent English, French, German, and Polish. He has UK, French, and US nationalities.

The Allegro Group is the leading Central and East European e-commerce company, with consumer-focused businesses in 16 countries spanning e-marketplaces, e-retail, online classified ads, and e-payments. Its headquarters are in Poznań.

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, a new 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.

Daniel A. Sepulveda

Daniel A. Sepulveda

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State


Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). In this role, Ambassador Sepulveda leads and coordinates the Department’s positions on communications and information policy issues.

Prior to joining the State Department in 2013, Ambassador Sepulveda served as a Senior Advisor to Senator William "Mo" Cowan of Massachusetts. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a Senior Advisor and member of Senator John Kerry’s senior management team, handling the Senator’s extensive commerce, trade, and business portfolio, which included his work as chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

Ambassador Sepulveda served as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative leading a team that managed relations with Congress for U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk from 2004-2008. He managed trade, immigration, interstate commerce, labor, and ethics and lobbying reform issues for Senator Barack Obama from 2004-2008, and helped advise his campaign for President. He assisted Senator Obama on the Senate floor during the debate on CAFTA, the immigration debates, and during the debates on ethics and lobbying. He also assisted him on labor issues as part of the Senator's responsibilities on the HELP Committee.

In the four years before joining Senator Obama's office, Ambassador Sepulveda worked for Senator Barbara Boxer, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, advising her on trade, technology, telecommunications, media regulation, and consumer affairs. He also advised her on immigration and labor issues.

Additional prior work experience includes service in the Clinton Administration in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and advocacy at the nation's largest Latino organization, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Ambassador Sepulveda received a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Emory University.

Daniel Pradelles

Daniel Pradelles

EMEA Privacy Officer, HP


Daniel Pradelles manages the Region Privacy office, and ensures, with his team, that goals, objectives and strategies of HP Corporate Privacy Office are carried out within region. Working with local lawyers the Privacy office stays aware of current privacy regulations and identifies main trends and developments affecting HP businesses. It also works closely with a broad network of local managers in businesses and other organizations and countries to provide efficient business operation support and privacy policy implementation in the region.

Daniel’s responsibilities include maintaining relationships with Government /European Union privacy regulators, identifying and participating in consortia, standards and other bodies that are of strategic importance. Main objectives to heighten HP’s Privacy Program; actively collaborate with key stakeholders, be aware of new privacy regulations; new technologies and practices and keep abreast of privacy developments within the region. Daniel is member of the International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP --- USA), the European Privacy Officer Forum (EPOF – Belgium), and the European Privacy Officers Network (EPON – UK). He also speaks at major conferences and associations’ meetings.

Daniel has been with HP for 33 years. Prior to current assignment, Daniel was Customer privacy manager for EMEA; he also held several management positions in HP at local and international levels, in Customer Support, Product Marketing, International project management, and EMEA Information System Manager. Prior to joining HP he worked in R&D and served as a university professor in Canada. A native of France, Daniel holds a Telecommunications Engineer degree from ENSEA (France), an MScA in Electrical Engineering from Sherbrooke University (Canada), an MBA from UQUAM University (Canada) and holds CIPP certification from IAPP.

Jean Gonié

Jean Gonié

Director of Privacy Policy, EMEA, Microsoft


Director of Privacy Europe, Middle East and Africa for Microsoft. Based in Brussels, he was previously Government Affairs Manager in Microsoft France (from 2005 to 2010).

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Gonié was a legal adviser to the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and worked in the legal department of the Internet Rights Forum (a semi-government Internet regulatory body in France). He also served on the staff of a member of the French National Assembly and of a Senator.

He lectured on Internet law and data protection issues for many years at University of Paris I Sorbonne, Sciences Po Paris and the CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers).
Jean is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences Po” Paris) and holds Master Degrees in Public Law and in History.

Mr. Gonié is also “Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France” / “French Foreign Trade Advisor” (Nomination by French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry Journal Officiel de la République Française, March 3rd 2012). Advisory role for promoting France’s Trade and Innovation in the world.


Terry McQuay

Terry McQuay

President, NYMITY


Terry McQuay is President of Nymity Inc. and the Architect of Nymity’s Compliance Solutions. Terry is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US,CIPP/E, CIPP/C, CIPP/G and CIPM) and the Managing Editor of the current edition of the IAPP Certification Foundations textbook entitled, "Foundations of Information Privacy and Data Protection." Terry is a Fellow for the Ponemon Institute, on the Advisory Council for The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), resides on the IAPP Certification Advisory Board, and is an IAPP Professional Privacy Trainer and IAPP Foundations Trainer. Terry is a member of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), Privacy by Design (PbD) Ambassador, and is also involved with the USCIB, BIAC, ICC and attends OECD and APEC privacy meetings. Before founding Nymity, Terry was the Partner at a security solutions firm and spent a number of years at Hewlett-Packard. Terry holds an Honours BSc in Computer Science from the University of Guelph.

Christopher Kuner

Christopher Kuner

Senior Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Brussels


Dr. Christopher Kuner is Senior Of Counsel with the international law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Brussels, and an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge. He is also editor-in-chief of the law journal "International Data Privacy Law"; has been active in international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the OECD, and UNCITRAL; and is a member of the Expert Group on Data Retention of DG Home Affairs of the European Commission. For the past ten years, Mr. Kuner has been co-chair of the Data Protection Task Force of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). His book entitled "Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law" was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press.

Magnus Franklin

Magnus Franklin

Journalist, MLex


Journalist, MLex

Chief Correspondent, 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.

Patrick  van Eecke

Patrick van Eecke

Partner, DLA Piper


Prof. dr. Patrick Van Eecke is Partner in DLA Piper’s Brussels office and head of the Internet law group. Patrick has extensive expertise in advising and assisting national and multinational players with respect to data protection and privacy issues and has in-depth knowledge of regulatory developments both in Belgium, EU Member States, and on a pan-European level.

He has coordinated diverse notifications of data processing to data protection authorities in various European countries and has been involved in numerous paneuropean data protection audits and impact assessments. Patrick has been named Belgium's leading lawyer and is ranked one of the world's top 20 IT lawyers in the latest edition of Legal Media Group's "Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers".

Patrick is also recommended by the Legal 500 and by Chambers as a Tier 1 legal advisor in Brussels on privacy related issues. Legal 500 claimed “Head of practice Patrick Van Eecke has a ‘deep knowledge of privacy legislation’ stating one client ‘he has provided us with precise, comprehensive and quality advice". Chambers says "Patrick Van Eecke wins superb feedback for his practice in IT and e-commerce, with sources saying: "He is clearly an expert in his field; his knowledge of the legal framework around the digital industry is outstanding. What makes him even more outstanding is that he understands the technology himself." Apart from his daily practice Patrick Van Eecke is also professor IT Law at the university of Antwerp. He is the author of diverse legal articles and books on data protection related issues and is a regular speaker on national and international conferences.



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