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Speaker Biographies

The biographies of confirmed speakers can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates on  latest confirmed speakers.

Speakers

Suzan DelBene

Suzan DelBene

US Congresswoman, US House of Representatives

 

Biography to follow shortly.

Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

US Senator, US Senate

 

In 2018, the people of Tennessee elected Marsha Blackburn as first woman to represent the Volunteer State in the United States Senate.

She serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and the prestigious Judiciary Committee. In 2019, Senate leadership handpicked Marsha to chair the Judiciary Committee’s “Tech Task Force,” a roundtable-style working group charged with exploring issues related to Big Tech’s influence on American culture.

Before her election to the Senate, Marsha represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, where she became a leader in the fight for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens.

Marsha dedicates her public service to promoting opportunities for women and making America a more prosperous place to live.

Her leadership philosophy is based on her experiences in the private sector as a small businesswoman and author, and as a mother and grandmother.

Alex Greenstein

Alex Greenstein

Director, Privacy Shield, Department of Commerce

 

Mr Greenstein's biography will appear here shortly

Martin Abrams

Martin Abrams

Executive Director, The Information Accountability Foundation

 

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.

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.

Abrams continues to seek practical solutions to assure information driven innovation with personal dignity at the Foundation.

Elisa Jillson

Elisa Jillson

Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC

 

Elisa K. Jillson is an attorney in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she works on policy matters, investigations, and litigation related to privacy and data security.  Elisa was the primary staff author of the FTC’s February 2018 report, Mobile Security Updates: Understanding the Issues and the November 2018 FTC staff comment to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on consumer privacy. 

She was also a co-organizer of the Commission’s recent hearings on privacy (April 2019) and data security (December 2018).  Elisa was previously an attorney in the FTC’s Division of Enforcement, in the Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she worked primarily on order enforcement and litigation related to advertising, privacy, and data security.  She has lectured on privacy as part of a consumer protection course at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School.  Before joining the FTC, Elisa was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, DC.  Before law school, Elisa was a project manager for an electronic health record vendor.  She is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School.

Naomi Lefkovitz

Naomi Lefkovitz

Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST

 

Naomi Lefkovitz is the Senior Privacy Policy Advisor in the Information Technology Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce. She leads the privacy engineering program, which focuses on developing privacy risk management processes and integrating solutions for protecting individuals’ privacy into information technologies, including digital identity services, IoT, smart cities, big data, mobile, and artificial intelligence.

FierceGovernmentIT named Ms. Lefkovitz on their 2013 “Fierce15” list of the most forward-thinking people working within government information technology, and she is a 2014 and 2018 Federal 100 Awards winner.

Before joining NIST, she was the Director for Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Cybersecurity Directorate of the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President. Her portfolio included the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace as well as addressing the privacy and civil liberties impact of the Obama Administration’s cybersecurity initiatives and programs.

Prior to her tenure in the Obama Administration, Ms. Lefkovitz was a senior attorney with the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission. Her responsibilities focused primarily on policy matters, including legislation, rulemakings, and business and consumer education in the areas of identity theft, data security and privacy.

At the outset of her career, she was Assistant General Counsel at CDnow, Inc., an early online music retailer.

Ms. Lefkovitz holds a B.A. with honors in French Literature from Bryn Mawr College and a J.D. with honors from Temple University School of Law.

Lauren Steinfeld

Lauren Steinfeld

Chief Privacy Officer, Penn Medicine

 

Lauren B. Steinfeld serves as Chief Privacy Officer for Penn Medicine. In this position, Ms. Steinfeld leads and oversees the HIPAA compliance program and other privacy initiatives for Penn’s six hospitals, over 250 physician practices, and the School of Medicine research program. Ms. Steinfeld previously served as Chief Privacy Officer for the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Steinfeld teaches a Privacy Law course at Penn Law with Professor Christopher Yoo.

Prior to her work at Penn, Ms. Steinfeld worked at the Office of Management and Budget as the Associate Chief Counselor for Privacy and prior to that, as Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner Mozelle Thompson.
Ms. Steinfeld received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Aaron Cooper

Aaron Cooper

Vice President, Global Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance

 

Aaron Cooper serves as Vice President, Global Policy. In this role, Cooper leads BSA’s global policy team and contributes to the advancement of BSA members’ policy priorities around the world that affect the development of emerging technologies, including data privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and trade. Cooper joined BSA in February 2016 as Vice President, Strategic Policy Initiatives.

Cooper previously served as the Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law for Chairman Patrick Leahy on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Most recently, Cooper was of counsel at Covington and Burling, where he provided strategic counseling and policy advice on a broad range of technology issues. Cooper has also served as Legal Counsel to Senator Paul Sarbanes.

Cooper has testified before Congress and is a frequent speaker on data privacy and security, intellectual property, trade, and other issues important to the software industry.

Cooper is a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt Law School. He clerked for Judge Gerald Tjoflat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Frank Torres

Frank Torres

Senior Director of Consumers Affairs & Senior Policy Counsel, Microsoft

 

Frank Torres is the Director of Consumer Affairs and a Senior Policy Counsel for the Microsoft Corporation. He leads the company’s engagement strategy with consumer and privacy advocates and civil rights organizations. Frank also directs federal policy activity and strategy on privacy, including issues related to government surveillance, and represents Microsoft’s interests on those issues before Congress and the administration.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Frank served as Legislative Counsel in the Washington, DC consumer advocacy office of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. He testified on numerous occasions before the United States Congress on privacy issues and legislation while at Consumers Union. Frank was a member of the Federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, and served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Mr. Torres received his law degree from George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Jeremy Greenberg

Jeremy Greenberg

Policy Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum

 

Jeremy Greenberg is a Policy Fellow with Future of Privacy Forum. Prior to joining FPF, Jeremy served as a law clerk for the Office of Senator Markey where he worked on a diverse set of privacy and telecommunications issues. Jeremy is a 2018 graduate from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a member of the Georgetown Law Technology Review. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College, where he majored in Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts, and minored in Jewish Studies.

Paul Adamson OBE

Paul Adamson OBE

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.

Paul is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board and Rand Europe's Council of Advisors. He is also 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. 

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to promoting understanding of the European Union” and in 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.

Dan Caprio

Dan Caprio

Co-Founder, The Providence Group

 

Dan Caprio is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter for the European Commission's Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan represented the United States revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Jonathan Litchman

Jonathan Litchman

Co-Founder, The Providence Group

 

Jonathan Litchman is a national security veteran with experience as an intelligence officer and as a staff member on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a senior executive at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led efforts in software product development and consulted on information operations and strategic planning. He most recently led Edelman Public Relations’ Washington, D.C. cybersecurity policy and national security practice.

Twitter: @jdlitchman

Bryant Noel

Bryant Noel

Privacy Consultant, OneTrust

 

Mr Noel biography will appear here shortly

Tina Grande

Tina Grande

Chair, The Confidentiality Coalition

 

Ms Grande's biography will appear here shortly

Michelle Richardson

Michelle Richardson

Director of the Privacy and Data Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

 

Michelle Richardson is the Director of the Data and Privacy Project where she leads CDT’s efforts to create a user-centered internet. Her team engages companies and government officials to create policies and technical solutions that protect individual privacy, empower users, and advance social justice.

Michelle has testified before Congress, advised government agencies, and frequently appears in national press such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and Politico. Recognized by The Hill as one of the most influential nonprofits lobbyists in Washington, she has led left-right coalitions to defend privacy in the face of ever-expanding government authorities.

Before joining CDT in 2017, Michelle led the American Civil Liberties Union’s preeminent legislative campaigns against overreaching surveillance programs for 10 years. She also served as a democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee where she worked on a range of anti-terrorism laws and policies. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

Logistics

When

Wednesday September 18, 2019
09.00 to 17.00

GMT-4

 

Where

National Press Club

529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045, USA

Tel: 1 202-662-7500

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