Expert Group on Governance of Data and AI

Expert Group on Governance of Data and AI 1

The UN Secretary-General’s Strategy on New Technologies has called for the responsible adoption of AI and other frontier technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. The UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation has underlined the urgent need to improve global digital cooperation in a manner that is “grounded in common human values–-such as inclusiveness, respect, human-centredness, human rights, international law, transparency and sustainability.” 

In 2014 UN Global Pulse established a Data Privacy Advisory Group to address the challenges posed by the use and non-use of data for global development, peace and humanitarian action in response to the “data revolution”. In 2019 the Group expanded to incorporate greater expertise in AI ethics and human rights, given the rapid development and use of emerging technologies across all sectors globally. Members’ expertise informs the development of strategies and guidelines on the ethical and privacy-protective use of data and AI, while preserving their transformative value for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

The Group includes international leaders from the public sector, civil society, private sector and legal community. Members of the Group serve as advocates for privacy and the human rights-centric approach to data and AI for purposes of sustainable development, humanitarian action and peace. Group members serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their affiliated organizations. Opinions and feedback are based on members’ own field of expertise, and informed by generally accepted privacy principles and ethical standards.

Current Members of the Expert Group

Dr. Jose Ramon Albert

Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Dr Albert is a Senior Research Fellow of the Philippine government’s think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies, and the President of the Philippine professional society of data producers, users and analysts, the Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. for 2014-2015.  

He finished a PhD in Statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and of the National Research Council of the Philippines, as well as a Fellow of the Social Weather Stations. From 2012-2014, he served as Secretary General of the now defunct Philippine National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and in this position, he explained what statistics mean through his bi-weekly blogs at the NSCB. 

Dr Albert is a professional statistician who has written on poverty measurement, education statistics, agricultural statistics, climate change, macro prudential monitoring, survey design, data mining, and statistical analysis of missing data. 

He has served as consultant to various government agencies, private firms, and international organizations. He has worked for 20 countries spanning South East Asia, South Asia, East Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa on poverty measurement and analysis, econometric methods, and survey data analysis. Aside from his work at the government’s think tank, he is also a Professorial Lecturer of a number of higher educational institutions.

Mr. Lahoussine Aniss

General Secretary, Moroccan Data Protection Authority

Mr. Lahoussine Aniss is an IT engineer. He graduated in 1995 from E.H.T.P. School in Casablanca. He has held various management positions within the Ministry of Trade and Industry and within the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC). 

After obtaining a Masters degree in Information Systems from “Ecole Polytechnique” in Montreal, he worked as an IT manager for a Canadian company specialized in the processing and analysis of marketing data for the pharmaceutical industry. In the meantime, he enrolled in, and obtained an MBA from HEC Montreal. 

In 2007 he started his own consulting company in Computer Engineering and completed several missions on behalf of various international organizations: USAID, the World Bank and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He contributed to several projects aiming to improve the business climate in Morocco and Tunisia. At the end of 2011, he joined the Moroccan Data Protection Authority as Secretary General where he still contributes to the development of this young authority.

Ms. Chinmayi Arun

Executive Director, Centre for Communication Governance

Chinmayi Arun is Executive Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Law.  

She has been a consultant to the Law Commission of India and is a member of UNESCO India’s Media Freedom Committee. She is a Fellow of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University.

Costa Rica
Dr. Gabriela Barrantes

Escuela de Ciencias de la Computación e Informática Universidad de Costa Rica

Elena Gabriela Barrantes S. (Gabriela Barrantes) is a professor at the Computer Science and Informatics Department (ECCI) (1) at the Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica).  She received her B.Sc. from the same university, a M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Florida Atlantic University (USA) and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico (USA). 

She was the chair of the Graduate Program, and then of the ECCI.  Her research has dealt with on the use of diversification, and other biologically inspired metaphors for computer security and anomaly detection. Other research topics have included gender issues in technology, networking protocols, and e-voting. Her current research include adaptive privacy, quantum-resistant encryption, and moving target defenses.

Dr. Eduardo Bertoni

Director, Agencia de Acceso a la Informacion Publica

Eduardo Bertoni (Phd, Buenos Aires University) is the Director of the National Access to Public Information Agency and the former Director of the National Data Protection Authority in Argentina. He was the founder and the first director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, Argentina. 

He was the Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) until May, 2006. Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005). Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law (2001). Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow (2012-13) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). 

Former member of the advisory boards of the Human Rights Initiative (Open Society Foundations), the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet), among others. Dr. Bertoni has also worked as an advisor to the Department of Justice and Human Rights in Argentina. 

He is an Argentinean lawyer and holds a Masters in International Policy and Practice from the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Prof. Bertoni currently teaches at Buenos Aires University School of Law and New York University School of Law (Global Clinical Professor). He published several opinion pieces on democracy and human rights in leading newspapers in the Americas and has written several publications on judicial reforms, international criminal law and human rights & Internet.

South Africa
Mr. Ridwaan Boda

Director, Head of TMT Law unit at ENSafrica

Ridwaan Boda is a director in the Corporate and Commercial department, and is head of ENSafrica’s award winning Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team. He has considerable experience and expertise in the TMT field (including data and information privacy), having worked on and advised on some of South Africa’s largest and most prominent ICT transactions.

He has advised and acted on behalf of various listed companies, state-owned entities, quasi-government corporations and public sector bodies in a wide variety of sectors, including financial services, petrochemicals, retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology and resources. 

He also has significant global experience, having worked in the United Kingdom as well as having worked on a number multitude of multi- jurisdictional matters, including African matters. Ridwaan is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces as well as the International Technology Lawyers Association.

United Kingdom
Mr. Robert Bond

Partner and Notary Public, CharlesRussell Speechlys LLP

Robert Bond is a Solicitor and Notary Public of England & Wales and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.

He has over 40 years of experience as a legal expert and author in the fields of e-commerce, computer games, media and publishing, data protection, information security and cyber risks.

He is a Trustee of the UK Safer Internet Centre, Vice President of the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association, Chairman of the Governance Board of the Data Protection Network, a Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, a Companion of the British Computer Society , a Council Member of the Notaries Society and a Board member of the Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry (TAPESTRY) project at University of Surrey.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Executive Director, Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University

Dr Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada in 1997, Dr Cavoukian served for an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner.

In that time, she elevated the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from a novice regulatory body to a first-class agency, known around the world for its cutting edge innovation and leadership.

Her Privacy by Design framework seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible.

In October 2010, regulators at the conference of International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Jerusalem unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an essential component of fundamental privacy protection. This was followed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s inclusion of Privacy by Design as one of three recommended practices for protecting online privacy – a major validation of its significance.

In November 2011, Dr Cavoukian was ranked as one of the top 25 Women of Influence, recognizing her contribution to the Canadian and global economy. In October 2013, she was named one of the top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UBM Future Cities for her passionate advocacy of Privacy by Design. In December 2013, the Founding Partners of the Respect Network, the world’s first peer-to-peer network for personal and business clouds, named Dr Cavoukian as its first Honorary Architect. In August 2014, Dr Cavoukian was chosen as one of the ‘Power 50’ in Canadian Business magazine for her efforts as a privacy champion.

As of July 1, 2014, she began a new position at Ryerson University as the Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute – Where Big Data meets Big Privacy.

Mr. Phillip Dawson

Public Policy Lead, Element AI

Philip Dawson is Public Policy Lead at Element AI, a global AI product company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, where he leads the company’s policy work on the governance of data and AI.

He is a frequent speaker on AI and data policy, including at international workshops and conferences. Phil is the co-chair of the Data Governance Standardization Collaborative in Canada, and actively participates in international policy-making efforts related to AI within the OECD, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the Partnership on AI.

A former policy advisor at the United Nations aviation agency, Phil began his career in civil and commercial litigation. He holds degrees in political science, comparative politics and law from McGill University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Sinta Dewi

Professor of Law, University of Padjadjaran

Dr. Sinta Dewi is a Professor of Law at the University of Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia. She specializes in international law and information technology law. Over last seven years, she has focused her study on privacy issues, namely privacy and the impact of information technology on the individual, and the privacy regulatory framework from international and national law perspectives.

Her research areas include the regulation of privacy, data protection, consumer privacy in the financial and medical sectors and the telecommunication sectors, and the issue of privacy and law enforcement.

She has participated in numerous speaking engagements on privacy issues in international and national forums.

She is Chairperson of the Cyber Law Centre in the Faculty of Law, and has conducted several research collaborations in the field of data privacy with Privacy International, Citizen Lab and University of Toronto.

She also is a consultant for several government projects, drafting bills such as the Electronic Information Bill and Freedom of Information Bill, Telecommunication Law Bill and Data Protection Bill.

Dr. Danilo Doneda

State University of Rio de Janeiro

Danilo Doneda is a former General Coordinator at the Department of Consumer 
Protection and Defense in the Ministry of Justice (Brazil), where he develops actions regarding public policies for consumer protection in areas such as the protection of personal data and e-commerce.

His academic activities comprehend a PhD in Civil Law at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, a Master’s degree at the same University and a Law degree at the Federal University of Paraná.

Currently, he is a professor of Contract Law at the Law School of FGV Direito Rio and develops research activity at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) at FGV Direito Rio.

Dr Doneda is an author of several articles and books dealing with civil law, contract law, computer law and data protection.

Dr. Alexander Dix

Vice-Chair, European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection

Dr Alexander Dix, LL.M. (Lond.), has more than 27 years of practical experience in German data protection authorities. He was elected as Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information by the Berlin State Parliament (Germany) for the first time in June 2005 and served here until 2016.

Previously he had been Commissioner in the State of Brandenburg for seven years.

Dr Dix is a specialist in telecommunications and media and has dealt with a number of issues regarding the cross-border protection of citizen’s privacy.

He chairs the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications (“Berlin Group”) and is a member of the Art. 29 Working Party of European Data Protection Supervisory Authorities.

In this Working Party he represents the Data Protection Authorities of the 16 German States (Länder).

Born in Hessen, Alexander Dix graduated from Hamburg University with a degree in law in 1975. He received a Master of Laws degree from London University after studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1976 and a Doctorate in law from Hamburg University in 1984.

He has published extensively on issues of data protection and freedom of information. Inter alia he is a co-editor of the German Yearbook on Freedom of Information and Information Law.

Dr. Khaled El Emam

CEO and Founder, Privacy Analytics Inc.

Dr. Khaled El Emam is a co-founder and director of Replica Analytics, a company that develops data synthesis technology.

He is also a senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory, conducting academic research on privacy enhancing technologies to enable the sharing of health data for secondary purposes, including de-identification methods and synthetic data generation, and he is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics) at the University of Ottawa. 

Khaled is the founder of Privacy Analytics, and until the end of 2019, holds the position of General Manager and President. 

As an entrepreneur, Khaled founded or co-founded five companies involved with data management and data analytics. In 2003 and 2004, he was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement. 

Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada. He also served as the head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

He held the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa from 2005-2015. He has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

Mr. John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner

John Edwards was appointed to the position of Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand in February 2014 after a more than 20 year career practicing law and was re-appointed for a further 5 year term in February 2019.

Mr. Edwards has degrees in law (LLB) and public policy (MPP) from Victoria University of Wellington and has advised and represented a wide range of clients from the public and private sector.  He chaired the New Zealand Law Society Privacy and Human Rights Committee, and was Contributing Editor of Brookers Human Rights Law and Practice, and has published widely on human rights and privacy matters.  In addition to a practice specialty in the field of information and privacy law, Mr. Edwards held warrants as a district inspector for mental health, and as district inspector for intellectual disability services and has provided legal services to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Mr. Edwards was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (now known as the Global Privacy Assembly) in October 2014, and completed his 3 year term in October 2017.

Ms. Teki Akkuetteh Falconer

Executive Director, Africa Digital Rights Hub

Teki was the first Executive Director to set up the Data Protection Commission of Ghana and facilitate the implementation of Ghana’s Data Protection Act until her exit in July 2017.

Mr. Arthur Gwagwa

Adjunct Professor, Strathmore University, Strathmore Law School - Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

An experienced human rights lawyer admitted in Zimbabwe, England, and Wales, Arthur has extensive litigation experience on the right to privacy under article 8 of the European Convention.

He is regarded as one of Africa’s pioneering researchers on the right to privacy,. Since 2013, Arthur has contributed to the development of the right to privacy normative frameworks at the United Nations including advocacy for the creation of the special mandate on the right to privacy.

His research focus is now mostly on the intersection of technology, society, governance and business and his work on artificial intelligence ethics and algorithms governance is seminal in his region. He has advised the Government of Canada (GAC) on the geopolitical impact of China’s AI programmes in Africa. 

He is an advisory board member of the U.S. Open Technology Fund and also a member of the International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Working Group on Algorithms Bias Standards.

He has held a number of research fellowships including with the National Endowment for Democracy, CIPIT: Strathmore Law School, the Open African Innovation Research network in the University of Cape Town High Tech Hub and as a Microsoft-funded fellow at Research ICT Africa. The Bloomberg Foundation regards Arthur as one of the leading media innovators.  In his spare time, Arthur supports under privileged children in Zimbabwe to raise their level of aspiration, which is where his heart is.

Mr. Marcin De Kaminski

Policy Specialist, Sida

Mr. Marcin de Kaminski works as a Policy Specialist for Freedom of Expression and ICT at Sida. In this capacity, he is working to strengthen both Sida’s and Sweden’s efforts in the field of human rights in a digital context.

He previously worked as an Internet researcher and sociologist of law at Lund University Internet Institution, where he studied the conflict between legal and social norms offline and online, with a focus on privacy and safety issues.

Before joining Sida, Marcin founded and facilitated a wide range of progressive activist projects related to Internet freedoms.

Speaking both tech- and human-speak, Marcin has often been appreciated as an expert and advisor when newspapers, enterprises and governmental bodies are in need of a digital translator.

Dr. Christopher Kuner

Director, Brussels Privacy Hub, VUB Brussel

Dr Christopher Kuner is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, Senior Of Counsel in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 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”, and has been active in international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the OECD, and UNCITRAL.

His book entitled “Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law” was published in 2013 by Oxford University.

Mrs. Drudeisha Madhub

Data Protection Commissioner, Prime Minister’s Office of the Republic of Mauritius

Mrs. Madhub completed her LL.B at the University of Mauritius in 1998 and was also the Vice-President of the Student Union of the University at that time.

Mrs. Madhub then took part in the 1999 bar exams of the Council of Legal Education in Mauritius She joined the Attorney-General’s Office in August 2001 and served for six and a half years as Senior State Counsel.

Mrs. Madhub was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship in 2003 and concluded an LL.M in International Human Rights at Essex University, Colchester.

Since August 2007, she has joined the Prime Minister’s Office as Data Protection Commissioner and is a member of the Francophone Association of Data Protection Commissioners and GPEN Network.

In March 2011, Mrs. Madhub was appointed data protection and human rights expert by Interpol and since then, a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files.

She has published various articles in international journals and guidelines on data protection.

Ms. Vidushi Marda

Digital Programme Officer, Article 19

Vidushi Marda is a lawyer working at the intersection of emerging technologies, policy and society.

She is currently a Digital Programme Officer at Article 19, where her primary focus is global research and engagement on artificial intelligence (AI) and human rights.

She is additionally a non-resident research analyst on AI and rights at Carnegie India. Vidushi also works on strengthening human rights considerations in internet infrastructure, particularly at internet governance bodies like ICANN and the IEEE.

Marda is currently conducting research on the human rights impact of machine learning systems in India, Singapore, China, and Japan. Her work on facial recognition in India is forthcoming. In the past, she has produced case studies on the use of big data in governance in the global south, and has worked on understanding data flows within India’s biometric identity project, Aadhaar.

Marda has served as an invited expert at the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, the UN Human Rights Council, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, among others. Her research has been cited by the Supreme Court of India in its historic ruling on the Right to Privacy, the United Kingdom House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. 

Some recent publications include: Artificial intelligence policy in India: a framework for engaging the limits of data-driven decision-making, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2018 376 20180087; DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2018.0087; Governance with Teeth: How human rights can strengthen Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics Initiatives on AI, for ARTICLE 19, April 2019.

Mrs. Hela Ben Miled

Commissioner, the Tunisian Data Protection Authority and Magistrate in the Tunisian Administrative Court of Justice

Héla Ben Miled is a magistrate in the Tunisian Administrative Court of Justice. She was a commissioner in the Tunisian Data Protection Authority-DPA.

She was a pioneer in the development of data protection in her country as she was directly involved in the field of data protection since the DPA was created in 2008.

She was also a member of many teams responsible for drafting laws which could have a big impact on privacy and data protection, for example, the cybercrime law within the Ministry of Telecommunications and the open data law within the Home Ministry.

She also worked with Tunisian medical researchers to assess and evaluate the protection of people’s health data during the research process.

She was previously a commissioner in the Tunisian Stock Exchange Regulator.

Mr. Federico Monteverde

President, Data Protection Authority of Uruguay

Federico Monteverde is commissioner of the Data Protection Authority of Uruguay (URCDP) appointed by the Executive Branch since 2009.

He promoted the definition and elaboration of data protection public policies, their positioning in the governmental agenda and in the preparation of the current regulations in Uruguay.

He earned a Master degree in Electronic Government at the Metropolitan Technological University of the State of Chile.

He is a graduate in Systems Analysis at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic of Uruguay and holds graduate degrees in Social Networks Analysis and Policy Networks Analysis at the Bolivarian University of Chile.

He is Professor at ORT University of Uruguay, where he leads the disciplines of Social Network Analysis and Electronic Government.

Ms. Nuria Oliver

Chief Data Scientist, Data-Pop Alliance Chief Scientific Advisor, Vodafone Institute

Nuria Oliver is Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Vodafone Institute. 

She holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from MIT. She has over 20 years of research experience at MIT, Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA) and as the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone globally. Her work is internationally known with over 180 scientific publications that have received more than 17000 citations and a ten best paper award nominations and awards. She is co-inventor of 41 filed patents.

For the past 11 years, Nuria has held leadership roles creating and leading international research teams. Under her leadership at Vodafone, Nuria created and led the global efforts of Research in Data Science, expanding to over 20 countries and involving over 250 people. With her work, she has also contributed to the creation of the global unit on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, which has generated commercial results of two billion euros in revenues, 200 million euro in efficiency improvements and an increase of the return of investment of at least 15%.

She is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and an advisor to universities, foundations, companies, governments and institutions, such as the European Commission and the World Economic Forum.

She is the first computer scientist in Spain to have been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a member of the CHI Academy. She is also Fellow of the ACM, the European Association of Artificial Intelligence and of the IEEE. She holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University. She is the youngest Fellow at the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Academia Europaea.

Nuria’s work and professional trajectory has received several awards, including the MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award (2004), the Rising Talent award by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009), the European Digital Woman of the Year award (2016), the Medal to Business and Social Merit by the Valencian Government (2017), the Spanish National Computer Science Award (Angela Ruiz Robles category, 2016), the Engineer of the Year by the COIT (2018) and the Data Scientist of the Year Award (2019). She has also been named one of the 11 most influential people on AI in the world by Pioneering Minds (2017), a “wonderful mind in technology” in Spain by EL PAIS newspaper (2017), “an outstanding female director in technology” (El PAIS, 2012), one of “100 leaders for the future” (Capital, 2009) and one of the “40 youngsters who will mark the next millennium” (El PAIS, 1999).

Her passion is to improve people’s quality of life, both individually and collectively, through technology. She is also passionate about scientific outreach. Hence, she regularly collaborates with the media (press, radio, TV) and gives non-technical talks about science and technology to broad audiences, and particularly to teenagers, with a special interest on girls. Her TEDx, WIRED and similar talks have been viewed thousands of times.

Dr. Washington G. Okori

Program Director at TechMahindra, MTNITSS

Dr Washington Okori has over 20 years of experience in the ICT sector. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science from Makerere University. Dr Okori is the Program Director at MTN and formerly is the Head Application Development and Billing at Orange Uganda.

He has provided innovative solutions and strategic leadership and guidance during IT transformation projects in different telecommunication networks. He focuses on innovation, timeliness, resource optimization and respect for human resource in his sphere.

Dr Okori has worked with both local and international companies and experts in different projects and therefore posses a strong cross-culture value of focus.

He has also taught and mentored students in Universities and his research area of interest is in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Databases, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, ICT for Sustainable Development, Information Systems, Information Security and Disaster Management.

United States
Dr. Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences,
Director, MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory and MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program

Dr Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland has helped create and direct MIT’s Media Lab, the Media Lab Asia, and the Center for Future Health.

He chairs the World Economic Forum’s Data Driven Development council, is Academic Director of the MIT-Harvard-ODI Big Data and People Project, and is a member of the Advisory Boards for Google, Nissan, Telefonica, Monument Capital, and the Minerva Schools.

In 2012 Forbes named Sandy one of the ‘seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and in 2013 he won the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, and in 2014 was elected to the US National Academies.

He is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, wearable computing (Google Glass), image understanding, and modern biometrics.

His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels. His most recent book, ‘Social Physics’, published by Penguin Press.

Ms. Patricia Poku

Data Protection Commissioner

United States of America
Ms. Kalinda Raina

VP and Head of Global Privacy, LinkedIn

Kalinda Raina is Vice President and Head of Global Privacy at LinkedIn.

She leads LinkedIn’s Privacy Team with global responsibility for overseeing compliance with data privacy laws and regulations, establishing privacy standards and policies, regulatory outreach and implementing the company’s compliance framework for privacy.

She is an advocate for building a Culture of Privacy within tech organizations and using GDPR as an opportunity to further develop a company’s long term digital strategy.  Prior to joining LinkedIn, Ms. Raina led the Americas privacy team at Apple, and was the first Chief Privacy Officer at Nintendo.

Kalinda currently serves as the Chairwoman of the IAPP Board of Directors. Ms. Raina received her J.D. from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley in 2001 where she was one of the first graduates focused exclusively on the area of data privacy.

Ms. Raina earned a BA from UC San Diego where she double majored in Communications and History and graduated summa cum laude.

Sri Lanka
Mr. Rohan Samarajiva

Chair, LIRNEasia

Rohan Samarajiva is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an infrastructure policy and regulation think tank active across emerging economies in South and South East Asia and the Pacific. LIRNEasia has been engaged in research on mobile network big data for development since 2012.

Before setting up LIRNEasia, Samarajiva was Team Leader at the Sri Lanka Ministry for Economic Reform, Science and Technology, responsible for infrastructure reforms, Director General of Telecommunications and a founder director of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka.

Previously, he was Honorary Professor at the University of Moratuwa, Visiting Professor of Economics of Infrastructures at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Associate Professor of Communication and Public Policy at the Ohio State University in the US.

He was the CEO of LIRNEasia until 2012.

He serves on the Boards of Communication Policy Research south, Research ICT Africa and the Lanka Software Foundation.

Relevant publications include Customer information: Privacy and competitive implications, NRRI 92-11 (with R. Burns & R. Mukherjee). Columbus OH: National Regulatory Research Institute, 1992; Surveillance by design: Public networks and the control of consumption, in Communication by Design: The Politics of Information and Communication Technologies, eds. R. Mansell & R. Silverstone, pp. 129-156. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996; and Interactivity as though privacy mattered, in Technology and privacy: The new landscape, eds. P. E. Agre & M. Rotenberg, pp. 277-309. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

New Zealand
Mr. Blair Stewart

Assistant Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand

Blair Stewart B.A. LL.B is an Assistant Privacy Commissioner in New Zealand. He has been with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner since 1993. Before this, he practised law in Auckland.

Blair has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising).

Within the Office, Blair is responsible principally for the Commissioner’s regulatory role of issuing code of practice and for international privacy policy work.

In the former codes role, two diverse recent projects have focused upon information sharing in the response and recovery stages of major natural disasters and reforming the regulation of consumer credit reporting. In the latter international role, Blair participates as a New Zealand delegate to the privacy-working groups of both APEC and OECD, as well as being an active participant in networks of privacy enforcement authorities such as the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum and the International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners.

Blair is currently on the governance bodies of both the APEC Cross-border Privacy Enforcement Arrangement (CPEA) and the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN).

United States
Ms. Joann Catherine Stonier

Chief Global Privacy Officer, Mastercard

JoAnn Stonier is the Chief Data Officer for Mastercard, where she is responsible for the enterprise data strategy and management, including identifying and mitigating data risks across the company, as well as influencing data-driven products, overseeing data policy and governance. 

She advises executive management on a broad range of complex data policy and regulatory issues. Prior to her current position, Ms. Stonier established the first Privacy Office for Mastercard in 2008, and developed the organization’s Information Governance program beginning in 2013.  Prior to joining Mastercard, Ms. Stonier was the Chief Privacy Officer for American Express Company. 

JoAnn is a recognized data and privacy expert and is sought after for her innovative and practical approach to solving problems in the digital age.  In 2018 she assisted in the creation and launch of Trūata, an Irish data trust enterprise, formed to ensure anonymization compliance with the EU-General Data Protection Regulation. She currently serves on their board.  In addition to the Trūata board of directors, she currently advises a broad range of industry and policy groups regarding data innovation and privacy including: the United Nations Global Privacy Advisory Group; the World Economic Forum’s Data Driven Development Steering Committee; and the Board of Directors of the Information Accountability Foundation.  She is also a Board Advisor for Hope for the Warriors, a non-for-profit organization that assists U.S. military personnel and their families. She has served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Privacy Professionals from (2013-2018) and served on the Executive Committee in multiple roles including Chairman in 2017. For her data thought leadership, Ms. Stonier has been recognized by the Information Governance Initiative as the Chief Information Governance Officer of 2015 and in 2011 she was named as an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow. 

Ms. Stonier received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University in Queens, and her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College.  Ms. Stonier is a lawyer and holds memberships in the Bar of the State of New York and the Bar of the State of New Jersey.

Mr. David Watts

Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection; Professor of information law and policy, La Trobe University Law School, Victoria, Australia

David Watts was appointed Acting Privacy Commissioner from 13 April 2013. Mr Watts is also the Victorian Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security.

Following the Attorney-General’s December 2012 announcement of the creation of a new office of the Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner, Mr Watts is leading the transition project to bring the two existing bodies into the one new entity.

His background is as a lawyer who has practised in both the private and public sectors specialising in information technology, information privacy, intellectual property, governance and regulatory systems.

Before being appointed Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security, Mr Watts was Assistant Secretary, Legal Services Branch, of the Department of Health and Ageing in Canberra where he led the development of the regulatory framework to support national e-health initiatives and the national registration and accreditation scheme for the health professions.

Before that, he headed the legal branch of the Victorian Department of Human Services where he was closely involved in the development of key social policy-based legislative initiatives including the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.

David has advised a number of State and Territory governments on online and information privacy issues and was the joint architect of the Northern Territory’s Information Act 2002.

United States of America
Mr. Wendell Wallach

Ethicist and Scholar, Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Wendell Wallach has chaired Technology and Ethics studies for the past eleven years at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, is senior advisor to The Hastings Center, a fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a fellow at the Center for Law and Innovation (ASU).

His latest book, a primer on emerging technologies, is entitled, A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control.  In addition, he co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.  The eight volume Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies (edited by Wallach) was published by Routledge in Winter 2017. 

He received the World Technology Award for Ethics in 2014 and for Journalism and Media in 2015, as well as a Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa in 2015-2016. The World Economic Forum appointed Mr. Wallach co-chair of its Global Future Council on Technology, Values, and Policy for the 2016-2018 term, and he is a member of their AI Council for the next two years. Wendell is the lead organizer for the 1st International Congress for the Governance of AI (ICGAI), which will convene in Prague, April 2020.

United Kingdom
Mr. 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.

For a list of the 2017-2019 members of the Privacy Advisory Group, click here

For a list of the 2015-2016 members of the Privacy Advisory Group, click here. 

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