Data Privacy Advisory Group 2015-2016

Members of the Data Privacy Advisory Group for 2015-2016 included: 


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.


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

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 intechnology, networking protocols, and e-voting. Her current research include adaptive privacy, quantum-resistant encryption, and moving target defenses.


Director, Head of TMT Law unit at ENSafrica

South Africa

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.


Partner and Notary Public at CharlesRussell Speechlys LLP

United Kingdom

Robert Bond is a Partner and Notary Public at Charles Russell Speechlys and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional.  He has specialised in data protection law since 1983. He is 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 named in the National Law Journal's list of 50 Governance Risk & Compliance Trailblazers, listed in the top 10 in “the Who’s Who of Information Technology Lawyers 2016” and also in "Best Lawyers in UK 2016"   He is a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, Chairman of Tech UK Big Data Governance Committee, on the Advisory Board of the Data Protection Academy of Malaysia, an Ambassador for Privacy by Design, Board Member of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Chairman of the Governance Board of the Data Protection Network.


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.


State University of Rio de Janeiro


Danilo Doneda is 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 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.


Vice-Chair of the 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.


Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Ottawa


Dr Khaled El Emam is a senior scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and Director of the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, conducting academic research on de-identification and re-identification risk. Khaled holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. He was also one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors recognized by the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner.  Khaled is the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped found five companies involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in technical and management positions in academic and business settings in England, Scotland and Japan.  In 2003 and 2004, Khaled 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 has a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.


Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico


Fernando Esponda got his PhD in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico in 2005 and did a postdoc at Yale University until 2007. He is currently a professor of Computer Science at ITAM (Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico) in Mexico City where he heads its masters program. His work revolves around complexity, biology and techniques for securing data and collecting information privately and has been featured in magazines like The Economist, Seed Magazine and Biological Medical Computation Review.


Head of the Liaison Office of the International Telecommunication Union

Gary Fowlie is the head of the Liaison office of the International Telecommunication Union to the United Nations. Mr Fowlie is an Economist and Journalist. Prior to joining the International Telecommunication Union in 2000, Mr Fowlie worked for Microsoft and the global consulting firm of Hill and Knowlton.  Mr Fowlie was responsible for communications and member relations for the UN World Summit on the Information Society and from 2005 until 2009 was the Chief of Media Liaison for the United Nations in New York.  He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the London School of Economics.


Indian Institute of Management Bangalore


Dr Pulak Ghosh is a permanent Professor of Quantitative Methods and Information Systems at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). Prior to Joining IIMB, he was a Professor at the Georgia State University and Emory University, Atlanta, USA. Prof. Ghosh is an academic fellow at the Center for Advanced Financial Research and Learning promoted by   Reserve Bank of India. His main research interest is Big data, Analytics, Statistics and its use in Social value creation. He has more than 10 years of rich experience in academics and industry. Pulak has published over 50 research articles in internationally reputed journals.


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.



Deputy Director, Ministry for Foreign Affairs


Anna Lekvall has 20 years of experience in international democracy, human rights, conflict resolution and development. Anna currently works at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs responsible for human rights and internet governance, supporting the development of international norms and the global, open and safe use of information and communication technology. In her capacity she is engaged in the various international processes and conferences  in the United Nations, Human Rights Council, European Union, Council of Europe, Freedom Online Coalition, etc. Anna has worked extensively in Africa and is an expert in democracy and development. She has been a programme manager at International IDEA and published a book on the subject. Anna holds a Masters in Democratic Development from the University of Uppsala and a BA in International Economics from Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law.


Chairman of Personal Data Protection Commission


Dr Mouhamadou LO is PhD on Law of Information Technology Communication and a Chairman of Senegalese Personal Data Protection Commission. He holds a PhD in Law of Information Technology and Communication (ICT). He is a Legal Counsel of state agency computing, senior coordinator of legislation implementation and decrees on Information Society in Senegal and editor of  Senegalese law on personal data protection. Dr Lo is a regional Expert IUT in the context of drafting a model legislation / Directive on personal data of members of ECCAS and CEMAC (HIPSSA) and a founder and representative of Senegal within the Francophone Association of  Personal Data Protection Authorities (AFAPDP). He is a member of National Technical Committee of additional acts Transposition of ECOWAS / UEMOA on the Law of telecommunications and ICT (additional acts on personal data, electronic transactions and a directive on cybercrime). He was a senior Coordinator and editor of bills on the Information Society in Mauritania, former Member of the Senegal National Committee for transition from analogical to digital and alternate Member of Senegalese Cryptologic National Commission. His publications include Fight against cybercrime: the first decisions of cybercrime fight; Regulation of Senegalese Information Society;Intellectual Property Rights; The IPTV: what legal framework in Senegal?


Data Protection Commissioner, Prime Minister’s Office

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


Commissioner in 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 a 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


Consultant, formely Privacy International


Carly Nyst is an independent consultant, formely serving as the Legal Director of Privacy International, a London-based NGO dedicated to fighting unlawful surveillance and promoting the right to privacy around the world. Carly directs Privacy International’s public interest litigation and leads the organisation’s advocacy in regional and international human rights mechanisms, where Privacy International advocates for stronger protections for privacy and personal data. Carly is an Australian-qualified human rights lawyer, and was previously the Legal Adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Visiting Scholar at the Colombia Law School’s Human Rights Institute.


Orange Uganda Limited


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 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.


Partner of Allende & Brea


Mr Pablo Palazzi obtained his degree at the School of Law of Universidad Católica Argentina. In May 2000 he obtained a Master in Law (LL.M) at Fordham Law School in New York with a focus on IP & IT matters. Mr Palazzi is admitted to practice law in Argentina and in New York. Before being a lawyer Mr Palazzi was a computer programmer. He is a partner at Allende & Brea where he works in the Intellectual Property department. Before that, he worked as an associate at Morrison & Foester LLP in New York and was also a law clerk in the Supreme Court of Argentina. Mr Palazzi has provided clients advise on matters related to intellectual property and internet law including data protection. Mr Palazzi has written the following books in Spanish: International transfer of personal data to Latin America (Ad Hoc, 2003, LLM thesis), Data Protetion Law (Errepar, 2005), Credit Reporting Law (Astrea, 2008), and Computer Crimes (Delitos informaticos, Abeledo, 2013, 2nd edition). He is also the author of many articles dealing with the protection of ideas, software and other issues related to copyright and trademark use on the Internet and domain names issues. Mr Palazzi is also a member of AMCHAM, MARQUES, INTA, GRUR and the IPC. He is a WIPO panelist and he is also in the list of arbitration for film and media of the WIPO Arbitration Center. Pablo is an adjunct professor at the School of law of Universidad de San Andrés focusing on courses in IP law and Internet law. Mr Palazzi is a member of the editorial board of International Data Privacy Law (Oxford), member of the International Advisory Board of Privacy International and founder of the Latin American Data Protection Law Review. He has been cited as a leading practitioner in Intellectual Property law by, among others, Chambers & Partners Latin America, The Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250.


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.


Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board and Secretary IT of the Government of Punjab


Umar Saif is a Pakistani computer scientist and entrepreneur, who is known for his work on using ICT solutions for developing-world problems. Saif holds a BSc. from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar at Trinity College and Post doctorate from MIT (2002), all in Computer Science. Dr Saif worked and taught at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) as a research scientist for four years, where he was part of the group (O2S) that developed system technologies for project Oxygen — a US$28 million project sponsored by the US Department of Defense (DARPA) and an industrial Alliance of world-class companies including Nokia, HP, Compaq, NTT DoCommo, Phillips, Acer and Delta. Saif established one of the first startup incubators in Pakistan, called the Saif Center of Innovation (SCI). Saif’s work on grassroots  technologies received the MIT Technovator Award in 2008 and he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. In Jan 2013, Dr Umar Saif was appointed the first Vice-chancellor of the Information Technology University (ITU). At the age of 34, he became the youngest Vice-chancellor of a university in Pakistan. In Nov 2011, Dr Umar Saif was appointed as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Secretary IT of the Government of Punjab, Pakistan. In this role, Dr Saif is responsible for all public-sector IT projects in Punjab, including e-governance, capacity- building of the IT industry, IT-enabled citizen services and IT R&D in universities in Punjab. In August 2011, the MIT Technology Review named Saif among its list of the 35 "World’s Top Young Innovators for the year 2011." In 2014, he was conferred upon Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), one of the highest civilian  Awards in Pakistan, by the Government of Pakistan in recognition for his services to the country. Awards and recognitions: 2014 Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of the highest Civilian Awards in Pakistan; 2013 ACM CHI Best Paper Award; 2011 Google Faculty Research Award; 2011 MIT TR35: World Top 35 Young Innovators; 2010 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; 2008 MIT Technovator Award (Grassroot Technologies); 2008 IDG Technology Pioneer Award; 2008 IEEE Percom Mark Weiser Award; 2006 Microsoft Research (MSR) Digital Inclusion Award; 2001 Fellow, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust; 1998 National Commonwealth Scholar, University of Cambridge.


Chair, LIRNEasia

Sri Lanka

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.


Assistant Privacy Commissioner in New Zealand

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 practiced 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).


Director of Privacy, Public Policy, the GSM Association

United Kingdom

Pat is responsible for the Group Special Mobile Association’s (GSMA) 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.


Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection, Victoria


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. Legislation to establish the new Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner will be introduced into Parliament. 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.

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