Our speakers & partners 2021
Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias
Cecilia was the Chairwoman of APEP (Spanish Privacy Professional Association) until June and currently in charge of its international affairs. She is also the Spanish member of CEDPO (Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations) and member of the Leadership Council of The Sedona Conference (W-6).
She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation in the section of the Law on Technologies of the Information and the Knowledge as well as Arbitrator of the European Association of Arbitration (ITC section).
She formed part of the Volunteer Group of Privacy Experts of the OECD (Working Party on Information Security and Privacy; WPISP) in charge of the 2013 review of the OECD guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder data flows of personal data. She formerly participated in the Group of Experts selected by the Spanish DPA to prepare the Madrid Resolution on International Privacy Standards in 2009.
Cecilia has written numerous publications on data protection and regularly lectures on data protection, IT and e-commerce at different Master's programmes and seminars.
Andreas Beck (CIPP/E, CIPM) is Privacy Consultant at OneTrust. He advises companies on software implementation and automation in the areas of data protection, IT security and preference management. In addition to his expertise in data protection, Andreas Beck looks back on his many years of experience in the field of compliance & banking.
Malte Beyer-Katzenberger studied law and political sciences and obtained a Dr jur degree from Trier University in 2007. From 2007–2011 he worked at the Academy of European Law, Trier. He joined the European Commission in 2011. He has worked on law relating to the re-use of public sector information and open access to scientific information and was involved in the drafting of several Communications on the European data economy, the 2020 EU data strategy and the proposal for a Data Governance Act. He is also involved in the preparation of the planned Data Act.
Dr Falk Böhm
Dr. Falk Boehm, CIPP/E, CIPM serves adidas as their Global Privacy Officer. Falk is an experienced privacy practitioner and specializes in the implementation of privacy as a management system. Before joining adidas, Falk had been working for 8 years in the telecoms industry holding positions as a privacy counsel, as a data protection officer, and also as the head of privacy at Vodafone Germany. Next to his focus on privacy and data protection law, Falk gained strong expertise in the area of cyber security legislation and regulation.
Falk studied law at the universities of Jena, Leipzig & Speyer with a focus on public and regulatory law. In his early career days, he gained international exposure during his clerkship stages at a German law firm in Beijing as well as in the chambers of a magistrate judge in Dallas, TX. After Falk started his professional career in private practice with Bird & Bird in Munich, Falk acquired a legal doctor in public law. Since 2019 Falk has been chairing the Bitkom Data Protection Working Group.
Dr Dirk Bornemann
Dr Dirk Bornemann, who holds a doctorate in law, joined Microsoft in 2006 and has headed the legal department within Legal and Corporate Affairs since 2010. He has been a member of the Management Board since September 2014. Between 2000 and 2005, Dirk Bornemann worked as a lawyer for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an international law firm in Frankfurt am Main, and then in the legal department of Amazon Germany. His areas of expertise include copyright, outsourcing and data protection law. Dirk Bornemann completed his law studies in Bonn, Lausanne and Hamburg. Dirk Bornemann is married and lives with his wife and two children in Munich.
Will Cathcart is the Vice President of WhatsApp. In this role, he oversees the development and strategy for all WhatsApp products including consumer, business, and payments.
Will joined Facebook in 2010 and has worked on a number of Facebook’s product efforts, including leading product development for News Feed and Facebook's introduction of advertising into News Feed and on mobile. In 2018, Will was the Vice President of the Facebook App where he oversaw the development and strategy for all Facebook App products including Video, Groups, Marketplace, News Feed, Stories, and more.
Before joining Facebook, Will worked at Google and was responsible for product development of anti-spam technologies for Google’s products, including Gmail. Will graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics.
At the age of 37 and with two degrees in Computer Engineering and Cybersecurity, Manuela Cianfrone, Italian living in Germany, already has almost 20 years of experience in the IT context working for multinationals and startups from different countries. After years as a web programmer, software analyst, and systems administrator, she had the chance to turn what she cultivated as parallel passions (digital forensics and cyber security) into her current role for almost ten years now. Data protection is her strength starting from the analysis of the vulnerabilities of the systems in the role of ethical hacker and subsequently studying, designing and proposing security solutions for companies of different sizes, sectors and verticals throughout Europe.
Sabina Ciofu (Moderator)
Sabina leads techUK's international policy and engagement. Based in Brussels, she manages the organisation's EU policy priorities as well as the international trade agenda. Sabina leads techUK’s engagement with the European Union institutions, as well as the EU Member States. Outside of the EU, her work is focused on key trade partners, such as the USA and Japan, as well as key international organisations, such as the WTO and the OECD. Previously, she worked as Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for almost a decade, where she specialised in tech regulation, international trade and EU-US relations.
Sabina is the founder of the Gentlewomen’s Club, co-organiser of the Young Professionals in Digital Policy and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, where she has led several youth civic engagement and gender equality projects.
She sits on the Advisory Board of the UCL European Institute and The Nine, Brussels’ first members-only club designed for women. Sabina holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge.
Gary Davis, Director, Privacy & Law Enforcement Requests, Apple. Joined Apple in February 2013 where as part of the global team he heads up international privacy counselling and compliance and helps lead Apple's world-wide approach to privacy across all product and services. Previously he served as Ireland's Deputy Data Protection Commissioner for seven years and as a civil servant worked in the Irish Prime Minister's Office for ten years.
Susanne Dehmel has been a member of the Executive Board of Bitkom since October 2014, where she is responsible for the Legal & Security business unit and the topic of artificial intelligence.
She is a member of the Enquete Commission of the German Bundestag "Artificial Intelligence - Social Responsibility and Economic, Social and Ecological Potential". She also represents the business community on the Expert Council for Consumer Affairs of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and is on the Data Protection Advisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG. For Bitkom, Susanne Dehmel also serves as deputy chairwoman of the Self-Regulation of the Information Economy Association (Verein Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft e.V.). (SRIW) and of Deutschland sicher im Netz e.V. (Germany Secure on the Net).
Susanne Dehmel is a lawyer and completed her law studies in Passau, Freiburg and Cardiff. Before she took over the area of data protection at Bitkom, she was responsible for the areas of copyright and industrial property rights from 2002-2009. She has been head of the data protection department since 2010. An important part of her work is the promotion of trust and security in the digital world and, in particular, the practical further development of the legal framework for the digital economy and society.
Peter has worked as Google’s Global Privacy Counsel since 2006. Based in Europe, Peter is Google’s longest-serving privacy leader. He counsels Google teams on how to design privacy-sensitive and legally compliant products. Peter has designed many of Google’s privacy compliance programs. He has met with thousands of privacy officials and leaders worldwide. Peter has managed scores of regulatory actions around the world, and appeared before some of the world’s highest courts. Prior to joining Google, Peter worked for 10 years at Microsoft, as EMEA privacy leader and Director of Regulatory Compliance.
Peter is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is an elite swimmer.
Heiko Gossen is deputy chairman of the data protection working group at Bitkom e.V.. He gained his practical experience in data protection both as an internal data protection officer (Telefónica Deutschland) and data protection auditor (Telefónica O2) and later as an external data protection officer (including Postbank Systems and Amprion). Since 2012, he has also been appointed as lead auditor on behalf of TÜV Rheinland for many companies in the ISO 27001 and ISO 27018 standards, among others. As Managing Director of migosens, he is responsible for a team of 20 data protection and management system consultants and auditors.
Dr Sabine Grapentin, LL.M., works as Lead Counsel Digital Health with Siemens Healthineers in Erlangen.
She mainly deals with legal issues regarding cloud products, data-driven business models, AI and data protection in the healthcare sector.
Prior to this, she held positions as Head of Legal Middle East and Africa (in Dubai, UAE) and Senior Counsel for the former hospital information system business of Siemens Healthineers. Before joining Siemens Healthineers in 2011 she was a salary partner in a large international law firm in the areas of IT and data protection law. She is a specialist lawyer for IT law and qualified as a solicitor (England and Wales).
Alex has served as Director of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program since July 2019. In this role, he is responsible for management and administration of the Privacy Shield program, as well as policy regarding transatlantic data privacy, data flows, and digital trade issues. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Alex served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Communications and Internet Policy at the U.S. Department of State. In that role, he was responsible for global data privacy issues, surveillance, law enforcement access to data, civil liberties, data flows, digital trade, as well as digital economy policy in Europe. Previously, from 2016 to 2017, Alex served at the White House as Senior Policy Advisor for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council. His responsibilities included EU-U.S. Privacy Shield implementation, EU Digital Single Market engagement, G-20 digital economy outcome negotiations, China digital economy and cybersecurity issues, APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules expansion, and a range of other matters at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. From 2015 to 2016, Alex served as Director for the European Union, Southern Europe, and European Economic Affairs at the National Security Council, and oversaw negotiation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Alex was a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State for 18 years. Alex holds a B.A. in International Economics and Russian Studies from George Washington University.
Jenny is a Deputy Director in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport where she leads a team responsible for the development and delivery of international data policy. This includes work on data adequacy and the negotiation of data provisions in trade agreements, including the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Her previous roles in the Civil Service include: broader EU Exit policy and operations at DCMS, civil service reform in the Cabinet Office, and conflict and development policy at the (now former) Department for International Development. She holds a Masters in International Relations from King’s College London.
Emily Hancock is Director, Senior Associate General Counsel (Head of Product, Privacy & IP) and Data Protection Officer for San Francisco-based Cloudflare, Inc., where she provides strategic leadership on global data privacy issues, working cross-functionally with product, security, policy and legal teams to advance Cloudflare’s mission of helping to build a better Internet through privacy-first security, performance and reliability services. Emily has nearly 20 years of experience practicing data protection law. Before joining Cloudflare in 2018, Emily was Vice President, Legal at Evernote. Prior to that, Emily held positions at Yahoo and in private practice working on a wide variety of data protection matters.
Dr Stefan Hanloser
Dr Stefan Hanloser is Vice President Data Protection Law at ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. Operating out of the company's headquarter in Munich, Stefan oversees ProSiebenSat.1's group-wide privacy legal program. Since June 2018, Stefan is member of the Privacy Advisory Board of European netID Foundation (EnID). Prior to joining ProSiebenSat.1, Stefan worked as Global Corporate Privacy Officer at Allianz Asset Management AG, the financial services holding of Allianz Group. Stefan has a background as an information technology lawyer with two international law firms in Munich, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Since August 2017, Andreas Hartl has been head of Division KI 1 (Artificial Intelligence, Data Economy, Blockchain) at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The unit deals with economic and digital policy aspects of artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, open data policy and other issues of the data economy. Among other things, it is responsible for the Artificial Intelligence Strategy and the Federal Government's Blockchain Strategy. The department is responsible for the EU Data Governance Act and (together with the Federal Ministry of Justice) for the EU Regulation on Artificial Intelligence. It is also the coordinator for the EU's Free Flow of Data Regulation and is in charge of transposing the Open Data and PSI Directives into national law.
Andreas Hartl studied law at the University of Marburg and passed the Second State Examination in Law in 2004.
From 2004 to 2011, he worked at the Federal Network Agency. At the beginning of 2012, he moved to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), where he worked until August 2017 as a consultant for fundamental issues in telecommunications as well as competition and regulatory issues in digitalisation. There, he supervised, among other things, the preparation of first the Green Paper and in 2017 the White Paper on Digital Platforms.
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Prof Dr Marcus Helfrich
Studies of Law, Political Sciences and Economics in Munich. Specialisations in International Law, European Union Law, Business Law and International Relations
1993-1995 Head of Legal und Patent Affairs and Assistant to the CEO of an international science organisation in Munich (Max-Planck-Insitut for Plasma Physics).
1995-2002 Attorney-at-Law and partner of a national law firm. Specialisations in intellectual property law and business law.
2003-2008 partner of a trans-national law firm
since 2008 Managing Partner of LBC Rechtsanwälte, Munich and Berlin
publications (selection): Helfrich, Privacy Law, 13th edition, Munich 2021; Forgó/Helfrich/Schneider (eds.), Privacy and Data Protection, Munich, C.H.Beck, 3rd ed. 2019; Helfrich, Customer Relationship Management and Data Protection, in: Forgó/Helfrich/Schneider, Privacy and Data Protection, Munich, 3rd ed. 2019; Helfrich, Basic principles of privacy law, in: Hoeren/Sieber (eds.), Handbook Multimediarecht, Munich, 2021
Frank is Deputy Managing Director at Selbstregulierung Informationswirtschaft (SRIW), particularly coordinating and managing audit and compliance activities, as well as Head of Monitoring and Auditing, Legal Affairs at SCOPE Europe, a subsidiary of SRIW. He constantly contributes to expert and stakeholder groups. He has in-depth knowledge within IT and Media Law with Data Protection as field of expertise. He passed both State Exams, strongly focusing on Information and Communication Law (first State Exam), deepening his expertise by choosing Media and Copyright Law as area of focus for his second State Exam. He also holds a related Master of Laws Degree and passed the theoretical part for Professional Lawyers in that area. He is certified Data Protection Officer and Data Protection Auditor, and independent, registered lawyer. Before being with SRIW/SCOPE Europe, he gained experience from different perspectives, incl. international law firms, IT companies and data protection supervisory authorities.
Josh Kallmer is Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations at Zoom. He was most recently Executive Vice President for Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), leading efforts to influence policy development around the globe. Before joining ITI, he acted as counsel for Crowell & Moring LLP and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.
Prof Ulrich Kelber
Born on 29 March 1968 | married, 5 children
- 1987 to 1993 studied computer science and biology in Bonn
- 1993 to 1995 worked as research associate at the GMD Research Centre for Information Technology
- 1996 to 2002 knowledge management consultant at an IT company (consultative function from September 2000 to September 2002).
- 2000 to 2018 Member of the German Bundestag,
- Won the direct mandate in the city of Bonn in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017
- 2005 to 2013 Vice-Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group for the issues of environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety, food, agriculture and consumer protection and sustainability.
- December 2013 to March 2018 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection,
- Since January 2019, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Dr Axel Kessler
Dr Axel Kessler, LL.M., is a specialized lawyer in the area of IT, new Media and Data Privacy since 1998. He is admitted to the German and the New York Bar. After starting his career with Hogan Lovells he took an in-house counsel position with Siemens in 2004. First he advised on IT matters and Outsourcing transactions, and then he was leading a M&A team responsible for internal restructurings. 2013 he took over the global position as Head of Data Privacy, being responsible for the Data Privacy program for all Siemens group companies and its 300.000 employees. Since 2019 he is also the Data Protection Officer of Siemens AG.
Paula Kift is the DPO and EU Data Protection Lead at Palantir Technologies in Germany. She works at the intersection of privacy engineering, legal compliance, and government affairs, with a particular focus on advising both public and private sector clients on how to translate legal and ethical requirements into technical design and everyday organizational practice. Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in French, European Cultural Studies, and Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and a Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. She is a certified Data Protection Officer and Information Security Auditor.
Prof Dr Dieter Kugelmann
Prof Dr Dieter Kugelmann studied at the universities of Mainz and Dijon. In 1991 he did his Ph.D. in Mainz with a study on European Media Law. Further academic qualifications lead to a book on the rights of the citizen in information society. He did teaching at the universities of Frankfurt/Main, Cologne, Bielefeld, Passau, Mannheim, and Leipzig. He is the author of numerous publications especially on media law, refugee law, European law, and security law. In 2008 he became a fully tenured professor at the German Police University with a specialization for public law with a focus on police law including international and European Law. In 2015 he was elected State Commissioner for the protection of data and the freedom of information of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Cornelia leads Microsoft’s European Rule of Law & Responsible Tech team which focuses on the impact of new technologies and regulatory frameworks that meet expectation of society. Her team covers policies such as responsible/ethical/trustworthy AI, digital safety and content regulation, privacy, lawful access, human rights and competition. In her role, she works hand in hand with Microsoft’s Office of Responsible AI, Microsoft Research and members of the AI, Ethics, and Effects in Engineering and Research (Aether) Committee. She regularly engages with leading European scholars in these fields to advance academic thinking. Cornelia has long standing experience in Information Society & Internet policies and speaks regularly at regional and international conferences. Before joining Microsoft, she headed the legal department of BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. She has also gained experience in a top 10 law firm and started her professional career in the European Parliament as a political advisor to an MEP. Cornelia is a qualified German lawyer, and holds a master’s degree in information technology and telecommunication laws. She studied law at the Universities of Passau, Porto, Hamburg and Glasgow/Strathclyde.
Istvan Lam is a cryptographer, computer scientist, entrepreneur, and co-founder & CEO of Tresorit. Istvan received his Master's degree in Computer Engineering focusing on encryption technology in 2013 and his BSc in Computer Engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he already specialized in cryptography and IT security. Still, at university, Istvan co-founded Tresorit, which provides a productivity solution for ultra-secure collaboration, including managing, storing, syncing, and transferring files to more than 10,000 businesses globally.
Ari Levenfeld is Senior Manager of Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google. He has spent the last 16 years working for technology companies, focusing specifically on global compliance, data protection and policy. Prior to Google, Ari was Chief Privacy Officer for Quantcast, Sizmek and Rocket Fuel. Ari holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Master’s from the University of Southern California. He has served as an NAI board member for 5 years and co-Chair of IAB Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework Steering Committee. Ari has published extensively on public policy related to digital privacy, and holds several ad fraud prevention technology patents.
Dr Katharina Ludewig
ShanShan manages global privacy and compliance at Alibaba Cloud. She deals with the security and privacy compliance aspects of the cloud business. Prior to that, she worked in both, at internal and external compliance and audit functions in the areas of finance, pharmaceutical and technology. She has been active board members and supporter of multiple industry organization chapters such as the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and a longtime volunteer for the SANS institution's security awareness program. She is an advocate for bridging privacy and security, and raising overall awareness.
Dr Carlo Piltz
Dr. Carlo Piltz is a founding partner of Piltz Legal and a lawyer. He advises and counsels national and international clients primarily in matters of data protection, IT security and IT law. He supports compliance and legal departments as well as internal data protection officers in day-to-day business as well as in complex cases and contract negotiations.
He was invited as an expert in the respective parliaments for both the new version of the Federal Data Protection Act and the Berlin State Data Protection Act. Carlo Piltz is part of the editorial board of the journal 'Privacy in Germany' (PinG) and since the end of 2019 editor-in-chief of the journal 'Datenschutz-Berater'.
Thorsten’s role as Account Manager Cybersecurity is advising companies on securing cloud solutions such as Microsoft 365 to achieve compliance requirements. This includes regulations around data privacy (GDPR), data security (up to VS NfD - Nato restricted classified data) and export control requirements.
Prior joining Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity Thorsten worked 10 years for the Sophos Group / Utimaco Safeware AG in various sales and security project governance positions. He has more than 15 years experience in the data & information security market covering lawful interception management, endpoint-network security and encryption solutions.
Thorsten is certified IT Sicherheitsbeauftragter (ITSiBe) / Chief Information Officier (CISO) from Bitkom Akademie and BSI Australia ISO 27001 lead implementer among other certifications. He is a mountain bike and kite surfer enthusiast.
15+ years of experience in multi-national/omni-channel financial industry - focus on payment products/services(SaaS), Enterprise and SMB Sales, Business/Product Development & Project Management....now empowering enterprises with the Data Security Technology of Protegrity
A father of four, Didier Reynders was born in Liège on 6th August 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège and Louvain, he has never really left the academic life until he became on 1th December 2019 European Commissioner for Justice.
After presiding the Belgian railways and the Belgian Airways Agency, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the PRL (Liberal party), before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992.
On 12th July 1999, he became Minister of Finance (until 6th December 2011) and, on 18th July 2004, (concurrently) Deputy Prime Minister (until 30th November 2019).
He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance) from 11th October 2004 until 14th February 2011.
He was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs from 6th December 2011 until 11th October 2014.
He became Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in charge of Beliris and Federal Cultural Institutions on 11th October 2014 (until 30th November 2019).
He has also been Minister of Defense since 9 December 2018.
Since 1th December 2019 he is European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection.
Frederick Richter (Moderator)
Frederick Richter is the founding director of Stiftung Datenschutz (German Foundation for Data Protection).
He studied law in Hamburg and Vienna, specializing in the law of information technology. He passed the bar in 2005 and started working as an advisor on legal issues to a member of the German parliament. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Data Protection Officer of the Federation of German Industries, before he returned to working for the German parliament, advising on policy decisions regarding IT law. In 2013, Frederick Richter was appointed director of the German Foundation for Data Protection.
Frederick is member of the advisory council of the interdisciplinary project ABiDa Assessing Big Data at the University of Münster/Lower Saxony and member of the programme committee of the Central and Eastern European e|Dem and e|Gov Days hosted at Budapest University. He is also serves as an independend adviser on the Data Privacy Advisory Panel of AXA in Paris.
Dr Frank Schemmel
Frank Schemmel is a Legal Expert, certified Data Protection Officer (TÜV), certified Compliance Officer (Univ.) as well as CIPP/E and CIPM. As Head of Privacy (Corporate) he leads a team of top-notch privacy professional providing hands-on advice to multinational corporations in all matters of data protection.
He has several years of experience as a Data Protection Specialist and Legal Project Manager at the major law firm Allen & Overy LLP. His work focussed on advising national and international companies and groups on data protection and IT security law (including telemedia and telecommunications law). As a Project Manager, he was also responsible for the management and coordination of national and international projects in the area of data protection and compliance. After studying law and economics at the University of Augsburg and spending a semester abroad at Kwansei-Gakuin University in Nishinomiya (Japan), he earned his doctorate with his thesis "Liability: Burn-out". He bridges the gap between jurisprudential research and practice by lecturing at various universities and regularly publishing in relevant specialist media.
Dr Sachiko Scheuing
Dr Sachiko Scheuing is the European Privacy Officer for Acxiom, an IPG company and a global leader in marketing services. She is currently serving her third term as the Co-Chairwoman of the Federation of European Direct and interactive Marketing Association (FEDMA), based in Brussels. With more than 20 years’ experience in the field of marketing intelligence, and as a former Chief Analyst, Sachiko combines theoretical and practical experience of the marketing and advertisement industries to manage Acxiom’s European government affairs and compliance. She also provides national and European level advice to clients and colleagues on data protection and privacy matters, and also contributes articles to trade magazines and academic journals. Besides FEDMA, Sachiko is active in many European and global privacy and marketing associations as well as think-tanks. In 2020, Sachiko received the DataIQ Professor Derek Holder Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to and exceptional leadership in the data industry.
David Schönwerth (Moderator)
David Schönwerth is a Policy Officer for Data Economy in the team for AI & Big Data at Bitkom in Berlin. His work focuses on data policy, data spaces, and data technologies, horizontally and vertically, from a German and European perspective. He studied Information Systems in Stuttgart and Hohenheim as well as Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris. Before starting at Bitkom, he made his first professional experiences in the public and private sector, including with the European Commission, the Bundeskartellamt, Microsoft Germany, and Capgemini Germany.
Extensive management expertise in setting up and developing business. Outstanding performance and growth results. Great in business restructuring and process improvement. Strong knowledge in the payment industry and digitalization. More than 15 years of leadership experience. Strong leadership skills with the power to motivate people. Extensive international business experience, having spent years in Switzerland and in Belgium.
Markus Stamm is a Senior Legal Counsel in Nokia Legal & Compliance. He specialises in transactions involving especially the cross-border processing of personal data, telecommunications and telemedia services regulations. He serves as a vice chairman of the BITKOM Data Protection Working Group and the Bitkom Law Steering Committee and represents Bitkom as a member of the advisory board of the German Data Protection Foundation Stiftung Datenschutz.
Barbara Thiel was elected by the state of Lower Saxony's Parliament as Data Protection Officer for Lower Saxony on the 18th December 2014 and has been appointed for eight years. Her task is to supervise the adherence to data protection rules by public authorities as well as by companies and other private organizations in Lower Saxony and to protect the right on informational self-determination by doing so. Barbara Thiel grew up in the town of Salzgitter. After she started her career with the community of Salzgitter, her law studies in Göttingen and legal clerkship in Lower Saxony she worked for the Ministery of the Interior in Lower Saxony, for the Central Auditing Authority of Lower Saxony and for the county of Wolfenbüttel. At last she was Head of Department at the region of Hannover.
Dr Paul Voigt
Dr Paul Voigt is a partner at international law firm Taylor Wessing and specialises in IT and data protection law. He advises clients on national and international data protection projects, and has proven expertise in IT contract and security law as well as e-commerce. In four languages - German, English, French, Spanish - he advises companies of all kinds: from newly founded start-ups to medium-sized companies and global players.
Axel Voss is a trained lawyer, lecturer and current MEP. As a member of the JURI committee, he became Coordinator for the EPP Group in JURI in January 2017. He is also a member and rapporteur of the AIDA committee and substitute member in the LIBE Committee; furthermore, he was appointed Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand. The European Data Protection Package and the Copyright Reform were crucial elements of his parliamentary work. He further focuses on the PNR dossiers, digitalisation and artificial intelligence.
Steffen Weiß is member of the GDD board for international affairs and legal counsel for data protection and data security. He represents the GDD at the Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations (CEDPO) which is, inter alia, a member of the Multistakeholder Expert Group of the European Commission advising on questions regarding the application of the GDPR.
Rebekka Weiß heads the Trust and Security Department at Bitkom and is responsible for the content work in the areas of data protection, competition and antitrust law and trust services, among others. Rebekka Weiß is a fully qualified lawyer and also holds a Master of Laws in "Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy" from the University of Glasgow. She studied in Potsdam and Lausanne (Switzerland) and completed her second state examination. She gained practical experience, inter alia, in her work at a law firm with a focus on data protection and competition law.
Miriam Wimmer is currently a Director at the Brazilian National Data Protection Authority. She holds a PhD degree in Communications and Cultural Policy from the Faculty of Communication of the University of Brasilia, and a Master degree in Public Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She took part in the one-year International Division Program of Waseda University, in Tokyo, with academic distinction.
She is a professional civil servant since 2007 and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), with experience in senior positions in different public organizations, such as the national telecommunications regulator, Anatel, the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, where she worked on the Brazilian Digital Transformation Strategy and the National AI Strategy. She is also a Professor of Law at IDP Brasília, lecturing on personal data protection and regulation of new technologies.
Anke Zimmer-Helfrich is a lawyer and is head of the journals Recht der Neuen Medien at the publishing house C.H. BECK in Munich.
As Editor-in-Chief she is responsible for the conception and management of the magazines "MultiMedia und Recht (MMR)" and since 2011 the "Zeitschrift für Datenschutz (ZD)" including the news services MMR-Aktuell and ZD-Aktuell. In addition, she conceives further magazine, book, seminar and online projects.
Previously she worked as managing editor for the magazine "Computer und Recht (CR)" until 1996. Since 2002 she has held a teaching position for "Journalism and Law" at the Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster.
In addition to IT law, telecommunications law, copyright and media law as well as e-commerce, she has many years of expertise in data protection law.