IAPP engages new country leaders in Europe to support the growth of membership and the thriving privacy profession

Brussels, Belgium– November 8, 2017 – The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has appointed five country leaders to provide membership and business development support, and ensure the organization’s steady growth and success in Ireland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The IAPP has been steadily growing its presence and expertise in Europe, where privacy and data protection have a deep history of regulatory and compliance obligations. With the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in May of 2018, the ever-changing global privacy landscape, and more than 6,000 members on the Continent, the necessity for in-country leaders to represent the organization, its visions and activities was clear.

“In the past year, the IAPP’s European membership has grown 75 percent. To help support this growth and the privacy field in general, the country leaders will help strengthen and increase the reach of our services in these key European markets and serve as a resource for our members,” said IAPP President and CEO, J. Trevor Hughes.

The new leaders are:

Kate Colleary (Ireland) – Kate is the founder and principal of law firm Colleary & Co and co-founder and director of data protection consultancy Frontier Privacy. Previously head of the data protection team of a global law firm, she works with the Irish government and businesses of all sizes. One of only three Irish lawyers nominated for a Women in Law Award by the UK’s Lawyer Magazine. Kate is also an Irish KnowledgeNet Chapter co-chair of the IAPP. Kcolleary@iapp.org


Dr. Sebastian Kraska (Germany) – Sebastian is founder of IITR Datenschutz GmbH and specializes in supporting companies with external Data Protection Officers and consulting services. He provides External Data Protection Officers for local entities of US based corporations and is a member of the advisory board of ZD (“Zeitung für Datenschutz”). In past years, Sebastian was the IAPP’s co-chair of the Munich KnowledgeNet. skraska@iapp.org

Giles Watkins (United Kingdom) – Giles has been a Partner at both KPMG and Ernst & Young. He founded the privacy advisory boutique Concentium, which was subsequently acquired by KPMG. He recently co-founded S4i, which assists early-stage companies with fundraising, building effective go-to-market strategies and managing growth. Giles also holds board positions with technology startups in the U.K. and the U.S. gwatkins@iapp.org

Jeroen Terstegge(the Netherlands) – Jeroen is Partner and Principal Consultant at Privacy Management Partners. He is also chairman of the VNO-NCW / MKB Netherlands Secretariat, board member of the Privacy Law Association, member of the High Level Expert Group Privacy & Big Data of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and a CIPP trainer. In the past, he was Corporate Privacy Officer and Senior Counsel at Philips, chairman of the DigitalEurope privacy committee and chairman of the Expert Group Privacy & New Technologies of ECP.nl. jterstegge@iapp.org

Yann Padova (France) - Yann joined Baker & McKenzie as a Partner in charge of the Data Protection Practice in Paris in June 2017. From 2015 until 2017, he was Commissioner with the Commission de Régulation de l’Energie where he focused on the regulation of the data and cybersecurity issues flowing from the implementation of the smart meters in France. From 2012 until 2015 he was Senior Counsel with Baker & McKenzie, specializing in personal data laws and regulations, GDPR compliance programs, cybercrime and enforcement responses. Yann served as the Secretary General of the CNIL (2006-2012), the French Data Protection Authority, where he notably participated to the first rounds of negotiations of the GDPR. Yann also serves as a member of AXA’s International Data Privacy panel. ypadova@iapp.org




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The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit organization that helps define, promote and improve the privacy profession globally. More information about the IAPP is available at iapp.org.