Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias



Director, Privacy Policy, EMEA

Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias is the EMEA Privacy Policy Director at Facebook since March 2019. From 2015 to 2019, she served as European Privacy Officer Lead of Pfizer, Vice-Chair of the EFPIA Data Protection Group and Chairwoman of IPPC-Europe. For an interim period, she was also the Legal Lead of the Spanish Pfizer subsidiaries. She formerly worked 18 years in a reputed Spanish law firm, leading the data protection, IT and ecommerce areas of practice as well as the LATAM Data Protection Working Group.

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.

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. 

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.


Contributions by Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias

  • One Stop Shop in Practice: Lessons Learned
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Joint Controllership: That’s a Challenge!
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • The New European Data Protection Regulation: What Does It Mean For Your Company? A Vision of Market Players
    Speaker at Madrid KnowledgeNet: 7 July 2016
  • GDPR: The Big Picture
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2016
  • GDPR Bootcamp
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2016