Nitin Dhavate, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP



Country Data Privacy Head - India, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Nitin is a strategic privacy and information security executive with a focus on planning, implementing and maintaining privacy programs to enable business growth while managing privacy risks at major multi-national companies. He is currently the Country Data Privacy Head (aka Data Privacy Officer) for Novartis India, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa across all the business functions and units. He also works on global initiatives at Novartis. He plays the key role of an advisor to leadership teams. He has defined processes for personal data and privacy governance and managed initiatives for operational privacy, privacy compliance for new country / subsidiary, security controls, privacy training, PETs and privacy by design for products.


He believes in taking a pragmatic approach to enable responsible innovation while respecting the privacy of individuals and building trust. He also works towards implementing accountability measures at various layers within the organization.


Contributions by Nitin Dhavate

  • A look at proposed changes to India's (Personal) Data Protection Bill
    Privacy Tracker
  • Member of Training Advisory Board 2022 - 2023
  • Data Privacy Management Series
    Speaker at Virtual Hyderabad KnowledgeNet: 20 October 2020
  • Data Privacy Discussions
    Speaker at Virtual Hyderabad KnowledgeNet: 1 July 2020
  • Privacy, Ethics & Innovation
    Speaker at Pune KnowledgeNet: 7 February 2019