Annelies Moens, CIPT
Annelies’ vision is to make privacy core business – a discipline as integral to business and government as finance, with the chief privacy officer role as important as the chief financial officer role. Annelies is a widely recognised global privacy expert and thought leader, trusted by business executives, government and privacy professionals with nearly 20 years’ experience.
Prior to founding Privcore, Annelies was Deputy Managing Director at Information Integrity Solutions where she led with her consulting team hundreds of client deliverables over six years, including privacy impact assessments, privacy health checks, developing privacy strategies, data breach notification, privacy by design, cloud and cross-border data flow advice, including the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System (CBPR). Her work on CBPR influenced the Australian government’s decision to sign up Australia as a participant in the System.
Annelies’ privacy career started in 2001 at the Australian privacy regulator, now the OAIC. In her regulatory role over five years, she built extensive assurance and complaint handling expertise and led audit and investigation teams as Deputy Director of Compliance. In 2008 Annelies co-founded the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Australia and New Zealand and held elected roles, including as its President in 2011-2012. Her previous roles have also included working as a Group Manager and Chief Privacy Officer at the Copyright Agency Limited and External Relations Manager at AustLII.
Annelies has presented on privacy at many national and international events, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation business and government forums, Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Centre for Information Policy and Leadership, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and at Standards Australia. She has been featured on the Femeconomy as a global thought leader and in the Journal of Data Protection & Privacy for her article on “Data is your organisation’s core business: Are you prepared to govern it?” which she presented at the AICD’s Governance Summit in 2018.
With an MBA in general international management (distinction) from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium, Annelies also has a First Class Honours Law degree, Arts (majoring in computer science) and Science degrees with emphasis on artificial intelligence and machine learning from The University of Queensland. Annelies is admitted as a legal practitioner in NSW. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Annelies has a Certificate in Advanced Dutch and understanding of French, Italian and Spanish.
Contributions by Annelies Moens
APEC Privacy Framework and CBPRs: Ready for the Spotlight
Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2016
Unravelling the mystery of blockchain – Should privacy professionals be concerned?
Report explores CBPR benefits
The Privacy Advisor