Leonardo Cervera-Navas


European Data Protection Supervisor

Secretary General

Leonardo Cervera Navas is the Secretary General of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the Data Protection Authority of the European Union. 

Law graduate of the University of Málaga and master’s degree in European Law from the University of Granada (Spain). He was a fellow at Duke University in North Carolina (US) as part of the EU Fellowship Programme of the European Commission. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in HR management by Kingston University (UK). He is Member of the Malaga Academy of Sciences (correspondent in Brussels).

Leonardo joined the European Commission in 1999 and since then he has been working in the Data Protection field in the EU institutions. In 2010, he joined the EDPS as a manager and he was appointed Director in 2018. In July 2023, he has been appointed Secretary General. As Head of the Secretariat, he sits at the Management Board of the EDPS, advises the European Data Protection Supervisor and he is in charge of the coordination and implementation of the strategies and policies of the institution.


Contributions by Leonardo Cervera-Navas

  • The Alignment Problem in AI Viewed Through the Lens of European Law
    Speaker at AI Governance Global 2023, an IAPP event
  • AI, Machine Learning and Privacy Challenges
    Speaker at In-Person Munich KnowledgeNet: 27 April 2023
  • International Forum on Privacy and Data Protection: Advances and regulatory challenges in a global society
    Speaker at Virtual Madrid KnowledgeNet: 17 May 2021
  • Jornada el Reglamento de ePrivacy a Debate
    Speaker at Virtual Madrid KnowledgeNet: 16 March 2021
  • The Face Off — How Regulators Will Take on Facial Recognition Technology
    Web Conference Speaker
  • Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2020 - Cancelled
  • Las Transferencias Internacionales de Datos a Debate: Una Visión Desde España, Europa e Iberoamérica
    Speaker at Virtual Madrid KnowledgeNet: 22 October 2020