Helena Koning, CIPP/A, CIPM



Assistant General Counsel, Global Privacy Compliance Assurance and Europe DPO

Helena is Mastercard’s EEA Data Protection Officer (DPO), and has been with the company since June 2017. 

Helena is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable data related laws in Europe – including the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Payment Services Directive2 and ePrivacy Directive, as well as data localization and outsourcing requirements.  

Prior to joining Mastercard, Helena worked as Senior Privacy Officer at Standard Chartered and at ADP in Singapore, where she led their Privacy Compliance Program and outreach activities for the Asia Pacific Region.  Prior to that, Helena worked as General Counsel at the Dutch Data Protection Authority in the Netherlands, where she managed the legal department responsible for enforcement, litigation and compliance.  Helena started her career as an international attorney working in Allen & Overy’s Amsterdam and New York offices assisting clients with competition law and finance matters.

Helena graduated from Leiden University in business and international law and was admitted to the Amsterdam bar. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/A and CIPM) and was a member of the IAPP Asia Advisory Board. 


Contributions by Helena Koning

  • Government Access to Company Data: From Policy to Practice
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: France 2023
  • Privacy and Data Protection Law Forum
    Forum Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2022
  • Beyond the GDPR: The EU's Strategy for Data
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2021
  • Beyond the EU GDPR: The EU’s strategy for data
    Speaker at Virtual Brussels KnowledgeNet: 29 June 2021
  • How Privacy & Data Protection are Impacted by Competition Considerations
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2019