Nicole Stephensen


Ground Up Consulting


Nicole Stephensen is Principal Consultant at Ground Up Consulting, a boutique firm she established in 2011. There, she provides capacity building and privacy by design services across government, private and not for profit sectors. Nicole is also the Executive Director for Privacy and Data Protection at the Internet of Things Security Institute (a pro bono position) where she hosts a regular podcast series about privacy and IoT technologies.

Prior to its incorporation into the larger IAPP in 2019, Nicole was a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ Chapter (iappANZ) where she sat for three consecutive terms on the Board. She was a co-editor and regular contributor to the iappANZ’s professional journal. 

Nicole is a citizen of both Australia and Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).  



Contributions by Nicole Stephensen

  • Pandemics and Privacy: A whole new duty of care
    Speaker at Virtual Philippines KnowledgeNet: 23 July 2020
  • Privacy and Modern Data Leadership
    Speaker at Virtual Brisbane/Gold Coast KnowledgeNet: 22 April 2020