João Barreiro, CIPP/E, CIPP/US




I'm the Chief Privacy Officer of BeiGne, a global biopharmaceutical company with over 9,000 employees. The company is focused on developing and commercializing affordable drugs for the treatment of cancer and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Shanghai STAR Market and NASDAQ. At BeiGene, I established a privacy office with team members in China, USA and Europe that operates as a “one-stop shop” for privacy matters from a legal and compliance standpoint. My work at BeiGene was crucial for being recognized as 2022 Privacy Executive of the Year by the PICCASO Privacy Awards.

I’m a member of the IAPP Research Advisory Board, and I’m a co-author of the book “Privacy Program Management” used as the main training material for all the IAPP CIPP/M certifications. Currently, I also serve as a member of the UK’s International Data Transfers Expert Council, a group of 20 global leading academics and digital industry figures who will inform the UK government on the country cross-border data protection strategy.

My experience in the Life Sciences Industry also includes privacy roles at Celgene (now BMS) and the European Medicines Agency. I have also practiced in other industries, such as the digital tech industry, as the global Chief Privacy Officer of HCL Technologies, an IT services company with 210.000 employees, and the finance sector, as the global Chief Privacy Officer of Willis Towers Watson, the third largest global insurance intermediary.

In 2020, I was listed as a ‘Global Top 100 Data Visionaries: Leaders who are vividly innovating with analytics without compromising on trust and privacy’, mostly because of my work as a Consultative Expert Member on Digital Ethics/Artificial Intelligence at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).


Contributions by João Barreiro

  • ANZ Delegate Tour: Privacy developments in Australia and global trends for 2023
    Speaker at In-Person Melbourne KnowledgeNet: 3 May 2023
  • Member of Research Advisory Board 2021 - 2024
  • Winning With Privacy: Implementing Consent and DSARs to Comply AND Win Customers
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments: The Full Picture
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019