Keynote Speakers

ULRICH BAUMGARTNER

Ulrich Baumgartner is one of the most experienced specialists in data protection and privacy law in the German market. He has been recognized recognised as a ‘leading name’ in data protection law (Legal 500, 2022) and a ‘highly sought-after advisor" (JUVE Magazine, 2020). He is the author of numerous specialist books, a regular speaker and IAPP region leader for the DACH Region. Ulrich Baumgartner brings almost two decades of practical experience in privacy law and IT law. After establishing the respected German data protection practice of Osborne Clarke, he was most recently partner and head of the German data protection practice at Allen & Overy before co-founding the specialist boutique law firm Baumgartner Baumann.

 

MARIT HANSEN

Since her diploma in computer science in 1995 she has been working on aspects of privacy and security aspects. Hansen's focus is on data protection by design and data protection by default from both the technical and the legal perspectives. She often gives talks and has been lecturing at various universities and academies. In September 2018, she became member of the Data Ethics Commission of the federal German government. In 2020, Karlstad University awarded Hansen an honorary doctorate for her contributions to data protection by design.

 

THOMAS PETRI

Thomas Petri has been the Bavarian state commissioner for data protection, elected by the Bavarian State Parliament, since 1 July 2009. Petri was re-elected on 10 June 2015 and 20 May 2021.

After completing his doctorate of law, Petri moved to the Supervisory Authority Schleswig-Holstein in the summer of 2000. There, as head of unit, he was responsible for the supervision of the private sector. From 2004 to 2006, he was seconded to the Federal Constitutional Court, where he worked as a research assistant in the First Senate. He then took over as head of the legal department at the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. At the same time, he was deputy commissioner in this department. Since 1 July 2009, Petri has been the Bavarian state commissioner for data protection.

On 25 June 2021, Petri was elected by the Bundesrat for a term of five years as deputy of the common representative in the European Data Protection Board. Since 30 March 2016, he has been an honorary professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. He is also an advisor and scientific co-editor in various legal journals with data protection law relevance.

 

ANDREAS SACHS

Computer scientist and head of the technical department as well as vice president at the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision. His main topics include smart technologies (apps, smart TV, trackers, etc.), automated checks via the Internet, the synergies between information security and data protection and the question of how data protection can be implemented ‘intelligently’ to protect those affected.

 

MICHAEL WILL

Michael Will has been appointed president of the State Office for Data Protection Supervision for a period of five years as of 1 February 2020.

After studying law in Würzburg and completing his legal clerkship in Bamberg, he began his professional career as an administrative lawyer in the service of the Free State of Bavaria in 1995. After moving to the Supreme Building Authority in the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior in 1997 and to the Bavarian State Chancellery in 2000, Will took over as head of the Department for Public Safety and Order in the Landshut District Office in 2002. In 2006, he returned to the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior as an advisor in the field of road law at the Supreme Construction Authority.

In 2009, Will was appointed head of the data protection department at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior for Sport and Integration. He also held the office of official data protection officer there and was a member of the Bavarian State Parliament's Data Protection Commission.

On behalf of the Bundesrat, Will accompanied the entire negotiations of a EU-Council Working Party (DAPIX) on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 2012 to 2015 and also performed the duties of the country observer in the committee pursuant to Article 93 of the GDPR, which is involved, for example, in the adoption of adequacy decisions by the European Commission.