Ruth Boardman jointly heads Bird & Bird's International Privacy and Data Protection Group and is based in London.
Boardman’s extensive experience includes advising a broad range of public and private sector organisations on information law matters, including representing them on their dealings with data protection authorities.
Boardman has particular expertise helping organisations in the life sciences, adtech and online and financial services sectors. She has also worked with a number of professional and sporting bodies on data protection requirements and run several international compliance programmes.
Boardman co-wrote Data Protection Strategy (Sweet & Maxwell, 2012), has edited the Encyclopaedia of Data Protection (also Sweet & Maxwell), is on the editorial board of journal Data Protection Law & Policy, and is a contributor to leading online data compliance tool www.dataguidance.com. She has also served on boards of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Boardman assists the Global Alliance on Responsible Genome and Clinical Data Sharing, where she is a member of the Security Expert Working Group, and is an advisory board member of CookieReports Ltd.
Mr. Edwards was educated in New Plymouth, New Zealand, and achieved a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Public Policy at the University of Wellington.
He worked as a solicitor and barrister for more than 14 years, including time as a policy adviser to the New Zealand prime minister and cabinet around Freedom of Information.
From February 2014 to December 2021, Edwards was New Zealand Privacy Commissioner. During that time, he chaired the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (now known as the Global Privacy Assembly), and was a member of the OECD’s Informal Group of Experts on Children in the Digital Environment.
Caitlin Fennessy is vice president and chief knowledge officer at the International Association of Privacy Professionals. In this role, she guides the strategic development of IAPP research, publications, communications, and programming. Prior to joining the IAPP, Fennessy was the Privacy Shield Director at the U.S. International Trade Administration, where she spent 10 years working on international privacy and cross-border data flow policy issues. Fennessy also served as an adjunct professor of international privacy law at the University of Maine School of Law and University of New Hampshire School of Law. She has a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in social policy from Northwestern University.
James Snook is director data policy in the U.K. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He has spent much of his civil service career working in digital and security policy, particularly cyber security and data. In his current role, he is responsible for DCMS's work to deliver the National Data Strategy and our goal to unlock the power of data for the U.K. His team is responsible for U.K. Government policy covering data's role in the economy and society, data rights and data protection, data security and global data flows.
Daniel Susskind is a Fellow in Economics at Oxford University, a senior research associate at the Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University, and a visiting professor at King’s College London. He is the co-author of the best-selling book ‘The Future of the Professions’ (2015) and the author of ‘A World Without Work’ (2020), described by The New York Times as ‘required reading for any potential presidential candidate thinking about the economy of the future’. His TED Talk on the future of work has been viewed more than 1.6 million times. Previously he worked in various roles in the British government – in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and in the Cabinet Office.
Global co-head of the Hogan Lovells Privacy and Cybersecurity practice Eduardo Ustaran is widely recognized as one of the world's leading privacy and data protection lawyers and thought leaders. With over two decades of experience, Ustaran advises multinationals and governments around the world on the adoption of privacy and cybersecurity strategies and policies. Ustaran has been involved in the development of the EU data protection framework and was listed by Politico as the most prepared individual in its 'GDPR power matrix'.
Based in London, Eduardo leads a highly specialized team advising on all aspects of data protection law. They range from strategic issues around technological developments such as artificial intelligence and connected devices, to implementing global privacy compliance programs to legitimize international data flows.
Ustaran is the author of The Future of Privacy (DataGuidance, 2013), a ground-breaking book where he anticipates the key elements that organizations and privacy professionals will need to tackle to comply with the regulatory framework of the future. He is co-founder and editor of Data Protection Leader, a member of the panel of experts of DataGuidance, and a former member of the board of directors of the IAPP. Ustaran is executive editor of European Data Protection Law and Practice (IAPP, 2018), and co-author of Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law (OUP, 2018), Beyond Data Protection (Springer, 2013), E-Privacy and Online Data Protection (Tottel Publishing, 2007) and of the Law Society’s Data Protection Handbook (2004). Eduardo has lectured at the University of Cambridge on data protection as part of its masters of bioscience enterprise, and regularly speaks at international conferences.