Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm is a human rights activist who makes it possible for people to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. She envisions a world where anyone can participate in creating human rights change, and leads a global network of activists at WITNESS to work alongside marginalised communities to support the safe, effective and ethical uses of media and technology to fight for equality and justice. Alberdingk-Thijm believes that the truth is a powerful tool to expose wrongs, challenge abusive powers, address injustice and mobilise for social change.
Before joining WITNESS, Alberdingk-Thijm served on the WITNESS board, has worked globally in tech start-ups including JOOST by the founders of Skype, and in established companies in media, content and new technologies including MTV Networks.
Alberdingk-Thijm is a trustee of Foundation Center, a board member for Majal.org and Civic Hall Labs, and an advisory board member for Benetech.org. She is a co-initiator of a new project that promotes sustainable human rights practice.
Woodrow Hartzog is a Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University School of Law and the College of Computer and Information Science. He is also an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His research focuses on privacy, media, contracts and robotics. His work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review and Michigan Law Review, and popular publications such as BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Wired, Bloomberg, New Scientist, Slate, The Atlantic and The Nation. He has been quoted or referenced in numerous articles and broadcasts, including NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an LL.M. in intellectual property from the George Washington University Law School and a J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He is the author of “Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies,” published in 2018 by Harvard University Press.
On 1 January 2014, Andrea Jelinek, who holds a doctor degree in law, took over the Austrian Data Protection Authority. While still a student, she worked as a consultant at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), then as a trainee lawyer and from 1991 as a legal officer at the General Secretariat of the Austrian Rectors' Conference. Two years later she moved to the Ministry of the Interior, where she first worked as a legal officer and later as head of department in the legal and legislative department. One of her special fields—asylum and immigration law—should also determine her further career. From October 2010 to June 2011 Jelinek took over as head of the Vienna Foreign Police. Before that, in 2003, she was the first woman in Vienna to be appointed head of a police commissioner's office.
Jelinek served as chair of the Article 29 Working Party from February 2018 through GDPR implementation on 25 May, and now serves as chair of the European Data Protection Board.
SIR IVAN ROGERS
Sir Ivan Rogers KCMG is a former senior British civil servant, who was the permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union from 2013-2017.
Rogers served in the Treasury, including as private secretary to Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was then seconded to the European Commission as chief of staff to Sir Leon Brittan, returning to be director, European strategy and policy, and later director of budget and public finances under Gordon Brown. In 2003, Rogers was chosen as the principal private secretary to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. After three years in this role, Rogers left the civil service in 2006 to become head of the UK Public Sector Group at Citigroup. In 2010, Rogers transferred to be head of the Public Sector Industry Group, UK and Ireland, at Barclays Capital. In 2012, Rogers returned to the civil service as the Prime Minister's adviser for Europe and global issues and the head of the European and Global Issues Secretariat, then becoming the senior British diplomat at the EU in 2013. Following the Brexit referendum in June 2016, Rogers became a key civil servant in the negotiations to leave.