Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board is vital to the development of the IAPP research agenda and leadership of the IAPP Westin Research Center. The board provides guidance and strategic input on how the IAPP can best meet the needs of members. Board members provide research resources, knowledge and connections to experts around the world.

Meet the Research Advisory Board



  • Serve a two-year term.
  • Maintain an active IAPP membership.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled meetings and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Keep information shared among advisory board members confidential.
  • Act with integrity and professionalism in advisory board duties.
  • Advocate for the IAPP.
  • Regularly participate in all scheduled in-person meetings and teleconferences.
  • Potentially write articles or chapters for collective projects.
  • Support the IAPP research and education functions by providing regular guidance and insight.
  • Foster ties between the Westin Research Center and key academics, professionals and policymakers.
  • Identify and pursue research funding opportunities.
  • Attend meetings at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit and the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress. (optional)


Selection Criteria

Boards are selected with the goal of creating a balanced working group based on experience level, industry sector, geographic location and area of expertise. Considerations for selection include:

  • Long-term or widely recognized excellence in academia or practice.
  • Professional experience and knowledge of privacy and data protection laws, regulations, policies, procedures, best practices and theory.
  • Length of membership plus commitment to and involvement with the IAPP.
  • Please note:
  • IAPP advisory board members are not agents or employees of the IAPP and cannot act on IAPP’s behalf or enter into any binding agreements.
  • As an advisory board member, your decisions, actions and opinions speak about you as an IAPP volunteer, and not solely as a member or privacy professional.



  • Receive three continuing privacy education (CPE) credits for each year of service.
  • Enhance your profile and visibility while being seen as a leader in the privacy and data protection community.
  • Make great connections with your fellow IAPP volunteers.
  • Get special access to IAPP resources.


How to apply

The IAPP accepts applications for advisory board roles each fall through our Call for Volunteers. For more information, visit our Call for Volunteers FAQ, or contact for details on additional volunteer opportunities.