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Giuseppe D’Acquisto holds a PhD in Computer Science and is the national delegate for the Italian Data Protection Authority on technological matters within the European Data Protection Board.
He has been rapporteur of many EU policy documents (the Working Party art. 29 guidelines on anonymization techniques, the ENISA report on Big data and privacy by design among others, and more recently the EDPB guidelines on the use of location data in the fight against covid epidemics). He is also professor at LUISS University in Rome, holding two courses in Logic and Programming Languages and in Artificial Intelligence.
Leo Clancy is a member of the Executive Committee of IDA Ireland. IDA’s mission is to attract Foreign Direct investment to Ireland, creating jobs and economic benefit for the people of Ireland. He leads the Technology, Consumer and Business Services sectors, comprising over 40% of portfolio, as well as having responsibility for Corporate IT.
Leo’s clients at IDA include the largest technology companies in the world. His role is to ensure continued growth and success for those companies already invested in Ireland and to continuously attract new investors. Over his six years at IDA he has worked closely with investors and with the Irish industrial and policy landscape through a major growth phase for technology companies.
Prior to IDA Leo spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry. He served for over 4 years as Service Delivery Director for e|net, an Irish fibre optic communications company operating Government owned networks under a Public Private Partnership. Leo worked for 13 years at Ericsson where he held a number of engineering and management positions, most in Global Services for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He worked as General Manager of Ericsson Ireland’s large Service Delivery business from 2006 to 2008.
Leo holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications.
Simon took up the position of Executive Director in October 2018. A member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for leading the work of the Technology and Innovation Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity.
His work includes helping the ICO identify, understand and address emerging technologies with privacy implications, supporting the ICO’s innovation agenda, and making the ICO itself more ‘tech savvy’.
Prior to this appointment, Simon led a global privacy consulting practice at Promontory, an IBM company, leading projects across Europe, the US and Asia. He previously led a similar team for Deloitte in the UK.
Simon is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and a long time ago read English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford.
Denise Farnsworth, Founder of Inspire! Privacy and Security, LLC.
Denise is currently Founder of Inspire! Privacy and Security, LLC. Her previous roles included: Deputy Data Protection Officer for Facebook Ireland, Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Global Corporate Counsel for Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Senior Director, Global Privacy Officer, Lead Privacy Counsel for NetSuite and Head of Legal, Data Privacy and Compliance Officer for Microsoft Ireland where she provided support for Microsoft’s European Development Centre, Irish Subsidiary, Data Centre and Microsoft's Operations Center for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Her current focus is on international privacy, data protection and cybersecurity, and she is skilled in government affairs, regulatory compliance, strategy development, operations, litigation, mediation, product and business development, partner management, and transactions, international business, technology, intellectual property and managing large high-performing teams.
In this role, Eijk implements FPF’s agenda in Europe, overseeing its day-to-day operations, and manages relationships with stakeholders in the industry, government, academia, and civil society. Rob holds a Ph.D. from the Leiden Law School, an M.Sc. degree from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.
He worked as a technologist and senior supervision officer at the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) for nearly ten years. Rob has since become an authority in the field of online privacy and data protection. He represented the Dutch DPA as a technical expert in court. He was a member of the technology-experts subgroup of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the Article 29 Working Party. Rob represented the European DPAs in the multi-stakeholder negotiations on Do Not Track.
Ivana is Technical Director at Deloitte, a public speaker, author and media commentator. In her day job, Ivana helps businesses with their privacy by design programmes especially in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology.
Ivana was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ (2019) in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition of her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI. She is a sought after commentator for the BBC, Sky and other major broadcasters and news outlets (Guardian, Telegraph) on headline stories where the tech economy intersects with privacy and data law and politics.
In May 2018, Ivana launched the Women Leading in AI network, an international lobby group of women advocating for responsible AI. The network’s 2018 report garnered mass interest from tech leaders, international institutions and the media.
Ivana is Co-editor of the Fintech Circle’s AI Book on how AI is reshaping financial services, available here.
Her first book, ‘An Artificial Revolution: on Power, Politics and AI’ will be released in May by Indigo Press, and is ready to pre-order here. In May 2018, Ivana launched the Women Leading in AI network, an international lobby group of women advocating for responsible AI. The network’s 2018 report garnered mass interest from tech leaders, international institutions and the media. Ivana is Co-editor of the Fintech Circle’s AI Book on how AI is reshaping financial services. Her first book, ‘An Artificial Revolution: on Power, Politics and AI’ will be released in May by Indigo Press.
Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave, the private web browser
Dr Johnny Ryan initiated GDPR actions to reform the $40B RTB industry, prompting investigation of Google and the IAB (the tracking industry’s standards body) by European data protection authorities. Read Protocol‘s profile of him here.
He has testified on these matters at the United States Senate and at the European Commission. He previously worked for a publisher and for an adtech company. Like many Brave employees, he suffers from a syndrome called “adtech remorse”. He is cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, and many others. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Michael Ingrassia joined Trūata as President and General Counsel from Mastercard International, where he was the Senior Managing Counsel for Strategic Transactions and Global Mergers and Acquisitions. At Mastercard, Michael managed a broad array of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and investments.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Michael gained broad experience as an Associate in the M&A group of the global law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, and an Associate Consultant in the Boston and London offices of the strategy consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting.
Ultan O’Carroll is Deputy Commissioner for Technology and Operational Performance. He previously served as Assistant Commissioner at the DPC for over seven years. In this time, he led on technology advisory and policy matters for DPC at national and EU level, while also working across the DPC’s regulatory units on audit, compliance and enforcement related to SME and multinational organisations. Ultan also leads on GDPR accreditation and certification at DPC. Ultan carries forward these technology advisory and certification leadership roles, and takes on responsibility for DPC’s ICT strategy, assurance, and operational performance at a time of transformative change and growth in an increasingly international context. Ultan has worked extensively in the private sector within technology industries in the UK and Ireland prior to joining the Commissioner's office.
Dave Lewis, Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin
Dave Lewis is an Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin and the head of its Artificial Intelligence Discipline. He is Deputy Director of the ADAPT SFI Research Centre for Digital Content Technology and leads its multidisciplinary research theme on Data Governance. His research is on open semantic models to manage Data Protection and Data Ethics and he is currently active in international standardisation of Trustworthy AI.
Michael Fenton is a member of the Data Science team at Truata, and brings with him extensive experience in optimization, machine learning, data science, and engineering. He has lectured in engineering & business analytics at University College Dublin, has developed anomaly detection and user identification techniques at Corvil in the role of Senior Data Scientist, and has an affinity for designing and delivering ground-up solutions for data science problems.
Michael has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of Evolutionary Computation and optimization, and has patents pending in collaboration with Bell Labs Nokia in the area of network optimization amongst others.