Jamie Bartlett is the author of the The People Vs Tech (2018) about data and democracies, Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and the best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures. He founded the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He is also a regular commentator on national and international media outlets and in 2017 presented the two-part BBC documentary series ‘The Secrets of Silicon Valley’. His Ted Talk about the dark net has had over 4 million views.
Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.
Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, first spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was named Microsoft’s general counsel and spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and companies across the tech sector. This past decade, Smith has spearheaded the company’s work to advance privacy protection for Microsoft customers and the rights of DREAMers and other immigrants, including bringing five lawsuits against the U.S. government on these issues.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was an associate and then partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic organizations and in the broader technology industry. He has served on the Netflix board of directors since 2015 and chairs the board of directors of both Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.
Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer). He earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. He can be followed on Twitter @bradsmi and LinkedIn at bradsmi.
Christopher Docksey, Hon. Director-General, EDPS, was a Legal Advisor to the European Commission until 2010 and the Director of the Office of the EDPS until 2017.
He worked in the Commission on employment law and was Acting Head of the Equal Opportunities Unit before joining the Legal Service in 1990. From 2001 he was responsible for data protection in the Commission Legal Service, advising on draft legislation and the international negotiations on Safe Harbor, PNR Swift/TFTP and the High Level Contact Group. He represented the Commission in all the data protection cases heard before the European Court of Justice over this period and subsequently represented the EDPS in the Schrems case. From 2002 to 2010 he also led a multi-disciplinary team conducting international anti-fraud litigation and negotiations on behalf of the EU and the Member States.
He was EDPS Director and a member of the Management Board from 2010 to 2017. In this capacity he was responsible for the overall management of the Office and for the coordination and implementation of policy and strategy, including the strategic review of the work of the institution.
He is a member of the Guernsey Data Protection Authority and a Visiting Fellow and Advisory Board member of the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity at the University of Maastricht Faculty of Law. Together with Christopher Kuner and Lee Bygrave he is a co-Editor and contributor to the forthcoming OUP Commentary on the GDPR. He regularly teaches EU and ECHR data protection law to students, DPOs and data controllers.
Elizabeth Denham CBE was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
In 2017, she was recognised as being one of the three most influential people in data-driven business in the annual DataIQ 100 list. She was honoured to accept the appointment of Honorary Professor in University College London’s department of Information Studies. The professorship will extend until 2022.
In March 2018, she was named as the most influential person in data-driven business in the updated DataIQ 100 list.
In July 2018, the Information Commissioner published a report entitled “Democracy Disrupted? Personal information and political influence”, which sets out the findings and recommendations arising out of the ICO’s 14-month investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns. A separate progress report gives details of some of the organisations and individuals under investigation, as well as enforcement actions so far.
In October 2018, Elizabeth was appointed Chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC). The ICDPPC is the leading global forum of data protection and privacy authorities, encompassing more than 120 members across all continents.
In December 2018, Elizabeth was awarded a CBE in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Graham Greenleaf AM is Professor of Law & Information Systems at UNSW Australia where he has researched and taught the relationships between information technology and law since 1983. He has degrees in Arts and Law, and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to advancing free access to legal information, and to the protection of privacy, and in 2017, was elected as a Member of the Australian Academy of Laws.
Graham has been involved in privacy issues since the mid-1970s. Asian Data Privacy Laws: Trade and Human Rights Perspectives (OUP, 2014; paperback 2017) is a study of privacy and data protection in all 28 countries in Asia. He is Asia-Pacific Editor for Privacy Laws & Business International Report, which in 2019, published his 6th Global Survey of Data Privacy Laws and DPAs, covering 134 countries. He is co-editor of the new Oxford Data Protection & Privacy Law Series (OUP, 2019).
He is the founder of the Asian Privacy Scholars Network, a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and the editor of WorldLII’s International Privacy Law Library. He has completed six consultancy projects for the European Commission, advising on the level of privacy protection provided in various Asia-Pacific countries. He has over 100 articles about data privacy on the free access SSRN service.
Details of his other research on public rights in copyright, ‘AI and law’, and free Internet access to legal information, are on his website at http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham/.
Publicist Lawyer, University Lecturer at the University of Carthage since 1988, specializing in information technology law, data protection and the right of access to information.
Secretary-General of the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law from 1991 to 2017, has ensured the follow-up of the drafting of the constitution of 2014.
Member of the Investigation body on the Facts of the Revolution, Coordinator of the International Electoral Expert Missions, Member of the Cabinet of the President of the Higher Independent Electoral Body in 2011.
Editor of the draft electoral law for local authorities and member of the drafting team of the decentralization code.
President of the national authority for the protection of personal data (INPDP) since May 2015 and renewed for a second term in May 2018.
He worked for the Tunisian state to adopt the Council of Europe Convention 108. Tunisia has been a member since November 2017. He pushed for Tunisia to sign the 108+ Convention on 24 of May 2019.
Drafter of the new law on the protection of personal data integrating the standards of the RGPDP. The project was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 8 March 2018, currently pending before the parliamentary commission.
President of the French Association of Personal Data Protectors (AFAPDP) since February 2019.
Mr. Noboru (Nobi) Yamaji was appointed to Commissioner for International Cooperation of the Personal Information Protection Commission, Japan, in April 2019 and leads the enhancement of international cooperation with his global business experience.
He has had management experience at the global corporations. Prior to his appointment to the Commissioner for International Cooperation, he had been working on a global scale at Mitsubishi Corporation, one of the largest trading companies in Japan, and its subsidiaries including in Australia, the UK and New Caledonia. After that, in 2010, he was appointed as President and Representative Director of Rio Tinto Japan Limited. Since 2016, he has been also serving as the Chairman and Representative Director of Dampier Salt. He is the Vice Chair of Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He graduated from Keio University, London School of Business Strategic Leader Program and China Europe International Business School SL Forum. He is fluent in English, French and now taking up Chinese.
Marc Rotenberg is President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC, an independent, non-profit organization, established in 1994, to focus public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. Mr. Rotenberg also teaches at Georgetown Law. He is the co-author (with Anita Allen) of the textbook Privacy Law and Society (West Academic 2016).
Sally Hubbard is Director of Enforcement Strategy at the Open Markets Institute, an organization developing solutions to America’s monopoly crisis. Previously Ms. Hubbard was Senior Editor of Tech Antitrust Enforcement at The Capitol Forum, where she specialized in antitrust, data regulation and tech giants. Ms. Hubbard served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General under three administrations. Ms. Hubbard has testified in the U.S. House of Representatives and before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and regularly serves as an antitrust expert for national and global news programs. Ms. Hubbard has published her views in media outlets like CNN and The New York Times, where she has written about the convergence of competition and privacy issues.
Simon Hania has been a leader at the cross roads of telecommunication and information technology, business and regulatory affairs well over 15 years. Simon is currently Data Protection Officer at Uber, overseeing compliance and advising Uber regarding its obligations under the GDPR and similar laws. Previously Simon was VP Privacy & Security at TomTom, ensuring the company to globally meet the growing expectations of customers and the increasing regulatory demands with respect to privacy & security.
John Edwards was appointed to the position of Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand in February 2014, after a more than 20 year career practicing law. He has degrees in law (LLB) and public policy (MPP) from Victoria University of Wellington and has advised and represented a wide range of clients from the public and private sector. He chaired the New Zealand Law Society Privacy and Human Rights Committee, and was Contributing Editor of Brookers Human Rights Law and Practice, and has published widely on human rights and privacy matters. In addition to a practice specialty in the field of information and privacy law, he held warrants as a district inspector for mental health, and as district inspector for intellectual disability services and has provided legal services to the Kingdom of Tonga.
In October 2014, John was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners and completed his 3 year term in October 2017.
Eduardo Bertoni (Phd, Buenos Aires University) is the Director of the Access to Public Information Agency, which is also the National Data Protection Authority in Argentina. He was the founder and the first director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, Argentina. He was the Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) until May, 2006. Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005). Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law (2001). Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow (2012-13) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Former member of the advisory boards of the Human Rights Initiative (Open Society Foundations), the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet), among others. He is an Argentinean lawyer and holds a Masters in International Policy and Practice from the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He published several opinion pieces on democracy and human rights in leading newspapers in the Americas and has written several publications on human rights & Internet.
Born on 29 March 1968
married, 5 children
1987 to 1993 studied computer science and biology in Bonn,
1993 to 1995 worked as research associate at the GMD Research Centre for Information Technology
1996 to 2002 knowledge management consultant at an IT company (consultative function from September 2000 to September 2002).
2000 to 2018 Member of the German Bundestag,
Won the direct mandate in the city of Bonn in 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017
2005 to 2013 Vice-Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group for the issues of environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety, food, agriculture and consumer protection and sustainability.
December 2013 to March 2018 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection,
Since January 2019, Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Orla Lynskey is an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She read law at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe and holds a PhD in data protection from the University of Cambridge. This research was published as a book (The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law) in 2015. Her current research focuses on intersections between data protection and competition law and on the impact of platform dominance on fundamental rights. She is an Editor of International Data Privacy Law and a member of the EU Commission GDPR expert stakeholder group.
Rohit Chopra was sworn in as a Federal Trade Commissioner on May 2, 2018.
Commissioner Chopra has actively advocated to promote a fair and fully-functioning marketplace through vigorous agency enforcement that protects families and honest companies from those that break the law. He is widely recognized for his expertise on America’s trillion-dollar student loan market.
After the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Chopra joined the Department of the Treasury to launch the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He then served as Assistant Director of the CFPB, overseeing the agency’s student loan agenda. The Secretary of the Treasury also appointed him to serve as the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, a new position established in the financial reform law.
In these roles, he led efforts to spur competition in the student loan financing market, develop new tools for students and student loan borrowers to make smarter decisions, and secure hundreds of millions of dollars in refunds for borrowers victimized by unlawful conduct by loan servicers, debt collectors, and for-profit college chains.
Chopra later served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education to advance the Department’s efforts to improve student loan servicing, reduce unnecessary defaults, and bolster enforcement. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, where he focused on consumer protection issues facing young people and military families, and a Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.
Commissioner Chopra is the recipient of multiple awards for his public service and contributions to the field of consumer finance. Prior to entering government, Chopra worked at McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, where he worked in the financial services, health care, and consumer technology sectors.
He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.
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Marguerite OUEDRAOGO BONANE
Présidente de la Commission Informatique et Libertés (CIL) du Burkina Faso, Vice-Présidente de l’AFAPDP, Présidente du RAPDP, Membre du Comité exécutif de la Conférence internationale des Commissaires à la protection des données personnelles et à la vie privée.
Juriste, Diplômée d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion des Entreprises et en Régulation des Télécommunications de Télécom-Paris Tech, Master en cours en économie et régulation du numérique.
Plus d’une vingtaine d’années d’expérience professionnelle acquise respectivement dans le domaine de la régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes et dans celui de la protection des données personnelles et de la vie privée.
Participation à différentes rencontres internationales, régionales et nationales du secteur des communications économiques et des postes organisées par l’Union Internationale des Télécommunications (UIT), l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), la Communauté Economique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO).
Bonne connaissance du cadre juridique et institutionnel de la protection des données personnelles et celui des communications électroniques et des postes au Burkina Faso.
Distinction honorifique : Chevalier de l’Ordre National.
Peter Hustinx was the first European Data Protection Supervisor from January 2004 until December 2014.
From 1991 until 2004, he was president of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, and from 1996 until 2000, he was also chairman of the EU’s Article 29 Working Party.
He has been closely involved in the development of data protection law from the start, both at national and various international levels.
He received law degrees in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
In July 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh for his work in the field of information privacy and data protection.
Early 2015 he was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Since December 2017 he has also been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) in Washington DC.
In January 2019 he was appointed Non-Executive Director of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.
Marty Abrams is an information policy theorist. For the past 30 years he has originated and implemented policy concepts intended to reduce the friction between innovation and persons’ expectations for obscurity, control and fair processing. Abrams founded the Information Accountability Foundation in 2013 which he leads. The IAF is a non-profit research and education think tank that was the incorporation of the Global Accountability Dialogue. Based on accountability the IAF has pioneered work on ethics based AI, assessment processes to assure fair processing in advanced analytics, and means for freeing date for knowledge creation in a trustworthy manner. Formerly he founded and led the Centre for Information Policy Leadership. He has conducted projects in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Abrams was also Vice President Information Policy at Experian and Community Affairs Officer Federal Reserve bank of Cleveland. Abrams has served on the ICDPPC open session program advisory committee on eight occasions.
Daniel Therrien was appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2014. He has said that the over-arching goal of his mandate is to increase the control Canadians have over their personal information.
In line with this goal, he has consulted Canadians on important issues, including current challenges to consent under Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, culminating in the OPC’s Report on Consent and Guidelines for Obtaining Meaningful Consent, providing practical and actionable guidance for organizations and individuals. He also consulted Canadians on protecting their online reputations, releasing a draft position which suggested an interpretation of Canadian law that recognizes a right to de-index outdated or inaccurate personal information. He then referred related questions to the Federal Court and identified other solutions for consideration by Parliament.
He has led a number of investigations with important implications for the privacy rights of people in Canada and beyond. For example, in 2019 his investigations into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Equifax global data breach both found serious lack of accountability in how these companies treat the personal information in their care.
Commissioner Therrien has championed the urgent need for legislative reform of Canada’s federal privacy laws. He has called for a rights-based foundation that recognizes privacy as a necessary precondition for the exercise of other fundamental rights such as freedom and equality. He has also advised Parliament and policy makers on the need to incorporate privacy safeguards in other legislation, including those related to national security and counter-terrorism.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Therrien spent three decades serving Canadians as senior counsel with various federal departments where human rights considerations were important.
Ailidh is a lawyer at Privacy International, an international NGO that works with partners around the world to challenge state and corporate surveillance. Ailidh is responsible for Privacy International’s legal advocacy on data protection and leads global legal research with partners. Prior to joining Privacy International, Ailidh worked as a solicitor in private practice advising a range of clients on parliamentary and public law with a focus on data protection and freedom of information. Ailidh also has a background in human rights law having spent time at the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Ailidh received her LLB in Law and Spanish and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh.
Kalinda Raina is LinkedIn’s Head of Global Privacy. She leads LinkedIn’s Privacy Team with global responsibility for overseeing compliance with data privacy laws and regulations, establishing privacy standards and policies, regulatory outreach and implementing the company’s compliance framework for privacy. She is an advocate for building a Culture of Privacy within tech organizations and using GDPR as an opportunity to further develop a company’s long term digital strategy. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Ms. Raina led the Americas privacy team at Apple, and was the Chief Privacy Officer at Nintendo. Kalinda currently serves as the Chairwoman of the IAPP Board of Directors. Ms. Raina received her J.D. from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley in 2001 where she was one of the first graduates focused exclusively on the area of data privacy. Ms. Raina earned a BA from UC San Diego where she double majored in Communications and History and graduated summa cum laude.
Building on her distinguished public service career spanning more than three decades at the state and federal level, Julie Brill now leads Microsoft’s international work to elevate privacy as a fundamental human right.
Leading the team at the forefront of many of the regulatory issues that underpin the digital transformation, Julie serves as a global authority concerning policy and legal issues involving privacy; internet governance; telecommunications; accessibility; and corporate standards. In 2018, she spearheaded Microsoft’s global adoption of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and now leads Microsoft’s advocacy for complementary privacy mandates around the globe. In addition, Julie serves as a reliable advisor on data protection to Microsoft’s commercial customers, to help them remain on the cutting edge of privacy improvements.
Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Julie Brill served for six years as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. As Commissioner, Julie worked actively on issues of critical importance to consumers, including privacy, fair advertising practices, fighting financial fraud, and maintaining competition in all industries, including health care and technology.
While at the FTC, Julie was named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues,” a “key player in national and international regulations,” one of the “top minds in online privacy,” one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate,” one of the “top 50 influencers on big data,” and one of eight “Government Stars” among the Ethisphere Institute’s “2015 Attorneys Who Matter.”
Julie has received numerous national awards for her work, including the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award, the 2014 Privacy Leadership Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the 2019 UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Privacy Award. In 2013, Julie was elected to the American Law Institute.
Prior to Microsoft, Julie joined the global law firm Hogan Lovells as Partner and Co-Director of its privacy and cybersecurity practice. She assisted clients with navigating the complex regulatory environment governing privacy, data breaches, cybersecurity, advertising and competition issues around the globe. Under her leadership, Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity lawyers were named the top privacy practice in 2017 by Chambers. That same year, National Law Journal named Julie a “Cybersecurity Trailblazer” for her thought leadership on these issues.
Earlier in her career, Julie served as Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice; and as Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for more than 20 years. Julie led the National Association of Attorneys General Privacy Working Group during her tenure at the North Carolina and Vermont Attorneys General offices.
Julie is active in civil society, serving as co-chair of Business at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Committee for Digital Economic Policy; board member of the Center for Democracy and Technology; advisory board member of the AI Now Institute; and member of the National Academy of Sciences Intelligence Community Study Board.
Julie graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.
Simon Mc Dougall
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 Policy 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.
Stephen Kai-Yi Wong
Mr Stephen Wong joined the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Hong Kong Government as a Crown Counsel in 1986. In 1991, he was seconded to the UN Human Rights Committee based in Geneva. In 1992, he became the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions. From 1996 to 2014, he assumed the offices of Deputy Solicitor-General; Founding Director of Berlin Economic and Trade Office; and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, responsible for human rights (including reporting to UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies); cross-boundary legal affairs; Constitutional law issues; legal policies; economic and trade affairs (Central and Eastern Europe) and law reform. His fields of legal practice also include commercial law, arbitration law, intellectual property and criminal law. He is also active in the community work, having been appointed as an adjunct professor of the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong; advocacy examiner of the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong; a director of the City Contemporary Dance Company and a scout leader. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong, also holding an LLM from the London School of Economics. He also pursued management courses at Harvard and Wharton, USA.
Mr Wong was appointed as the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong in August 2015, having been in private practice as a barrister-at-law, specialising in public law. On top of overseeing a fair enforcement of data protection law, he has since been allocating additional resources in education and publicity, and engaging the related industry with a view to strengthening the culture of respecting others’ personal data privacy by complementing legal compliance with data ethics, as well as maintaining a proper balance between free flow of information and data protection without unduly compromising ICT and economic development.
Dr. Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas
He has a Degree in Law from the Regiomontana University and a Doctorate in Political Science and Sociology from the Complutense University in Madrid. He was a Professor at the graduate program on Information Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
He has authored several books and publications on matters related to Human Rights and Discrimination; Electoral Transparency; Right to Information; Transparency and Corruption; Personal Data and Access to Information, among others. He is currently a columnist for the Mexican newspapers “Excélsior” and “El Financiero”.
He was the Coordinator for Information, Documentation and Transparency at the Electoral Tribunal at the Judicial Power of the Federation from 2011 to 2014. On May 14th, 2014, he became a Commissioner of the then Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI). On May 12th, 2017, the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection´s (INAI) Plenary elected Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas as President Commissioner for the 2017-2020 period.
Besnik was appointed Information and Data Protection Commissioner in 2014. Prior to this appointment, he occupied the positions of Prefect of Vlora District and earlier of Tirana District, Member of Parliament, Minister of Territorial Adjustment and Tourism, Deputy Minister, Secretary-General, as well as director and lawyer in various departments. He is a graduate of the Law Faculty of Tirana University and a licensed advocate. In his career, Besnik has also served as judge in the Tirana District Court, as legal adviser and national security adviser in the PM’s Cabinet, and as advisory board member of the Institute for Public Administration Training.
He has attended many training programmes at various institutions, and contributed in the frame of the constitutional and electoral reforms, drafting of legal acts in the domain of public administration, human rights, property, territorial adjustment, infrastructure and tourism. He has published numerous articles and research papers in the domains of legislation, public administration, European integration, etc.
Finally, he lectures at the School of Magistrates, the Albanian School of Public Administration and a few Albanian Universities.