Martin Abrams

Martin Abrams, Executive Director and Chief Strategist for the Foundation, has 35 years of experience as an information and consumer policy innovator. Multistakeholder collaboration has been a key for Abrams in developing practical solutions to dilemmas in information policy. His most recent work has been on big data governance and privacy compliance driven by demonstrable data stewardship. For the past five years he has led the Global Accountability Project, which has refined the accountability principle that is part of various data protection laws and guidance documents.

Abrams also has provided leadership in other policy areas. He worked on multi-layered privacy notices that changed the way policy makers and organizations thought about privacy transparency. His work is generally reflected in new laws and regulatory guidance in jurisdictions from Asia, across Europe and in the Americas.


Prabhat Agarwal

Prabhat is currently deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission's DG CONNECT, as part of the team focusing the Union's policy development for online platforms and electronic Commerce. Prabhat holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, and has occupied various roles in the European Commission covering innovation policy, global internet governance as well as scientific advice, foresight and knowledge management. Prior to joining the European Commission, he obtained extensive industry experience in the high-tech R&D sector. He lives in Brussels with his wife and three kids.


Jan Philipp Albrecht

Jan Philipp Albrecht is spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament. He is the Vice-Chair of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and a substitute member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). Since March 2012, Jan Philipp Albrecht is the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the data protection regulation. Jan Philipp Albrecht is also rapporteur for the EU-US data protection umbrella agreement and for the LIBE fundamental rights assessment of the EU-US trade agreement TTIP.


Renata Avila

Renata Avila is a Guatemalan human rights lawyer and digital rights advocate. Specializing in Intellectual Property and Technology, her work addresses the crucial intersection between human rights, information, technological change and the power disparities between the Global North and South. As a lawyer in Guatemala, Avila has represented indigenous victims of genocide and other human rights abuses, including the prominent indigenous leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum. As part of her longstanding advocacy work in the field of Internet and Human Rights, she leads with World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners – Lee a global campaign to uphold human rights in the digital age in more than seventy five countries. Avila sits on the Board of Creative Commons, is a trustee of the Courage Foundation, - an organisation set up to assist whistleblowers at risk - and is an advisory board member of Diem25, exploring the potential of decentralised technologies in Europe. She is currently based in Belgrade and Guatemala, and is writing a book about Digital Colonialism and advises the Web Foundation on their new Digital Equality strategies.

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