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 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 MEP is spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. He is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and a substitute member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO). Jan Philipp Albrecht was the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the General Data Protection Regulation and for the Data Protection Umbrella Agreement with the US. He is standing rapporteur of the LIBE committee on the trade agreements TTIP and TiSA.
Norberto Andrade is a Global Public Policy and Privacy Expert, as well as a Legal Scholar, Researcher and Lecturer, with over 12 years of international experience in government, academia, regulatory agency, and corporate positions. Norberto works at the intersection of Privacy and Public Policy at Facebook, having previously worked at Workday, Mozilla, European Commission, and at the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications (ANACOM). Norberto is also an Affiliated Scholar at Stanford Law School - Center for Internet & Society (CIS) and holds a PhD in Law, Policy and Technology and a Master of Research in European, International and Comparative Law from the European University Institute (Italy).
Joan is internationally recognized for her work in data protection. She is the founder and managing partner of Park Legal LLC, a data protection law firm with offices in Indianapolis and New Jersey. Joan is one of a few (non-regulator) attorneys invited to be a member of the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications, a data protection regulator group chaired by the Berlin Data Protection Commissioner, and was also appointed as a Privacy by Design Ambassador. Previously, Joan chaired the privacy and security practice group at an international law firm and also served as Vice President and Global Privacy Officer for a Fortune 100 company for 7 years.
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.