Yves Paindaveine

Yves Paindaveine is a microelectronics and computer science engineer by education. While at the Open Software Foundation Research Institute, he worked, among others, on distributed systems and security. He joined the European Commission in 1998 as a scientific officer for RTD projects dealing with health informatics (IST Programme). Later on, he joined the Unit "security" working on network security and dependability. Today he is assistant to the Director in the Unit Digitising European Industry.


Vagelis Papakonstantinou

Vagelis Papakonstantinou is a co-founder of MPlegal Law Firm in Athens and a researcher at the Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has graduated from the Athens Law School (LLB), Strathclyde University (LLM) and Frankfurt University (Dr. Jur.). He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Patras, an academic assistant at the International Hellenic University, as well as, a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Copyright Organisation (for two terms). He is currently an alternate member of the Greek Data Protection Authority.



Adam is responsible for ICANN's relations with civil society organizations, including academia, supporting non-commercial participation in ICANN's multi-stakeholder model. Before joining ICANN in December 2014, Adam spent more than two decades as a senior researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan, where he worked on projects related to telecommunications and Internet policy. Adam has been active in policy-making activities for the deployment and development of the Internet since the early-1990s. He was one of the lead civil society representatives during WSIS, IGF and NETmundial.


Patrick Penninckx

Patrick Penninckx - Head of Department - Information Society at Council of Europe. 30 years professionally active, currently Head of the Information Society Department under the Directorate General Human Rights and the Rule of Law at the Council of Europe. This covers Freedom of Expression, Protection of Journalists, Data Protection, Cybercrime and Digital Governance (internet Governance). Key areas of development: Guide on Human Rights for Internet Users, revised Convention on Data Protection, new internet governance strategy and creating a common profile and identity for the Department.



María Verónica Pérez Asinari is a lawyer and is currently the Head of the Supervision and Enforcement Unit at the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). This Unit is responsible for ensuring compliance with the data protection Regulation (EC) 45/2001 in the EU institutions and bodies. Prior to joining the EDPS in 2005, she was a senior researcher at the Centre de recherches informatique et droit (CRID), University of Namur, Belgium, where she developed several studies on data protection law. She advised the European Commission in a number of projects on trans-border data flows and co-authored the 2004 Safe Harbor Decision Implementation Study.


Stephanie PeRRIN

PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto Formerly Director of privacy policy at Industry Canada, responsible for management of legislative initiative for PIPEDA and related policy matters, including encryption policy. Former Chief Privacy Officer at Zero Knowledge Systems. Currently volunteering at ICANN in Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group, to promote privacy protection in Internet governance policy as it relates to ICANN's remit.



After graduating as an engineer from Brussels University and completing her education at MIT, USA, Véronique Pevtschin has spent her professional life in solutions for both physical and logical security. For the last 8 years, she has focused on cyber-security within the Research and Development Labs of Engineering Ingegneria Informatica. She has also chaired the cyber-security working group within EOS - the European Organisation for Security and is co-chair of the eco-system sub working group within ECSO - the European Cyber Security Organisation.


Javier Pimentel Calderon

Javier is the SVP Legal & Compliance for the Kreditech Group and has extensive hands-on experience on some of the most pressing issues of Data-protection in the context of Fintech. Given Kreditech's global footprint, he has been able to gain a "multi-jurisdiction" view on most of these matters and their underlying policy discussions.

He is very interested in everything that has to do with the intersection of Law, Finance and technology and likes to spend his free time taking pictures.


Jose-Luis PIÑAR

Doctor in Law. Professor of Administrative Law. Former Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (2002-7). Former Vice-Chairman of the Art. 29 Working Party Data Protection (2003-7), Founder (2003) and former President of the Ibero-American Data Protection Network (2003-7). Attorney at Law. International consultant on Privacy). Director of the Master’s Degree on Data Protection, Transparency and Access to Information and Head of the Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation (San Pablo-CEU University, Madrid). Member of the Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten. He has published numerous works on Data Protection Law. Invited Lecturer in some Universities. Frequent speaker in Europe and America.


Jeremy Pitt

Jeremy Pitt is Professor of Intelligent and Self-Organising Systems in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. His research programme focuses on developing formal models of social processes using computational logic, and the specification to self-organising multi-agent systems. Current research includes computational justice, electronic social capital, collective attention, and self-governance (algorithmic, interactive and polycentric). Specific applications include resource allocation for community energy systems and collective action in shared living spaces, in a general setting of Smart Cities.


Martha Poon

Martha Poon is an Adjunct Research Affiliate for the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. She is a social scientist interested in how global capital flows are changing technology production and the public’s relationship to finance. She is a graduate of the Science Studies Program at University of California, San Diego and has been a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Data & Society Research Institute in New York.


Julia Powles

Julia Powles is a legal researcher at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the law and politics of technology, including internet regulation, data protection, privacy, and intellectual property. She is currently working on projects on cloud computing, cybercrime, and data control in the Internet of Things. She is a regular contributor to the Guardian and Wired, and previously worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization and in the Australian court and tribunal system. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and a BCL from Oxford, following undergraduate honours degrees in science and law in Australia.


Bart Preneel

Bart Preneel is a full Professor at the KU Leuven, where he heads the imec-COSIC research group, which has 80 members. He has authored numerous scientific publications and is Inventor of five patents. His research interests are cryptography, cybersecurity and privacy. He is President of LSEC and has been President of the IACR. He has been invited speaker at more than 120 conferences in more than 40 countries. In 2014 he received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics and in 2016 he received the Kristian Beckman Award from IFIP TC11. He is a Fellow of the IACR and a member of the Academia Europaea. He frequently consults for the technology and financial sectors and is involved with several startups in the area of e-security.



Jason Pridmore is Senior Researcher on the DigIDeas project. Prior to joining the DigIDeas team, Jason was a Post-Doctoral fellow with The New Transparency Project, under the auspices of The Surveillance Project. He received his PhD from the Department of Sociology at Queen's University, Canada, in 2008 and is the author of the expert report on the surveillance of consumers and consumption, part of the report on the surveillance society commissioned by the British Information Commissioner in 2006.

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