Erik Valgaeren's practice focuses on IT, internet, e-commerce and electronic communications law, as well as on IP issues relating to the aforementioned subjects. He has a thorough understanding of technical issues relating to communications. His work includes the drafting of contracts, advising on legislation and regulatory aspects and litigation both before national courts and arbitral tribunals. Typical projects include web services, outsourcing, facilities management, system integration, software implementation, data transmission, databases, health IT, privacy, distribution and partnerships. His IP-related activities are mainly driven by the increasing interaction between infrastructure and the content / information communicated thereby. Erik Valgaeren is a member of both the Brussels Bar and the New York Bar (admitted in 1992).


Brendan Van Alsenoy

Brendan Van Alsenoy is a legal advisor at the Belgian Data Protection Authority (CBPL-CPVP). Before joining the CBPL, he worked as a legal researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP law - imec, with a focus on data protection and privacy, intermediary liability and trust services. In 2012, Brendan worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to assist in the revision of the 1980 OECD Privacy Guidelines. In 2016, he defended his doctoral thesis entitled: "Regulating data protection: the allocation of responsibility and risk among actors involved in personal data processing."


Rosamunde VAN BRAKEL

Rosamunde van Brakel is a researcher and PhD Candidate at the LSTS and CRiS research groups at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel who is finalising her doctoral dissertation in criminology which is titled: Taming the future? A rhizomatic analysis of preemptive surveillance of children and its consequences. In addition to this she is associate-member representative of the Surveillance Studies Network, director of Privacy Salon and managing director of the annual international conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection.


Bart van Buitenen

Bart van Buitenen is trainer voor Data Protection Institute (DPI) en Data Protection Officer en IT security consultant met ervaring binnen zowel Federale als Vlaamse instellingen en ministeries evenals de privé-sector. Met bijna 15 jaar ervaring is hij bij uitstek in staat is om de link te leggen tussen de theorie uit wet- en regelgeving en de concrete toepassing ervan in de praktijk. Daarnaast is Bart eveneens al meerdere jaren actief als gastprofessor op de Thomas More Hogeschool specifiek rond information security, waardoor zijn theoretische en praktische kennis ook op een goede manier wordt overgebracht aan de deelnemers.


Jozefien Van Caeneghem

Jozefien Van Caeneghem is a researcher at the Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Her research deals with a variety of human rights issues, with special attention to ethnic discrimination of the Roma minority. She is working towards a PhD in Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and holds a degree in Law from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, a LL.M in International and European Law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization and the University of Vienna.


Catherine Van De Heyning

Catherine Van De Heyning, is a criminal lawyer at the Brussels bar, post-doctoral researcher in at the University of Antwerp and is visiting professor in criminal law at UCLL (Diepenbeek). Her research focuses on the protection of procedural rights in the European legal space with a specific interest in the impact of digitalisation of crime on these rights.


Freyja van den Boom

Freyja van den Boom obtained her Masters in Law (LLM) degree at Tilburg University. She worked as a European Trademark and Design attorney at one of Europe’s largest consultancies specializing in intellectual property law after which she went on to teach Media law and media ethics at the Academy for Digital Entertainment. Before joining Open Knowledge International she worked at CITIP doing legal research for European projects on Open Science, Drones and Autonomous vehicles, Copyright and Data protection. As a researcher and project manager for the FutureTDM project Freyja now focuses on barriers and enablers to improve the uptake of Text and Datamining in Europe.


Bavo Van den Heuvel

Bavo Van den Heuvel is founder and co-owner of Cranium Applied Privacy NV and​has over 20 years of professional experience and holds a MS in Commercial Engineering and a University Degree of Approved Tutor. Is CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPP/IT certified and obtained the certification as ISO27001 Lead Auditor, Forensic Computer Auditor and Prevention Advisor (level 3). Is Faculty Member and Fellow of Information Privacy at the IAPP. Approved trainer for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Co-owner and trainer at Data Protection Institute


Bart Van der Sloot

Bart van der Sloot studied law and philosophy and specializes in questions revolving around Privacy and Big Data. He works at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam and part-time for the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), an independent advisory body for the Dutch government, on a report on the regulation of Big Data in respect of privacy and security. He is also the general editor of the European Data Protection Law Review. He is also the coordinator of the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research.


Yung Shin van deR SYPE

Yung Shin VAN DER SYPE is a legal researcher at the Centre for IT and IP Law at the KU Leuven. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis: “Towards integrated privacy protection in the workplace”. In this research, it is studied whether the exclusion of the compatible use principle might result in a more protective assessment of the re-use of personal data and whether and how this approach may lead to an integrated privacy protection of employees. Further, Yung Shin conducts research in the field of Belgian and European privacy and data protection law for several European research projects (e.g. DOGANA).


Arthur van der Wees

Arthur van der Wees is managing director of international tech-by-design law firm Arthur's Legal, with its headquarters in Amsterdam. He is senior lawyer, technologist, entrepreneur, standardisation expert, investor. He is co-founder of CloudQuadrants and Zapplied Platform. Arthur’s Legal is co-author of Cloud SLA Standardisation Guidelines and CSA’s Privacy Level Agreement 2.0, co-contributor to ISO and co-author of the IERC Handbook 2016: Digitising the Industry, Internet of Things Connecting the Physical, Digital and Virtual Worlds. Arthur's Legal is co-Chair of the Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI) WG4 (Policy) and project leader of AIOTI WG3 Privacy-by-Design working group.



Nico van Eijk is Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam). He studied Law at the University of Tilburg and received his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. His fields of research include media, telecommunications, privacy, freedom of expression, national security/surveillance and internet related topics such as internet governance and net neutrality. He also works as an independent legal adviser. He advises law firms, companies and (semi) governmental organizations. Among other things, he is the Chairman of the Dutch Federation for Media and Communications Law (Vereniging voor Media- en Communicatierecht, VMC), chairman of Stichting de Weekbladpers, member of the knowledge network of the Dutch Review Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD) and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). For more info see: http://www.uva.nl/en/contact/staff/item/n.a.n.m.van-eijk.html?f=van+eijk and https://www.ivir.nl/staffpage/eijk/


Hugo van Haastert

Hugo van Haastert is a senior advisor to the Chief Information Officer of the Dutch Finance Ministry. He works on policy in relation to open data, big data, Cloud migration and other strategic IT developments. Before working with the Finance Ministry, Hugo was a project manager Big Data at the Netherlands Vehicle Authority. He carried out research in the field of big data ethics.



Joris van Hoboken is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. His research addresses law and policy in the field of digital media, electronic communications and the internet, with a focus on privacy and freedom of expression. Current research projects include an investigation of privacy in smartphone ecosystems, as well as work on data-driven discrimination and encryption policy. Joris is on the Board of Directors of Bits of Freedom and an affiliate scholar at CIS Stanford and LSTS, VUB. Previously, Joris was a Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute (ILI) at NYU (2013-2016). Joris obtained his PhD on the topic of search engines and freedom of expression and has graduate degrees in Law and Mathematics.


Eric van TOL

Eric van Tol had different management positions at NCR, Olivetti and Ordina fulfilled, before he founded Andarr; a consulting firm specialized in ICT migrations and transitions of complex infrastructures. He is currently Director of the Fontys Expertise Centre Big Data, CTO of Advanced Programs, Manager at Floridata (an independent data platform for traders in the horticultural industry) and was recently, driver of the ICT breakthrough project Big Data of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.


Evert-Ben VAN VEEN

Evert-Ben van Veen is a long time legal consultant in health care. Presently his focus is on public health. He is affiliated with the Dutch Association of Biomedical Research Societies and supports amongst others the Dutch Institute of Public Health in its public screening programs. He was involved in various European programs of observational health research, at the moment the BBMRI-LPC project. Mundane legal handwork, such as drafting contracts, and more fundamental ethical issues are part and parcel of his practice.


Irina Vasiliu

Irina Vasiliu is a policy officer in the Data Protection Unit of DG Justice and Consumers. In this capacity she negotiated the Data Protection Reform Package (General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Police Directive) in the Council Working Group and the European Parliament. Previously Irina worked as an administrator in the Secretariat of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament.


Dieter Verhaeghe

Dieter Verhaeghe assisted the Belgian Data Protection Authority as legal advisor between 1997 and 2000. Between 2000 and 2004 he gained experience as company lawyer in the field of B2B financial services and telecom services. He joined the DPA again in 2004. Specialties: security breach notification direct marketing open data and big data smart meters (energy) and Intelligent transport systems national authorisation in Belgian e-gov projects (taxes, vehicle data, statistics) (inter)national data protection law applied to financial matters such as anti-money laundering, combating financing of terrorism, fight against tax evasion (FATCA / CRS) and audit purposes


Paul Voigt

Paul Voigt is a salary partner of the international law firm Taylor Wessing. He has an excellent track record in dealing with the legal aspects of data protection and IT security. Paul provides business-oriented hands-on counseling to startups as well as medium-sized companies and large MNEs. Most of Paul’s client matters have an international element and he often advises clients from overseas which are expanding into Europe. He also supports several multinational groups in the group-wide implementation of software and IT security systems and in this context coordinates legal advice in more than 40 jurisdictions worldwide.


Margarete von Galen

Margarete von Galen is practicing as a specialist criminal lawyer in Berlin. Alongside activities as a criminal defence lawyer and legal advisor, she is acting as External Ombudsman for sev-eral companies. Since 2014, she is Judge at the Constitutional Court of the State of Berlin. She took part in expert hearings of the German Parliament and the European Commission, advises the Commission as member of the Commission’s Expert Group on matters regarding EU criminal law and has published essays and decision notes and contributed to publications in the field of criminal law. She was President of the Berlin Bar Association from 2004 to 2009 and is member of the German CCBE Delegation and of the Criminal Law Committee of the CCBE.


Axel Voss

Axel Voss is a trained lawyer, lecturer and current MEP. Upon re-election as the Member of the European Parliament in 2014, Mr. Voss became a Vice-Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs; Substitute member in the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; and furthermore was appointed Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand. Already during his first legislative term as MEP (2009-2014), the European Data Protection Package was a crucial element of his parliamentary work. He further focuses on the PNR dossiers, the NSA Inquiry Committee and European criminal law as well as EU relevant judiciary topics.


Michele Voznick

Michele Voznick is a seconded national expert from the UK working in the Data Protection Unit within the European Commission's DG Justice. Her main areas of work are on the reform of the EU's data protection laws and advising on data protection aspects of the Commission's Digital Single Market initiatives, including the review of the ePrivacy Directive. Prior to her secondment, Michele was a group manager at the UK Information Commissioner's Office. She has also advised on data protection and freedom of information in local government and at HM Treasury Solicitor's department. Originally from the USA, Michele qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and started her career in private practice in the City of London.



Sophie VULLIET-TAVERNIER is the Head of the Public Relations and Research Department at the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL). This department contributes in valorizing data privacy with influence actions, especially with their publications, the running of a network composed of multidisciplinary experts and the development of partnerships with universities and research institutes. She also manages various digital education projects. Former Head of Legal, International Affairs and Expertise Department of the CNIL, and former Head of Studies Innovations and Foresight Department. Member of the Academic Chair “Values and Policies of Personal Information” held by the Institut Mines-Télécom and of the Ethics Committee of the Allistene Alliance.

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