International speakers (plenary)

Peter is the Executive Strategist with the Information Accountability Foundation – and leader of the IAF's Effective Data Protection Governance Project.

Peter's team recently pioneered a landmark Ethical Assessment Framework trial with 20 Canadian businesses and multinationals, to test some the most advanced thinking about data innovation and privacy in real world settings.

Peter will present the outcomes of the Canadian trial – and discuss the lessons for Australian businesses who want to maximise innovation while protecting hard won consumer trust.

Simon is the Deputy Commissioner of the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). With the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) a key issue for Australian businesses who trade internationally – Simon will provide insights on GDPR integration from a unique position in terms of both EU and Commonwealth legal frameworks.

Simon will also present on the UK ICO's 2017 Guidance on Big Data, AI and Machine Learning – a world-leading frame work for data protection in big data contexts.

Simon's distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss' True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; "I don't know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island's Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Michael is Deputy Commissioner at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner British Columbia (OIPC) and also leads the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) collaboration with the EU's Article 29 Working Group.

Michael will present on the APPA/Working Party 29 GDPR workshop held in Paris in May – which will offer insights into GDPR integration from an Asia Pacific region perspective.

Rob Sherman is the Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook, where he is responsible for managing the company's engagement on public policy issues surrounding privacy, security, and online trust. Collaborating with Facebook's product teams, regulators, and other key stakeholders, Rob works to build the company's core commitments to transparency, control, and accountability into every aspect of the Facebook service. Rob joined Facebook from Covington & Burling LLP, where he represented Facebook and other leading technology and digital media companies on regulatory and public policy issues relating to privacy, data security, electronic marketing and communications, and digital content. While in private practice, Rob was recognized by Chambers USA as one of the nation's leading media regulatory lawyers.


Asia Pacific Regulators

Melinda Claybaugh is Counsel for International Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, where she works on international privacy and consumer protection enforcement and policy issues. She currently facilitates cross-border enforcement cooperation on privacy and data security matters, works to strengthen the administration and accountability of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system, and represents the FTC on the Executive Committee of the Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network (UCENet, formerly the London Action Plan), which promotes enforcement cooperation related to spam and unsolicited calls.

Previously, she was a senior staff attorney in the Bureau of Consumer Protection's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. While there, she investigated and brought enforcement actions involving data security, children's online privacy, “revenge porn,” and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Ms. Claybaugh joined the agency in 2006 and first served for 7 years in the Division of Enforcement, where she prosecuted cases against defendants operating a variety of scams, including telemarketing fraud and deceptive marketing claims. Ms. Claybaugh graduated from Wellesley College and New York University School of Law.

Melinda Claybaugh will be an international regulatory panel member during plenary five.

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 a 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 as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, a position he still holds.

John Edwards will be an international regulatory panel member during plenary five.

Prior this role, Angelene was the Assistant Commissioner of Regulation and Strategy at the OAIC. In this role she oversaw proactive privacy regulation including through Commissioner initiated investigations, assessments of both public and private sector organisations and handled data breach notifications, many of which attract significant media attention.

Prior to her appointment to the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner in 2007, Angelene held positions with Boards and Commissions as lawyer, educator and policy adviser in the discrimination area. Protecting and promoting rights and responsibilities is an important priority for Angelene, one which she continues in her role today.

Angelene will be facilitating the international regulatory panel.


Joining the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) in 2012, Brent Homan is currently the Director General for PIPEDA investigations which includes oversight of the OPC's Toronto Office with its dedicated enforcement and stakeholder engagement programs.

Mr. Homan's accomplishments in the Privacy world include key ‘Digital Society and Economy' matters, such as overseeing investigations relating to: Ashley Madison (2016), the Bell Relevant Advertising Program (2015), Google Online Behavioural Advertising (2014) and Apple Transparency (2014).

With a rich background in International enforcement, Mr. Homan has joined forces with global partners, co-leading multiple international investigations including the Ashley Madison joint-investigation with Australia (2016) and the first ever international joint-investigation in the field of Privacy (against Whatsapp) with the Dutch. Mr. Homan also conceptualized and spearheaded the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep, now in its fourth year and involving 26 Privacy Authorities from around the globe (2016 Sweep - Internet of Things).

In the area of electronic privacy threats, Mr. Homan oversees the OPC's CASL Program, including its first ever address-harvesting investigation (2016 Compufinder).

Prior to his appointment at the OPC, Mr. Homan was Assistant Deputy Commissioner at the Competition Bureau of Canada where he led numerous high profile misleading advertising investigations in the areas of price representations, E-Commerce and Health Fraud. In the area of price representations, Mr. Homan led the Bell Canada Inquiry that resulted in a $10 million penalty under the misleading advertising provisions of the Competition Act. In the area of health, Mr. Homan led the Tobacco Inquiry into the use of Light and Mild descriptors, culminating in the removal of Light and Mild labelling from cigarette packaging across Canada.

Mr. Homan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science from Carleton University, and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Ottawa

Brent will be a part of the international regulatory panel during plenary five.

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, Mr Wong assumed the offices of Deputy Solicitor-General and Secretary of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, responsible for human rights, cross-boundary legal affairs, Basic Law, law reform and legal policies. His fields of expertise also include commercial law, arbitration law, intellectual property and criminal law. Mr Wong 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; and a director of the China Law Society. Mr Wong graduated from the University of Hong Kong, also holding an LLM from the London School of Economics. He also pursed management courses at Harvard and Wharton, USA.

Mr Wong was appointed as the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong in August 2015, before which he had been in private practice as a barrister-at-law, specialising in public law.

Professor Stephen Kai-yi Wong will be an international regulatory panel member during plenary five.

Mr Leong Keng Thai is the Executive Chairman of the Data Protection Advisory Committee (“DPAC”). The DPAC will advise the Personal Data Protection Commission on matters relating to the personal data protection framework provided for in the Personal Data Protection Act.

Concurrently, Mr Leong is the Deputy Chief Executive (International & Corporate) at the Infocomm Media Development Authority.

In addition, Mr Leong is appointed as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and Senior Advisor (International Strategy Unit) at the Ministry of Communications & Information.

Mr Leong graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Singapore and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA. He also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.


Mr Timothy Pilgrim is the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner. Timothy has been Australian Privacy Commissioner since 2010 and was Acting Australian Information Commissioner from 2015. Prior to this, Timothy was the Deputy Privacy Commissioner from 1998 to 2010. Before joining the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy held senior management positions in a range of Australian Government agencies, including the Small Business Program within the Australian Taxation Office and the Child Support Agency.

Timothy has made a significant contribution to the field of privacy in Australia. His achievements include involvement in developing the private sector provisions of the Privacy Act 1988, which included widespread consultation with community, business and government organisations. He also played a key role in implementing the private sector provisions, which took effect on 21 December 2001. More recently, Timothy has led the implementation of the 2014 reforms to the Privacy Act, the most significant reforms to the Act since its commencement.

Timothy Pilgrim will open and close the Data + Privacy Asia Pacific conference.


New technologies

Anna Johnston is the Director of Salinger Privacy, which offers privacy consulting, training and publications. Anna is acknowledged as one of Australia's foremost experts on privacy law and practice.

Since establishing Salinger Privacy in 2004, Anna has conducted numerous Privacy Impact Assessments and privacy audits for clients in the government, business, university and not-for-profit sectors across Australia. Her expertise informs the development of Salinger Privacy's publications and online training modules.

Anna previously served as Deputy Privacy Commissioner of NSW, and Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation. She holds a first class honours degree in Law, a Masters of Public Policy with honours, a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a Bachelor of Arts. She no longer practises as a lawyer, so will not be offended if you make lawyer jokes.

Adrian Lawrence specialises in technology, privacy and communications law, in particular providing expert advice in relation to the major issues relating to the online and offline media and technology interests including data and information transfer, consumer protection, online payment systems and transaction engines, website risk minimisation measures and online security and cryptography.

Adrian is also an expert in privacy, information and digital media law, advising clients on data protection and utilisation, in particular in the context of large-scale business transformations.

Peter Leonard is principal of Data Synergies, a data commercialisation consultancy.

His focus is assisting data driven businesses with data value realisation projects, including multi-party data linkage projects, privacy protective business processes, management of data ecosystems, data curation and governance, IP capture, mitigation of algorithmic liability exposure and project management of data deals.

In April 2017 he moved from private technology law practice (principally advising data and technology businesses) to focus on design and management of data driven projects.

He was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers and continues to be a Consultant to that firm.

In 2016 Peter was voted by his peers as Sydney Technology Lawyer of the Year. In 2017 he was recognized by Euromoney's Best of the Best Expert Guides as one of the top 30 technology law practitioners globally.

Peter chairs the Data Access, Use and Privacy Workstream of the IoT Alliance Australia and the Law Society of NSW's Privacy and Communications Committee. He was formerly global chair of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association and a director of iappANZ. He sits on the Advisory Board of the NSW Data Analytics Centre.


Sinead is a senior commercial ICT advisor with over 10 years' experience advising clients in a broad range of industry sectors, particularly FS, telecommunications and energy, on data and information risk compliance and related regulatory issues. She has significant experience advising in the context of large scale, innovative sourcing transactions (in & out), managed services initiatives, core services procurement and other strategic and complex commercial ICT transactions (for both customers and suppliers). Sinead is a trusted advisor on data privacy and cyber-security issues and has particular expertise advising on best practice approach for managing international and regional data privacy compliance. She has a key focus on the procurement and roll-out of cloud-based solutions and emerging, innovative technologies. Her practice also includes co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional data protection and privacy projects across Europe, US and Asia Pac regions.

Prior to joining the DLA Piper team in March 2017, Sinead worked for over five years as a senior TMT lawyer at a leading global law firm in London. She has also spent time in industry as a senior legal counsel for a global ICT company, and prior to this, advising clients at a leading law firm in Dublin. Sinead is a keen supporter of 'Women in Tech' initiatives and is a member of WiTT (Women in Telecoms & Technology), a member of the Society for Computers and Law, IoT Alliance Australia and the International Bar Association. Sinead also sits on the LAW (Leadership Alliance for Women) Committee at DLA Piper, a global initiative for promoting the role of senior women in industry.

Dr. Michael Mandel is chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) in Washington, where he supervises PPI's global research and policy work. His main focus is the use of policy to stimulate innovation and economic growth, in both developed and developing countries. Key research interests include the impact of innovation and technology on job creation; new ways of tracking the data-­‐driven economy; the link between privacy regulation and innovation; and the development of new methodologies for tracking emerging occupations such as app developer. As part of PPI's engagement with global economic issues, Dr. Mandel regularly gives policy-­‐oriented talks on growth and innovation in countries such as Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Argentina, and Australia. His research has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic. His most recent Wall Street Journal op-­‐ed was entitled “Robots Will Save the Economy.”

Before joining PPI, Dr. Mandel was Chief Economist at BusinessWeek, where he was recognized as one of the top 100 business journalists of the 20th century for his writings on innovation and growth. He received multiple awards for his work, including the Gerald Loeb Award, the top honor for business and financial journalism.

Dr. Mandel is currently Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mandel started two businesses: South Mountain Economics LLC, a consulting firm focusing on emerging occupations and emerging industries; and Visible Economy LLC, which produced news and education videos for the college market. Dr. Mandel is the author of four books, including The High Risk Society and Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth and Why the Future Is Better Than You Think. His essentials level economics textbook from McGraw-­‐Hill, Economics:The Basics, is in its third edition. Dr. Mandel received a PhD in economics from Harvard University, and taught at New York University's Stern School of Business.

Sean is an information technology and risk management professional with over thirteen years of global experience across Asia-Pacific, Australia, South Africa, India and North America. Sean has a proven track record in working with senior blue chip executives helping them to analyse, develop and deliver solutions for complex business and technology compliance issues. Sean is the CEO of the Australian created, owned and operated start-up Alex Solutions. The company has been recognised by both Gartner and Forrester for providing innovative and effective software solutions that enable users to manage their data, extracting maximum value whilst minimising risk.


Health and privacy

Anne-Marie Allgrove is the Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global ITC industry and practice group and is a member of the Global Privacy group. Prior to these roles, Anne-Marie led the Firm's Asia Pacific ITC team. She has considerable experience in advising on privacy and security issues including implementing global compliance programs and managing responses to data breach and security incidents across Asia Pacific. Anne-Marie's clients include technology services and outsourcing companies, telecommunications companies, software and hardware suppliers, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, consultancy management and other service suppliers.

Dr Manisha Amin is the Chief Executive Officer of Media Access Australia. MAA is Australia’s only independent not-for-profit dedicated to increasing inclusion in the new economy by providing expertise on the accessibility of mainstream technology, products and services. The organisation works with government, industry, educators and consumer groups – across popular online media, digital technology, apps, television, video, cinema, the arts, and education.

Access to media, enabled through technology, empowers people of all abilities to be more independent, to gain knowledge, make their own informed choices, and be active members of our society.

Manisha has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communication in the areas of education, health, disability and social inclusion.

She has a PhD in transforming cultures, is on the Board of ADHD Australia and is a published novelist.

Nathan Scudder is a PhD student at the National Centre of Forensic Studies in Canberra where he is researching the privacy and other legal implications of forensic genomics and ‘next generation' DNA technology for law enforcement. Nathan is a legal practitioner and the privacy contact officer for the Australian Federal Police. He previously worked as quality manager and in operations coordination at the Australian Federal Police Forensic Laboratory.


Professor Moira Paterson is the author of Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Information Access 2.0 (LexisNexis, 2015) and has published extensively in the areas of freedom of information, privacy and data protection, health records and public records law. Moira was previously a member of the former Privacy Advisory Committee to the Australian Information Commissioner and a member of Advisory Committees to the ALRC for its Privacy Act 1988 reference and to the VLRC for its privacy in public places reference. She was also for several years a member of the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Chathurika Wickramage is a Ph.D. candidate with particular interests in information privacy, natural algorithms and combinatorial optimisation. Her PhD research is on health information privacy. She focuses on achieving after-the-fact justifications of patients' privacy violations in Health Information Systems. She is a Lecturer at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka from 2011 up to date. She holds an MPhil in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Computer Science both from University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka. In her M.Phil research, she looked at the natural agent interaction from a social and game theoretic perspective to address weaknesses in solving moderate to large scale combinatorial optimization problems effectively.


Protecting reputations

Marta leads Deloitte's National Privacy and Data Protection Risk practice in Australia. Marta has a unique combination of skills including business analysis, technology delivery, data governance as well as in-depth privacy regulatory knowledge. She has a passion for educating both consumers and organisations on privacy risks and provides a customer-centric view to privacy. Marta has served clients across many sectors, in particular the Financial Services, Telecommunications and the Non for Profit sectors. Marta leads a number of privacy initiatives, including the annual Deloitte Australian Privacy Index that has receives national media attention.

In 2016, Ben completed a secondment with Clyde & Co San Francisco’s data privacy and cyber insurance team.

Ben continues to work with both Clyde & Co’s San Francisco and Australian teams on a variety of security incidents involving intrusions, un-authorised disclosures, malware, regulatory investigations, mandatory notification laws, litigated claims, PCI assessments and first party losses.

His practice also involves a broad range of litigated and non-litigated disputes acting for financial services firms, technology companies and directors.

Sheila FitzPatrick has over thirty years' experience as an international employment and data protection attorney. Sheila is considered one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws and works closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union, country-specific data protection agencies in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and The Americas, as well as, National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies. She provides expertise and hands­on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations, legal issues associated with cloud computing and big data, data breach compliance and management, and records management. Sheila has been recognized by Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) around the world for her depth of comprehension and commitment to data protection laws. She speaks regularly at global conferences and panel discussions focused on data privacy, cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Sheila currently works with NetApp as their global Data Governance and Privacy Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer. She is responsible for NetApp's worldwide data privacy compliance program that includes responsibility for compliance with global laws related to data protection, data sovereignty, cybersecurity, data breach notification, cloud computing and records management. She sits on many internal NetApp councils and committees including the Enterprise Information Security Council (EISC), the Mobile Apps Steering Committee, the Case Management Steering Committee, the Intranet Enhancement Council, the Data Privacy Council, the Information Protection Project Council, the Marketing Strategic Council, the Data Privacy Marketing Taskforce, the HR HCM Advisory Council, the Federal Government Advisory Council, and the Vendor Procurement Assessment Council.

Sheila also sits on many external councils and is currently the Vice-­Chair of CompTIA's Privacy and Cybersecurity Committees and is actively involved in their Big Data and Cloud Computing Subcommittees. Sheila holds strategic seats on “by invitation only” committees including the European Union Data Protection Advisory Council, the Asia Pacific Data Protection Framework Advisory Board, the Latin American Data Privacy Forum, the SNIA Privacy Council, the Canadian PIPEDA Advisory Board, and the ANZ Privacy and Cybersecurity Advisory Group.

Sheila holds undergraduate and law degrees (BA & JD) from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA, an MBA from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and a law degree (LLM) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.


Ted Ringrose has provided legal and regulatory advice to IT, media and telecommunications companies and national governments and their agencies in Europe, Asia and Australia. He has advised multi-national corporations of their regulatory and legal obligations, including privacy compliance.

Ted has held senior positions in broadcasting and telecommunications companies in Europe, Asia and Australia and as a partner in international law firms Ashurst and Squire Patton Boggs and broadcasting and telecommunication law consultant to the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. Most recently Ted was a senior lawyer at Optus working on its most significant projects.

Ilana is a Privacy and Data Protection Specialist in Deloitte's Cyber Risk Services practice. Ilana has broad experience in advising on privacy and data protection laws, regulations, and best practices, and has particular expertise in developing tailored and practical solutions that address compliance requirements, support organisation strategy, and build confidence in consumers. Ilana has worked with organisations in the financial services, consumer goods, and public sectors. Prior to joining Deloitte, Ilana was a practising lawyer and worked at the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection.

Alan is the Deputy Chief Global Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy officer for Teleperformance Group. In this role he is responsible for Global Privacy, Compliance and Information Security. Alan has spent most of his career in operations managing large global operations in Financial Services, Telecommunications and Healthcare. He has been with Teleperformance Group for 4 years and is active in the IAPP, CIPL (Center for Information Policy Leadership), the U.S. Cyber Security Task Force and has written several papers focusing on Security and Data Privacy.