Counsel for International Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission
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.
Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand
Office of the Privacy Commissioner
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.
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
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.
Director General for PIPEDA investigations
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
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.
Professor Stephen Kai-yi Wong
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.
Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
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 and will be a plenary five international regulatory panel member.
LEONG Keng Thai
Data Protection Advisory Committee
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.