WHO IS EDPO ?
We are an international, multilingual, service-oriented and people-minded team.
- We work with highly qualified experts from various fields, covering all aspects of the GDPR (legal, IT, security, risk management, etc.)
- We are on the official vendor list of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
- We have agents in North America and Asia
Board of directors
Founder and Chair of the Board
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Jane is a Belgo-Canadian lawyer specialised in the GDPR, corporate law, M&A and corporate governance. She is also an independent non-executive board director of listed and non-listed companies in Brussels, Paris, Mumbai, Singapore and Amsterdam as well as a member of various committees (audit, risk, legal, compliance, corporate governance and remuneration). She is Vice-President of CanCham Belux and a member of the IAPP. She holds law degrees from Canada and Belgium, an LLM in EU and International Law, a Certificate in EU Data Protection from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and completed a summer programme in International Business at Harvard.
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Olivier is the CEO of the Brussels Chamber of Commerce since 2000 and the CEO of the Brussels Business Federation since 2010. He is also Vice-president of the Belgian Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Founder of the Alliance of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of 15 major metropolitan areas in Europe representing 68 million citizens and over 40 million jobs. Olivier was also the Brussels Region’s Economic Attaché to the EU Commission in charge of financial support programmes. Olivier holds a degree in Economics from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and an LLM in European Law from the University Amsterdam.
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Cédric is co-founder and CEO of Efficy, a company active in the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) business that has over 70,000 users at some 2,000 companies in 9 countries and which employs over 200 people at its offices in Western Europe. Cédric is an industrial engineer who also completed the Executive Programme for Growing Companies (EPGC) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Board Effectiveness Course at Guberna (the Belgian Institute of Directors).
Director of EDPO UK
Michel is the Chairman of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain since 2005 and Member of the Board in various Belgian and UK companies and start-ups. Furthermore, he is President of the oldest foreign charity in the UK, the Royal Belgian Benevolent Society since 2014 and was appointed Honorary Consul for Belgium in Kingston-Upon-Hull in 2011.
Michel holds a degree in Applied Economic & Social Sciences from the Faculte de Notre Dame de la Paix in Namur and the KU Leuven. He also completed a post-graduate course in Marketing at the Bristol Business School. Michel was given the Freedom of the City of London in 2015.
Group of experts
Professor Georges Ataya is academic Director at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, in charge of IT Management and Information Security Management Education. He recently co-founded the Program in European Data Protection, the Belgian Cybersecurity Coalition and the DPO Circle. Georges also acted as the international Vice-President of ISACA and of the IT Governance Institute and as President of ISACA Belux. He is Managing Partner of ICT Control SA, a Belgian-based advisory firm. Georges is member of Boards and of Advisory Boards of various professional organisations. He also directs research programmes in various technology management fields.
Miriam is Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Port of Rotterdam and a non-executive member of the Board of Urenco and of Ultra Centrifuge Netherlands. She is also a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Board’s Sustainability Committee. Miriam is a non-executive director on several Euronext listed companies headquartered in France. She is head of the “Energy Transition Forum” which is partnered with the UN Foundation in Washington DC. Miriam has over 35 years of experience working for multinationals and was CEO of Foresee Ltd, a climate change consulting company. Until May 2017, Miriam was also Chair of the Euronext listed company ELIA Group.
Saskia Van Uffelen
Saskia has a professional background with leading positions in the ICT and Telecoms sector. She is Corporate Vice President Benelux at GFI. From 2014 until 2019 Saskia was the CEO of Ericsson for Belgium and Luxembourg. For the Belgian Federal Government, she represents Europe as the Digital Champion, locally stimulating the execution of the Digital Agenda which includes the Digital Economy, Infrastructure, Government, Security and Skills as key areas. Her value as an inspiring leader lies in the transformation of business models, organisational structures, ecosystems and human capital. Saskia is also an independent board member of Elia, BPost, AXA Insurance and the University of Antwerp.
Gabriel holds several positions in the tech and marketing ecosystems: leadership coach, director, business angel and investor. He previously set up the Belgian operations of Google in Belgium and later co-founded Semetis, a marketing agency that is now part of the Omnicom Media Group, where he remains on the board of directors. He is also a board member of the Brussels Chamber of Commerce (BECI), representing the digital industry. Gabriel now leads his new digital marketing company, Hakacia, and provides insightful advice and counsel to companies as a strategy expert.
Chief Operating Officer
Romane is CIPP/E certified from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and holds a Law degree from the University catholique de Louvain in Belgium, where she specialized in Data Protection and IP Law.
She also studied in the US for one year and in the UK for several months. Romane worked as a legal intern at two top-tier law firms in Brussels and was a consultant then board member of a student association that provides legal advice to individuals and SMEs, helping 50+ clients on GDPR matters. She also held managing positions in several entrepreneurial and volunteer projects and published a book when she was only 14 years old.
Romane is fluent in French, English and Dutch.
Diego studied Law at the University catholique de Louvain in Belgium where he focused on Data Protection and IP Law, including a thesis on the subject of Privacy by Design and Privacy by Default.
During his academic years, Diego worked as a consultant, a treasurer and a board member of a student association which provides legal advice to SMEs and individuals. He also developed and launched the local branch of a non-profit organisation and managed it for two years. Diego has been closely involved in his family’s business for many years, an experience which enabled him to develop strong entrepreneurial skills. He is also a computer buff who is passionate about new technologies.
Diego speaks French, English and Dutch.