Board of Directors and Scientific Committee


The European Privacy Association (EPA) has evolved over time to now offer forward-looking studies which enhance data protection and data security while ensuring the sustainability, grow and and innovation which are vital to the new and current businesses.
EPA’s Scientific Committee is the true driving force of our organization, aiding in our research activities and helping us to further the scientific exploration and elaboration of privacy, personal data, and data security matters.

**NB: All Members of the EPA Board of Directors and the EPA Scientific Committee Act completely on a personal level and do not represent the interests of any companies or organizations**

Board of Directors

Paolo Balboni – Chairman
Paolo Balboni (Ph.D.) is a top tier European ICT, Privacy & Data Protection lawyer and serves as Data Protection Officer (DPO) for multinational companies. Lead Auditor BS ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (IRCA Certified). Dr. Balboni (qualified lawyer admitted to the Milan Bar) is a Founding Partner of ICT Legal Consulting (ICTLC), a law firm with offices in Milan, Bologna, Rome, an International Desk in Amsterdam, and multiple Partner Law Firms around the world. Together with his team, he provides legal counsel across Europe to multinational companies specializing in the fields of Personal Data Protection, Data Security, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Intellectual Property Law. Dr. Balboni has considerable experience in Information Technologies including Cloud Computing, Big Data, Analytics, and the Internet of Things, Media and Entertainment, Healthcare, Fashion, Insurance, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorist Financing (CFT); and he also advises personalities on privacy and copyright matters. Dr. Balboni is the Scientific Director of the European Privacy Association based in Brussels, the Cloud Computing Sector Director and Responsible for Foreign Affairs at the Italian Institute for Privacy based in Rome.

Noriswadi Ismail – Scientific Director
Noris is data protection and privacy specialist with over than 16 years of global compliance, risk management, governance and data protection in-house and consulting experience. Privacy by Design Ambassador and holds the UK PDP Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection. Author of 2 data protection books; Beyond Data Protection, Strategic Case Studies and Practical Guidance (Springer, 2013) and Understanding Personal Data Protection Law (LexisNexis 2013). Clocked more than 200 hours of global data protection training, coaching and workshops across Asia, Europe and the USA. In November 2014-February 2015, Noris was the US Fulbright Professional Exchange Programme Fellow in Fordham Law School, Fordham University, New York and George Washington Law School, George Washington University, Washington D.C. He completed his research consulting project on ‘Freedom of Information and Privacy Laws in the USA with specific reference to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ legislative and policy landscape’. Noris also holds LLB (Hons) from the International Islamic University Malaysia and LLM in Information Technology & Telecommunications Laws from Strathclyde Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow as a British Chevening Scholar. In his ‘other’ life, Noris loves marathon, half-marathon, cooking, gardening and travelling.

Florian Damas – Managing Director
Florian Damas is representing Nokia on a number of topics ranging from infrastructures (broadband access, IP, interconnection, virtualization, spectrum) to cloud, SDN, NFV, investment, regulatory frameworks, public policies, competition, net neutrality, platforms, Internet governance, privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, big data, smart cities, Internet of things and Industry 4.0.
As Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director, Florian is responsible for the development of corporate positions on key regulatory and thought-leadership issues for Nokia.
He advises national regulators and competition authorities to ensure infrastructure interoperability and competition. He engages with governments in supporting national broadband plans and reaping the maximum economic and societal benefit from ICT.
Before joining Nokia, he worked for several telecommunications providers including MCI Worldcom (now Verizon) and COLT Telecom, and the equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent.

Kate Francis – Secretary General
After growing up in the northern woods of Michigan and intensively studying classical double bass, Kate moved to Rome where she obtained a BA in International Relations from John Cabot University. In 2012 she completed an MSc in Social Policy at the University of Amsterdam. Kate is passionate about the societal impacts of surveillance, privacy and data protection. Today she is the Secretary General of the European Privacy Association and works at ICT Legal Consulting.

Geny Li – Treasurer
Graduated in year 2000 at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing in São Paulo, Geny is the treasurer of European Privacy Association and Office Manager at ICT Legal Consulting.
Born in Brazil to Taiwanese parents, Geny is Portuguese mother tongue, speaks fluently Italian and English and has a good spoken knowledge of Mandarin.

Scientific Committee

Aleksandra Auleytner, Scientific Committee Member of the European Privacy Association. Aleksandra is specialised in intangible rights, copyright law, industrial property law, and new technologies and e-commerce law and advises technology sector companies, especially on implementation, maintenance and other agreements typical of the IT sector, advertising agencies, TV stations, food and clothing manufacturers, and e-shop operators; participates in broadband network infrastructure construction projects and e-health projects; advises in proceedings over goods that infringe intellectual property rights being admitted to customs area and specialises in selected aspects of EU law dealing with state aid issues.

Luca Bolognini, President of Italian Institute for Privacy, the main national private research center dedicated to advanced data protection and partner of the EU H2020 Privacy Flag project. Luca is a practicing lawyer, member of the Rome Bar Association, founding partner of ICT Legal Consulting law firm with offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Amsterdam and partner firms in 18 other countries. His work concerns privacy, ICT law and corporate administrative liability. Luca assists companies and is part of several corporate Surveillance Bodies and serves as an independent ethics and privacy advisor for European projects (FP7 and Horizon 2020). Luca has written on issues concerning Big Data, IoT, web 2.0, legitimate interest, freedom of information, right to be forgotten, profiling and pseudonymization for legal journals and both national and international newspapers (including Corriere della Sera, Sole 24 Ore, Il Mondo, Affari Italiani, European Voice, The Wall Street Journal). Luca is member of the International Core Team of DataEthicsEU. He participates as speaker in national and international conferences (including ITU Telecom World 2012 in Dubai and 2015 in Budapest) and radio/TV broadcasts on innovation policies matters. Luca wrote the pamphlet “Generazione Selfie”, published by Corriere della Sera in 2014. He was co-author and editor of the first commentary on the Italian Privacy Code of Ethics for lawyers and private investigators (Giuffrč) and of the book “Next Privacy” (RCS Etas). He has lectured at Alma Graduate School of the University of Bologna, at Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione, at IED, at the italian Privacy Officer TÜV master and for several other training and higher education programs. Since 2010 Luca is in charge of teaching privacy law at the Professional school of Legal Professions at the University of Teramo, Italy. He obtained his Law degree from the University of Bologna. He speaks fluent Italian and English, and has a good knowledge of Spanish. Website:

Daniele Catteddu, is the Managing Director, EMEA, at Cloud Security Alliance, where he is responsible for the definition and execution of the company strategy in EU, Middle East and Africa. He also the Director of the CSA Open Certification Framework / STAR Program. Daniele leads definition and implementation of the CSA research agenda in Europe and manages the relations with European public institutions and is member of the CSA International Standardization Council. In past he worked at ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), as Expert in areas of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) and Emerging and Future Risks Management, and in particular, having a leading role in developing EU cloud security research. Before joining ENISA, Daniele worked as an Information Security consultant in the banking and financial sector. Daniele is author of numerous studies and papers on Risk Management, Governance and Cyber Security, e.g.: “Security and Resilience in Governmental Clouds”, “Cloud Computing: Benefits, risks and recommendations for information security” and “Cloud Computing: Information Assurance Framework”. He is member of various national and international security expert groups on cyber-security security and privacy, and keynote speaker at several conferences. Daniele graduated from the University of Parma (Italy) in Business Administration and Economics, and he is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Daniel Cooper, advises clients on information technology regulatory issues, particularly data protection, e-commerce and data security matters. Mr. Cooper also regularly assists leading technology companies, including social networking sites, online content and entertainment providers, and e-shopping sites, on their European and global compliance strategies.  He also has deep experience with the regulation of mobile and e-health technologies.  Mr. Cooper is also known for his ability to guide clients through the issues arising from data breach incidents, and has advised a number of high-profile clients in this area.  Mr. Cooper co-authored the data protection standard that governs organized sport. Mr. Cooper is dual-qualified in the United States and United Kingdom, and also has been appointed to the advisory and expert boards of privacy NGOs and agencies, such as Privacy International and the European security agency, ENISA.

Brian Honan is an independent security consultant based in Dublin, Ireland, and is also the founder and head of IRISSCERT, Ireland’s first CERT. He is a Special Advisor to Europol’s Cybercrime Centre (EC3), an expert advisor to ENISA, and an adjunct lecturer on Information Security in University College Dublin. He is the author of the book ISO 27001 in a Windows Environment and co-author of The CSA Guide to Cloud Computing and The Cloud Security Rules. He is a regular speaker at major industry conferences. In 2013 Brian was awarded SC Magazine Information Security Person of the year for his contribution to the computer security industry

Rosario Imperiali is a member of the “Order of Lawyers in Milan”, is committed to understanding the issues that technology may cause in the legal aspect. He is an Italian lawyer, co-founder of Studio Legale Imperiali and writes as a journalist in various Italian newspapers. In the 80’s he founded and directed the Legal research Office of IBM Italy, a privileged “think tank” related to such topics. With over 12 years of experience in a group of professional lawyers, whom collaborate in Imperiali Group’s Legal Offices, Mr. Imperiali is author of monographs about privacy, technology and law. He also anchors a web television channel “CompetenceTV” on the YouTube platform.
As a public law expert, he is director of The Work Style Magazine, an international magazine discussing topics regarding the future of employment. He is editorialist of “Il Sole 24 Ore” and “Il Denaro”. Furthermore, he intervenes on many daily newspapers and national and international magazines.
President of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Institute for Privacy and member of the Scientific Committee of the European Privacy Association, President of the Telematics Self-discipline Committee of Anfov, Alumnus of Young Leaders Program (1992) at the Council for the Relations between Italy and USA, University Professor on Information and Communication Law at Cattaneo University of Castellanza.

Kuan-Ching Li is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at the Providence University, Taiwan. He was a department chair in 2009, the Special Assistant to the University President since 2010, and appointed as Vice-Dean for Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs in this same university since 2014. Dr. Li is recipient of several awards and fundings from abroad and Taiwan, as also recipient of guest professorships from universities in China. He serves/has served on the chairmanship positions of several conferences and workshops, and has organized numerous conferences related to high-performance computing and computational science & engineering. Dr. Li is the Editor-in-Chief of technical publications International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering (IJCSE), International Journal of Embedded Systems (IJES) and International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking (IJHPCN), all published by Inderscience, also serving a number of journal’s editorial boards and guest editorship. His topics of interest include networked computing, GPU computing, parallel software design, and performance evaluation and benchmarking. Dr. Li is a Fellow of the IET and a senior member of the IEEE.

Renato Opice Blum, MSc, attorney and economist; Former digital Law program professor at Sao Paulo Magistrate School; MBA on Electronic Law Coordinator at Sao Paulo Law School; Professor at  USP and Mackenzie; Vice-Chair of the Privacy, E-Commerce and Data Security Committee of American Bar Association Section of International Law; and the International Technology Law Association South America Membership Committee; Member of Octopus Cybercrime Community connected with Council of Europe; Member of European Privacy Association – EPA’S Think Tank; President of IASP Permanent Information and Technology Studies Commission; President of the Council of Security and Information Technology at Commerce Federation of São Paulo and of the American Chamber of Commerce Technology Law Committee; Vice president for the Brazilian Bar Eletronic Law and High Technology Crimes Commission; Recognized professional for 02 consecutive years in international publications such as Chambers & Partners, Who’s who e Best Lawyers; Invited speaker at: EUROFORUM –  International and European Data Protection Day;  LegalTech; Technology Policy Institute; Council of Europe; SEDONA; American Bar Association; International Technology Law Association; High Technology Crime Investigation Association; Information Systems Security Association; International Association of Privacy Professionals; Georgetown Law CLE; International Law Association and Inter-American Bar Association; Coordinator and co-author of the books “Manual of Electronic Law and Internet” and “Electronic Law: Internet and Courts”; Co-author of the article “Recent Development on Cyberspace Law: A View from Brazil” (THE BUSINESS LAWYER – American Bar Association – 2013), “Brazilian’s Chapter” of Data Protection & Privacy Law (2nd Edition, European Lawyer – Thomson Reuters).
Twitter: @opiceblum

Ludovic Petit is Group Cyber Security Officer at ALTRAN, an international group and a global leader in innovation and hightech engineering consulting, and is a professional in the fight against cybercrime and countering fraud. He is Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Telecommunication Fraud Specialist (CTFS), Fellow European Privacy Association and Member of the Policy and Scientific Committee, Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Research Fellow at the French Military Police Academy (CREOGN), Commandant of the Air Force Citizen Cyberdefense Reserve, Auditor of the Centre of the High Studies of the Cyberspace (CHECy), and Chapter Leader OWASP France.


Honorary Members of the Scientific Committee

Karin Riis-Jorgensen, EPA Founder, was born in 1952, graduated in law from the University of Copenhagen in 1978, headed the EC department of the Danish Federation of Small and Medium sized Enterprises until 1986, worked in Brussels at the European Commission task force for small and medium-sized enterprises 1987-1988 and headed the EU department of PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Copenhagen from 1989 to 1994.  Member of the European Parliament, representing Venstre, the Liberal Party of Denmark from 1994 to 2009. From 2001 to 2009 leader of the Danish Liberal Group in the EP and Deputy Leader of the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe).  Karin Riis-Jørgensen was a Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in the EP and a Substitute Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. She was also on the Executive Committee of various Political and Private Organisations, including the Liberal Party of Denmark as well as that of the Parliamentary Group of Venstre in the Danish Parliament and that of the European Enterprise Institute in Belgium.  Decided to step down from Parliament after her third election period and joined her husband in London in the Summer of 2009.  Senior Advisor from 2009 in the Brussels office of a world leading Communications Consultancy, Kreab & Gavin Anderson. Created (2009) and chaired the board of EPA, the European Privacy Association, until 2015. Member of the board of ECMI, The European Centre for Minority Issues since January 2006.  Apart from privacy issues, Karin remains heavily involved in campaigning against trafficking in human beings and  – having herself donated a kidney to a close relative – in favour of organ donation.  Karin still follows Danish politics with a keen interest and also follows British and Italian politics closely. She is a political member of the National Liberal Club in London.


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