The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

28 May 2018 - 13:00 - 14:00
Giovanni Buttarelli, Dharmendra Kanani

On 25 May, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation enters into force. The regulation has been described as the most revolutionary change in data protection regulations in 20 years. Join us in discussing the GDPR’s implications for unlocking Europe’s digital economy with European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli. 

The event is part of our What the Chiefs Say series. This exclusive series of events brings together small groups of our senior-level members to discuss topical issues with a key decision-maker. These roundtable conversations will feature influential figures from international institutions, parliaments, governments, business, NGOs and the media. In each 60-minute session, members will have a chance to put their questions to those who call the shots. The events are insightful and interactive, tackling the burning issues of the day.

Participation is by invitation only.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force on the 25 May 2018. The GDPR has been described as the most important change to data privacy regulations in 20 years, but does it boost or hinder Europe’s ability to fully embrace the potential of a digital economy?

Our ‘What the Chiefs Say’ debate with Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, offers our members insight into these questions, and the opportunity to better assess the effects of the EU’s new regulatory standards, not only for businesses and organisations in the EU but also around the world. Where does the GDPR put Europe in the global race for a digital economy?  

Moderated by
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe


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Giovanni Buttarelli
European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
Giovanni Buttarelli is the current European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority whose primary objective is to ensure that European institutions and bodies respect the right to privacy and data protection when they process personal data and develop new policies. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council on 4 December 2014 for a term of five years, and he previously served as Assistant EDPS. Before joining the EDPS, he was Secretary General at the Italian Data Protection Authority as Cassation judge. He has extensive experience on data protection and related issues at both national and international level.
Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
Dharmendra Kanani has been in senior leadership roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors across the UK and Europe over a period of 26 years. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund. Subsequently, from 2010 to 2014, Kanani was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK. Since 2016, he has supported Friends of Europe’s strategic development across all its policy areas with a strong focus on Climate and Energy; Peace, Security and Defence as well as Digitalisation. Prior to this role, Kanani was the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) first Fellow in July 2014. 
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 2 300 29 92
Email: antonia.erlandsson@friendsofeurope.org

This event is by invitation only and for Friends of Europe members. You may find further information on the membership below or get in touch with Natasha Ibbotson, Senior Programme & Partnership Development Manager, on +32 2 893 98 24 or natasha.ibbotson@friendsofeurope.org.

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