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2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

21 – 26 October 2018 Brussels, Belgium

2018 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

Key Speakers Included

Tim Cook

Tim Cook
CEO, Apple

Sir Tim Berners Lee

Sir Tim Berners Lee
Director, World Wide Web Consortium

Věra Jourová

Věra Jourová
European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender

Elizabeth Denham

Elizabeth Denham
UK Information Commissioner, ICO

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
CEO, Facebook (video message)

Giovanni Buttarelli

Giovanni Buttarelli
European Data Protection Supervisor

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
CEO, Google (video message)

Andrea Jelinek

Andrea Jelinek
Chair, European Data Protection Board

King Felipe VI of Spain

King Felipe VI of Spain
(video message)

Anita Allen

Anita Allen
Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Julie Brill

Julie Brill
Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft

Frederike Kaltheneuer

Frederike Kaltheneuer
Data Exploitation Programme Lead, Privacy International

Raymond Serrato

Raymond Serrato
Governance and Innovation Expert, Democracy Reporting International

Tristan Harris

Tristan Harris
Co-Founder, Center for Humane Technology

Jagdish Singh Khehar

Jagdish Singh Khehar
44th Chief Justice of India

Pascale Fung

Pascale Fung
Director, HKUST Center for AI Research

Marc Rotenberg

Marc Rotenberg
President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Nuala O'Connor

Nuala O'Connor
President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology

Job titles correct at the time of the event

About the Event

Hosted for the first time in its 40-year history by an EU institution - the European Data Protection Supervisor - the International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners was an exceptional conversation on ethics, data and our shared digital future.

With its theme "Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life", the conference broke records of all kinds, from levels of attendance to the number of NGO delegates participating. Policymakers, tech pioneers, prominent academics, philosophers, industry leaders and many more gathered from all continents. In addition to delegate representation from across the globe, the conference also gained impressive worldwide press coverage. Read the conference report to know more about this world-class event.

What We Did:

  • Week-long event with a 2-day closed session reserved to accredited members and a 2-day public session
  • Gala Dinner for 900+ delegates with acrobatic performance
  • Coordination of over 40 side events
  • Side programme with welcome cocktails, evening receptions and dinners, social activities and sightseeing
  • Stage management and VIP management
  • Press relations including dedicated press conference

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Over 1,000 attending delegates

The open session of the event took place in the European Parliament Hemicycle, with over 60 speakers taking the stage across the two days. The open session followed a closed-doors two-day discussion at the Palais d'Egmont, which featured over 50 regulators from across the world.

Alongside the main conference, over 40 side events took place in venues in the EU district, organised by top international organisations, NGOs and universities. A calendar of events hosted by the Bulgarian Commission for Personal Data Protection also run in parallel in Sofia.

Event Testimonials

“I have already paid tribute to Forum Europe and will continue to do so. Thank you for your professionalism and successful ‘war machine’. Unanimous compliments around the world are self-evident.”

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor

“I would like to warmly thank you for all your outstanding work and the assistance you provided us with for the organisation of all the events, starting with the Ambassadors' cocktail and ending with the Atomium dinner. You are all "la crème de la crème", always listening to us with a smile and helping us with a real sense of service.”

Anne Noel, Conference Team, European Data Protection Supervisor

“I would like to renew my most sincere congratulations to all Forum Europe colleagues for the great job you have done and you are doing. The extent of the complexity / sensitiveness of this event gives the measure of the high capacity in planning, organising and deploying matured by Forum Europe. In a very professional and discrete way, you put at disposal of your customers the great know-how and network you have built up along time.”

Stefano Spinaci, European Parliament

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