Ardi Kolah

Ardi Kolah

Director of GDPR Transition Programme

Henley Business School

Ardi is Executive Fellow and Director of the GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School and the Founder of GO DPO®, which is the strategic partner for many multi-national clients in the area of GDPR compliance. He started his career at the BBC before working for Andersen Consulting as a senior manager. He’s recognised as one of the leading data protection practitioners in Europe and has provided advice to the Government in Scotland, the Shadow Minister for Digital Economy and Senior Civil Servants as well as trained Nationwide, HSBC, Accenture, Santander, Hitachi Consulting, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis Partnership, Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank, Capita Asset Services and many others on GDPR. He also has a close working relationship with the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham and has reviewed the foundation and practitioner certificates in data protection and privacy for the British Computer Society. Ardi is Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Data Protection & Privacy and is a keynote speaker/chair all over the world on GDPR and for many organisations including the BBA (UK Finance) and the IAPP (Europe), HR Directors Forum, General Counsel’s Briefing (Switzerland), IT Directors Forum, HR Director’s Forum, Marketing Directors Forum in 2017, BFI Annual Conference 2017, FT Europe Cyber Security Summit 2016, 2017, Thomson Reuters Annual Data Protection Conference 2017 and many more. Ardi is also Chairman of the Law & Marketing Committee for the Worshipful Company of Marketors, a Livery Company in the City of London that he was asked to set up by Sir Paul Judge over six years ago. He's delivering a special GDPR Workshop for the Clerks of Livery Companies in February 2018 and is a judge of ICO Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection to recognise those practitioners who go above and beyond when it comes to data protection. In October 2017, he entered the BAME100 List.

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