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The application window has now closed. The GPA Secretariat will seek to notify applicants of the outcome in the summer. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact the Secretariat at

While we have received a number of applications to the GPA Reference Panel so far, applicants from South America, Asia and Africa are underrepresented.

In recognition of the GPA’s principle of cultural, geographical and legal diversity, the deadline for applying has been extended until 15 May 2020 for applicants from South America, Asia and Africa. This will make sure we achieve greater diversity among applicants.

If you are from one of those regions, please download the relevant form here and submit your nomination.

Established in 1979, the GPA is an international forum of data protection and privacy authorities which seeks to provide leadership at the international level by connecting the efforts of more than 130 data protection and privacy authorities from across the globe. If you wish to know more about the GPA’s current priorities, please refer to our Strategic Plan (2019 – 2020) and Policy Strategy.

What is the GPA Reference Panel?

The GPA Reference Panel will be a contact group involving a variety of external stakeholders which the GPA is seeking to establish in order to provide expert knowledge and practical expertise on data protection and privacy, as well as on data protection related issues and developments in information technology.

Who can respond to the call?

The call for interest is aimed at representatives of relevant civil society organisations, academic institutions, think tanks, non-privacy supervisory authorities, representatives of public authorities such as law enforcement authorities, and representatives of the private sector who have an interest in the vision and mission of the GPA.

How do I apply?

Download the call for interest form and return it along with your cover letter by 15 May 2020 to the GPA Secretariat at

Please note that this extended deadline applies only if you are a stakeholder from South America, Asia and Africa. Applications from other regions will not be considered in this phase.

In order to ensure a well-balanced cultural, geographic and legal diversity in the Panel’s composition, the GPA Secretariat will be liaising closely with relevant GPA Regional and Linguistic Networks during the sifting and nomination process.

If you have any questions regarding the application process and the GPA Reference Panel, please contact the GPA Secretariat at