The current Executive Committee is:

  • Elizabeth Denham CBE, GPA Chair and UK Information Commissioner
  • Marguerite Ouedraogo Bonane, President of CIL, Burkina Faso
  • Angelene Falk, Information Commissioner at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
  • Raymund Enriquez Liboro, Privacy Commissioner and Chairman, Philippines National Privacy Commission
  • Eduardo Bertoni, Director of the National Access to Public Information Agency, Argentina
  • Besnik Dervishi, Information and Data Protection Commissioner, Albania (Host 2019)
  • Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas, President Commissioner, National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI), Mexico (Host 2020)
  • John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand (Host 2021 and Observer to the Committee)

Executive Committee meeting summaries


Committee profiles

Elizabeth Denham CBE (Chair)

Elizabeth was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016. Prior to this Elizabeth was the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (2010-2016) and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada from 2007 – 2010.

In 2013 Elizabeth received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as an Officer of the Legislature of British Columbia, Canada. In 2011 she was honoured as a UBC distinguished alumni for her pioneering work in archives and leadership in the field of access and privacy. She is a visiting professor to the department of Information Studies at University College London.

Marguerite Ouedraogo Bonane

Marguerite was appointed President of the Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties in September 2013. Previously she was the Director of Legal affairs for the Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority till 2009. Between 2002 and 2009, she served as General Counsel of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and then as Head of Legal Affairs.

She is the vice-president of the AFAPDP and of the African network for the Protection of Personal Data.

Angelene Falk

Angelene was appointed Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner in August 2018. She leads the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in fulfilling the office’s functions across privacy, freedom of information (FOI), and government information management.

Angelene has held senior positions in the OAIC since 2012. These include Deputy Commissioner since 2016 and acting Australian Information Commissioner and acting Privacy Commissioner from March 2018.

Over the past decade, she has worked extensively with Australian Government agencies, across the private sector and internationally, at the forefront of addressing regulatory challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly evolving technology and potential uses of data.

Angelene holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Melbourne University.

Angelene was elected to the Executive Committee at the 40th annual conference in October 2018.

Raymund Enriquez Liboro

Raymund was appointed the Philippines first Privacy Commissioner and Chairman at the Philippines National Privacy Commission (NPC) in March 2017. A seasoned ICT convergence, communications and public administration professional, he previously served as the former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and was concurrently the OIC director of the Science and Technology Information Institute, the country’s leading Science and Technology Institute.

Prior to joining government in 2010, he was involved in spearheading award-winning government IT and media platforms, most notable of which was the DOST’s Project Noah (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), cited by the United Nations Program Office on Governance (UNPOG) as one of the most advanced e-governance tools in disaster prevention.

Raymund is an alumnus of the University of the Philippines – School of Economics.

Raymund was elected to the Executive Committee at the 40th annual conference in October 2018.

Eduardo Bertoni

Eduardo Bertoni (PhD, Buenos Aires University) is the Director of the National Access to Public Information Agency and the former Director of the National Data Protection Authority in Argentina.

He was the founder and the first director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, Argentina. He was the Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) until May, 2006. Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005).

Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law (2001). Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow (2012-13) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Former member of the advisory boards of the Human Rights Initiative (Open Society Foundations), the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet), among others. Bertoni has also worked as an advisor to the Department of Justice and Human Rights in Argentina.

He is an Argentinean lawyer and holds a Masters in International Policy and Practice from the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Bertoni currently teaches at Buenos Aires University School of Law and New York University School of Law (Global Clinical Professor).

He published several opinion pieces on democracy and human rights in leading newspapers in the Americas and has written several publications on judicial reforms, international criminal law and human rights & Internet.

Besnik Dervishi

Besnik is the Information and Data Protection Commissioner for Albania. Prior to this Besnik was elected as a member of the General Assembly of the Republic of Albania and was a Minister at the Ministry of Territory Adjustment and Tourism.

Besnik joined the Committee in 2017 as an observer. Albania will be hosting the 41st Conference in 2019.

Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas

Francisco Javier Acuña Llamas was appointed Commissioner President of the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection (INAI) in May 2017 for a three year period to 2020.

Prior to becoming a Commissioner at the then Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI) in May 2014, he was the Coordinator for Information, Documentation and Transparency at the Electoral Tribunal at the Judiciary Branch of the Federation from 2011 to 2014.

He has a Degree in Law from the Regiomontana University and a Doctorate in Political Science and Sociology from the Complutense University in Madrid. He was a Professor in Information Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

He has authored several books and publications on matters related to Human Rights and Discrimination; Electoral Transparency; Right to Information; Transparency and Corruption; and Personal Data and Access to Information among others. He is currently a columnist for the Mexican newspapers “El Excélsior” and “el Financiero”.

Mexico joined the Committee in October 2018 as an observer, as the host of the 2020 conference.

John Edwards

John Edwards was first appointed to the position of Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand in February 2014, and was re-appointed for a further 5 year term in February 2019. Prior to this he practiced law for over 20 years.

John has degrees in law (LLB) and public policy (MPP) from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ and has advised and represented a wide range of clients from the public and private sector. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues.

John chaired the New Zealand Law Society Privacy and Human Rights Committee and was Contributing Editor of Brookers Human Rights Law and Practice and has published widely on human rights and privacy matters.

In addition to a practice specialty in the field of information and privacy law, he held warrants as a district inspector for mental health, and as district inspector for intellectual disability services and has provided legal services to the Kingdom of Tonga.

In October 2014, John was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners and completed his 3 year term in October 2017.


Service of former Chairs

Under the Conference Rules and Procedures there are limited terms for each member of the Executive Committee. The service of the former chairs is acknowledged:

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, France (2017-2018)
John Edwards, New Zealand (October 2014 – September 2017)
Jacob Kohnstamm, The Netherlands (November 2011 – October 2014)