Elizabeth Denham CBE, recently appointed International Consultant at leading global law firm Baker McKenzie, has been named the IAPP's leader of 2022.

At a ceremony in Washington DC, the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals), praised Elizabeth's commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the profession.

Throughout her impressive career, and over the course of more than 20 years and across multiple jurisdictions, Elizabeth has held eminent positions as a regulator, including a term as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Most recently, and prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Elizabeth completed a five-year term as UK Information Commissioner. As regulator, her role encompassed protecting information rights while supporting innovation and economic growth. She modernized the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), expanding it to include an Innovation Department and economists as well as the first-ever Regulatory Sandbox. She led pioneering work, such as the game-changing Children’s Code, which sets standards for children’s privacy online.

“Elizabeth Denham has left indelible marks on the data protection landscape. As UK Information Commissioner, she guided the ICO to a higher level of excellence, with groundbreaking initiatives and unprecedented growth and impact,” says Peter Hustinx, former European Data Protection Supervisor, former IAPP Board Member and Non-Executive Director of the UK ICO. “As Chair of the Global Privacy Assembly, she has also been the driving force behind its transition into a permanent platform for cooperation of data protection and privacy authorities from more than 130 countries across the globe.”

Accepting the award, Elizabeth paid tribute to last year's winner, Nicole Wong, and acknowledged the crucial role that privacy professionals play in a dynamic digital landscape, saying, "We are united in the principle of overseeing and regulating data for good - ensuring that data serves society. I am delighted that my path has crossed with that of the IAPP, so that we can work together and share experience and expertise for the benefit of future generations."
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