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Mr. Bas Filippini (MSc), Founder and Chairman 

Mr. L.T.C. (Bas) Filippini can look back on an entrepreneurial career in business, after having been employed in a management capacity by KPN Telecom. In 1997 he founded his own company in Amsterdam called Tele'Train. Currently, he is an investor in various companies and develops several projects of his own.

Out of personal interest, he has followed various training programs in personal development and has done some studies in that field. To him, personal freedom and integrity are the most valuable things an individual can have. These aspects and his own experience in personal development have shaped him, both in private as well as in business.

As a personal contribution to society he therefore took the initiative to found the Privacy First Foundation.

The management of Privacy First is in the hands of Mr. Vincent Böhre.

Mr. Vincent Böhre (LLM), Director of Operations 

Vincent Böhre studied International and European Law as well as Dutch Law at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he worked as a researcher at the law firm Loyens & Loeff. He then worked at Amnesty International and was commissioned by the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) to conduct a study into the Dutch biometric passport. In the field of the right to privacy and data protection, he has been active for several years at the Netherlands Committee of Jurists for Human Rights (NJCM). From 2010 - 2013 he was also chairman of the Dutch Platform for the Protection of Civil Rights (Platform Bescherming Burgerrechten).

Mr. Martijn van der Veen (MSc), Project leader Privacy First Solutions 

Martijn van der Veen fullfills a project management role within Privacy First. Before, he fullfilled a pioneering role by raising Privacy First Solutions. With this initiative the Foundation aims to address the business market. Martijn is the founder and owner of Procis, a network organization and consultancy firm specialized in privacy issues, ranging from Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) to the implementation of organizational changes. Having studied Public Administration at the University of Twente, throughout his career he has been active within civil society organizations and has worked on projects for the Dutch police, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice and other governments, both at national as well as municipal level.

Today, the handling of personal data and the integrity of information processing are among the bigger challenges faced by organizations and governments. In Martijn's vision it is possible to both achieve (policy) goals as well as to safeguard privacy. By committing himself to Privacy First Solutions, he contributes to the necessary checks & balances within a democratic constitutional State.

Robbie van Herwerden, legal research assistant

Robbie van Herwerden is currently in the final phase of her law studies at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. There she also has attended the minor called Working in an International Legal Environment. Her secondary activities include being a member of the Study Program Committee and having a seat on the Examination Appeals Board.

During her studies, she has done a work experience internship at Privacy First. Now she is a part-time employee of Privacy First, mainly carrying out legal analyses of, among other things, legislative proposals, case law, laws and regulations. Furthermore, she supports the Privacy First Director of Operations in his day to day activities. In addition, she is writing her graduation thesis at Privacy First about the Control of Human Tissue Act, as of now a legislative proposal. 

Robbie has been committed to civil rights for years, both outside and inside of the parliamentary system. She was the cofounder of a local political party in Haarlem, which at present has two seats on the municipal council. She used to work as a volunteer in the party leadership. 

Ms. Esther Gruppen (MSc), Assistant Political Research and Monitoring Privacy First

Esther Gruppen studied Political Science at Radboud University Nijmegen. During her Master’s specialization she developed a keen interest in themes such as technology, civil rights and ethics. Against this background she now contributes to Privacy First as a political researcher, monitoring and reporting on the political side of privacy issues.

Major technological advances involve many opportunities and possibilities, but also challenges concerning civil rights like privacy. Esther is aware of the increased power of companies and governments due to the use of ‘Big Data’. The challenge for the legislative branch is to deal with this power in a responsible way in order to ensure everyone’s personal freedom.

Ms. Shay Danon (LLM), Advisor Privacy First

Shay Danon studied Information Law at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam, where she focused on the protection of personal data. She wrote her Master’s thesis on Facebook’s privacy policy.

After her graduation, Shay first worked on Europe’s digital agenda in Brussels to later become a project manager at the Amsterdam-based law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. After that she was appointed as Head of Legal at deJuristen, a firm of legal professionals specialized in intellectual property, privacy, and IT law. She is currently a Senior Privacy Advisor at Deloitte.

As an advisor to Privacy First, Shay is involved with the organization of debate nights and other events. Debates constitute the basis for the development of the Netherlands as a guiding nation in the field of privacy.

Ms. Eva de Leede (LLM), Advisor Privacy First Solutions 

Eva de Leede works as an advisor for our new 'business division’: Privacy First Solutions. The responsible handling of personal data is a great challenge for companies and public authorities in the 21st century. Privacy First Solutions aims to offer a platform to organizations in order for them to learn from one another how to operate in a privacy-friendly way, to co-develop tools and to consider the responsible use of personal data as a unique selling point.

Eva has graduated as Master of Law & Politics of International Security at VU University Amsterdam. She also graduated as Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & International Organizations at the University of Groningen.

As a government trainee in the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Eva is currently working on the international dimensions of Dutch energy issues.

After obtaining her Master’s degree, Eva was a participant in the Nationale DenkTank (Dutch National Thinktank), which in 2014 examined Big Data as a social issue. This generated her interest in privacy matters.

Privacy and related ethical concerns are of increasing importance now that the Internet of Things and Big Data have entered our lives and legislation and everyday reality are ever more misaligned with the necessity of protecting the privacy of citizens.

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