Bas Filippini, Founder and Chairman 

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.


Vincent Böhre, Director and Legal advisor 

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).

Martijn van der Veen, 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.

Esther Gruppen, Political advisor 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 advisor, researching 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.

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