Simon Davies

Founder and former Director General, Privacy International, United Kingdom

Simon is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential data protection and privacy figures in the world and is one of the pioneers of the international privacy arena. His work in the fields of consumer rights and technology policy has spanned more than 25 years and has directly influenced the development of law and public policy in more than 40 countries. He is the Founder and for 22 years was Director General of the global watchdog Privacy International and has advised a wide range of corporate, government and professional bodies. He has also been an Expert Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Simon has been a Visiting Fellow in Law at both the University of Greenwich and the University of Essex, and for 13 years until 2011 was appointed to the London School of Economics, where he taught the groundbreaking MSc Masters course in “Privacy & Data Protection”. He is also Associate Director in LSE Enterprise (the LSE’s commercial arm) and is co-director of the LSE’s Policy Engagement Network . He publishes a wide-ranging blog at