Personal Data Protection Week 2023

Singapore Privacy Week 2023 July 17 - 21, 2023


This July, the Future of Privacy Forum will be participating in several events during Personal Data Protection Commission Singapore’s (PDPC) Personal Data Protection Week, including an FPF and PDPC-hosted panel (exact date to be announced).

Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is the country’s main authority when it comes to issues of relevance regarding personal data protection, and represents the Singapore Government on the international stage on data protection issues. Every year, Singapore’s PDPC hosts Personal Data Protection Week meant for robust discussions on the latest developments in data protection and use of data tech. The full agenda will be released in the coming days and shared here.

Join FPF CEO Jules Polonetsky, VP for Global Privacy Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna, and Managing Director of FPF APAC, Josh Lee Kok Thong during Singapore’s Data Privacy Week. Take a look below to get more details on these events. Additional details are coming soon!






2:00 pm –
3:00 pm SGT

July 20

From DPO to DEO, Don’t Stay Behind! OR Tell Me What You Learned from That: Insights from the Cyber Front Line

Learn more at the Link.

Panel 1: From DPO to DEO, Don’t Stay Behind!

  • Josh Lee Kok Thong, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Clarence Tan, CIPP/A, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, Senior Regional Data Privacy Counsel, GrabTaxi
  • Angela Xu, Senior Privacy Counsel, APAC Head, Google

Moderator: Travis LeBlanc, Partner, Cooley / PCLOB


Josh Lee Kok Thong

Managing Director, APAC, Future of Privacy Forum

As a legal architect that hopes to re-shape relationships disrupted by technology, Josh is the Managing Director, Asia-Pacific of the Future of Privacy Forum. In this role, he leads a team furthering FPF’s mission of advancing data protection best practices and the trusted development and use of emerging technologies in the region.

Josh received his LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2022, where he was named to the Dean’s List for his academic achievements. Josh was also a Richard Buxbaum International Graduate Fellow and a White & Case Kathryn Aguirre Worth Scholar. An active contributor to Berkeley Law’s student body, Josh served as the LL.M. Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and co-founded B-LIT, Berkeley’s first legal innovation student organisation.

Jules Polonetsky

CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

Jules serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 200 leading companies, several foundations, as well as by an advisory board composed of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on AI and Ethics, Connected Cars, Health, Research Data, Smart Communities, Ad Tech, Youth, Ed Tech, Privacy Legislation and Enforcement, and Global Data Flows.

Jules also serves as Chairman of the International Digital Accountability Council and as Co-Chairman of the Israel Tech Policy Institute.  Jules is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, published by Cambridge University Press (2018). More of his writing and research can be found at the and on Google Scholar and SSRN.

Jules’s previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney.

Jules has served on the boards of a number of privacy and consumer protection organizations including TRUSTe, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and the Network Advertising Initiative. From 2011-2012, Jules served on the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Jules is a member of The George Washington University Law School Privacy and Security Advisory Council. He also currently sits on the Advisory Boards of Open DP | Harvard University Privacy Tools Project and the California Privacy Lab (University of California).

Jules is a regular speaker at privacy and technology events and has testified or presented before Congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission.

Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

VP for Global Privacy, Future of Privacy Forum

Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna is the Vice President for Global Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum, where she leads the work on Global privacy developments and counsels on EU data protection law and policy, working with all FPF’s offices and partners around the world. She created and curates FPF’s Global Privacy blog series.

Gabriela currently serves as a member of the Reference Panel of the Global Privacy Assembly, and she is also a member of the Executive Committee of the ACM FAccT (Fairness, Accountability and Transparency) Conference, since 2021. She is a member of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) Working Group on Access to Platform Data, working on the creation of a Code of Conduct on access to platform data under Art. 40 of the GDPR.

As a data protection and privacy law expert, Gabriela recently testified for the FTC on data portability and for the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee on the EU’s proposed Data Governance Act.

Prior to moving to the US in 2016, she worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels, being part of the team that advised the EU legislator on the GDPR during its legislative process. She dealt with both enforcement and policy matters, was a member of the EDPS litigation team appearing before the Court of Justice of the EU, as well as actively participated in the work of the Article 29 Working Party. She worked on the assessments of both the draft EU-US Privacy Shield and the draft EU-US Umbrella Agreement during her time at the EDPS and the Article 29 Working Party.

She previously served as a Program Chair (Law) for the ACM FAccT 2020 and as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the ICDPPC 2019 Conference in Tirana. She was also a member of the Program Committee of PLSC Europe, CPDP – academic track, ACM – AIES 2020, and the ENISA Annual Privacy Forum. She served as a Project Scientist supporting the IoT Privacy Infrastructure Project within the Institute for Software Research of Carnegie Mellon University (2019 – 2020).


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