Robbert van Eijk serves as the Future of Privacy Forum’s Managing Director for Europe. In this role, Eijk will implement FPF’s agenda in Europe, oversee its day-to-day operations, and manage relationships with stakeholders in industry, government, academia, and civil society.
Prior to serving in this position, Eijk worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) for nearly 10 years and has since become an authority in the field of online privacy and data protection. He represented the Dutch DPA in international meetings and as a technical expert in court. He also represented the European Data Protection Authorities, assembled as the Article 29 Working Party, in the multi-stakeholder negotiations of the World Wide Web Consortium on Do Not Track. Eijk is a technologist with a PhD from Leiden Law School focusing on online advertising (real-time bidding).
Eijk started his professional career in the automotive industry. As an onsite consultant, he specialized in dealer-network planning. Before joining the Dutch DPA, he founded a company with a focus on office automation for small-sized enterprises. In 2008, he sold the company, BLAEU Business Intelligence BV, after he had run it successfully for nine years. Eijk expects to deploy this expertise in the European tech market, helping local start ups, entrepreneurs and technologists establish the knowledge and expertise needed to navigate tech and innovation policy.