Read this quarter’s Intermedia here

25th January 2022

IIC Brussels Chapter Seminar: EU Artificial Intelligence Draft Regulation, its Impact and Interplay with GDPR (Online event)

Chapter event

Date: Tuesday 25 January 2022 (Online event)
Time:  1630 – 1830 CET (UTC +1)

In April 2021, the European Commission proposed its very first legal framework on the application of AI, through the draft Artificial Intelligence Act. Whilst the proposal slowly advances through the EU legislative process before it can become a binding regulation, companies based in the EU have started discussing the European approach to AI and the potential impact on their operations and regulatory compliance.

At this event, our panelists from the European Commission, European Data Protection Supervisor, Belgian Data Protection Authority and leading international companies discussed:

  • The European approach to AI.  What should the AI legal framework achieve in terms of policy goals?  What are the challenges?  What is the timetable?
  • How do companies use AI and to what extent will they be impacted by the proposed AI Act?
  • AI, data protection impacts and overlaps, if any, with the GDPR.  How may the AI and GDPR programs’ implementation interplay?
  • Will the European approach to trustworthy AI influence AI governance and regulation in other parts of the world?


Please click on the link on the right to complete your registration.

Delegate Fees

IIC Members
Free to attend

£25 GBP (inclusive of VAT)



Rosa Barcelo Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; Chair, IIC Brussels Chapter

Rosa Barcelo was appointed Partner, McDermott Will & Emery in April 2022.

Rosa Barcelo has nearly 20 years of experience in European data protection and privacy, including expertise in compliance and policy. Her experience covers diverse sectors and is drawn from working in private practice, as well as in public service with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the European Commission.

Rosa Barcelo advises clients on data protection and privacy, including compliance with the GDPR and the e-Privacy Directive. She has a particular focus on cutting-edge ICT issues, including AI, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, programmatic advertising and online tracking technologies.

Prior to McDermott Will & Emery, Ms Barcelo was Partner and Deputy Co-Chair, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group, Squire Patton Boggs.

Ms Barcelo was also Deputy Head of Unit of the Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit of DG CONNECT in the European Commission, where she led legislative deliberations over the proposed e-Privacy Regulation.  During her tenure with the European Commission, Ms Barcelo also worked in the Data Protection Unit where she was responsible for international data transfer issues (BCRs and adequacy decisions). Ms Barcelo’s work with the office of the EDPS focused on a wide range of ICT-related issues. In these roles, Ms Barcelo worked closely with national supervisory authorities participating in the former Article 29 Working Party (now the European Data Protection Board).

Ms Barcelo has also worked in academia and as a private lawyer in the Brussels offices of various international law firms, where she advised on EU privacy and data protection issues, as well electronic commerce and technology laws.

Ms Barcelo is a frequent lecturer on data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.


Anna Buchta Policy & Consultation, Head of Unit, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Anna Buchta is Head of the Policy & Consultation Unit at the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), coordinating the work of the EDPS on providing advice to the European Commission and other EU institutions and bodies on legislative and policy proposals relevant to data protection. She has extensive experience in data protection and privacy regulations, institutional law and litigation before the Court of Justice. Recently, she was one of the institutional rapporteurs on EU data protection for the FIDE2021 Congress (reports available here:

Previously, Ms Buchta worked at the European Commission, among others on data privacy in electronic communications. Before that, she was a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI, currently CITIP) at KU Leuven (Belgium) and worked as a lawyer in private practice.

Ms Buchta has a master’s degree in Law from the University of Warsaw (Poland) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the KU Leuven (Belgium).

Cecilia Alvarez Rigaudias EMEA Privacy Policy Director, Facebook

Cecilia Álvarez Rigaudias is the EMEA Privacy Policy Director at Facebook since March 2019. From 2015 to 2019, she served as European Privacy Officer Lead of Pfizer, Vice-Chair of the EFPIA Data Protection Group and Chairwoman of IPPC-Europe. For an interim period, she was also the Legal Lead of the Spanish Pfizer subsidiaries. She formerly worked 18 years in a reputed Spanish law firm, leading the data protection, IT and ecommerce areas of practice as well as the LATAM Data Protection Working Group.

Ms Álvarez Rigaudias was the Chairwoman of APEP (Spanish Privacy Professional Association) until June and is currently in charge of its international affairs. She is also the Spanish member of CEDPO (Confederation of European Data Protection Organisations) and member of the Leadership Council of The Sedona Conference (W-6). She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation in the section of the Law on Technologies of the Information and the Knowledge as well as Arbitrator of the European Association of Arbitration (ITC section).

Ms Álvarez Rigaudias formed part of the Volunteer Group of Privacy Experts of the OECD (Working Party on Information Security and Privacy; WPISP) in charge of the 2013 review of the OECD guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder data flows of personal data. She formerly participated in the Group of Experts selected by the Spanish DPA to prepare the Madrid Resolution on International Privacy Standards in 2009.

Ms Álvarez Rigaudias has written numerous publications on data protection and regularly lectures on data protection, IT and e-commerce at different Master’s programmes and seminars.

Cornelia Kutterer Senior Director, Head of Responsible Tech & Competition, European Government Affairs, Microsoft

Cornelia Kutterer leads Microsoft’s European Rule of Law, Responsible Tech & Competition team which focuses on the impact of new technologies and regulatory frameworks that meet expectation of society and healthy competition. Her team covers policies such as responsible/ethical/trustworthy AI, digital safety and content regulation, privacy, lawful access, human rights and competition. She regularly engages with leading European scholars in these fields to advance academic thinking. Cornelia has long standing experience in Information Society & Internet policies and speaks regularly at regional and international conferences.

Before joining Microsoft, Ms Kutterer led the legal department of BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. She has also gained experience in a top 10 law firm and started her professional career in the European Parliament as a political advisor to an MEP.

Ms Kutterer is a qualified German lawyer and holds a master’s degree in information technology and telecommunication laws. She studied law at the Universities of Passau, Porto, Hamburg and Glasgow/Strathclyde.

Helena Koning Assistant General Counsel - Global Privacy Compliance Assurance and Europe Data Protection Officer, Mastercard

Helena Koning is Mastercard’s Europe Data Protection Officer (DPO) overseeing the protection of personal data in the European Economic Area (EEA), and leads the Global Privacy Compliance Assurance program to ensure Mastercard continues to comply with the global privacy laws and regulations. She has been with the company since June 2017.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Ms Koning worked as Senior Privacy Officer at Standard Chartered and at ADP in Singapore, where she led their Privacy Compliance Program and outreach activities for the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to that, Ms Koning worked as General Counsel at the Dutch Data Protection Authority in the Netherlands, where she managed the legal department responsible for enforcement, litigation and compliance. Ms Koning started her career as an international attorney working in Allen & Overy’s Amsterdam and New York offices assisting clients with competition law and finance matters.

Ms Koning graduated from Leiden University in business and international law and was admitted to the Amsterdam bar. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/A and CIPM) and was a member of the IAPP Asia Advisory Board. She served as an expert on the B2G Data Sharing Expert Group establishing recommendations for the European Commission on data sharing.


Hielke Hijmans Chairman of the Litigation Chamber and Member of the Executive Committee, Data Protection Authority, Belgium

Dr Hielke Hijmans is Chairman of the Litigation chamber and Member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (“Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit/Autorité de la Protection des Donnnées).

On a part time basis, he is affiliated to the Brussels Privacy Hub. He is Member of the Meijers Committee on EU fundamental rights and teaches at various universities. He is the author of The European Union as Guardian of Internet Privacy: The Story of Art 16 TFEU (Springer 2016), which was based on his doctorate thesis.

Until April 2019, Dr Hijmans delivered services on a structural basis to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (Washington, London, Brussels) and Considerati (Amsterdam). For 12 years (until 2016), Dr Hijmans served at the offices of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), inter alia as head of unit policy and consultation. Before joining the EDPS in 2004, he held a post as member of cabinet/legal secretary at the Cabinet of Advocate-General Geelhoed at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Furthermore, Dr Hijmans was counselor at the Directorate of Legislation of the Ministry of Justice in The Hague.

Laura Seritti Head of Public Policy, Snap Inc

Laura Seritti is Head of Public Policy at Snap Inc. She leads the EU public policy and regulatory work in Brussels.

Ms Seritti is also visiting researcher at the Perelman Centre of Law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she carries out research on consumer protection and digital policy.

Ms Seritti previously worked at the European Commission (DG Competition) on EU competition policy matters, focusing in particular on merger control, and as a public policy consultant.



Yordanka Ivanova Legal Officer at DG CNECT, Unit A2 Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination, European Commission

Yordanka Ivanova is a Legal and Policy Officer in the European Commission (DG CNECT, A2) in the unit responsible for Artificial Intelligence Police Development and Coordination.  Ms Ivanova started her career in the European Commission in 2011 and since 2017 she has been working in DG CNECT on the Commission proposal for Artificial Intelligence Regulation.

Outside the Commission, Ms Ivanova has experience as a researcher and attorney-at-law, advising companies on EU regulations, including in the area of data protection, consumer protection, digital services, financial services, cybersecurity and copyright.

Event details
25th January 2022
Europe, Brussels

Upcoming Events

View All
4th March 2024
Barbados, Caribbean IIC Caribbean Chapter inaugural meeting – Preparing Media for AI Governance and Disruptive Technologies in a 21st century Caribbean – in person
5th March 2024
Sydney, Australia IIC Australia Chapter meeting – Online harms and the evolving role of the eSafety Commissioner – in person
Back to the top

The IIC is the world's only policy debating platform for the converged communications industry

We give innovators and regulators a forum in which to explore, debate and agree the best policies and regulatory frameworks for widest societal benefit.

Insight: Exchange: Influence

We give members a voice through conferences, symposiums and private meetings, as well as broad exposure of their differing viewpoints through articles, reports and interviews.

The new website will make it easier for you to gather fresh insights, exchange views with others and have a voice in the debate

Take a look Learn more about our updates
Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The International Institute of Communications website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.