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Lina Ornelas

Lina Ornelas

Head of Public Policy & Government Affairs, Google

Lina Ornelas is Head of Public Policy & Government Affairs for Mexico in Google.

Ms Ornelas worked in the public sector within Mexico and Europe for over 12 years. She has previously held the positions of General Director for Classification and Personal Data in the Transparency and Data Protection Authority (Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection, IFAI) and General Director for Self-regulation on personal data protection in the same institution. Ms Ornelas has also worked for the European Commission and the Ministries of Economy and of the Interior.

Ms Ornelas is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in Washington, DC; of the “Future of Privacy Forum” alongside experts on Internet privacy, and of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She presides the Digital Economy Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce Mexico, and is Vice-president of the Mexican Internet Association (Internet.MX). She was research professor in the Center for Investigation and Economics (CIDE), where she dedicated herself to matters related to the law and new technologies.

Ms Ornelas studied Law at the University of Guadalajara, and has a Masters degree in International Legal Cooperation from the Université libre de Bruxelles. She is an expert in classified information, archives, data protection, privacy and Internet governance, and has published numerous books and academic articles on such topics.

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