Advisory Board

The members of the STAR Advisory Board – by reviewing the project’s work, offering advice on specific issues concerning its subject-matter and actively taking part in certain events, namely workshops and roundtables – will contribute to the project’s development and will ensure high quality of its work. Six distinguished experts in privacy and personal data protection matters have kindly accepted STAR’s invitation to join this Board:

  • Brendan van Alsenoy is a legal advisor at the Belgian Data Protection Authority (CBPL-CPVP). Before joining the CBPL, he worked as a legal researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP law – imec, with a focus on data protection and privacy, intermediary liability and trust services. In 2012, Brendan worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to assist in the revision of the 1980 OECD Privacy Guidelines. In 2016, he defended his doctoral thesis entitled: “Regulating data protection: the allocation of responsibility and risk among actors involved in personal data processing.” He is currently a senior affiliated researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP law – imec and a co-editor of the periodical “Privacy & Persoonsgegevens” (“Privacy & Personal data”).
  • Zsolt György Balogh
  • Clara Guerra is a senior consultant for the International Service of the Portuguese DPA (CNPD), where she works since 1997. At national level, she performs regular inspections on the spot, including where the DPA acts as national supervisory body, such as for Schengen, Europol, Eurodac and VIS matters, and she also elaborates draft opinions on legislation under preparation, at national or EU level. At international level, she is a member of the Supervision Coordination Group (SCG) of the Schengen Information System (SIS II), which she chaired for the last 4 years. She is also a member of the supervisory bodies of Customs, Eurodac, VIS and IMI. She was also a member of Europol JSB (2003-2017) and a member of its inspection team. She participates in the work of Article 29 Working Party, being member of BTLE – Borders, Travel and Law Enforcement and ITS-International Transfers subgroups. She also participates in the Ibero-american Network of Data Protection (RIPD). She teaches Data Protection at the Law Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University. She acted as agent of the Portuguese Government in some cases before the CJEU, in what regards requests for preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of privacy and data protection legal instruments (January 2018).
  • Anna Johnston is acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost experts on privacy law and practice.  In 2004 she founded Salinger Privacy, which offers privacy consulting and training services, as well as a range of tools to assist with compliance with privacy law, including training modules, checklists, and template policies and procedures. Anna has served as: Deputy Privacy Commissioner of NSW; Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation a founding member and Board Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Australia & New Zealand; a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Advisory Committee for the Inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy, and expert advisory group on health privacy; and an editorial board member of both the Privacy Law Bulletin and the Privacy Law & Policy Reporter. Anna holds a first class honours degree in Law, a Masters of Public Policy with honours, a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a Bachelor of Arts.  She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1996.  She tweets at @SalingerPrivacy and blogs at
  • Attila Kiss
  • Maria Michaelidou is a staff member at the Office of the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection in Cyprus since 2003. She participates in international meetings and events and she is involved in the training of DPOs, as well as in awareness raising activities for data controllers, students and the public at large. Maria was secondment within the Data Protection Unit of the Council of Europe for four years (2012-2016) and was in charge of the work on the modernisation of the data protection Convention 108, as well as in the promotion of the Convention at global level and the implementation of cooperation activities. She further exercised leadership in the management of the revision of the Recommendation on Employment and she contributed to the reviewing of the FRA Handbook on European Data Protection Law (2014 edition).

The project’s Advisory Board is managed by the Coordinator, VUB-LSTS.