The Data Protection Excellence (DPEX) Network is the first of its kind facility in the ASEAN region whose aim is to provide leadership, best practices, training, research and support for all things surrounding data privacy from an operational perspective.
This collaboration of partnerships comprise certification bodies, law firms, universities and organisations who provide professional services and technologies relating to data privacy.
An ever-growing network of certification and learning bodies, members currently include Straits Interactive, De La Salle University, Philippines, International Islamic University of Malaysia, National Institute of Development Administration - NIDA, Thailand, Singapore Management University Academy and Telkom University, Indonesia, IAPP, EXIN and OCEG.
The DPEX Network is honoured to have the following Independent International Advisors on the panel, who volunteer their services to guide the community in their competency and compliance journey in the region.
As the CEO and Founder of Straits Interactive Pte Ltd, Kevin provides and drives the vision, strategy and innovation of the company’s Data Privacy & GRC (Governance, Risk Management & Compliance) offerings that build upon the foundation of enabling trusted businesses and responsible marketing. He is the international author of 99 Privacy Breaches to be aware of and is adjunct with Singapore Management University.
LL.B (Chulalongkorn), LL.M (London), Ph.D. (London) Assistant Professor Khumon is Associate Dean at School of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand. He also acts as Advisor to Secretary-General of the Personal Data Protection Commission in Thailand. He is in the Thai Board of Trade Committee on international trade negotiation. Professor Khumon published a number of scholar articles on trade in services in ASEAN and personal data protection. He leads several research projects for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) and Ministry of Digital Economy and Society in shaping policies in media regulation, telecommunications liberalisation and personal data protection.
Sonny is an Associate Professor and cyber law course coordinator at the Civil Law Department, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, the International Islamic University Malaysia. His main interest is the intersection of law and technology, especially concerning information law, Internet governance, information security and data protection law. In the past few years Sonny advised the Office of Personal Data Protection Commissioner of Malaysia on various aspects of data protection law, from training to the codes of practice, and from the issues of trans-border data flow to data breach notifications.
Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro is a seasoned ICT convergence and communications and public administration professional. Having been appointed as the Philippine’s first Privacy Commissioner in March 2016, he fast tracked data protection policy development in the country with the issuance of the Data Privacy Act’s Implementing Rules and significant policy circulars within the first year of National Privacy Commission (NPC’s) establishment — effectively working for the country’s data privacy and protection rules to be at par with global data protection regulations. In October 2018, he put the country on the world stage by earning the Philippines a voting seat on the exclusive 5-member executive committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners or the ICDPPC
Yudhistira Nugraha is an Indonesian civil servant for the Ministry of Communications and Informatics. He is currently appointed as the Head for the Section for Electronic Systems and Digital Economy Control – Sub-Directorate for Electronic Systems, Digital Economy and Personal Data Protection Control. He is currently working with ASEAN for Digital Data Governance Framework and European Commission for GDPR Compliance and Awareness in Indonesia.
William founded Cynergie Consulting Pte Ltd, a company offering consultancy and training services in strategic ICT planning, strategy development, policy formulation and enterprise architecting in the region. With his more than three decades of ICT experience in the government and public sector, first as an assistant director in Systems & Computer Organisation, MINDEF, and then as a senior director of strategic planning at the National Computer Board (NCB) / Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), he is now the regional head of consultancy for Straits Interactive.
Jack is responsible for SMU Academy’s mission to equip Singapore’s workforce with the competencies and career resilience required for this era of technological disruption. It does this by leveraging SMU’s capabilities and network resources such as government agencies, trade associations and leading corporations, to deliver quality programmes with high industry relevance. Prior to joining SMU, Jack has extensive regional business solutions experience in the telecommunications, financial services and professional services industries with global organisations.
Sarah Wang Han is Head of Research and a Straits Interactive consultant experienced in Chinese Data Protection Law. In addition to her L.L.M from Hunan University, China and bar certificate, she also holds the EXIN Privacy and Data Protection certificate.She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Malaya, Malaysia with a focus on data protection law in China.
Mazmalek bin Mohamad is the Commissioner of Personal Data Protection/Director General of the Department of Personal Data Protection, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. His previous post was the Undersecretary for the Communications Technology Division under the same Ministry. He holds Bachelor of Science from the Science University of Malaysia and Master of Science from the Technology University of Malaysia. He joined the Administrative and Diplomatic Services in 1989 and has served various Ministries and Departments including the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications and Public Service Department. His area of competency among others are relating to Telecommunications and e-Commerce policy and regulatory matters, Malaysian Emergency Response System (MERS 999), development of rural ICT, Information Security Policy and Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Communications).
Mr. Goh Liang Kwang had served 42 years in the public service. He began his career in the Singapore Police Force in 1977 after a few years in the Singapore Armed Forces. He has more than 30 years of experience working in the Police Force with the last 17 years as the Chief of Staff and the Deputy Commissioner of Police. He has wide experience in key functional areas such as Strategic Planning, HR and Logistics, large scale capability development project planning and management, and critical incident management.
As a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and Head of Learning and Development of Straits Interactive, Celine provides insights into the behavioural change and learning required for teams to embrace change initiatives. The PDPA is one such initiative that requires businesses to learn new practices to meet compliance. Celine has extensive training experience internationally and specialises in the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of learning. She is also an executive coach to senior executives in multinational as well as regional companies.
A lawyer based in Singapore, Lyn practices as Lyn Boxall LLC, a law firm that she established in March 2015. Lyn specializes in data protection and information security, and also practices general commercial law for a wide range of local and international clients. Prior to setting up her firm, Lyn worked for many years in various legal and business capacities with multinational corporations. Lyn holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Law from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws (Intellectual Property) degree from Monash University. She is an advocate and solicitor of The Supreme Court of Singapore and a Member of the New York Bar, as well as being admitted to practice law in the State of Victoria, Australia, and in England and Wales. In addition, Lyn holds international certifications in privacy/data protection awarded by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), namely, Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified information Privacy Professional, Asia (CIPP/A), Certified Privacy Professional, Europe (CIPP/E) and Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). She is also certified by Exin (the global independent certification institute for ICT Professionals) as a Privacy and Data Protection Practitioner.
Mr. Wong served in the capacity of Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong from August 2015 to 2020. His tenure during this time had him overseeing a fair enforcement of data protection law, allocating additional resources in education and publicity and taking the initiative in engaging the data-driven industry; all with a view to strengthening the culture of respecting others’ personal data privacy, as well as maintaining a proper balance between the free flow of information and data protection without unduly compromising the interests of the business sector, ICT and economic development. He was an Executive Committee member of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners and the Chairman of the Permanent Working Group on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics of the Global Privacy Assembly, both of which comprised more than 120 privacy commissioners around the world. After completing his five-year tenure as Privacy Commissioner, he resumed private practice as a barrister-at-law in Hong Kong (www.giltchambers.com). He has since been developing a new specialist practice in LawTech, FinTech and RegTech. His fields of legal practice, advocacy and advisory alike, also include issues relating to commercial, trust, professional misconduct, and financial regulations and white-collar crimes.
Straits Interactive co-leads the DPEX Community.
The company delivers end-to-end governance, risk and compliance solutions that enable trusted business and responsible marketing, especially in the area of data privacy and protection.
Recently Data Protection Trustmark (DPTM) certified, we help businesses achieve operational compliance and manage risks through a combination of cloud technology and professional services.
Our quest for innovation has led to us being recognised and awarded Intercon’s Top 50 Tech Companies (in recognition of the company’s contribution to technology) and APAC Business Headlines’ Company of the Year, 2019.
Our software-as-a-service solutions include DPOinBox and Governance, Risk & Compliance System (GRACIAs), all of which are supported by professional services that include advisory services, audits, and training.
More information about the company can be found on www.straitsinteractive.com