IAPP Announces Westin Fellowship Program; Led by Dr. Omer Tene, New Vice President of Research and Education at the IAPP


The fellowship is the first program from the new Research and Education initiative for the organization.

Washington, DC – March 8, 2013 – Today the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) announced the Westin Fellowship named for privacy pioneer Dr. Alan Westin with the goal to encourage and enable research and scholarship in the privacy field. The program will support the new Research and Education function that will be led by the group’s newly named vice president, Dr. Omer Tene. The new initiative will continue the IAPP’s mission to provide impartial, valuable and actionable information that will aid in furthering awareness and growth of the privacy profession.  

“The IAPP was founded to help define, promote and improve the privacy profession, and the Research and Education initiative is a critical step in continuing our mission,” said Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of the IAPP. “We are proud to be honoring Dr. Alan Westin with the official launch of the Westin Fellowship as part of this initiative. Under the insightful eye of Dr. Tene, I am confident our fellows will deliver a cutting edge research agenda that will positively impact the evolution of the privacy profession.”

Connecting Academics and Professionals

The Research and Education initiative will play an important role in identifying and solving real-world challenges for the industry. Inspired by the work of the late Dr. Westin, the Westin Fellowship will be awarded each year to two emerging scholars who will research issues of relevance for practicing privacy professionals. The IAPP will welcome the fellows to spend 12 months on site with the team, reporting to Dr. Tene and working on a broad array of privacy research projects.

“The privacy profession is still in the building phase, and we are constructing its future through new regulation, research, education and best practices,” said Dr. Omer Tene, vice president of Research and Education at the IAPP. “I expect IAPP membership, which has surged from a few thousand members to more than 12,000 in just a few years, to grow tenfold in the near future. Like any emerging discipline, privacy requires – and will surely develop – sound research, which we will help build and will inform the role of the privacy professional in a complex information economy.”

Dr. Tene has a long history with both privacy thought leadership and the IAPP. He is a Senior Research fellow in various organizations and academic institutions, including the Future of Privacy Forum and Stanford Center for Internet and Society. He also regularly consults with government organizations and various Fortune 100 firms on privacy and data protection. He is Vice Dean and Associate Professor at Israel’s College of Management School of Law. Additionally, he served as rapporteur for the OECD review of its 1980 Privacy Guidelines and on the European advisory board of the IAPP.

The application process for the Westin Fellowship opens during the first week in March and will end on March 31, 2013. Please visit www.privacyassociation.org/fellowship to apply online.

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organizations manage and protect their data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession through networking, education and certification. More information about the IAPP is available at www.privacyassociation.org.


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Tara Mulcahy
Edelman on behalf of International Association of Privacy Professionals