IAPP Privacy Academy 2013
  • I learned something valuable at every session, the networking opportunities were fantastic, and the keynote speakers were really great too.
  • The entire structure of the program is outstanding. Good speakers, great networking opportunities and good exhibits. One of the best conferences.
  • Very well organized, privacy-specific education, and great networking opportunities. Great educational resource as well.
  • Valuable information.
  • Maybe one of the best [experiences] I’ve had. Great to see some prior colleagues, and meet some new ones.
  • Great format and content.
  • I enjoyed the diversity of the speakers’ topics and professional backgrounds.
  • Hard choice to make for breakout sessions.
  • Overall experience was great!
  • The breakout sessions I attended were informative and interesting.
  • Fantastic gathering of privacy professionals.
  • Great topic range, knowledgeable and skilled professionals, great networking.
  • Solid conference. Great content and networking.

Siobhan MacDermott

Chief Policy Officer
AVG Technologies

Siobhan MacDermott is one of the foremost experts on the future of the Internet, cybersecurity, privacy and business-government relations globally. 

As both advisor and executive to some of the best global technology brands, she helped direct strategy, communications, investor relations, government relations, issue management and policy for companies such as Intel-McAfee, AVG Technologies, Oracle, HP, RSA Security, Betrusted and Sprint PCS.

She has experience working global policy issues, and has worked extensively with Boards of Directors to lead successful initiatives to engage governments, stakeholders, policymakers, NGOs and global institutions on regulatory issues.

She has created and executed successful communications strategies to shape policy outcomes in China, the U.S.and the E.U. Previously, as founder and President of Takatech, a strategic consultancy, she has represented a number of Fortune 100 corporate clients.

Ms. MacDermott is widely published, appears frequently in the media and speaks at conferences around the world -- working with and participating in the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. She has authored white papers and articles on privacy, children’s safety, consumer dynamics, consumer rights and winning leadership and business strategies. Most recently, Ms. MacDermott authored a Children's book on Internet Safety (2011), "Wide Open Privacy - Strategies for the Digital Life" (IT-Harvest Press 2012) and "Cybermilitia - A Citizen's Strategy to Fight, Win and End War in Cyberspace" (IT-Harvest Press 2013.)

Ms. MacDermott is an EU and US citizen, has worked on four continents and speaks five languages. She has an MBA from Thunderbird, as well as a Global Master of Arts from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and advises and serves on several Board of Directors.