Advisory Board

Ruth Boardman
Co-head International Data Privacy Practice
Bird & Bird
John Kropf, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
Deputy Counsel for Privacy and Information Governance
Reed Elsevier
Christopher Kuner
Senior Counsel
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Christina Peters, CIPP/US
Chief Privacy Officer
IBM
Kalinda Raina, CIPP/US
Senior Privacy Counsel, Global Privacy Law & Policy
Apple Inc.
David Vladeck
Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Ruth Boardman

Partner
Bird & Bird

Ruth jointly heads Bird & Bird's International Privacy and Data Protection Group and is based in our London office.

Ruth advises on data privacy, freedom of information, database rights and other information law issues, as well as information technology law, e-commerce and public procurement law.

Ruth’s extensive experience includes advising a broad range of public and private sector organisations on information law matters, including representing them on their dealings with Data Protection Authorities and the EU’s Article 29 Working Party. She has particular expertise on issues affecting online providers, ranging from behavioural targeting to the rules applicable to children’s data.

Most recently Ruth has advised on data protection relating to cloud computing, mobile network advertising and online location services.

Ruth co-wrote Data Protection Strategy (the second edition of which was published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2012), has edited the Encyclopaedia of Data Protection (Sweet & Maxwell) and is on the editorial board of journal Data Protection Law & Policy and is a contributor to leading online data compliance tool www.dataguidance.com. She has also served on the European board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is a member of the OECD Volunteer Working Group, working on a review of the OECD privacy principles.

John Kropf, CIPP/US, CIPP/G

Deputy Counsel for Privacy and Information Governance
Reed Elsevier

John Kropf joined Reed Elsevier in 2012 as deputy counsel for privacy and information governance. He previously was a career member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service, and served as the deputy chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security's Privacy Office and senior adviser on international privacy policy. Before joining DHS, Kropf worked for 10 years as an international lawyer with the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Legal Adviser. He also served two years with the American Embassy in Turkmenistan as country director for USAID. Kropf began his federal career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program. He earned his law degree and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a graduate of Denison University with a BA in philosophy. Kropf is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, he is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and serves as a member of its Certification Advisory Board. He is the author of the Guide to U.S. Government Practice on Global Sharing of Personal Information as well as numerous articles on global and strategic privacy issues.

Christopher Kuner

Senior Counsel
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

Christopher Kuner is senior of counsel in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Kuner has practiced data protection law in Germany and Brussels since the 1990s, and has been called a “leader in his field” by Chambers Global and “the go-to person for EU privacy” by Computerworld.

Co-chairman of the Data Protection Task Force of the International Chamber of Commerce, Kuner is author of the book European Data Protection Law: Corporate Compliance and Regulation and editor-in-chief of the law journal International Data Privacy Law (both published by Oxford University Press). He also teaches law at Cambridge University.

Christina Peters, CIPP/US

Chief Privacy Officer
IBM

Christina Peters is chief privacy officer at IBM, where she is responsible for information policy and practices affecting over 400,000 employees and thousands of clients. She leads a global team of legal, data protection and technical professionals at IBM who address privacy and data security in the leadership manner expected of this global brand. She also leads IBM’s global engagement in public policy and industry initiatives on data security and privacy, and serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.

As a practicing attorney at IBM since 1996, Peters has handled a wide range of complex transactional, policy, compliance, litigation and cybersecurity matters in the U.S. and internationally.

Peters was educated at Dartmouth College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. After a DC Circuit clerkship, Peters worked at a large Washington, DC, law firm. Prior to joining IBM, she was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany, where she worked at the Federal Cartel Authority and Deutsche Telekom. She speaks German and French in addition to her native English.

Kalinda Raina, CIPP/US

Senior Privacy Counsel, Global Privacy Law & Policy
Apple Inc.

Kalinda Raina is currently senior privacy counsel at Apple and is responsible for overseeing Apple's compliance with data privacy laws throughout the Americas and Asia. Prior to Apple, Raina was the chief privacy officer at Nintendo of America Inc., where she developed and led the company’s global privacy practice. Before that, she practiced privacy law at Saul Ewing LLP in Philadelphia, PA, and at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, CA. 

Raina is a graduate with honors from both UC San Diego and UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall. 

David Vladeck

Professor of Law
Georgetown Law School

David C. Vladeck is a professor of law at Georgetown Law School, where he teaches federal courts, civil procedure, administrative law and a seminar in First Amendment litigation. He also co-directs the Institute for Public Representation, a clinical law program. Vladeck recently returned to the law school after serving for nearly four years as the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. At the FTC, he supervised the bureau’s more than 430 lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff in carrying out the bureau’s work to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices. Before joining the law school faculty full-time in 2002, Vladeck spent over 25 years with Public Citizen Litigation Group, a nationally-prominent public interest law firm, handling and supervising complex litigation. He has briefed and argued a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and more than 60 cases before federal courts of appeal and state courts of last resort. He is a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an elected member of the American Law Institute, an adviser to the institute’s Restatement of the Law Third: Information Privacy Principles, and a scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform. He also serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations. Vladeck frequently testifies before Congress and writes on administrative law, preemption, First Amendment and access to justice issues.