Isabelle Vereecken is a seasoned privacy and regulatory professional with vast experience in both the private and the public sector. She studied law at the Université catholique de Louvain, and holds a post graduate degree in Law and Management in Information Technologies from the University of Namur. After her studies, she worked as a researcher at the same university and specialised in European research projects. She has been working in the field of data protection since 2002. She spent 10 years working as a legal adviser for the Belgian DPA, where she helped negotiate the GDPR as well as many BCRs or contractual policies with multinationals and law firms. After that she moved on to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), where she oversaw the establishment of the European Data Protection Board. Becoming head of the EDPB secretariat was a logical next step in her career: not only did she help negotiate the GDPR, she also spearheaded the implementation efforts at the EDPS to get the EDPB up and running; coordinating the consultative exercise with member state regulatory bodies and institutional stakeholders up until the inauguration on May 25.