Radisson RED, Rue d'Idalie 35


Organised by C&M International and GSMA


  • Ambassador Robert Holleyman, C&M International and former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, President & CEO
  • Boris Wojtan, GSMA, Director of Privacy
  • Hilary Wandall, TrustArc, General Counsel and Chief Data Governance Officer
  • Huey Tan, President, AsiaDPO
  • Lenard Koschwitz, Allied for Startups, Director

The free flow of data across borders is critical for trade, economic growth and social progress. Governments in APEC and ASEAN have made great strides in creating privacy frameworks which encourage convergence across the region, enabling data to flow while maintaining a similar level of protection for citizens. Yet gaps remain. More needs to be done at both the regional and national levels to support greater alignment of these frameworks, and to work with other regions – including the EU – to facilitate interoperability. With data increasingly fuelling growth and innovation in today’s digital economy, the time to get this right is now.

This session will explore perspectives from the Asia-Pacific – including those of data protection authorities, industry innovators and trade associations – and examine recent initiatives and emerging views from the region. The discussion will delve into the latest efforts to enable seamless global data transfers, including trust marks, certification mechanisms and the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules. Stakeholders will discuss best practices in this arena, the path forward for policy in the Asia-Pacific, and how APEC, ASEAN and EU officials can lead the way in facilitating global interoperability.


Registration requested: If interested in joining this session, please email your name, organization, and title to Your information will only be collected for event management purposes, and no records will be retained after October 2018