Ardi Kolah

Executive Fellow and Programme Director

Biography

Ardi is Executive Fellow and Director of the GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School and the founder of GO DPO®, which is the strategic partner for many multi-national clients in the area of GDPR compliance.

He started his career at the BBC before working for Andersen Consulting as a senior manager. He’s recognised by the FT as one of the leading data protection practitioners in Europe and has provided advice to the Government in Scotland, the Shadow Minister for Digital Economy and Senior Civil Servants as well as trained Nationwide, HSBC, Accenture, Santander, Hitachi Consulting, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis Partnership, Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank, Capita Asset Services and many others on GDPR. He also has a close working relationship with the UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham and has reviewed the foundation and practitioner certificates in data protection and privacy for the British Computer Society.

Ardi is Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Data Protection & Privacy and is a keynote speaker/chair all over the world on GDPR and for many organisations including the BBA (UK Finance) and the IAPP (Europe), HR Directors Forum, General Counsel’s Briefing (Switzerland), IT Directors Forum, HR Director’s Forum, Marketing Directors Forum in 2017, BFI Annual Conference 2017, FT Europe Cyber Security Summit 2016, 2017, Thomson Reuters Annual Data Protection Conference 2017 and many more.

Ardi is also Chairman of the Law & Marketing Committee for the Worshipful Company of Marketors, a Livery Company in the City of London that he was asked to set up by Sir Paul Judge over six years ago.
He holds a Master of Laws degree from King’s College London and University College London. He’s a Fellow of several professional institutes including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a Member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and an elected Member of BAFTA in recognition of his contribution to the TV and film industry.


Ardi was listed in the BAME100 in October 2017.