Emerald De Leeuw

European Young Innovator of the Year,

Emerald de Leeuw LL.B LL.M MSc, is an award winning entrepreneur, data protection lawyer and lecturer. She has advised companies all over the world on all things privacy, data protection and digital ethics. She speaks regularly and leading conferences and events, most notably:

MIT Sloan School of business
Dublin Tech Summit
European Parliament on matters relating to transatlantic collaboration.

She was invited to join MIT Sloan’s School of Business’ Cybersecurity consortium in 2018 where she contributed on areas relating to European data protection law.

Forbes named her one of 100 female founders to watch and she has featured regularly in publications such as Bloomberg Law.

After completing four academic degrees, including writing a Master thesis on the GDPR in 2012, she founded Eurocomply; a consulting firm focused on all matters relating to data protection and privacy. In addition to her work with Eurocomply, she is a faculty member and board examiner at the Law Society of Ireland. Furthermore, she serves on the advisory board at University College Cork Law School.

In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious German Marshall Fund Fellowship from the US Department of State. In 2017, the European Commission, Parliament, and EYIF in Brussel awarded Emerald the European Young Innovator of the Year Award and she received a 30 under 30 award in 2017.  She works closely with the European Young Innovators Forum and the German Marshall Fund of the United States to improve transatlantic cooperation for entrepreneurs and to improve the ecosystem for female professionals and entrepreneurs.

Her qualifications include two law degrees (LL.B), a Masters in E-Law and Intellectual Property (LL.M), a Masters in Business Information Systems and the CIPP/E certification. She is also Harvard Law Certified in Copyright Law