Ms Sheila FitzPatrick
Global data privacy expert and President & Founder, FitzPatrick & Associates
Sheila FitzPatrick is one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws in over 160 countries, providing expertise and hands-on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations and data breach compliance.
Sheila is President and Founder of FitzPatrick & Associates, a strategic global data privacy and protection compliance consulting firm. She has more than 38 years’ experience in global data privacy, data protection and sovereignty compliance. In addition to working closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union and country-specific data protection authorities in Europe, Asia/Pacific and The Americas, she also works with National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies.
Sheila has been recognized by Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) around the world for her depth of comprehension and commitment to data protection laws. She speaks regularly at global conferences and panel discussions and publishes many articles focused on data privacy, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
Sheila is one of the foremost experts on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and was identified as one of the 2017 EMEA 50 recipients, an honour bestowed on the 50 most influential people in EMEA. Sheila was also honoured as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence 2017.
Sheila works with numerous multinational companies (including Fortune 500 companies) providing an extensive array of data privacy and sovereignty services, including acting as their outside global Data Governance expert and Chief Privacy Officer/Data Protection Officer and/or as their Data Privacy Compliance Project Manager. She is responsible for developing, managing and implementing worldwide data privacy compliance programs, including but not limited to, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), China’s Cybersecurity Act, and Japan’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information, that includes responsibility for compliance with global laws related to data protection, data sovereignty, cybersecurity, data breach notification, cloud computing and records management. She sits on many customer internal corporate councils and committees including their Data Privacy Advisory Boards. Sheila also works with corporate legal, finance and HR departments, as well as sales, marketing, and product development teams to help position data privacy compliance as a competitive advantage.
Sheila holds positions on many external councils and is currently the Vice-Chair of CompTIA’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Committees and is actively involved in their Big Data and Cloud Computing Subcommittees. Sheila holds strategic seats on “by invitation only” committees including the European Union Data Protection Advisory Council, the Asia Pacific Data Protection Framework Advisory Board, the Latin American Data Privacy Forum, the Canadian PIPEDA Advisory Board, and the Pacific Rim Privacy and Cybersecurity Advisory Group.
Sheila was appointed to the Board of Directors of Truata, one of Europe’s first data trusts based in Dublin, Ireland, in August 2018. Trūata was founded in 2018 by Mastercard and IBM to help organizations conduct analytics in full compliance with the European Union GDPR.
Sheila also sits on the Board of Directors of the Western Region National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and is Chairperson of the nominating committee.
Sheila holds a BA degree from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA and a law degree (LLM) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.