About Waël Hassan

Waël Hassan is a leader in the fields of privacy compliance, data management, and data analysis. He is the founder and CEO of Privacy in Design, a non-profit organization, which provides information security and big data consulting, and technology-development services. His twenty-plus years of experience in the field led him to start KI Design Magazine, a monthly online periodical dealing with issues of big data, social analytics, privacy, and cybersecurity. In particular, the magazine explores legislative and regulatory changes and new technologies, and their impact on data custodians.

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Waël has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Concordia University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Ottawa, where he wrote the first Canadian thesis on validating privacy compliance. He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) learned society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a contributing member of the ISO Standards committees on security, biometrics, and privacy. He has published several papers in ACM, IEEE, and RELaw conferences. He designed PrivaDoc, the first cloud computing privacy mechanism, and invented the Process Based Access Control model for privacy. His research interests centre around legal compliance in the areas of privacy, security, risk, and finance.

Waël can be reached at: wael@privacyindesign.org

Some potentially irrelevant details:

Languages: Waël speaks three languages fluently (English, French, Arabic), and also knows some basic German.

He has traveled to more than 20 countries, lived in Germany, and often visits Kensington in the UK.

Favorite Colour: Green

Favorite Book: The Agenda

Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men

Favorite Show: Mad Men

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Quote: We all get what we want!

In his spare time, Waël keeps up with world politics, writes, and practices yoga.

He has a deep interest in languages, culture, and social issues.

My Views on Management

I believe management is all about adoption: foreseeing what to adopt, selecting the best technologies and ideas to meet needs, and guiding their implementation.

There are few truly new concepts, but many iterations of those we already have.

People think that technology is moving fast; it isn’t. We are simply seeing many more iterations of the same ideas. The human brain has evolved only minimally over the past three thousand years; our technologies may look different, but the ways in which we interact with the world are basically the same.