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Bart Willemsen

VP Analyst

Bart Willemsen is a VP Analyst with focus on all privacy-related challenges in an international context, as well as on ethics, digital society, and the intersection with modern technology including AI. He has a broad and in-depth history of experience across industries. With detailed knowledge of privacy worldwide, he is a privacy and data protection advocate with a firm drive to help organizations generate value and seize the discipline's opportunities in both strategy and tactics.

Mr. Willemsen was among the earlier Fellows of Information Privacy (FIP), and held accreditations like CIPP/E, CIPM, CISA, CISM, bringing broad, proven and multidisciplinary best practices to his clients.

Previous experience

Mr. Willemsen's previous job responsibility included implementing, auditing and overseeing integral privacy and security programs and compliance strategies for holding companies and their subsidiaries.

He has worked for over 13 years at various international businesses, and was a (Chief) Privacy and Security Officer. He represented multiple companies as a member in the Dutch National PT Board working party for information management and the privacy workgroup and was involved in consultation rounds for previous (European) data protection legislation.

Professional background


Privacy Officer, Security Officer


Privacy and Security Officer

Areas of coverage

Cyber Risk

Executive Leadership: Strategic Risk Management

Executive Leadership: Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity Leadership


B.A., (B-ICT) Business Informatics, Information Security, Wageningen and EPBS

B.A., (B-ICT) IT Management, E3 Maastricht

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Customer and employee privacy and data protection challenges

2Developing privacy programs and privacy officer's best practices

3Reviewing guidelines, privacy and risk management programs, policies, (white)papers

4Ethical challenges in business and society

5Artificial Intelligence related privacy, bias, risk, and ethics concerns