Board

Andreas Kirsch is member of the EDRi board since 2004 and EDRi President since 2008. Andreas co-founded EDRi in 2002. He is also President of the Austrian Association for Internet Users and the Austrian data protection NGO Forum Datenschutz. He is Co-founder and was President (until 06/2015) of the Austrian activist group AKVorrat. In his professional capacity Andreas is managing partner of mksult GmbH, which he founded in 2003. The company provides data protection consultancy services to medium and large scale Austrian and international institutions and companies and provided the data protection news portal http://www.unwatched.org/ from 2003 until 2015. Andreas is member of the Austrian Data Protection Council, the data protection advisory body to the Austrian Government as well as of the Information Society Advisory Council at the Austrian Federal Chancellery and in 2012 coordinated the Austrian citizens initiative against data retention with more than 106.000 supporters and the Austrian constitutional complaint against data retention with more than 11.000 plaintiffs, which was referred by the constitutional court to the ECJ and led – together with other initiatives – to the abolishment of the EU Data Retention Directive and of the Austrian implementation of the same directive.
Katarzyna Szymielewicz is the Vice-president of EDRi. She is also a co-founder and the president of Panoptykon Foundation – a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of surveillance. In this capacity, she has managed to grow the organisation from 2 persons working not for profit to 7 full-time, paid employees. Over four years of existence Panoptykon Foundation became one of the most dynamic, recognisable and influential organisations in Poland. She is also an Advisor to the Minister for Administration and Digitalisation and member of the board of Tactical Tech Collective. She is a member of the International Commission of Jurists (Polish section) and Internet Society. Prior to launching Panoptykon Foundation, she was an attorney at one of major international law firms, Clifford Chance, specialising in data protection and financial law. She’s a graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Law & Administration Department, and the University of London’s Development Studies program in the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Ot Van Daalen is Treasurer of EDRi. Ot is a researcher and lecturer in the field of privacy and security, mainly at the Institute of Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. He also works at the Dutch Data Protection Authority. In 2009, he founded the Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom. There he was closely involved in the creation of legislation in the field of privacy and internet freedom and he managed to grow the organisation from 1 to 6 full-time employees, over 300 volunteers and thousands of followers. Before launching Bits of Freedom, Ot worked for years at one of the largest commercial law firms in The Netherlands, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, specialising in competition and regulatory law. Ot studied at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University in New York. He is also a guest author for the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent.