Rosamunde van Brakel

Executive director

Rosamunde van Brakel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) Research Group doing research on crime control and surveillance. In addition she manages the annual international Conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection. She studied educational sciences and criminology at the KU Leuven and the University of Ottawa. Previous experiences include working as a policy assistant for the Representative of the Flemish Government in the UK and as a researcher for the Belgian Ministry of Justice. At the VUB she conducted research on freedom infringements of transport security technologies and evaluation and certification schemes for security products in the context of the EU FP7 projects SIAM and CRISP. From 2014-2015 she was seconded to work as a research fellow for the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy on the project: Big Data, Privacy and Security. She has been executive director of Privacy Salon since 2014.

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Thierry Vandenbussche

Art and Management Director

Thierry Vandenbussche has been organizing events and curating thought provoking exhibitions since the turn of the century when he launched Courtisane, a platform for film and audiovisual arts and later Outlandish (photography), stilll gallery and stilll office. In 2019 he co-curated the exhibition 'Festival of Control', a show actually dealing with issues like privacy and data control. He reinforces the team with vivid enthusiasm and a healthy sense of urgency. Thierry is Privacy Salons Art Director, coordinating both the general management tasks and curatorial projects. 

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Diana dimitrova

CPDP programme assistant

Diana Dimitrova joined Privacy Salon in 2017 to support the programming of the annual Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference. She is also a research associate in the Intellectual Property Law Unit at FIZ Karlsruhe. Her research focuses on data protection and privacy, particularly in the Area of Freedom Security and Justice. Her previous work experience includes a research associate position at the Faculty of Law, KU Leuven and an internship at the Supervision and Enforcement Unit of the European Data Protection Supervisor. Diana holds an LL.M. degree in European Law from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.


Karin Neukermans

Financial administrator

Having built a solid and extensive experience in the field of accounting, in 2016 Karin joined the Privacy Salon. She is currently dealing with administrative and financial matters on part-time basis. The rest of the time, Karin is pursuing her and her husband’s dream – the Finca San Vicente Bed & Breakfast in Colombia.