Cecilia Álvarez


Cecilia is the EMEA Privacy Policy Director at Facebook since March 2019. From 2015 to 2019, she served as the European Privacy Officer Lead of Pfizer and, for an interim period, also the Legal Lead of the Spanish subsidiary. She formerly worked 18 years in a reputed Spanish law firm, leading the data protection, IT and ecommerce areas of practice as well as the LATAM Data Protection Working Group. Cecilia is the Chairwoman of APEP (Spanish Privacy Professional Association), the Spanish member of CEDPO (Confederation of European Data Protection Organizations), a member of the Leadership Council of The Sedona Conference (WG6) and Vice-Chairwoman of IPPC-Europe. She is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation in the section of the Law on Technologies of the Information and the Knowledge as well as Arbitrator of the European Association of Arbitration (ITC section). She formed part of the Volunteer Group of Privacy Experts of the OECD (Working Party on Information Security and Privacy; WPISP) in charge of the 2013 review of the OECD guidelines governing the protection of privacy and transborder data flows of personal data. She formerly participated in the Group of Experts selected by the Spanish DPA to prepare the Madrid Resolution on International Privacy Standards in 2009.