Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna is an associate director in the legal technology practice. She is a leading European Union (EU) data protection expert, having worked as an officer for the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) in Brussels dealing with enforcement, compliance, and policy matters.
Gabriela holds a Ph.D. in law with a thesis on EU data protection law — the rights of the data subject from the perspective of their adjudication in civil law, and an LL.M. in human rights. Notably, at the EDPS, she was part of the team following and assessing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) throughout its legislative process. She represented the institution in various subgroups of the Article 29 Working Party, having worked on international data transfers, including on assessments of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement, and she was a member of the Court team.
Gabriela received the Junior Scholar Award in 2014 at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP) conference in Brussels for her work on the right to be forgotten. She published a comprehensive volume on the rights of the data subjects ("Protectia datelor personale. Drepturile persoanei vizate," C.H. Beck, Bucharest, 2015), and she also published extensively on privacy and data protection in international journals and collective volumes. During her Ph.D., she was a visiting researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, The Netherlands (Spring 2012). Gabriela’s primary role at Navigant is to provide privacy-related consulting services to multinational organizations with a specific focus on GDPR compliance services.