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Claudiu Popa      

Data Protection Evangelist. Trusted Risk Advisor. Relentless Educator.

Claudiu Popa helps the world's best companies protect their most valuable assets. He is a trusted risk advisor to leaders and a respected expert to the media.

His work is a continuous process of helping to safeguard the world's most important currency: information. A rich personal and professional background empowers him to advise at the highest levels, on matters of technology security and physical protection, privacy rights and risk governance, accountability and reputational impact. Throughout the process, he builds strong relationships, helps solve real-world problems and gains the trust of his audience.

The sensitivity of the work offers invaluable insight into how risk-based decisions are made, how governance impacts accountability, reputation, culture, and how that culture impacts the performance of each and every enterprise. That readily applicable trove of relevant knowledge is now available to select audiences.

Without compromising confidentiality, Claudiu Popa brings his passion for knowledge sharing to discerning groups, having spoken at all major industry events, presented courses, seminars, gala keynotes and numerous other notable events.

He is the author of two keystone books on data protection, providing thought leadership through standards-based frameworks and offering engaging examples of proper risk governance: The Canadian Privacy and Data Security Toolkit for Small and Mid-Size Enterprises (CICA, 2009) and Managing Personal Information: Insights on Corporate Risk and Opportunity for Privacy-Savvy Leaders (Reuters, 2012). (visit

Claudiu Popa is a respected voice in the security and privacy industry having co-authored publications with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, collaborated with the Canadian Standards Association on global practices, and continuing to work with progressive academic bodies to study the value and effects of information. He is the founder of Informatica Research, a non-profit practice area that contributes to the industry by publishing materials of importance across interdisciplinary boundaries. In the past quarter, his publications have included:

  • OPEN - the Open Governance Maturity Model for global leadership, in support of Canada's Open Government initiatives and incorporating the IPC's Access by Design principles.
  • The Secure Crowd Funding (SCF)Framework: the seminal work on microfinance security and the new standards governing investor protection in the age of crowd sourcing.
  • His work on the protection of human rights has produced a proposal for the creation of the first Canadian Centre of Excellence for Global Privacy Leadership, currently undergoing early stage financing and welcoming collaborations with progressive international organizations.

Claudiu is a respected media contributor with regular appearances on notable television and radio programs, print publications and across a broad spectrum of social media properties. A graduate of York University, his current professional credentials are the top certifications from some of the industrys most important organizations: ISC2, ISACA, IAPP and PMI.

He continues to be eminently approachable, welcoming audience participation and comments at every venue. His broad social media profile ( is matched by an openness that affords him close contact with readers, listeners and viewers alike. All are testaments to his dedication to a personal and professional passion for sharing knowledge and offering lessons learned from helping leaders to protect the most valuable intangible asset in the global economy.

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