Middle East Data Protection Specialist Joins the Act Now Team

Suzanna Ballabas

Act Now Training is pleased to announce that Suzanne Ballabás, an experienced Dubai based data protection specialist, has joined its team of associates.  

Suzanne is a privacy professional with over ten years of practical experience in implementing privacy practices across various international organisations, in addition to acting as a compliance officer for multiple regulated entities within the UAE’s financial districts of DIFC and ADGM.  

Previously, Suzanne held the position of Head of Data Protection in the Middle East for Waystone, where she managed data protection infrastructure for over 100 firms and served as the Data Protection Officer for various organisations, including Michael Page, DP World Financial Services, and Waystone. She played a crucial role in establishing Waystone’s data privacy practice in the Middle East and possesses extensive knowledge of data protection laws and regulations in the UAE.

Before her time in Dubai, Suzanne was based in London, working with the GDPR, rolling out the international privacy programme for international accountancy practice Baker Tilly.  

Suzanne is a law graduate and holds multiple IAPP privacy qualifications including Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPP/M), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPP/T. She also specialises in ADGM Compliance (Financial Services), Money Laundering Reporting and International Human Resource Management. 

Suzanne said: 

“I am really pleased to be joining the Act Now team. I’m excited to start working with them to help deliver their excellent courses and training programmes particularly those targeted at the fast developing Middle East data protection landscape.” 

This is an exciting time for privacy law in the Middle East. Alongside the passing of the law, which is awaiting executive regulations,  Saudi Arabia and a number of other jurisdictions have passed DP laws similar to GDPR. 

Ibrahim Hasan said: 

Act Now’s reputation is growing in the UAE as a provider of practical training on all aspects of  data protection. With Suzanne’s appointment we will be able to service more clients through delivery of our flagship courses, such as the UAE DPO Certificate, as well as develop new courses tailored for the Middle East market and to help practitioners understand the latest trends and developments in data protection law in the UAE and the wider Middle East.”  

For the past five years, Act Now has been delivered training extensively in the Middle East to a wide range of delegates including representatives of the telecommunications, legal and technology sectors. Check out our UAE privacy programme. We can also deliver customised in house training both remotely and face to face. Please get in touch to discuss your training or consultancy needs.   

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