Data Protection Commissioner, Ireland
Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner in September 2014, following a public, competitive and independent process. Commissioner Dixon previously held the role of Registrar in the Companies Registration Office for five years. Prior to that, she held senior civil service roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the areas of economic migration policy and, formerly, science, technology and innovation policy. She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry, working for two US multinationals with EMEA bases in Dublin. Commissioner Dixon holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Languages, a Masters in European Economic and Public Affairs, a Masters in Governance, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, a professional Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation and successfully passed all 8 subjects of the FE-1 Final Examination of the Law Society of Ireland in one year. A member of the Article 29 Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data, Helen Dixon contributes regularly at international data protection events and conferences to highlight the role of the Irish data protection authority in supervising multi-national internet companies in particular located in Ireland.