Joerg Steinhaus is Group Data Privacy Officer of Merck KGaA. With his Team he manages and is responsible for compliance with data protection regulations for Merck worldwide. Prior to joining Merck, Joerg was Data Protection Officer for the Fresenius Group, where he focused on patient data protection and initiated the implementation of Binding Corporate Rules. He studied at the Universities of Muenster/Germany and Granada/Spain (Political Science) and the University of Mainz/Germany (Business Law), both with distinction. Joerg is a part-time lecturer at the Philipps-University Marburg/Germany, a member of the advisory board for a compliance magazine and heads the data protection group of a German company lawyers association.