Nina Barakzai
  • General counsel data protection and group DPO
  • Unilever
Netherlands
Nina Barakzai

Nina Barakzai

  • General counsel data protection and group DPO
  • Unilever
Netherlands

I help people get comfortable with privacy concepts so they can embed them in their work.

I love being able to work in multidisciplinary teams. I have my own areas of specialism, but when I have the chance to work with others outside my specialism who are willing to share and collaborate, it makes everything come alive.

I am more involved in ethical issues around privacy. As businesses build their interactions with their customers, thinking about how people’s information is used will become even more important. This will need thought leadership in areas such as use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

External counsel who give advice that seems to be a rehash of the legislation that you can find on any website and which appears to be based on a charge out rate by the word, will have more of a challenge to demonstrate their capabilities.

I am particularly happy with pro bono work helping to get school children and students engaged in their own learning and career development. Once they start doing something that catches their interest, that prompts them to think up their own ideas and they will find their own core capabilities. My task is to nurture that spark and help them in their journey to grow it into fully fledged transferable skills.