Programme in European Data Protection (GDPR)

Leading to certified DPO
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Solvay Brussels School
7 days
March 2020
6 days + Examination
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (Examination day: Saturday)
€ 3.400 VAT Excl.
Course material and catering included
Registration deadline: 01/03/2020 | Programme start:
March 2020

Who is the programme aimed at?


The Programme in European Data Protection is dedicated to Data Protection Officers (DPO), legal experts and Lawyers, Information Security and Information Technology experts, enterprise and external auditors, Compliance Officers, General Managers and Financial Officers, Data Scientists and Data Management Professionals, Projects Managers and Enterprise Architects, Public Service personnel, Marketing Managers, Business Managers and Consultants that must comply with the GDPR regulations.
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Key admissions criteria

  • Master degree
  • And/or proof of senior professional experience

The knowledge

Acquire essential knowledge in the five domains of practice necessary for managing and implementing GDPR compliance and for accomplishing various DPO activities.

The quality of the lecturers

Benefit from leading practitioners and legal experts who share their wealth of knowledge. 

A significant career boost

Boost your career trajectory with the knowledge acquired and the contacts established throughout the programme.

Accelerated GDPR compliance

Enterprises require cost-effective implementation that focuses on the essentials and that build sustainable compliance.

GDPR implementation cycle

Beyond the legal requirements, a GDPR implementation requires a collection of multi-disciplinary skills and capabilities to develop and execute on the GDPR roadmap.

GDPR body of knowledge

The essential GDPR domains of knowledge are covered for meeting GDPR compliance in all industries including public services, NGO and private enterprises.​

The method

The objective of this education is to develop knowledge and expertise in all facets related to the implementation of GDPR. The Programme in European Data Protection covers the five domains of knowledge through lectures, workshops, case discussions, group/personal work and personal essays.

Body of knowledge domains

The following domains are necessary for a robust Data Protection activity…

1 Legal and Management Requirements

Define Data Protection objectives and scope.

2 Risk and Impact Assessment

Identify the gap in reaching defined protection targets.

3 Compliance Transformation

Manage compliance related transformation.

4 Information Security and Privacy

Protect and secure architectural components.

5 Response and Breach Management

Prepare, react and notify when needed.

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The programme backstage

The core team is composed of Joëlle Jouret (Academic mentor), Alain Cieslik and Dirk De Nijs.

The Academic and Certification Board advises/approves the academic content, the operating and training centres, and the criteria for the lecturers. It also advises on the position of the certification at the European and International level.

An Advisory Committee has business and legal representatives motivated in supporting the education and the promotion of Data Protection methods, education activities and the personal certification process.

Participants with passing examination results receive the Executive Education Programme in European Data Protection (GDPR) certificate. This certification is delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, a major business school with the EQUIS and Qfor accreditation.

Specialised Education for Data Protection Officers & GDPR Professionals

Data Protection and GDPR professionals require extended knowledge and practice. 

We are delighted to give access to our Solvay Alumni and GDPR professionals to Specialised Education that both created and sustained the reputation of Solvay Brussels School in domains like Digital Transformation, Technology Implementation, Information Security, Risk Management, Compliance and Auditing, and much more.


The Education at Solvay Brussels School gave me the chance to open a new paradigm in my professional career. I would recommend to anyone interested in the challenge of a new DPO role.

The "Information Security Management" module is the core of the security management practices; it provides the major frameworks and bodies of knowledge, very useful in regards of GDPR Art32. The “IT Risk and Legal Concerns” module is fundamental for the DPO role.

The “Business Transformation” module enhances the skills for business transformation, change management and project/program management, definitively a solid and complete background for the DPO daily activities.

In addition to my DPO education at Solvay Brussels School, I was enrolled in the Executive Master in Information Security and Cybersecurity. It enables me to join the cybersecurity team of Deloitte Belgium and to integrate the International Privacy Professional Members of the firm. Moreover, I strongly believe that the synergy between those two tracks gave me enough confidence to engage more amongst both security and privacy experts. I am glad to notice every day that the knowledge acquired during the sessions help me constantly addressing accurately my client expectations.

The GDPR DPO education from the Solvay Business School has given me a solid background to enable me to best deploy my organization on May 25th, 2018. The course was given by experts that highlighted the different aspects of the impact of the GDPR. The wide range of topics covered Information Security, GDPR articles, Marketing, Cross-Border information flows and more. I strongly recommend this course to anyone needing to acquire practical insights, as it combines theory and practice on both the legal and operational needs for a successful implementation. The strong partnership between Solvay and the Privacy Commission gave me as a student the all-around view I expected.

I recently completed my IT Management Education at Solvay Brussels School with the DPO education. Two specific IT Management Education modules have brought to my knowledge and expertise in Compliance, Governance, the G2-IT Governance workshop and in IT Risk the G3-IT Risk and legal concerns. These modules structures very well the approach to follow when facing major compliance transformation programs and fulfilling the need to have a methodology to the identify the gaps and in reaching defined protection targets which any DPO is facing in his day to day activities.


Georges Ataya

Academic Director

Frédéric Roos
Academic Programme Manager

Academic Director

Antoine Bon
Commission de la protection de la vie privée
Conseiller Juridique


This education is a really hands-on training that will enable the participants to acquire the sufficient cross-functional knowledge to efficiently perform their role and tasks when processing personal data. The education contains an in-depth insight of the GDPR not only in terms of legal obligations but also in terms of management programs and IT implementation. Through concrete cases, this intensive education will give effective tools to ensure knowledge of efficient ways to be in compliance with the GDPR.
Joëlle Jouret
Counsel, CBPL/ CPVP

Any questions?

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Programme Manager

This education is developed with the following target audience in mind:

  • Data Protection Officers (DPO), professionals and those aiming at getting involved in the data protection field;
  • Legal experts and Lawyers wishing to understand, beyond legal aspects, all facets related to the implementation of GDPR across various disciplines, supporting activities and functional areas;
  • Information Security and Information Technology experts wishing to master Privacy and Data Protection disciplines across various enterprises and IT Architecture layers;
  • Enterprise and external auditors, Compliance Officers involved in the review and/or implementation of privacy controls;
  • General Managers and Financial Officers of organisations that are embarked on large scale or mission critical implementation of Data Protection, Data Leakage Protection, Privacy Requirements or wishingto protect Intellectual Property or client data;
  • Data Scientists and Data Management Professionals focusing on Data Protection while creating value from information;
  • Projects Managers and Enterprise Architects involved in privacy compliance transformation;
  • Public Service personnel involved directly or indirectly in implementing or advising on privacy and information security (for instance, the Belgian law of 15 august 2012);
  • Marketing Managers, Business Managers and Consultants that must comply with the GDPP regulations.

First Name





De Bot




De Riemaecker

ENGIE Benelux

Head of Ethics, Compliance & Governance and Data Protection Officer


de Saqui de Sannes

Sogeti Belux





Senior Legal Counsel




Managing Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection



Mind Your Privacy

Data Governance & Privacy Engineer




Director Government Affairs




Vice President Information Systems



Cavell Group




Verhaegen Walravens







Van Overstraeten