Nicole Stephensen


Nicole’s privacy career spans more than two (2) decades, and she is widely recognised for her extensive local and international expertise in operational and strategic privacy matters. Her frank, candid and practical approach to privacy has established her as a trusted advisor and thought leader in the industry. Her boutique consultancy (Ground Up Consulting) has recently merged its privacy services functions with IIS Partners (IIS), a world-class privacy and cybersecurity firm. As Partner at IIS, Nicole’s focus is on capacity building - that is, enhancing organisational knowledge and practice around privacy and the protection of personal information. Nicole is an active mentor for privacy and cybersecurity professionals and is a sought after international speaker on matters of privacy and the intersection with security, risk management, trust and good decision-making. She is a subject matter expert for tertiary course curricula and regularly appears as a guest lecturer. In both professional and volunteer capacities, Nicole supports academic and practical privacy discourse in relation to smart cities, IoT/ IIoT and public interest technologies. She is active in the area of digital policy affecting young people - including online privacy, security and cyber bullying. She holds the Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructure Security Professional (SCCISP) designation and is a Fellow of the Australian Information Security Association (FAISA). Nicole is an IAPP KnowledgeNet Chair for Queensland (Brisbane/ Gold Coast). She was also a founding Board member for the Australia and New Zealand region’s privacy industry membership association (iappANZ, now part of the larger IAPP), where she sat for three consecutive terms on the Board. She is an active member of the Smart Cities Council of Australia-New Zealand (SCCANZ), where she is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Data Leadership.


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