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Katherine O'Keefe holds a PhD in Anglo-Irish Literature. After several years tutoring and lecturing at two of Ireland's top universities, she became a leading privacy professional expert with Castlebridge where she worked extensively with public and private sector organisations in Ireland and elsewhere. Katherine has developed and provided training and hands-on advisory support in Data Protection, lecturing internationally in Data Protection and Data Ethics, and providing independent ethical oversight for data research projects. She currently works with Ireland's national water utility, Uisce Éireann, and is on the teaching faculty of the Law Society of Ireland's Diploma Centre.
Katherine has designed and developed an international professional accreditation scheme for Information Management for which she was awarded the DAMA International Professional Achievement Award in 2017, and she was a contributing editor to the DAMA Data Management Book of Knowledge 2nd edition. She was a member of the Scottish Government's National Expert Group on Digital Ethics between 2019-2022, is a contributor to Information Ethics Research at the ADAPT Centre at Trinity College Dublin and served on the steering committee for the ADAPT Centre's ELITE-S fellowship at Dublin City University. In 2019 she was recognized as one of the DPO 200 by the Data Protection World Forum for significant contributions to the privacy and security sectors.