Bruno Gencarelli

Head of the International Data Flows and Protection Unit
European Commission

Mr Gencarelli heads the International Data Flows and Protection Unit at the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers). He led the Commission's work in the area of data protection in the decisive phases of the legislative reform and the EU-US negotiations. In that capacity, he headed the Commission's delegation in the interinstitutional negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council that resulted in the adoption of the EU data protection reform ("General Data Protection Regulation" and "Law Enforcement Directive"). He was also one of the lead negotiators of the EU-US Privacy Shield and "Umbrella Agreement". He recently negotiated the mutual adequacy arrangement with Japan. Mr Gencarelli previously served as a member of the European Commission's Legal Service and as an assistant (référendaire) to a judge at the European Court of Justice after having practiced law in the private sector. He holds degrees in law and political science, and teaches EU Competition Law at Sciences Po Paris. He is the author of numerous publications on EU law.