On January 1, 2014, Andrea Jelinek, who holds a doctorate degree in law, became head of the Austrian Data Protection Authority.
While still a student, she worked as a consultant at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), later as a trainee lawyer and from 1991 as a legal officer at the General Secretariat of the Austrian Rectors' Conference.
Two years later, she moved to the Ministry of the Interior, where she first worked as a legal officer and later as head of department in the legal and legislative department. One of her specializations - asylum and immigration law - helped determine her further career.
From October 2010 to June 2011 she was head of the Vienna Foreign Police, followed by a position as Head in the Regional Police Department. Before that, in 2003, she was the first woman in Vienna to be appointed head of a police commissioner's office.
Since February 2018, she has been the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party, and as of May 2018 of the European Data Protection Board.