Aleid Wolfsen was appointed chair of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) in 2016. He had previously been a member of the Dutch DPA’s advisory board. Prior to his appointment as Dutch DPA chair, Mr Wolfsen held various positions in politics and the judiciary. Since 2019 Mr. Wolfsen is also deputy chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB).
CV in brief
Mayor of Utrecht
Member of parliament for the Labour Party (PvdA)
Vice-President of Haarlem District Court
Judge in Amsterdam
Various positions at the Ministry of Justice, including as project leader for the reorganisation of the judiciary
Various positions at Zwolle District Court, including at the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Mr Wolfsen obtained his law degree from the University of Groningen in 1993.
Aleid Wolfsen works for the Dutch DPA 3.5 days a week. In addition he holds the following outside positions:
- Independent chair of the Advisory Committee of the Apostolic Society's external reporting centre
- Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Utrechtzorg healthcare career centre
- Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ‘Bartholomeus Gasthuis’ residential care home
- Chair of the Supervisory Board of drinking water utility company Oasen
- Arbitrator at the Arbitration Board for the Building Industry
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (an outside position always held by the chair of the DPA, by virtue of their office)
- Member of the Supervisory Board of the Operamakers Foundation
- Chair of the Supervisory and Advisory Board of the Institute for Asbestos Victims
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Network for Integrated Safety in Vocational Education.
In his role as chair of the Dutch DPA, Mr Wolfsen has no involvement in investigations and/or decisions with regard to the organisations listed above.