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One year into POPIA: What we have learnt
POPIA recently turned 1! Join us for a free webinar about what the first year of POPIA taught us.

Co-author of Over-thinking POPIA: The last POPIA book you will ever need and self-declared #funlawyer Elizabeth de Stadler will be talking about the funny and not-so-funny things organisations got up to in the months before and after POPIA came into force. She will touch on what organisations really should have done by now, and what to prioritise for the rest of the year.

We are also honoured to announce that we will be joined by the Chair of the Information Regulator, Adv Pansy Tlakula. She will share how things are going at the Information Regulator, their strategic objectives and what is expected of responsible parties.

We have assembled a crack team of experts and data protection heroes to talk about the lessons they have learnt and to answer all of your (and Elizabeth’s!) questions about POPIA.

Join the free fun! Register below.


▪ 14-day free access to Juta POPIA Portal (issued after the webinar)
▪ A chance to win Elizabeth de Stadler's book, Over-Thinking the Protection of Personal Information Act


Welcome and Introduction – Brian Wafawarowa (Juta Chief Content and Product Officer)

Keynote Address: The Information Regulator’s Strategy – Adv Pansy Tlakula (Chairperson of the Information Regulator)

Over-thinking the first year of POPIA – Elizabeth de Stadler (Novation Consulting)

Panel Discussion: Lessons we have learnt –
Elizabeth de Stadler with panellists, Celesté Schlebusch, Era Gunning, Francis Cronje, Ilze Luttig Hattingh, Lucien Pierce, Nerushka Bowan, Paul Esselaar and Sizwe Snail



Sep 15, 2022 10:00 AM in Johannesburg

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Advocate Pansy Tlakula (Keynote Speaker)
Chairperson @Information Regulator of South Africa
Adv. Tlakula studied law at WITS university before completing her Masters in Law at Harvard. She was a member of the South African Human Rights Commission from 1995 until 2002. Adv. Tlakula was appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer of the Electoral Commission of South Africa in 2002 until 2011. In 2011 she was appointed as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa until 2014, and in 2005 as a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) for 12 years, until November 2017. She held the mandates of Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Chairperson of the Working Group on Specific Issues related to the work of the African Commission, and, between 2015 and 2017, she served as Chairperson of the ACHRC. In 2020 she started her four-year tenure as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. She was the Chancellor of the Vaal University of Technology from 2010 until 2014.
Elizabeth de Stadler (Keynote Speaker)
Founding Director @Novation Consulting
Elizabeth de Stadler is the founding director of Novation Consulting. She is an attorney specialising in compliance and risk management strategy, plain language drafting and data protection law. She prides herself on bringing a fresh perspective to compliance issues and making the law accessible to non-lawyers. She is the co-author of Over-Thinking The Protection of Personal Information Act (Juta), among other works.
Ilze Luttig Hattingh (Panellist)
Attorney @Novation Consulting
Ilze Luttig Hattingh is a “common-sense” attorney and legal advisor focusing on regulatory compliance, risk management and creating clear legal documents. Ilze is co-author of Over-Thinking The Protection of Personal Information Act (Juta).
Paul Esselaar (Panellist)
Owner @Esselaar Attorneys
Paul Esselaar has been an attorney since 2001 and has a Masters in Electronic Law and Commercial Law. He is the owner of Esselaar Attorneys, specialising in Consumer Law, Electronic Law and the Protection of Personal Information Act. He is co-author of OverThinking The Protection of Personal Information Act (Juta).
Era Gunning (Panellist)
Executive: Banking and Finance @ENSafrica
Era Gunning is an Executive in ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance department, ad hoc lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand for postgraduate students and author of the data protection chapter in Juta’s Company Secretarial Practice. Era is an experienced legal drafter, advisor and speaker in respect of consumer and data protection and has drafted numerous opinions on the subject, as well as ‘”Dos and Do nots” policies for many institutions. She was a speaker on the Protection of Personal Information Act at the Annual Government Compliance Seminar in June 2015 and has been quoted in various media publications as a POPI expert.
Nerushka Bowan (Panellist)
Head of Technology and Innovation @Norton Rose Fulbright
Nerushka Bowan is a technology and privacy lawyer based in Johannesburg. She is the head of technology and innovation at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa, and also leads the technology and privacy law practice. Nerushka has extensive experience in complex and strategic technology and privacy law matters, including outsourcing transactions and regulatory and compliance issues across various industry sectors. She is recognised as an international thought leader in emerging technology law and in analysing the future legal and regulatory issues of emerging tech such as AI and blockchain. She is a sought after international speaker and is regularly interviewed by media. She is currently a co-chair of OneTrust’s POPIAConnect chapter in Johannesburg, and was a co-chair of the Johannesburg IAPP KnowledgeNet chapter from 2016-2019. She holds a CIPP/E certification from the IAPP.
Francis Cronjé (Panellist)
Managing Director @Franciscronje.com
Francis Cronjé is an Advocate of the High Court, part-time lecturer and MD at franciscronje.com. He was instrumental in the drafting and refinement of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) and acted in an advisory capacity to Parliament's Technical Working Committee on POPI. He later provided further insight to the Portfolio Committee of Justice and Constitutional Development during the finalisation of POPI, and also served on the National Council of Provinces, assisting with POPI. Francis has co-authored numerous titles on POPIA, PAIA, the ECT Act and RICA Act and is a regular speaker at seminars locally and internationally on matters ranging from ICT law, data governance to data protection and IT asset management.
Lucien Pierce (Panellist)
Director @PPM Attorneys
Lucien Pierce is a director at PPM Attorneys. He thoroughly enjoys advising clients on transactional, commercial, regulatory and compliance aspects of information and communications technology (ICT), data protection and information security law. Lucien has represented organisations such as the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, China Telecom, Siyaya TV, Comservice Solutions, African Oxygen and Anglo American on ICT and information security matters. He has been a practising attorney since 1997. He has an LLM in IT and Telecoms law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, which he just managed to squeak through in 2004 and has been trying to redeem himself ever since.
Prof. Sizwe Snail (Panellist)
Senior Partner @Snail Attorneys
Prof. Sizwe Snail holds a Baccalareus Legum (LLB) from the University of Pretoria with Tax Law and Cyber-Law electives and also a Masters Degree (LLM) in Information Technology Law from the University of South Africa. He is a practising attorney at Snail Attorneys at Law and International Co-ordinator of the African Centre for Cyberlaw and Crime Prevention based in Kampala, Uganda.
Imraan Kharwa (Panellist)
Data Protection Officer @Infobip Ltd
Imraan Kharwa is a Privacy and Information Security professional with over 10 years of proven experience. While Imraan has recently assumed the role of Data Protection Officer at Infobip Ltd, he has in-depth information security and privacy experience across several industries. These range from combatting internal and external threats in the role of Information Security Officer at Tourvest Retail Services to deploying privacy teams while serving as Data Privacy Manager at Deloitte. Imraan holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Kwazulu-Natal as well as a Certified Information Privacy Manager qualification with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.