Seasoned Privacy and Data Protection Officer and Legal Consultant with 22 years of experience in the telecom and media sector.

Now in private practice open to working with you to make and keep your organization GDPR compliant.


Marja Wilkens

I am an experienced Certified IAPP Privacy Professional (CIPP/E and CIPM), accredited Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) with a Legal Degree in Business Law and International Law. Educated at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and Queens University (Canada).

Data Protection Officer – Senior Privacy Expert and policy maker; maximizing organizational compliance and business opportunities through adaptive, ‘yes if’ solutions, working with cross organizational teams, setting the strategic focus, and delivering beyond expectations.

My background traverses consultancy, in-house (corporate) legal counsel and privacy expert in the continued development of traditional cable companies into the multiplay entertainment business they are today, based in the Netherlands, but also working with other jurisdictions including the European Union and the United States. I am multilingual, being fluent in English and Dutch, proficient in German, with a working knowledge in French.

As a trusted adviser to the C-suite, board and key stakeholders, I have advised on and managed privacy risks for millions of customers and the data transfers to suppliers worldwide. I provide subject matter expert advice and guidance, ensuring provision of business focused solutions.

I am passionate about privacy, balancing the business and customer interests, and building strong teams, to achieve a sense of shared purpose and operational excellence, while positively impacting the bottom line.

EXPERIENCED in Data Protection, Privacy, Anti-Piracy, Legal Compliance, Corporate Law & Finance, M&A, and ISP regulations

STRENGTHS analytical, adaptable, high stress tolerance, independent, able to communicate on all levels of an organization, practical, team player

Professional history

  • Data Protection Officer – GDPR compliant
  • In House Legal Counsel – specialising in Corporate Law with M&A, Refinancing and IPO experience
  • Legal Consultant


  • work with your in-house privacy team as temporary part of the team
  • be your off-site designated Data Protection Officer (GDPR compliant)
  • interim Privacy Professional
  • interim Legal Consultant

Based in The Netherlands, working worldwide

LinkedIn profile here

Contact for more information, availability, quote or credentials:

Chamber of Commerce registration (Netherlands): 70825289
VAT id: NL002151914B61
Terms and Conditions here (Dutch)