Prior to becoming the first Chairman of the Belgian Data Protection Authority, David Stevens was Data Protection Officer at Telenet and Nielsen. David Stevens has over 20 years of expertise in law and information and communication technology. He started his career as a researcher and then became research manager of the current Centre for Intellectual Property and ICT Law (CiTiP) at the Faculty of Law of the KU Leuven university (Belgium). He defended his thesis in 2009 on the independence of regulatory authorities in the telecommunications and media sector. David Stevens has been director of the General Secretariat of the Belgian DPA since April 2019.