Elena Elkina

Co-founder and Partner, Aleada Consulting

Co-founder and Partner at Aleada Consulting, where she advises clients on privacy, data protection, and information security issues.

Elena is known for her entrepreneurial approach to driving business performance while protecting information and serving as a trusted adviser for her clients. During her 20-year legal career, she has worked with financial and healthcare institutions, Internet of Things, logistics management, and software companies, major law firms, and the government sector on both international and domestic levels.

Over the past decade, Elena has focused on creating enterprise-level global (i.e., European Union, Asia Pacific, Canada) privacy and data protection programs, including developing and implementing regulatory frameworks, risk/gap assessments, maturity models, long-term roadmaps, and data protection policies; designing and employing de-identification and Privacy by Design data handling processes; reviewing products to assess digital marketing compliance; and building privacy and security training and awareness programs. She has worked closely with development and business teams to build cloud, web, and mobile consumer and business products across the globe. Elena also served as a subject matter expert for global companies that were subject to privacy related regulatory enforcement actions, including consent decrees and cease and desist orders.

Elena is a Co-founder and a Board Member for Women in Security and Privacy (WISP), a non-profit organization that aims to advance women in the privacy and security fields. She also serves on the board member of Leading Women in Technology (LWT), a non-profit organization dedicated to unlocking the potential of female professionals who advise technology businesses.

Elena received her law degree from the University of Russian Academy of Education in Moscow, Russia. She received her LL.M. degree from Berkeley Law School, where she studied privacy, technology transactions, and international law. Elena is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/IT, CIPM).