About the founder

Founder Karen Lawrence with the backing of Leslie Öqvist, both have backgrounds in human rights. Karen’s background is IT security and privacy compliance, and Leslie in the field of humanitarian aid, crisis management and is a natural entrepreneur.

Karen is has published 2 books on privacy and data protection, and is an author on a privacy blog since 2007 and is Fellow and trainer for the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). She has been working as DPO or/and expert advisory to DPOs since 2016 and has more than 30 years experience in IT/cybersecurity, including data privacy since 2007 and GDPR since 2015.

Karen created the GDPR maturity modelling product which is sold by Privasee today. The work started in 2015 and was launched in 2020.