Maria Raphael is the co-founder, managing director and shareholder of Privacy Minders Cyprus and Privacy Minders UK. She is also a director and shareholder of I. Frangos & Associates LLC, heading the legal and litigation department of the firm since 2010.
As of November 2020, she has been elected to serve as the President of EADPP, the European Association of Data Protection Professionals (EADPP). Prior to her election and as of November 2019, she was a board member of EADPP and a Chair of its EADPP Strategy & Policy Committee.
As of May 2021, she represents EADPP (Liaison Organization) at the CEN/CLC/JTC 13 Technical Committee on ‘’Cybersecurity and Data Protection’’.
She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional /Europe (CIPP/E). This credential is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the International Organisations for Standardization (IS) standard 17024:2012. It is the world’s first and only accredited global certification in information privacy-and now it has been recognized for meeting the gold standard.
Maria has been certified by the Human Resource Development Authority as a trainer of Vocational Training.
Maria graduated in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a Master’s degree (LL.M.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of London, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Common Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Criminal Justice. She is also an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.