Programme in European Data Protection (GDPR)

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Programme in European Data Protection (GDPR)

Leading to Certified DPO education

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management is proud to add the Programme in European Data Protection (GDPR) to its catalogue. This programme is intended for Data Protection Officers and professionals driving GDPR compliance.

The European General Data Protection Regulation imposes a series of requirements that shall be enforced as of 25 May 2018. Data Protection Officers are required to possess the skills and the knowledge that are necessary
to accomplish specific activities described in the regulation.

The body of knowledge is delivered through lectures, workshops, case discussions, group/personal work and personal essays. The participant Intranet system contains electronic documents, shared links, and all presentation material. Cutting-edge knowledge is also disseminated by guest speakers (all experts in their chosen field) and of course peer participants.

Solvay Brussels School delivers executive education in Digital Agility and Transformation, Management of Change, Risk and Compliance Management and Information Security. The Executive Education has successfully run for 15 years.

Additional education opportunities:

IT Management domains: Executive Programmes (CIO LeadershipCIO PracticesIT Management ConsultingIT SourcingIT Business AgilityEnterprise and IT Architecture)

Information Risk and cybersecurity: Executive Master (Information Risk and Cybersecurity) - Executive Programmes (CybersecurityInformation Security)

The objective of this education is to develop knowledge and expertise in all facets related to the implementation of GDPR. 

The following domains are necessary for a robust Data Protection activity:

  • Identification of management and legal requirements for data protection of personal information

  • Risk and impact assessment activities

  • Compliance implementation and related business transformation activities

  • Information security and technical protection implementation

  • Adequate response to breaches, notification and recovery from incidents.

The benefit of this new education lies in its comprehensive coverage of these five domains of knowledge through lectures, workshops, case discussions, group/personal work and personal essays.

By adding the Certified DPO Education to its catalogue, Solvay Brussels School has built upon proven education that is already aligned with many professional certifications including the ISACA certifications in auditing (CISA), information security management (CISM), risk and compliance (CRISC), the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX); the ISC2 education for security professionals (CISSP); and other certifications and standards such as 27001.

This education is developed with the following target audience in mind:

  • Data Protection Officers (DPO), professionals and those aiming at getting involved in the data proctection field; 

  • Legal experts and Lawyers wishing to understand, beyond legal aspects, all facets related to the implementation of GDPR across various disciplines, supporting activities and functional areas;

  • Information Security and Information Technology experts wishing to master Privacy and Data Protection disciplines across various enterprises and IT Architecture layers;

  • Enterprise and external auditors, Compliance Officers involved in the review and/or implementation of privacy controls;

  • General Managers and Financial Officers of organisations that are embarked on large scale or mission critical implementation of Data Protection, Data Leakage Protection, Privacy Requirements or wishingto protect Intellectual Property or client data;

  • Data Scientists and Data Management Professionals focusing on Data Protection while creating value from information;

  • Projects Managers and Enterprise Architects involved in privacy compliance transformation;

  • Public Service personnel involved directly or indirectly in implementing or advising on privacy and information security (for instance, the Belgian law of 15 august 2012);

  • Marketing Managers, Business Managers and Consultants that must comply with the GDPP regulations.


Leading to Certified DPO education

Mastering the complete GDPR implementation cycle is essential for a successful education.
This programme covers five domains of knowledge necessary for a robust Data Protection activitiy.




Business objectives are combined
with applicable regulations to identify
Data Protection requirements. 

​GDPR Requirements
Data Protection Governance
Data Subject Rights
Processor and Controller Obligations
DP Authorities
DPA Landscape
Practical GDPR Cases
Management Briefing Exercise


Risk Assessment and Data Protection Impact Assessment exercises shape the transformation activity.

Risk Management
Impact Assessment
Mitigation Recommendations
Management Briefing Exercise



Transformation includes program and
project management, process
improvement and the implementation
of adequate enablers to target
protection levels.

Privacy Implementation
Transformation and Metrics 
Specific Protection Contexts
Frameworks Overview
Data Classification and Management
Capabilities and Metrics Exercise
Processes and Organisations Exercise


Build the secure platform within
several architectural layers.

Privacy across the Enterprise
Information Security Principles
Information Security Management
Data Management


Response management and breach handling
activities require due care and adequate

Response & Breach Management
Data Breach Scenarios
Incident Handling Exercise​

Academic Director

Academic Programme Manager


Georges Ataya

Frédéric Roos


             Core Team
Joëlle Jouret   Alain Cieslik Dirk De Nijs



Seasoned lecturers from within the existing curriculum ( in addition to senior Data Protection and Privacy practitioners involved in related activity domains.

The Academic and Certification Board

The Academic and Certification Board advises/approves the academic content, the operating and training centres, and the criteria for the lecturers. It also advises on the position of the certification at the European and International level.

Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee has business and legal representatives motivated in supporting the education and the promotion of Data Protection methods, education activities and the personal certification process.

Application requirements

A Master degree and/or proof of senior professional experience are required to register to this programme. Please enquire for further information in relation to your professional experience.

Want to apply?

1. Complete the application form: here

2. Attach your CV & other relevant documents

3. submit these documents


Certificate delivered

Participants with passing examination results receive the Executive Education Programme in European Data Protection (GDPR) certificate. This Certified DPO Education is delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, a major business school with the EQUIS and Qfor accreditation.

Dr Ken DUCATEL Chief Information Security Officer of the European Commission

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"On being appointed CISO for the European Commission, the Solvay Brussels School Information Security course helped me to get up to speed on concepts and techniques in IS and IT Security Management. The course is demanding but the content and quality of the courses was on target for my needs. Also I very much appreciated the strong practitioner based nature of the course."

NICOLAS ROEBBEN Corporate Strategy and PMO Manager- SABAM, Alumnus 2015

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MARIA-MAGDALENA CONSTANTIN, IT Consultant - MLC Services, Alumnus 2016

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The sessions were led by academic and industrial professionals, providing the opportunity to discuss a large range of topics with experts, to share knowledge and to discuss practical issues. In addition, it helped me to make a challenging career move to an international organisation.


ERIC DUVAL, IT manager - ACST, Alumnus 2012

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LEÏLA IKAN, Service Manager - LIB Consulting, Alumnus 2015

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Solvay Executive Education helped me to progress and extend my knowledge, stimulate my critical thinking, acquire a transversal thinking to perform better in my daily activities.