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Irish Salandanan-Almeida

Irish Salandanan-Almeida

Privacy and Public Policy Lawyer, Director and Data Protection Officer
Globe Telecom

About this Speaker

Irish received her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2006 and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2010. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2011. She began her professional career in the law firms Britanico, Sarmiento, and Ringler and Puyat, Jacinto, and Santos where she specialized in civil, commercial, and criminal litigation before shifting her practice to public policy. She was part of the USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project from 2013-2016, where, as a competition law and policy research associate, she worked with industry pioneers toward the passage of the Philippine Competition Act. She then joined Uber in 2017 as public policy associate where she advocated for ride-hailing legislation. There, she completed the pilot course on leadership and strategy of Uber and Harvard Business School Online. After the 2018 Uber and Grab merger in Southeast Asia, she was given the opportunity to join Grab as public affairs manager. She currently serves as Globe Telecom Inc.’s Data Protection Officer and Head of the Data Privacy Office under the Information Security and Data Privacy Group. She is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals and has secured her DPO Accountability, Compliance, and Ethics (ACE) Certification from the Philippines' National Privacy Commission.

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