Stella Alibateese

Personal Data Protection Director, Personal Data Protection Office, Uganda

Stella is an advocate and currently work with the Personal Data Protection Office as the National Personal Data Protection Director in the Personal Data Protection Office. The Personal Data Protection office is an independent office set up under National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U) to be responsible for personal data protection in Uganda.

She is responsible for the management and operationalisation of the Personal Data Protection Office and are the national focal point for monitoring and assurance of matters related to the implementation of the Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019.

She is a practising advocate with 28 years’ experience with the bulk of it being on policy and regulatory matters in the Public Sector. 13 years of this experience has been in the ICT sector where she has made tremendous contribution to regulation of the ICT sector and implementation of ICT laws in Uganda besides other roles.

Prior to this appointment, she worked as the Director, Regulation and Legal Services at the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U), Deputy Corporation Secretary, National Social Security Fund, Uganda and has held other positions in the private and public sector. She is a mentor with particular interest in the empowerment of women, and a Rotarian.

She holds a Master of Laws (University of London UK), Post graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management (Uganda Management Institute), Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Law Development Centre, Kampala) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Makerere University).

She is a GIAC Certified Professional: Law of Data Security and Investigations (GLEG), and an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Manager. She is a member of the AU Working Group on the Harmonisation of Data Protection/Data Localisation policy and regulation in Africa.