Ms. Stella Alibateese is 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 is 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 25 years’ experience with the bulk of it being on policy and regulatory matters in the Public Sector. 10 years of this experience has been in the ICT sector where she has made tremendous contribution to regulation of the ICT sector.
Prior to this appointment, she worked as the Director, Regulation and Legal Services at the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U) where she led teams in the development of Laws (including the Data Protection and Privacy Act 2019) and Legal Instruments for regulation of the ICT sector with a focus on the development of Electronic Government in Uganda. She has also over the years provided excellent in house legal counsel services with a proactive approach.
Stella also worked with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) for 10 years where she rose to the position of Deputy Corporation Secretary/Ag.Corporation Secretary, at Messrs Hunter and Greig Advocates and Tropical Bank Limited.
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 an advocate and Commissioner for Oaths and a member of various professional associations.
Stella is passionate about issues affecting youth and women and believes that through ICT, they can be empowered to develop and harness their talents to overcome the various challenges they face. She is a mentor with the Girls for Girls Program in Uganda and a Rotarian.