Mikko Niva


Mikko Niva works as the Global Privacy Officer for Vodafone. He is responsible for Vodafone’s global privacy programme, covering more than 600 million mobile, broadband, TV, IoT and other customers in over 24 countries. Mikko received the “Data Protection Officer of the Year” Award for Excellence in Data Protection in 2019 by UK Information Commissioner. He is a privacy professional with legal background and a passion to solve complex problems in creative ways.

During Mikko’s tenure at Vodafone, the company has received the HPE-IAPP Award for Most Innovative Privacy Programme (2019), the Privacy Tech award for best use of technology (2019), and the IAPP honorary mention for Vodafone Location Insights – product (2018). Additionally, Mikko is a member of the IAPP global board as well as the co-chair of GC100 data protection group.

Interesting fact

Mikko has been a regular speaker and participant in various high profile privacy events, such as the Annual Data Protection Commissioner’s Congress, IAPP congresses, and Center for Information Policy Leadership workshops.