Ralf Sauer - Vice-Chefe, Unidade de Fluxos Transfronterizos y Protecao de Dados Pessoais, Comision Europeia - Ralf Sauer is the Deputy Head of DG Justice and Consumer's Unit for International Data Flows and Protection at the European Commission which covers data flows both for commercial purposes and in the area of law enforcement cooperation. He has been one of the key negotiators of the EU-US Privacy Shield and in the adequacy talks with Japan. Ralf Sauer has also represented the Commission in the negotiations on a modernisation of Council of Europe Convention 108. Currently, he is leading the discussions with a number of countries that have expressed an interest in an adequacy finding (e.g. Korea) and participates in the international negotiations on PNR (Passenger Name Records) and Europol cooperation agreements, among others. He regularly speaks at international conferences and panels on data protection issues. Prior to joining DG Justice, Ralf Sauer worked for almost 10 years in the European Commission's Legal Service, among others representing the Commission in front of the European courts in more than 200 cases. He holds an LL.M. and doctoral degree from Yale Law School.