Michael Abtar

CEO and Founder of Award-Winning Data Privacy
Strategic Board & Government Advisor | International Keynote Speaker | Visionary Team Leader

Michael Abtar is a highly accomplished professional with a wealth of experience and a track record of excellence in the fields of data privacy, governance, quality, cyber security, and clinical systems safety. As the CEO and Founder of a multi-award-winning consultancy, Michael has consistently delivered exceptional results and innovative solutions to a diverse range of clients. His qualifications, extensive experience, and notable awards underscore his exceptional expertise and leadership in the industry.


Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, which he completed at Kingston University with an Upper Second-Class degree. His deep understanding of legal principles forms the foundation of his approach to data privacy and governance. He further honed his legal skills by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Legal Practice Course) at the College of Law in Bloomsbury in 2006. In recognition of his specialisation in data protection, he is also a Certified Data Protection Officer.



With over 15 years of experience as the CEO and Founder of a leading consultancy, Michael Abtar has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of data privacy, cyber security, and governance. His notable achievements include

  • Leading the legal and information governance workstreams for the development of a nationwide COVID-19 contact tracing App, contributing to public health efforts during a critical time.
  • Spearheading global GDPR compliance implementation programs for major companies with extensive consumer databases, ensuring data protection and privacy standards are met on a global scale.
  • Providing training around the world to thousands of individuals in data protection, privacy, information governance, and cyber security, including senior executives, lawyers, and data protection officers.
  • Delivering keynote addresses and moderating plenary discussions at global conferences with governments, regulators, and major technology companies, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Thales. These engagements showcase his thought leadership and strategic insights on data privacy and governance.
  • Chairing London-wide Information Governance and Freedom of Information Forums, demonstrating his leadership in promoting good governance practices.
  • Simultaneously occupying multiple key roles within a world-renowned organisation, including Data Protection Officer, Data Quality and Payment by Results Manager, Information Governance Manager, Information Security Manager, and IT Training Manager, showcasing his versatility and expertise.
  • Advising a wide range of clients, from start-ups to global enterprises, local authorities, hospitals, charities, and government organisations.
  • Successfully leading programs and projects for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, ensuring data security, privacy, and governance compliance.

Before establishing his consultancy, Michael practiced law across the Southeast of England, including at prestigious institutions like the Royal Courts of Justice and Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).



Awards Michael's dedication and contributions have earned him recognition as one of the CEO Today Top 100 UK CEOs for four consecutive years, in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. These prestigious awards acknowledge his exceptional leadership and outstanding achievements in the field.

As the CEO and Founder of a multi-award-winning consultancy, Michael Abtar continues to drive innovation and excellence in data privacy, cyber security, and governance. His commitment to helping organisations navigate complex regulatory landscapes, protect sensitive information, and deliver training globally has made him a respected leader in the industry. Michael's qualifications, extensive experience, and accolades underscore his unwavering dedication to ensuring the highest standards of data protection and privacy for his clients.

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