Virtual Event | 1-3 December 2020

Maria Varela

Maria Varela

Co-Founder & CEO at Smaare Consulting - Smaare Consulting


I have been a consultant for more than 20 years and have extensive experience in various sectors of activity (Utilities, Government, Insurance, Aviation, Banking) and several methodologies and IT solutions.
For the last 3 years, I have been working in Mach Consultancy that does business with the aviation market, and of which I have ample knowledge in aeronautical terminology and its operations.
In early 2017, I decided to specialize in Data Protection and went back to university. I did a Masters degree in Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa – “Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity in UE” and choose as the theme of my final thesis – Data Protection in the Era of Drones. It was a very rewarding acquisition!!! At the same time I did a course in Reditus – Lisbon for the IAPP Data Protection Officer Certification (CIPP/E and CIPM).
Since December 2017, I have been enrolled in GDPR projects (Mercedes Benz Portugal, JLL Portugal and SAPEC) where I set up the Gap and Risk Analysis, documenting of procedures and standards such as DPIA, LIA, Subject Access Requests and Breach Notification procedures. This also included the Documentation and implementation of all GDPR privacy policies, contract addendums and an oversite of the global data mapping exercise.
As I am passionate about progress and technology, I have been building, in cooperation with an associate, a company called Smaare Consulting, whose main goal and mission is to help drones ecosystem companies to be compliant with the existing laws and regulations. This company, we started in January 2018, has also built a drone observatory ( site whose main goal and mission is to observe the more important drone ecosystem players in each country and expose some business indicators to them.
Currently, I am enrolled in a Masters Degree in Information Security Standards (ISO27001) and Auditing and I have been accepted as a member of the Advisory Board in project.
Therefore, it would be a pleasure to be able to contribute and spread the knowledge about data protection to those involved in the evolution of this expanding drones sector.

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