Common Thread Network announces Ghana’s Patricia Poku as new co-chair

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3 October 2017

The Common Thread Network (CTN) is pleased to announce that Patricia Poku was appointed as new co-chair at the CTN Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 25 September 2017.

Patricia is the new Executive Director, and a Member of the Board, of the Data Protection Commission of Ghana. She has good experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Before taking on her role at the Commission, she acted as Head of Data Protection at the London 2012 Olympic Games and more recently as Global Director for Data Protection & Privacy at World Vision International. Patricia holds a Master of Business Administration and a BSc (Hons) degree in Computing Science. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager and a Certified Practitioner in European Union General Data Protection Regulation.

She said:

“I am delighted to be have been elected by the AGM to co-lead the Common Thread Network with existing Co-chair Elizabeth Denham from the ICO.

“The practical discussions at the Common Thread Network AGM show that the network is serious about delivering for its members and it will be an honour to serve the interest of the growing membership of the Network over the next three years.”

Patricia succeeds Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien as co-chair, and begins in her new role alongside UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham immediately.

Ms Denham said:

“I am sure you will join me in welcoming our new co-chair and wishing her every success in shaping the CTN’s future.

“Daniel and his staff at the OPC will continue to be involved in the development of the network and I want to thank them for their outstanding contribution over the past three years.”