Carl Schonander

Carl Schonander leads SIIA's public policy team. The team advocates for a pro innovation technology and information policy agenda with respect to privacy; the responsible use of data; respect for the first amendment and continued use of public records; intellectual property rights, digital trade; and improving student outcomes through the use of education technology.

Schonander was previously SIIA’s Senior Director for International Public Policy. In that role, Schonander focused on cross-border data flows, including the successful EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. He oversaw SIIA’s digital trade advocacy, which is increasingly critical to industry competitiveness.

Schonander is a former US diplomat. His last three Foreign Service assignments were as the Senior Advisor for Europe, OECD and WIPO Intellectual Property Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Trade Policy Advisor in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.

Schonander has a Masters of Law degree from George Washington University, a Masters Degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a JD from the University of Stockholm.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Carl Schonander and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.