Ilya Vasilenko

Ilya Vasilenko

Me in 10 seconds

I am a father, a husband and a son. I am a computer scientist, a data protection, security, legal and compliance professional currently working for the insurance tech holding group wefox. I am an also a passionate learner constantly improving my skills in my spare time. I am a salsa teacher and a choir member. I believe in power of continous learning and love to iterate on mental models, frameworks, learning techniques, and productivity methods. I do wakeboarding and cold swimming, jogging and some light calisthenics to keep myself and my brain fit.

How can I help your company?

Startups and SMBs (small and medium-sized businessses) often require expertise in the areas listed below. I help my clients to resolve their problems in all these areas. Since our life is too short to be sad, boring, and inefficient, I try to deliver my services as fast and as high in quality as I possibly can. The first hour of the actual consulting (I mean real work, not just first talks) or a first presentation you would invite me to hold in your company are always free. They are intended to get to know each other and help you decide if you want to engage me for further collaboration. I invite you to have a quick chat on any of the topics below. Just DM me on LinkedIn.


I was lucky in my life to be able to build up a unique combination of skills from multiple related domains - data protection, legal, IT, security, and others. This skill set allows me to efficiently deliver agile consulting to various companies in Europe and the USA, and excel in my daily work.

Data Protection

  • IAPP certified: CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT
  • Working experience as DPO (7y+)
  • Consulting of other companies on data protection


  • I have been negotiating and managing telecom, data, insights, marketing, service, and SaaS contracts in 11 countries (US, Europe, Asia) for around a decade.
  • Background knowledge: Master in Business Law (FFHS).

Computer Science and Information Technologies

  • Master in Natural Language Processing
  • Master in Distributed Systems (ETHZ)
  • 15y of programming, team leadership, IT & strategic consulting, General Project Management and Technical Product Management


  • ISO 27001 Lead (6y)
  • ISO 27001 internal auditor
  • ISO 27001 implementation consultant


  • Compliance with laws and regulations
  • Global compliance program & trainings
  • Compliance processesreporting

Other specific skills

  • Pricing and packaging of Software as a Service products
  • Establishment of technical teams and introduction of Scrum
  • Project management

Soft skills

  • Multiple years of international negotiation experience
  • Team leadership experience
  • Project Management
  • compliance, and data protection reporting to management and boards
  • Teaching & Trainings: Regular speaker and guest lecturer

Articles, Videos, Summaries, Links, Resources

Here are my articles, videos and summaries that I would like to share with you. No particular order so far. I just like to have them online, also because I can easily send a reference to somebody I care about.

Work together

Here is an anecdote. In one of the previous companies, it took us four sitting in the same room several months to figure out by accident that we read same books, have interest for the same life concepts and use the same type of meta models. We laughted a lot about it. Later on, an investor Iskender Dirik shared his so called "User Manual" which helped him a lot to provide his peers a crunch of information about him as an entiry point for working together.

After that, I created my doc which I am sharing with people on a regular basis. Here it is - a short document that describes my communication preferences, provides insights into my leadership and working style, as well as describes me as a person shortly and concisely. It intends to (a) make communication more effective and efficient (b) provide an entity point into my personality to allow the first contact based on shared topics.

In addition to that, here is a short article on leadership and goal setting that I wrote to align with my teams on both topics.


Giving talks and guest lectures is a great opportunity to structure my knowledge and dig deeper into the topic. Here you can find a list of my most recent engagements:

Best of

What is "Best of"? At the end of the year I recap what was cool in the past 12 months. I share it with friends and colleagues and ask them to reply with their list. Then I consolidate these lists in an anonymous way and send to those who replied. Here you will find my best-of lists. If you like to participate in this awesome exchange, ping me on LinkedIn to include you into the mailing list.

Why am I doing it? It pushes me to explore new stuff during the year. I also learn a ton from replies that I recieve from other people.


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Ilya Vasilenko