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.

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My Services: How Can I Help Elevate Your Business?

While maintaining a part-time commitment to my primary employer, I've dedicated the rest of my time to consulting. I'm driven by a passion to empower startups and SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) who often seek expertise in specialized areas listed below. My motivation? To support innovation with smooth and fast processes, and continually refine and share my knowledge.

My goal is to provide solutions tailored to the unique challenges faced by my clients. 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. To ensure we're the right fit, I offer the first hour of hands-on consulting or an inaugural presentation at your firm, absolutely free of charge. This serves as a platform for us to understand one another and determine the potential for an impactful collaboration. Curious about how I can assist? Simply 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 per email and add selected items into individual sections below. If you like to receive my end of year best-of list, 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