Deputy Head of DG Justice's Unit for International Data Flows and Protection at the European Commission. He has been one of the key negotiators of the EU-US Privacy Shield and in the adequacy talks with Japan and Korea. Ralf Sauer has also represented the Commission in the negotiations on a modernisation of Council of Europe Convention 108. He regularly speaks at international conferences and panels on data protection issues. Prior to joining DG Justice, Ralf Sauer worked for almost 10 years in the Commission's Legal Service, among others representing the Commission in front of the European courts in more than 200 cases. He holds an LL.M. and doctoral degree from Yale Law School.