In her dual role at Quora, Lena Ghamrawi ensures that organizations comply with global privacy laws and handle consumer personal data responsibility as well as developing and implementing privacy training. Ghamrawi also mentors women and law students in her free time.
The lawyer’s proudest moment is the launching and leading of the Washington DC Women in Security and Privacy affiliate from 2019-2021. She and her team cultivated a community of over three hundred members and provided education and mentorship opportunities through events, workshops, and scholarships.
Privacy Counsel and Data Protection Officer
Along with her mentorship activity, Ghamrawi is a proud feminist and anti-surveillance capitalist advocate. The lawyer is passionate about ensuring that women are afforded human rights that are free from dystopian surveillance practices.
As the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Ghamrawi’s family learned that her family was being monitored by the US in the post-9/11 environment. The lawyer pushes those in commercial privacy to think critically about the power dynamics at play when it comes to the potential weaponization of personal data.
Ghamrawi helped launch the nonprofit watchdog group International Digital Accountability Council, sits on the University of California Irvine Customer Experience Advisory Board, and organized a group of more than thirty women in privacy to take a stand against the Dobbs decision which overturned Roe v. Wade.
“These activities enrich my professional and personal life—and allow me to use my skills in meaningful ways,” she says. “As a daughter of immigrants, I did not grow up with wealth or access to lawyers, so I do my best to be accessible to others who have had similar experiences.”