Julien Blanchez is Digital Sovereignty Solutions Lead for EMEA. He leads a team of cloud program managers supporting Google Cloud’s digital sovereignty strategy in Europe. He joined Google initially in 2008, after past functions with SAP in global corporate strategy in Germany, with BARCO in Singapore and The Boston Consulting Group in Brussels. More recently, he worked for SWIFT, the belgian based global inter-bank payment operator, as Head of Data and Analytics, for a couple of years before returning to Google.
Most of time with Google, he was Global Security & Compliance Strategist, based in California working with security & privacy engineering teams and engaging with large and highly regulated European organizations and their regulators on data protection questions. Between 2017 and 2020 he was an advisory member of European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) contributing with other European experts on the development of the agency’s programme.
A graduate of the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, he has a postgraduate degree in Maritime Sciences from the University of Antwerp and later went through an executive program at Harvard Business School.