Thailand’s first Data Protection Officer Hands-On program to be launched in March

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National Institute of Development Administration – NIDA and the Data Protection Excellence (DPEX) Centre launch Thailand’s first Data Protection Officer Hands-On Programme & Professional Certification

Local certification awarded by NIDA and international certification awarded by International Association of Privacy Professionals

Bangkok, Thailand, 20 February, 2020 – NIDA and the DPEX Centre, the education and research arm of Singapore-based data protection firm, Straits Interactive announced the launch of Thailand’s first Data Protection Officer (DPO) Hands-On course and international certification courses from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). The local course focuses on how to comply operationally with the Thai Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and will be rolled out on 17th March 2020. It is targeted at both data protection officers and other compliance, legal, and information security professionals. Towards the second half of 2020, participants will have the option of progressing towards international certification by the International Association of Privacy Professionals by training and sitting the exam for, for example, its Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).

The announcement follows on the back of NIDA and Straits Interactive signing a Memorandum of Understanding recently under which NIDA joins the DPEX Centre, a network of universities in ASEAN. This network includes Singapore’s Singapore Management University’s SMU Academy, the Philippines’ De La Salle University and Malaysia’s International Islamic University of Malaysia who all work to promote data protection excellence in ASEAN.

Said Prof Dr Kamphol Panyagometh, President of NIDA, “With Thailand’s data protection law in place, we foresee a need for many working professionals keen to upgrade their knowledge in data protection. As a leading academic institution, we are proud to be the first university in Thailand to offer a local and international data protection qualification jointly with Straits Interactive and the DPEX Centre.”

In 2016, the IAPP estimated that as many as 75,000 DPO positions will be created in response to the GDPR around the globe. Singapore had also forecasted a shortage of a minimum of 10,000 DPOs. 

Mr. J. Trevor Hughes, President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, said, “With the emergence of new legislation in Thailand, we are pleased to see the expansion of resources and access to the CIPM certification, the world’s first and only certification in privacy programme management. With this certification, data protection professionals will be equipped to adopt global best practices and operationalise their data protection programmes.”

ASEAN countries have been progressively rolling out their country’s data protection laws, making it essential for those who manage data protection to be adequately prepared for their roles.

Mr. Kevin Shepherdson, CEO, Straits Interactive and Head of the DPEX Centre, said, “One of the regional trends that we predict for 2020 is the increased demand for data protection officers and expertise due to new data protection laws and their enforcement. With the new Thai PDPA in force, we will see an increasing demand for qualified and certified data protection professionals in order to help organisations comply with the Thai PDPA. We are happy to share our expertise and experience with NIDA in promoting data protection in Thailand.”

More information about the courses

can    be    found    at    NIDA’s      website:

as well as at the DPEX Centre website:


About National Institute of Development Administration

The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) was established following His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s vision of advancing Thailand’s development through the establishment of an advanced educational institution to prepare people to become agents of change for national development. NIDA has now been expanded to encompass regional development in countries outside of Thailand, with the aim of producing advanced degree graduates who can serve in the public, business and non-profit sectors. At present, NIDA is a state-supported graduate institution with university status, and it is one of very few higher education institutions in Thailand that offer exclusively graduate degree programs.

About the DPEX Centre

The Data Protection Excellence (DPEX) Centre           is the first of its kind facility in the ASEAN

region whose aim is to provide leadership, best practices, training, research and support for all

things surrounding data protection from an operational perspective. This collaboration of partnerships comprise certification bodies, law firms, universities and organisations who provide professional services and technologies relating to data privacy. An ever- growing network, members currently include Straits Interactive, SMU Academy , International Islamic University of Malaysia, De LaSelle University, Philippines, IAPP, EXIN, OCEG and Lexxion amongst others. More information about the DPEX Centre can be found at

About Straits Interactive

Straits Interactive delivers end-to-end governance, risk and compliance solutions that enable trusted business and responsible marketing, especially in the area of data privacy and protection. Recently Data Protection Trustmark (DPTM) certified, we help businesses achieve operational compliance and manage risks through a combination of cloud technology and professional services. Our quest for innovation has led to us being recognised and awarded Intercon’s Top 50 Tech Companies (in recognition of the company’s contribution to technology) and APAC Business Headlines’ Company of the Year, 2019. Our software-as-a-service solutions include DPOinBox and Governance, Risk & Compliance System (GRACIAs), all of which are supported by professional services that include advisory services, audits, and training. More information about the company can be found on

For media enquiries, please contact:

National Institute of Development Administration

DPEX Network/Straits Interactive Pte Ltd

Ms Chutikarn Chalongwongse

Ms Angela Schooling

Foreign Relations Officer

Marketing & Communications Director

Office of International Affairs

Tel: +65 6602 8010

Tel: +66 2 7273320-3

Mobile: (65) 9822 2625

Mobile: +66 8 279013935



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