Damian “Dondi” Mapa is a certified expert on data privacy and information & communications technology (ICT). He has received the Data Protection Officer Certification (bestowed by the TUV Rheinland Academy) and is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (bestowed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals). He has served on the Philippine management team of the following ICT companies: Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Unisys, HatchAsia, James Martin & Co., and Andersen Consulting. He has delivered projects around the world; in the Philippines, USA, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
He is a recipient of the Private-Public Partnership IMPACT Award, given by the US Department of State “in recognition of innovative public-private partnerships that are improving the world in the most impactful ways” – for the work done in using TV White Space (TVWS) technologies to deliver internet connectivity to remote areas of the Philippines and in post-disaster recovery efforts.
He served in government twice, when he was appointed in 2004 to the Commission on ICT (with rank of Undersecretary) by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and in 2016 when he was appointed to the National Privacy Commission (with rank of Undersecretary) by President Benigno S. Aquino III. He is a co-author and signatory of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 as well as various NPC circulars and advisories.
He has served as a President or Board member of the following trade and industry associations: the Infocomm Technology Association of the Philippines (ITAP), the European Innovation Technology and Science Center Foundation (EITSC), the Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF), the Philippine Association for Open Computing (PASSOC), and the Unix Users Club of the Philippines (UUCP).