Steering Committee

The TACD Steering Committee are responsible for developing joint strategy and driving forward the network’s advocacy activities.

Monique Goyens (EU Co-Chair)

As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 43 independent national consumer associations in 31 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer’ interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts.

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Ed Mierzwinski (US Co-Chair)

Ed Mierzwinski

Ed Mierzwinski has worked in the Washington, DC-based federal lobbying office of the Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups (U.S. PIRG) since 1989. He often lectures or testifies before Congress, state legislatures and agencies on a wide range of consumer issues, from credit card rates and privacy to product safety, airline passenger rights and federalism (anti-preemption). He has published reports on numerous consumer issues, including Big Data’s impact on financial opportunity, the CFPB Public Consumer Complaint Database, internet privacy, identity theft and credit reporting mistakes. He is co-author of a Model State Data Breach, Security Freeze and Identity Theft Law available on SSRN. He has had recent articles in the American Prospect, the Journal of Consumer Affairs and the Suffolk University Law Review.

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Benedicte FederspielBenedicte Federspiel photo

Benedicte Federspiel has dedicated almost her entire working life to the consumer cause. In 1970 she joined the Danish Consumer Council, and after having been the Executive Director for many years – she now mainly concentrates on legal matters, ministerial committees, standardisation and Nordic, European and international consumer policy work.

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Klaus Müller

Klaus Mueller, vzbvKlaus Müller is the Executive Director of The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. – vzbv) since May 2014. As the Executive Director of the Consumer Centre of the Federal State North-Rhine Westphalia from 2006 to 2014, he has been involved in consumer politics for more than 10 years.

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Susan Grant

Susan Grant photoSusan Grant is Director of Consumer Protection at the Consumer Federation of America. She works specifically in the areas of privacy, identity theft, online safety and security, telemarketing, electronic and mobile commerce, deceptive marketing, fraud, and general consumer protection issues. Ms Grant heads CFA’s Consumer Protection Institute, conducts CFA’s annual Consumer Complaint Survey, and is a recognised authority on combating consumer fraud and deception.

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Robert Weissman

DSC_0427Robert Weissman is President of Public Citizen. He is an expert on economic, health care, trade and globalisation, intellectual property and regulatory policy, and issues related to financial accountability and corporate responsibility. Robert has written extensively on corporate accountability, access to medicines, corporate influence over the political process, the World Trade Organization and regulation of the financial markets.

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David Friedman

David_FriedmanDavid Friedman is Vice President of Advocacy at Consumer Reports. He leads the organization’s efforts to secure consumer safeguards, improved corporate practices, and innovative solutions to realize a fairer, safer, and healthier marketplace.

David previously served as Consumer Report’s Director of Cars and Product Policy and Analysis, where he led their public policy and analytical efforts to ensure that consumers’ interests are protected and that safer, more sustainable vehicles and other products are available in the marketplace.

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Information Society Policy Committee

Burcu Kilic (US Co-Chair)

Burcu Kilic, Ph.D., is a scholar, lawyer and digital rights advocate. She currently works at Public Citizen as the Director of the Digital Rights Program. Her understanding helps shape the thinking and strategies of policymakers, scholars and advocates. For example, when the new e-commerce trade agreements were first being negotiated, She was first to come out with analyses of the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP), Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). She roots her technical and legal expertise in a profound desire to improve the welfare of humanity. During the main session at IGF 2017, Mexico’s former TPP negotiator told the room that “(…) [P]art of what we have in the TPP, as positive outcomes, are the responsibility of this person (Burcu Kilic)”.

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Maryant Fernandez-Perez (Interim EU Co-Chair)

Maryant is a lawyer and a Senior Digital Policy Officer at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), an association of 43 national consumer organisations from 32 countries. At BEUC, she represents and defends consumer interests in the fields of telecommunications, online platforms and e-commerce, digital trade and data flows, privacy and data protection. She is also the interim EU Co-Chair of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)’s Information Society Policy Committee, an Advisory Board member of the Data Protection On The Ground Chair at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a member of the Steering Group of the NetCompetition Alliance. Maryant previously worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi) and was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Trade Agreements. Maryant is the author of several publications and speaker at multiple conferences in Europe and around the world.

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Finn Myrstad (EU Co-Chair) currently on parental leave

Finn Myrstad is the Head of the Digital Services Section at the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC). The NCC focuses on national and international issues related to net neutrality, data protection, copyright, telecommunication and other issues within the field of digital services.

In 2014, Finn and his team at NCC assessed the terms and conditions of the seven most popular cloud storage services globally, leading to a complaint against Apple iCloud for violating European law by giving itself the right to change its terms of service at any time, without notifying its customers. The terms were subsequently changed in the iOS 8-update.

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Intellectual Property Policy Committee

James Love (US Co-Chair)

James Love

Mr Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). He is also the US co-chair of the TACD Intellectual Property Policy Committee, and the chair of the Essential Inventions board of directors. He advises UN agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organisations and public health NGOs, and is the author of a number of articles and monographs on innovation and intellectual property rights. In 2013, Love received the Electronic Frontiers Found Pioneer Award, to recognise leaders who extend freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology.

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Agustín Reyna (EU Co-Chair)

Agustín is the Chief Competition Advisor for The European Consumer Organisation, BEUC.

BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in all EU policies.

Within BEUC, Agustín coordinates the organisation’s work on competition law enforcement and policy. He is responsible for providing the consumer viewpoint to the European Commission’s competition directorate in high-profile cases affecting consumer markers.

In 2017 Agustín was elected co-EU chair of the Intellectual Property committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, a network of over 75 organisations representing consumers’ interest in the US and the EU.

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Financial Services Policy Committee

Ira Rheingold (US Co-Chair)Ira Rheingold photo

Ira Rheingold serves as the co-chair of the Financial Services Committee of the TACD. He is Executive Director of the National Associationof Consumer Advocates (NACA), an organisation dedicated to protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. At NACA, Mr. Rheingold has testified before both Houses of Congress on various mortgage lending and consumer finance issues, offered commentary before federal agencies charged with regulating financial service industries and protecting consumers, and helped draft amicus briefs on issues of great concern to consumers before the nation’s highest courts.

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Farid Aliyev (Interim EU Co-Chair) 

Farid Aliyev has been working for BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, since 2008. He is Senior Financial Services Officer and Team Leader. His areas of expertise includes payment services, bank accounts, consumer and mortgage credit, digitalisation, fintech and big data in financial services, financial inclusion, and financial supervision. Farid is vice chair of the European Commission’s Financial Services User Group. He also participates in various EU stakeholder groups in retail banking and payment services.

 

TACD Staff

Anna FielderAnna Fielder pic

Anna has been a consumer and privacy advocate for many years, after having trained as a classics scholar and spending a stint as a travel reporter and editor, working for Which?, the UK consumer organisation. She is currently Board Chair Emeritus and senior policy advisor to Privacy International, Board member of European Digital Rights (EDRi) and senior policy advisor to the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), covering all aspects of consumer policy from regulations to digital rights; she also works, when time permits, as an independent policy researcher/advisor for other public interest organisations. She was previously regional Director at Consumers International where she put issues related to online rights and data protection on the consumer organisations’ priority agenda, and set up the TACD back in 1998. Anna is a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Alexandra Graziano

Alex Graziano NewAlexandra coordinates the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). She is responsible for organising the work of the TACD Steering Committee and thematic Policy Committees in developing policy recommendations as consumer input. She further manages key strategic and high-level relationships with a range of stakeholders, including the EU and US governments as well as wider civil society.

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