Gilbert is a Privacy technologist, entrepreneur and commentator. Previously Chief Strategy Officer at Pool Data and CEO at Tapmydata, VC-funded startups building tools for data control and portability. He now advises brands, boards and blockchain projects on data strategy and execution as a NED, and is Industry Commissioner to the UK’s Data & Marketing Regulator.
After a career in Finance, as MD of a London digital agency Gilbert grew fascinated by the relationship between data, digital marketing and regulation, founding Optanon, a pioneering software product in the PrivTech sector, and Cookiepedia, knowledge base for consumer tracking on the Web. After a sustained period of organic growth and profit, these businesses were acquired by OneTrust and Gilbert led the deal, migration of legacy clients, team and technology while establishing new operational units across Europe.
On a voluntary basis, Gilbert was Chair of the Responsible Marketing Committee for the DMA, having previously Chaired the Mobile & Connected Council. He is a supporter of Tech London Advocates in the areas of Creative Tech & Blockchain, and acts as Privacy Spokesperson for the group.