Advisory Board


Santosh Putchala

Director of Privacy and Data Protection at KUMA LLC

Mr. Santosh Putchala is a United States based global industry leader in privacy and information security space, and is actively engaged in shaping the policy, strategy, implementation, and manifestation of privacy and data protection globally. His over 15 years of work spans privacy, information security, data protection, compliance, regulatory guidance, standards development, certifications, and product management. For his distinguished expertise and contributions, in Privacy by Design and Privacy Engineering, he was designated as ‘Privacy by Design Ambassador’ by three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian.

He regularly advises US Government Agencies and organizations across various domains including financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, non-profit, technology, banking, market research, education, identity ecosystems, on privacy and information security.

He holds a master’s degree in cyber law and cyber security; bachelor’s degrees in engineering and law; postgraduate degrees in management and consumer privacy protection; and a diploma in internet law and policy. He has attained industry certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CDPSE, CIPP to name a few. He is a Fellow of RSA (FRSA), Fellow of Institution of Analysts & Programmers (FIAP), and a Senior Member of IEEE. He serves on the IAPP Exam Development Board.