About Us - Directors and Associates
- Chris Connolly - LLB - Director
- Peter van Dijk - BSc LLB - Managing Director
- Richard Weatherley - MSc - Director
- Fiona O’Loughlin - BSc LLB - Associate
- Yee Fen (Hannah) Lim - BSc LLB LLM (Hons) - Principal Consultant
- Jonathan Gadir - BA Hons LLB - Consultant
Chris Connolly - LLB - Director
Chris is a director of Galexia, and provides specialist consulting services for, privacy and cyber projects.
Chris plays a lead role in many significant Galexia projects, including work for the United Nations. ASEAN, BSA | The Software Alliance, Digital Europe, AUSTRAC, AUSTROADS, Fidelity International, Department of Defence, Department of Immigration, Department of Health, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and the review and implementation of the proposed Credit Reporting Code of Conduct for the Australian Retail Credit Association.
Chris has advised Governments on the development of privacy, cyber-crime and electronic commerce laws in many counties, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.
Chris has had over 18 years experience working on privacy issues and has been the lead author on several key Galexia papers concerning privacy and electronic commerce issues. These papers have included an analysis of Emerging Best Practice in Do Not Call registers (Sept 2009), a summary of Galexia findings on Privacy White Lists (June 2009), which was published in Privacy Law and Business International, detailed consideration of cross-border data transfers (especially the US Safe Harbor agreement and Binding Corporate Rules), the UN Convention on Electronic Contracting and crossover issues between privacy and cybersecurity. He is a key author of Galexia's global research on cloud computing regulation and cyber-security regulation.
Chris also held senior roles at the University of NSW where he lectured in the Masters of Law course for over a decade. He has held Chair / Board positions on several major charities.
Chris currently splits his time between Australia and Europe, where he assists Galexia clients in Brussels, Geneva and Strasbourg. He is based in the UK.
Peter van Dijk - BSc LLB - Managing Director
Peter van Dijk is a founding director of Galexia and engagement director/lead consultant for large projects. Peter provides strategic and technical input to Galexia projects on international ICT trends, security, cloud infrastructure, identity management, smart cards, digital certificates, biometrics and electronic authentication.
Peter has academic qualifications in Law and Computer Science and has lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate levels about electronic legal research, advanced legal research, electronic legal applications, digital certificates and Internet law. Peter was also one of the original architects of AustLII, one of the world’s largest online legal resources. Peter was founding co-editor of the Internet Law Bulletin in Australia.
In the past 15 years Peter has been involved in many hundreds of key strategic meetings with government officials, the ASEAN Secretariat, private sector representatives and industry officials in relation to e-commerce law, privacy, cybersecurity, cloud, identity, trust, e-government, cross border trade, research, training and strategic advice in the region. He also led a delegation to present to the senior negotiators of the Australia-New Zealand-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement.
Peter takes a core strategic and oversight role and has led all Galexia advisory projects. With both a technology and legal background and 20 years of industry experience Peter has a significant C-Level skill set covering major IT initiatives and projects, including:
- Leading the Galexia team in the development of a first-of-its-kind Global Cloud Computing Scorecard - ranking 24 countries accounting for 80 percent of the global ICT market
- Leading the Galexia team to assist ASEAN in the development of a harmonised legal infrastructure for electronic commerce;
- Advising the Australian Government Information management Office on legal and technical issues arising in the use of digital signature certificates in the health sector, including the provision of detailed analysis on the use of authentication technologies by the Health Insurance Commission (HIC) and the Health eSignature Authority (HeSA);
- the Galexia team researching International CyberSecurity Awareness Raising and Educational Initiatives for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA);
- Providing cyberlaws analysis to the Australian and Malaysian Governments;
- Regional Compliance and Cross-Border Data transfer advice to Fidelity International;
- Engagement director for Galexia’s contribution to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing project on the National Health Identifier;
- Leading the Galexia team developing a strategy, technical evaluation methodology, vendor review and roadmap for IAM (Identity and Access Management) Strategy a major financial institution (2009) and infrastructure operator (2011/12);
- Leading the Galexia team providing advice to the Singapore Government National Authentication Framework (NAF). Galexia’s work (in a consortium) included the proposal of a model to deploy the NAF, and the development of Governance and Regulatory requirements.
Richard Weatherley - MSc - Director
Richard Weatherley is a founding Director of Galexia. He has over 25 years experience in providing information systems consulting services and solutions to a broad range of top tier clients in Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Richard has worked extensively in a broad range of sectors including all levels of Government, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Education, ISPs, major IT vendors, Utilities, Retailing, Publishing/Media, Health and Legal.
Richard is highly skilled in all major areas of technology, and is an expert in identity and access management (IAM) strategy, architecture and implementation. He also specialises in identity GRC, security, enterprise architecture and the design of enterprise/Government identity and authentication frameworks.
Richard is a member of the Australian Computer Society, the Internet Industry Association and the Audio Engineering Society. He has academic qualifications in Computer Science, Environmental Science and Audio Engineering.
Fiona O’Loughlin - BSc LLB - Associate
Fiona is an experienced executive with demonstrated skills in shaping and championing strategic agendas, representation and advocacy, systems design and execution, change management, compliance systems and culture, consulting and research, financial management and reporting, workflow and resource forecasting, and human resources. Fiona has experience across the professional services, corporate and not for profit sectors.
Fiona brings a unique mix of information, legal and management expertise to deliver strong commercial results in a complex business environment.
Fiona has practiced as a commercial lawyer for over 20 years, and specialised in technology law with Australian and UK top tier law firms. She has advised IT suppliers and customers on Internet, e-commerce and privacy issues. More recently, Fiona has experience leading teams of professionals in a multi-disciplinary compliance function.
Fiona worked extensively on Galexia’s project for the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner and the National Office for the Information Economy, developing privacy guidelines for the use of digital certificates by Government agencies. She is also the co-author of Galexia’s seminal Intelligence Report on Privacy Impact Assessments.
Yee Fen (Hannah) Lim - BSc LLB LLM (Hons) - Principal Consultant
Yee Fen (Hannah) LIM is a principal consultant at Galexia and assists with Galexia’s regional projects. Yee Fen is based in Singapore where she is an Associate Professor of Business Law at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She was previously a full-time Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, NUS from 2007-2011, prior to that, she taught at the University of Sydney and UNSW. In 2013, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge and in 2010, she was a Visiting Researcher at Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, Harvard University.
Yee Fen is an internationally renowned legal expert in Technology & Internet law, IP Law, Cybercrime law and Data Protection and Privacy Law. Yee Fen is uniquely qualified as she holds degrees in computer science and law with Honours from the University of Sydney.
Yee Fen also has considerable experience as an IT professional having being a consultant on key Internet and database projects in the 1990s.
She is author of one of Australia’s leading texts on Internet Law - Cyberspace Law: Commentaries and Materials, (Oxford University Press). The second edition of this seminal work was published in 2007, with a Foreword by the Honourable Justice Gummow AC QC of the High Court of Australia, and includes chapters on IP, Data Protection, Cybercrime and Taxation.
Professor Lim’s research has been cited with approval by senior judiciary, most notably by the High Court of Australia in the groundbreaking 2012 test case of Roadshow Films v iiNet which adopted her research, and her scholarship formed one of the key reasons for decision.
She has published extensively in internationally well-respected refereed journals and she is the author of 4 scholarly books published by well-respected publishers such as Oxford University Press. Her book on Singapore’s Personal Data Protection - Data Protection in the Practical Context - Strategies and Techniques - was published in June 2017. Read more »
Yee Fen is a sought after speaker and has delivered papers at over 80 scholarly meetings worldwide, some at prestigious law schools such as Stanford Law School, and her speaking engagements extend beyond the US to include Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
She has also won numerous external grants, the most recent is the 2011 Inaugural EU Centre Research Grant from the EU Centre in Singapore for a data protection law and policy project.
Yee Fen has served on the Law Reform Committee of Singapore Academy of Law and she has assisted the Ministry of Law, Media Development Authority and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore on legal matters.
Jonathan Gadir - BA Hons LLB - Consultant
Jonathan Gadir is a consultant at Galexia bringing a rare mix of legal, regulatory and policy expertise in telecommunications, media. privacy, information technology and intellectual property.
Jonathan began as a journalist and producer in the newsroom of the ABC, Australia's national public broadcaster and has reported from across the Asian region.
After qualifying as a lawyer he worked as Senior Policy Adviser for Australia's peak consumer organisation in the telecomms and online space, authoring many submissions to government and representing the interests of consumers before parliamentary committees and at international forums. In this role, he represented consumer interests in government and industry negotiations on online copyright infringement.
He managed several large-scale quantitative and qualitative research projects on consumers' use of telecomms services, technology and mobile apps.
Jonathan has lectured in media and telecommunications law at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and published articles in Compliance Review, Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law and the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy among others.
More recently Jonathan has undertaken policy development work in New South Wales state government agencies.
He studies Japanese in his spare time and has published a book - Planet Japan (2011) - with reflections on Japan's economy, culture and society.