Desmond Israel is a data protection and cybersecurity consultant with over 15 years’
experience in the field of enterprise cyber/information security projects prior to his call
to the Ghana Bar as a Lawyer. He is the Founder & Lead Consultant at Information
Security Architects Ltd and leads major enterprise-level projects for cybersecurity
maturity assessments, privacy program development, and various risk impact
assessments for some Tier-1 banks in Ghana.
He is a lawyer with Nsiah Akuetteh & Co’ and has interest in cyber and information
technology, data protection, intellectual property rights, civil claims in Tort, company
and commercial practice. He currently provides external legal services which includes
regulatory compliance for technology start-up organizations including Financial
Technology (Fintech) firms in Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia. Finally he is the resident
consultant as Risk, Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Lead for Halges Financial
Technologies Limited (Korba) and Finance Mobile Limited.
Desmond was a non-key expert on the Legislative Drafting Team for the Malawian eGovernment Bill 2021 and an expert-contributor to the ICT curriculum development for
the training of the Girl child through the Technical and Vocational Education and
Training (TVET) Unit of the Programme for Sustainable Economic Development (PSED),
a project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
He holds LLB (Hons) from Mouncrest University College, BSc. (Hons) in Management
with Computing from Regent University College of Science & Technology, Qualifying
Certificate for Law Practice from Ghana School of Law, Advanced Diploma in
Information Technology (Graduate of School of Management, London – UK), edX
Verified Certificate for Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security (University of Adelaide,
Australia) and has various industry certifications including CompTIA Advanced
Security Practitioner (CASP) OneTrust Privacy Professional and QualysGuard Certified
Specialist Vulnerability Management (QCS(VM)).
He is the immediate past Co-Chair of the International Association of Privacy
Professionals (IAPP) KnowledgeNet Ghana Chapter, Member to the Council of
Mountcrest University College, Board Secretary and a technical volunteer with the
Africa Digital Rights’ Hub (ADRH).
He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), International Association of
Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Cybersecurity Initiative Forum (CSIF, USA). He
was nominated as part of Top50 Individuals Leading in Legal Innovations in Africa
Legal Innovations Award 2020, MTN Ghana Cyber Hero 2020 and Africa Cybersecurity
Influencer 2019 by Cyber In Africa Magazine