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Bhairav Acharya

Policy Manager, South Asia
Bhairav is Public Policy Manager, India and South Asia with Facebook where he works on privacy, cyber security, encryption, competition, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining Facebook, he was a Program Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington DC where he worked on transatlantic encryption regulation. Before that, he was the Law and Policy Advisor for the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore where led a multi-stakeholder project on future Indian privacy law in collaboration with the technology industry, market regulators, civil society, and global data protection authorities.
Bhairav began his career with a senior constitutional lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. He has deposed before parliamentary committees, served on government advisory committees, and was named an International Visitor Leader in cyber security by the U.S. State Department in 2014. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and the press. He has law degrees from the National Law School of India, Bangalore, and the University of California, Berkeley.