Data Governance Conference Europe, 16 – 19 May 2022, London

Establish yourself as a thought-leader

2022 Call For Speakers
The deadline for submissions is 19th January 2022


The call for speakers for the Data Governance Conference Europe, 16-19 May 2022, London, is now open. Submit your proposal.

Event overview
The Data Governance Conference Europe, co-located with the MDM Summit Europe, is an in-person event and will focus on all aspects of data governance from beginning a data governance function, improving and sustaining your data governance program to achieving data governance maturity.

Call for papers
We are interested in proposals for introductory as well as advanced sessions that focus on case studies, lessons learned, success stories, strategies and methodologies relating to data governance. We encourage novice presenters as well as professional presenters to submit proposals for this conference.  Novice speakers can/will be supported by an experienced presenter to guide them.

Why become a speaker?

  • Establish yourself as a thought leader in the Data Governance field and at your own company
  • Free attendance at the 2-day conference and further discounts for your colleagues.
  • Access to the networking programme where you can share your thoughts and experiences with a qualified and motivated audience ad build business relationships.
  • Learn from the valuable feedback provided by attendees and fellow speakers
  • Discover the joy of sharing your expertise and teaching others

We are looking for proposals in the following categories:

  • 45 minute conference sessions
  • Pre and Post Conference Workshops (3 hours or 6 hours)
  • 45 minute Keynotes

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Starting (or re-starting) data governance

  • Getting started with data governance and developing the right data governance strategy
  • Building the business case and gaining executive support for data governance
  • Selling the data governance message to the people who count
  • Getting acceptance for your data governance initiative
  • Using data story-telling to support your governance programme
  • Defining the value of information for your business

Data governance strategy

  • Data governance strategies for global organisations
  • Data governance strategies for highly centralised/decentralised organisations
  • Business-led master data governance

Data governance implementation

  • Approaches and methodologies for data governance
  • Real-life case studies and data governance success stories
  • Pitfalls and roadblocks to avoid in data governance deployments
  • Best practices for sustainable data governance
  • Effective techniques for enabling change
  • The role of communications and change management in successful data governance initiatives

Supporting and sustaining data governance

  • Metrics and measurements for evaluating your data governance programme – now and in the future
  • How to sustain your governance programme long-term
  • Effective uses of data governance tooling to support your initiatives
  • Choosing a data governance tool
  • Value propositions of supporting your data governance with tools
  • Using AI for tackling the tough data governance problems
  • Tools and techniques to support data governance such as templates, scorecards and KPIs


  • Building and managing data catalogues, business glossaries and data dictionaries
    Privacy and GDPR
  • The impact of GDPR on your data governance programme
  • Data privacy and the role of the Data Protection Officer

Risk and compliance

  • Performing data risk assessments
  • Supporting compliance with data governance
  • Data governance as part of enterprise data security
  • Defining data policies and standards
  • Integrating information into your risk framework
  • Data governance roles and career paths
  • Governance and the role of the Chief Data Officer

Emerging areas and trends

  • Governing your data lake
  • Big Data governance
  • Information governance for unstructured content
  • Data governance for the IoT
  • Governing the cloud
  • Governing digital content
  • The role of data governance in data science
  • Integrating data governance into agile ways of working
  • Managing data-sharing and the relations between producers and consumers
  • Future trends in data governance


  • Linking data governance and master data management
  • Data governance as a component of data and information strategies
  • Master and metadata governance – similarities and differences

Speaker Guidelines

Please read the following guidelines below before submitting your proposal using the submission form link at the bottom of this page.  You may submit more than one proposal.

Experience has shown us that delegates have expressed a preference for how-to topics and case studies rather than theoretical or abstract topics. We would particularly like practitioners with interesting and real experiences to share – success stories, lessons learnt, challenges that have been overcome, pitfalls to avoid. If you are from a software, service provider or consulting firm, please include a speaker that is an end-user. We value your industry expertise. However, delegates are looking for an end-user experience so please include one in your presentation.

Your proposal should be written in 3rd person, kept to the limit of 150 words, clearly outlining your content.  You should also include 3-5 bullet points summarising the key takeaways from your session.  Please bear in mind that your proposal needs to be sufficiently polished for inclusion in the conference brochure and website and must achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide enough information for us to evaluate your submission relative to others. To aid the evaluation you can include additional relevant information in section 3C of the submission form.
  • Be attractive to conference attendees and help them to select the sessions most valuable to them, given their interests and level of maturity in the subject matter.

Based on previous conference feedback and programme assessments, here are some tips to help you maximise your chances of being selected.


  • Be specific and concrete about what you will be presenting and how the audience will benefit from it. Use the bullet points to highlight the key ‘takeaways’.
  • Demonstrate real-world achievements, showing examples of content if possible, and describing outcomes from applying it.
  • Push the envelope.  Aim to stretch the audience with fresh insights and the benefit of your own experience. Or present a topic that would fully engage people at the CIO level.
  • Ensure that your presentation is really relevant to this conference. If your talk majors on a specialised topic (e.g. information architecture or software), you should position it clearly in the overall conference theme.


  • ‘Pitching’ specific products.
  • Exceeding the word count limit.
  • Trying to cover too much ground in the time available.
  • Putting forward unsubstantiated theories or opinions.
  • Using vague abstractions and jargon.

If you have presented recently at other conference on similar subject matter, we suggest that you use section entitled Additional Comments on the submission form to indicate how this presentation is different from what you have presented before.

If you are not sure whether your idea is suitable or not, please feel free to contact us to discuss it before making your submission.

You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by end of January 2022.


For speaker submissions or if you are interested in sponsoring Data Governance Europe 2022, please contact Shane McGlynn