Open position: CEO for MyData Global Events and Services

Employer: MyData Events and Services Ltd, a company owned by MyData Global ry, an international nonprofit based in Helsinki, Finland
Type: Full-time position
Start: Preferably Jan/Feb 2022, end: Permanent
Location: online/negotiable

Changing the world is a tough, but fun job. That’s why we need more people like you on our team! 

We’re looking for a competent CEO and Event manager to oversee and organize the newly formed MyData Events and Services Ltd. 

The CEO will supervise and control all strategic and business aspects of the company. You will be the first in command in the company and responsible for giving the proper strategic direction as well as paving the way towards successful Events concepts.

What do you do as the CEO of MyData Events & Services ?

At first you’ll create the best MyData conference to date! You are needed to bring in great fresh ideas for creating a modern, attractive event that exceeds the expectations of all stakeholders. To support you in this not insignificant task, you’ll have the support of a dedicated team, who have years’ experience of running the conferences.

Oversee all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall company strategy and mission

Your job will include coordinating the efforts as well as making strategic decisions about hiring and/or outsourcing. In addition to the staff of MyData Global, you will collaborate with an international community of hundreds of personal data experts and enthusiasts who volunteer each year for the conference. 

Your duties also naturally include the managing of the overall budget and finances of the project (totalling roughly 300k EUR) and reporting to the association’s board on a regular basis. 

Our language of operations is English, so you’ll need full professional proficiency. (Finnish language is a plus but not mandatory.)

In addition to the above, which are critical, there are some things that you can bring to the table that we would particularly appreciate. These include knowledge of MyData thinking and the personal data domain, industry connections and negotiation skills, a vision for marketing and communications; and presentation skills. 

We also welcome experience with OKRs methodology, Wordpress websites, and —.

And what will we give you, in addition to a meaningful way to spend your days and a salary?

We are (obviously) the best team ever to work with, and we promise you’ll have fun with us alongside dreaming big and getting stuff done. You’ll receive a full and comprehensive onboarding by MyData Global staff and previous conference project manager, who will be a part of your team to support where needed along the way.

You’ll also be supported by the community that’s grown around MyData and possess an incredible depth of experience and knowledge. 

We trust you to arrange your hours as you see fit and, while we offer you a desk at Maria 01 startup center and Urban3 ecosystem (after the pandemic restrictions ease) we won’t mind one bit if you prefer to work elsewhere sometimes too. 

And of course, the most important thing: you get to make a difference in the world and help shape the future of the internet and society. And that’s pretty cool.

What you get:

  • A sufficient salary
  • A spot in the center of our award-winning activity and large network of international experts possessing an incredible depth of connections, experience and knowledge. 
  • Dynamic and International environment
  • Much personal responsibility
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Insightful experience of leading a wide global network of data professionals and people interested in the data economy.
  • If you are based in Finland you’ll have the opportunity to work in the Maria01 

And of course, the most important thing: you get to make a difference in the world and help shape the future of the internet and society. 

Qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience

  • An interest in digital rights, digital business, personal data and a fair digital society
  • A clear, creative and concise communicator in English
  • An ability to deliver quality work on deadline
  • A self-starter / able to work independently    
  • Willingness to support other members of a small team as required   
  • An ability to think and act strategically
  • Experience with leading startups, nonprofits. teams 
  • Proven experience as CEO or in other managerial position
  • Portfolio of successful events
  • Experience in developing profitable strategies and implementing vision
  • Familiarity with diverse business functions such as marketing, PR, finance etc.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organizational and leadership skills
  • Analytical abilities and problem-solving skills
  • Skilled negotiator with proven experience finding creative ways to do more with less, and a track record of staying on budget.

About us

MyData Global is an award-winning international nonprofit with its headquarters in Finland. The purpose of MyData Global is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. Our domain is a unique combination of business, innovations and human rights in the digital world. At the moment, we’re a team of five, based in Finland and Estonia. Our hub network covers over 25 countries, our board is international and our 600 members come from over 50 countries on six continents. Read more about our strategy.

We’re known for connecting communities through organising vibrant and action-oriented, multi-stakeholder meetings and facilitating online interactions. Events are significant for the cohesion and engagement of any community. The success of our global conferences and other events has established MyData as a warm, welcoming, and close community. In the post-COVID world, we will continue organising globally accessible online events and hybrid conferences that let us tap into the long-needed direct human interaction and connection. The unique strategic contribution of MyData Events is to provide opportunities for interactive meetings, which are crucial for community cohesion and wellbeing. MyData Events and Services Ltd is a company owned 100% by MyData Global ry nonprofit, created to make sure we implement these events in a streamlined, commercially successful way.

It takes diversity of thought, culture, background, and perspective to create a truly global movement. That’s why we are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity  and inclusion. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions of everyone and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability or age. Read about our guiding principles.

If you are a top-flight CEO/Events Lead and the MyData mission excites you, we would love to hear from you!

How to apply?

To apply for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter in English, indicating the salary expectation and your availability to

Please cc also staff[at] so the whole team can get to know you!

Submit your application at your earliest convenience.