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Certificate in Data Governance & Ethics

Data Governance is a crucial component of the success of any organisations data management strategy, ensuring that data remains accurate, valuable, and in compliance with regulations. As organisations use of data increases, so does the risk of error and non-compliance. Proper standards and processes must be developed and executed across the organisation.

It is also important that the organisations use of data is ethical and conforms to agreed values and policies.

This Certificate is designed help participants understand the important issues, opportunities and risks associated with data usage. It will explain how to develop frameworks, standards and processes to mitigate risk and to implement data governance and ethical best practices.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Module 1 | Data Governance: 07/02/2024

Module 2 | Law: 21/02/2024

Module 3 | Ethics: 28/02/2024

Who's it for?

The programme is designed for anyone in a leadership or supervisory position in any organisation working with data or anyone interested in learning more about the role Data Governance and Ethics plays in organisations today.

Practitioner-led Training

We believe the best learning comes from those who have developed their skills, knowledge and experience working with many of the top companies in the world. Our lecturers have been carefully chosen for their reputation as leaders in their chosen fields. 

This is a fast changing industry with new approaches, techniques and technologies emerging every year. Learn from experts who are at the coalface, applying these technologies on a daily basis.

Live lectures allow for class participation and Q&A sessions with each lecturer.

Live Online Sessions

Learn remotely through live lectures delivered through the Zoom Webinars platform, delivered by a leading expert practitioner drawn from our Associate Faculty. This is a six week programme consisting of three lectures two hour modules.

What You'll Learn

The programme examines the opportunities and challenges faced by organisations when utilising data to inform business decisions. It will outline best practice in Data Governance and explore the ethical issues that may arise. It will also look at the legislative and regulatory rules and guidelines that apply.


Module 1: Data Governance
This Module will focus on the importance of Data Governance, the key strategic elements, and how to develop and implement a Data Strategy Framework for any organisation. It will also look at Data Governance standards and compliance metrics and how to encourage and support a data culture across the organisation.

Key areas of focus for this module will include: An introduction to data governance and its benefits. | Core data governance principles; Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, Data Quality, Data Relevance. | The Data Governance Framework. | Navigating the organisation including setting goals and objectives, gaining buy-in, measuring success and ongoing support.

Module 2: Data & The Law
This Module explores the legal landscape for organisations using data. It focuses on the legislation that governs data collection, storage and usage. It will examine the laws and regulations in this area including the Freedom of Information Act, GDPR and the Data Protection Act, the Data Protection Commission and Data Privacy law in Europe and the USA.

Key areas of focus for this module will include: An introduction to risks associated with data. | Data and the Law. | Data Protection Commission. | Mitigating Risks and planning.

Module 3: Data Ethics
This module will examine the ethical concerns for the use of data in business and its application in artificial intelligence models. The module will cover the key ethical issues for organisations and the guidelines and requirements for developing trustworthy AI models.

Key areas of focus for this module will include: An introduction to data ethics. | Core data ethics principles: Fairness, Privacy, Transparency and Accountability. | Data in society: Disinformation, Data surveillance, Biases in big data, Tech ethics. | Practical examples: Ethics by design and practical examples of identifying and mitigating bias in data.


Participants who wish to obtain certification must attend all three modules. Successful participants will receive the Analytics Institute Certificate in Data Governance & Ethics.

Registrations for the Spring 2024 course are now open.


Price shown is for Institute members.

Our Faculty

Kevin O’Callaghan
Head of Data Analytics,

Kevin O’Callaghan is Head of Data and Analytics at whose mission is to make teams that deliver client work efficient, organized, profitable and happy.

He was the kid who revelled in bar charts, questions and data visualization! Today, Kevin enjoys driving a culture of data informed decision-making in numerous industries, both global and local. He has spoken at numerous industry events and is passionate about hearing new perspectives on data strategy, governance, analytics and storytelling and sharing the wisdom with the community!

Colin Melody
Director (Analytics & Cognitive), Deloitte Ireland

Colin is a Director in Consulting in the Artificial Intelligence and Data (AI&D) team within the Deloitte Ireland member firm. He has over 10 years working in AI&D with significant experience within financial services and insurance. He supports clients in defining and building their AI and Data strategy and capabilities ensuring they have the right focus across data, technology, people and processes in order to maximise their use of data and AI in trustworthy and ethical way. 

Qualifications include:
Colin’s primary qualifications include a Phd in computational astrophysics and a Masters in high performance computing. 

Nicola Flannery
Director, Data Privacy & Internet Regulation Services

Nicola is a Director in Risk Advisory within the Deloitte Ireland Member Firm. She leads out the Data Privacy Service line and supports wider on Data Governance as well as privacy related internal audits. She is also the Irish member firms lead for Internet Regulation (Trust & Safety). She is an SME in Compliance by Design (Privacy, Data Ethics) and an SME in emerging tech regulations.

Qualifications include:
Masters in Commercial Law and a Diploma in Technology Law.
She is a Fellow of the IAPP (FIP) and holds a CIPP/E and CIPM. External advisor to the Council of Europe Data Protection Unit.
Recently appointed to the IAPP Publications Advisory Board.

Rob Haniver
Partner, EY Law Ireland

Rob is a Partner and is an EY Law Ireland leader in digital law. Rob works with global and domestic organizations on the development and rollout of innovative technologies with a focus on digital and privacy laws, acting as a trusted advisor at senior level. He advises on Web3 and metaverse opportunities, data protection (GDPR) and privacy, Internet of Things, m-commerce, FinTech, Reg-Tech, technology procurement, outsourcing and transformation projects, including strategic legal due diligence.

Qualifications Include:
Irish qualified lawyer and member of the Law Society of Ireland.
Bachelor’s degree in Business and Legal Studies (BBLS) from University College Dublin.
Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance from the Law Society of Ireland. Irish and European qualified Trade Mark Attorney.
Previously qualified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.


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