Sarah Auva’a is Lead Digital Trust Partner at Spark New Zealand where she is responsible for designing privacy, legal compliance and governance strategies and frameworks that enable customer trust. Experience in telecommunications, digital services, data analytics, banking and regulatory sectors has shaped Sarah’s pragmatic and customer driven approach to unlocking the value of data in an ethical way.
Having worked as an investigator at the New Zealand Commerce Commission, and as Industry Liaison Officer for a regulatory oversight group, Sarah is particularly interested in the perspective of regulators, and the value that transparent and constructive engagement between companies and regulators can bring to customer outcomes. Other specialties include consumer law issues, regulatory submissions and corporate decision-making frameworks.
Sarah is passionate about enabling informed decision making by organisations and also by individuals - as employees, consumers and members of society. She believes that information – and the accuracy, availability, accessibility and presentation of information is critical to informed decision making and is excited about how Information Governance ANZ can help further develop and support best practices in these areas and beyond.
Sarah was recently a member of the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Information Law and Policy Project’s independent specialist Advisory Review Committee. The Committee assisted the Law Foundation to select and refine research projects for Foundation funding in areas such as global information, cyber-security, data exploitation, and technology-driven social change.
Sarah has previously worked at ANZ Banking Group and the New Zealand Commerce Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University, Wellington, and is a Certified Compliance Professional.