Charmian Aw Photo

Charmian has a proven track record of advising market leaders across various sectors on a broad range of novel data and technology matters. Her appreciation of the strategic value and business advantage that the use of data and technology can unlock enables her to provide commercially sound and bespoke advice, whether it be on the regulatory implications of data processing or on the contractual risks from information disclosure. Charmian supports a multitude of international companies in navigating the evolving and increasingly complex privacy landscape in Asia.


  • National University of Singapore, 2005, LL.B., (Hons)

  • Singapore

  • Fellow of Information Privacy and member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • 2016 to 2019 - Chair, Singapore KnowledgeNet Chapter, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed as an expert in Who’s Who Legal: Data
  • Ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific for Singapore Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Domestic, 2019-2020
  • Recognised as one of one of ‘40 Under 40’ data attorneys in the world, Global Data Review (2018)
  • Recognised as “equipped, proactive and approachable”, Asialaw Profiles 2018
  • Ranked as ‘Most Highly Regarded Individual’ in Who’s Who Legal: TMT and recognised for her reputation for “excellence and achievement” founded on her “extensive experience”, and praised for the “breadth and depth of [her] data protection law knowledge” (2016)
  • “Recommended for corporate-related TMT [technology, media and telecommunications] and data privacy work”, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2016)
  • Singled out as one of ‘40 Under 40’ bright legal minds in the region, Asian Legal Business (2015)
  • Recognised as one of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under, Singapore Business Review (2015)


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional for Asia (CIPP/A)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional for Europe (CIPP/E)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States (CIPP/US)
  • Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)

In the News

  •  25 January 2020 “Your data, my business” The Business Times Weekend
  • 28 May 2019 “Singapore commission proposes new data portability rules” Global Data Review 
  • 25 April 2019 “Singapore commission clarifies reasonable security standards” Global Data Review
  • 26 January 2019 “Singapore to introduce data portability requirement” Global Data Review  
  • 15 January 2019 “Record fines for SingHealth data breach” Global Data Review
  • 11 January 2019 “Poor security awareness caused SingHealth breach, report says” Global Data Review
  • 19 December 2018 “Singapore data watchdog issues flurry of fines” Global Data Review
  • 29 November 2018 “Singapore watchdog warns on social media use” Global Data Review
  • 16 November 2018 “Singapore to set up regulatory sandbox” Global Data Review