Salman Waris

Founder & Partner


LLM (UK), PCMLP (Oxon.)

Mr. Salman Waris LL.M. (U.K) (Oxon.), is an Internationally recognized technology and Privacy lawyer, a Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor, Thought Leader, Innovator, and an Angel Investor.

Mr. Waris is the Managing Partner at TechLegis Advocates & Solicitors, a specialist TMT and Data Privacy law firm. He regularly advises on legal/regulatory issues concerning IP, tech., telecom., data protection/ privacy law, outsourcing, M&A and joint ventures transactions in India & broader AMEA Region. He has advised the Dept. of Electronics & IT, Ministry of Communications and also the Director General of Information Systems at the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India.

He is also “Regtech” Co-Chair at Big Innovation Centre, a UK based, exclusive technology & innovation network involving global leaders and regulators focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. He has been Vice-chair of the International Technology Law Association, Data Protection Committee and a member of the “Task Force on Internet and Cyber Security” at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis and the Data Security Council of India – Thought Leadership Development Program. He has also been involved with ‘The Hatch’- a virtual incubator setup by Angel Investors Consortium. He is a member of International Media Lawyers Association, IBA, INTA, NASSCOM Emerge, TiE, IT Policy Compliance Group.

Mr. Waris has been recommended by Expert Guide to World’s Leading IT Lawyers, Chambers&Partners, AsiaLegal500, International Who’s Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers and Guide to World’s Leading Emerging Markets Practitioners, International Financial Law Review Leading Lawyers (TMT), Global Data Review and AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers Guide. He was awarded International Law Office Client Choice Award. Indian Lawyer250 recognized Mr. Waris as a “top name” in field of IP and as someone who “receives high praise” and is “highly regarded”. Law Business Research, UK, recognised Mr. Waris among top 40 Indian lawyers under age 45 and recognized among top 100 lawyers by India Business Law Journal.
Mr. Waris is also the Founder of TechLegis LLC, boutique consulting practice specialising in Data Protection, Privacy and Cyber security advisory actively assisting clients in the wider AMEA region.

Besides, He acts as an Advisor with UAE based Venture Fund and decentralized venture studio – DeepMinds, specializing in curating a thriving “Cluster Ecosystem” with core focus on tech transfers & localization, across the MENA region and facilitate advances across strategic sectors.
Mr. Waris also mentors startups as part of the Microsoft MENA Startups Mentorship & Ambassador program.

Mr. Waris is a regular speaker at industry conferences. He is quoted by the Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters, the Financial Times (UK), Al Jazeera, Asia Financial, S&P Global Market Intelligence, India Business Law Journal, E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy Journal (UK), Asia Pacific Defense Forum magazine, the Financial Express, the Economic Times, Indian Express, the Times of India, Business Standard, The Mint, TMT Finance (UK), the UK Data Protection Journal to name a few.

We are seeking to fill two unpaid positions as members of the IOPD Board of Directors. Terms run for 2 years from appointment. Appointments may be renewed.