Nerushka Bowan

Director and Head of Technology and Innovation at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

Nerushka Bowan is a technology and privacy lawyer based in Johannesburg. She is the head of technology and innovation, and also leads the technology and privacy law practice for South Africa. She is an #InspiringFifty2020 winner (the Inspiring Fifty initiative is aimed at showcasing 50 successful women in STEM each year).

Nerushka has extensive experience in complex and strategic technology and privacy law matters, including outsourcing transactions and regulatory and compliance issues across various industry sectors. She is recognised as an international thought leader in emerging technology law and in analysing the future legal and regulatory issues of emerging tech such as AI and blockchain. She also has work experience in our London and Melbourne offices.

She is a sought after international speaker and is regularly interviewed by media. She is an advocate for legal innovation and is involved in the upskilling of lawyers for the future of law. She also mentors future legal innovators through the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

During 2020, she was selected as one of six judges globally for the IAPP Annual Innovation Awards, and was also a co-chair of the Johannesburg IAPP KnowledgeNet chapter from 2016-2019. She is a Consensus Forum Member of the South African National Blockchain Alliance (funded by the Department of Science & Technology, in partnership with the CSIR), and created a course with the Blockchain Academy on the legal & regulatory implications of blockchain and cryptocurrency.