Key note speakers

David Alexander

David Alexander, CEO, Mydex CIC, UK

David has over 40 years experience working across, private and public sector in digitally based services and solutions including Identity, personal data, CRM, command and control, housing, local government and healthcare, security and trust based platforms.

Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins, Director, EMEIA, NICE Public Safety, UK


Julian Ranger

Julian Ranger, Executive Chairman & Founder digi.me, UK

digi.me enables the Internet of Me by putting individuals at the centre of their digital life, owning and controlling their own data – see  http//digi.me.

Initially an aeronautical engineer, he specialised in interoperability and the military internet, founding STASYS in 1987 and growing it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia and Australia before selling to Lockheed Martin in 2005.  Read more

Julian’s management responsibilities encompassed the complete range from Board level vision, direction and control to business development, operational, finance and technical leadership, including developing the iSMART process used for interoperability management by militaries worldwide today.

Julian left Lockheed in 2007 as Vice President International Strategic Development, and set up his angel investment and consultancy business, J Ranger Ltd.  Julian has invested and supported over 20 start-up businesses, including Astrobotic, which aims to be the first commercial lunar landing, rover and exploration business; Hailo, which is revolutionising the licenced taxi market worldwide and DataSift, which provides intelligent access to the world’s social data streams.

Julian is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and also a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut.

Gunnar Nordseth

Gunnar Nordseth, CEO, Signicat, Norway

Gunnar is a veteran of the software industry and a founder of three software companies all based in Trondheim. Since 2007 he has been involved in establishing Signicat as a global leader of cloud based services for electronic identity and electronic signature. Gunnar has been working with information security including electronic identities for the past 15 years, and holds a master’s degree in numerical mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Dario Betti

Dario Betti, CEO, MEF

Dario’s experience in the mobile industry goes back to 1999; first as a consultant for Ovum advocating for attention to the nascent Mobile VAS, then launching the first Mobile Internet product for T-Mobile in Europe, and more recently expanding the concept of innovative partnerships  Read more

  between telcos and digital players in Asia and the Middle East, for Ooredoo and Axiata and as Director of Products for MTS.

Dario’s focus is in creating new business opportunities in the fast changing digital world, and he enjoys the cultural challenges of working in different countries to give deeper and richer engagement. Previously Dario has also worked in the Middle East, for Qatar based group Ooredoo (in Qatar, Myanmar and Indonesia). For Ooredoo Dario was part of the launch team for its greenfield mobile operator in Myanmar and repositioned the mobile brands of Indosat in Indonesia.

David Black

David Black, Consultant, ID Crowd, UK

David Black is a consultant with ID Crowd who specialise in mitigating business and technology risks relating to identity, thereby helping clients understand how they can better trust their customers and businesses they transact with. Read more

He has developed a reputation for the successful delivery of innovative solutions through the provision of thought leadership and the assurance of major world class trust ecosystems. David has considerable experience regards citizen and business identity and was a key member of the GOV.UK Verify program having been onboard from its inception. David also contributed to HMG consultations on age verification and has defined strategies for the resolution of biographic matching in large population scale datasets


Andrew Bud

Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO, iProov

Andrew Bud is the founder and CEO of iProov, which focuses on secure online authentication using face verification and unique attack detection technology.  With large clients, numerous granted patents and many prizes to its name, iProov is noted for the ease of use of its high security solution.  Read more

Andrew is an experienced technology entrepreneur and leader with a career spanning 30 years in mobile. In 1999 he founded mBlox, now the world’s largest provider of SMS transmission for enterprise applications. As CEO he built mBlox into a successful high-throughput technology-based service business; as Executive Chairman from 2003, when it became a US company and grew to 6bn transactions per year, and as a Board director serving from 2010 until it was sold to CLX Networks in 2016.

Since 2008 Bud has been the Chairman of MEF, the global trade association of the mobile content and commerce industry, which specialises in personal data, consumer trust and mobile messaging. He has been a non-executive director of the UK regulator PSA – the Phonepaid Services Authority, and currently serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of ETX Capital and Passiv Systems, which he chairs. As former head of mobile for Olivetti in Italy, he was a member of the founding team of Omnitel Pronto Italia (now Vodafone Italia). In 2009 he was named one of the top 40 telecoms professionals in the world.

He has a degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the IET.

Peter Cozijnsen

Peter Cozijnsen, Business & Security Consultant, CGI, Netherlands

Peter Cozijnsen is a very experienced Business &Security Consultant. He advises clients on information security matters and helps them with the implementation of security policies, controls, etc. Peter has been in the Information Technology since the mid 80’ and Read more

has a technical background. Because of his broad experience in the functional-, technical- and organizational aspects of Information Technology, his strength is to connect these aspects also from a security perspective. Examples of this are directing clients through the certification process for ISO 27001, become a certified Trust Service Provider and the key role that he played in the security of the biometric data in Dutch electronic travel documents.
Because of his security expertise, Peter works on a part-time base for the Dutch Accreditation Council (Expert for ISO 27001 and eIDAS) and is a member of the ISO TC307, a standardization committee for Blockchain and DLT systems.


Alessandro Guarino

Alessandro Guarino, CEO, StAG, Independent Researcher, Italy

Alessandro Guarino is a senior Information Security professional and independent researcher. He is the founder and CEO of StAG Srl, a consultancy firm based in Italy and active (in different forms) since 2000, serving clients both in the private and public sector and providing cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection consulting services. He is also a digital forensics analyst and consultant, as well as expert witness in Court.Read more

He holds an M.Sc in Industrial Engineering and a B.Sc. in economics, with a focus on Information Security Economics. He is an ISO active expert in JTC 1/SC 27 (IT Security Techniques committee) and contributed in particular to the development of cybersecurity and digital investigation standards. He represents Italy in CEN-CENELEC JTC13 and ETSI TC CYBER. He currently serves as the convenor of JTC13 WG 5 “Privacy, data protection and identities management”. As an independent researcher, he delivered presentations at international conferences, including ISSE (since 2013), the NATO CCD COE Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon), and the EU-ASEAN CIO Forum. His areas of interest include cyber conflict, digital forensics, data protection and security. With StAG he is actively involved in the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation funding, currently in YAKSHA, a cybersecurity-related project aiming at cooperation with partners in the ASEAN region and most recently with LOCARD, a research project on forensics starting in May 2019.


Mads Henriksveen

Mads Henriksveen, CA & eID Manager, Buypass AS, Norway

Mads Henriksveen has a Master in Computer Science and has more than 30 years of working experience with focus on systems development and IT security. He has been working with cryptography, eID, eSignature, PKI etc for the last 20 years and is the CA & eID Manager for Buypass AS. Buypass is a Norwegian QTSP according to eIDAS and Certificate Authority (CA) issuing publicly trusted certificates

Kuan Hon

Kuan Hon, Director with the Privacy, Security & Information Team, Fieldfisher, UK

Dr W Kuan Hon is a Director with the Privacy, Security & Information team at leading data protection law practice Fieldfisher, specialising in advising clients, both UK and international, on data protection/security law, cloud computing and other technology issues. An English solicitor and New York attorney, Read more

with degrees in law and computing science including a joint law/computer science doctorate, Kuan has also benefited from technical security training.

Kuan is an Editor of the Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy and an i100 volunteer at the National Cyber Security Centre. Kuan previously sat on the British Computer Society's Information Privacy Expert Panel. She regularly speaks at events, having presented for ENISA, the Cloud Security Alliance and CERN. Her book Data Localization Laws and Policy argues for a focus on security over geographic data location. She was lead author of eight chapters of Cloud Computing Law. Kuan's articles, many with collaborators, have been published e.g. by the IEEE, Journal of International Data Privacy Law, Society for Computers and Law and Stanford Technology Law Review.


Mark Lizar

Mark Lizar, CEO and Co-Founder, OpenConsent, UK

Mark Lizar, CEO and Co-Founder of OpenConsent, he is a senior industry expert in privacy notice and consent, global standards for data protection and privacy law.  Mark works with industry and trade associations to create digital transparency for data trusts with consent and notice standards.  Read more
Co-Author of the Consent Receipt Standards at Kantara and W3C. Editor and instigator of the privacy best practices for Identity Management, inventor of digital transparency signalling protocol and consent by design for advanced privacy and security with dynamic consent. At EEMA this year, Mark will be presenting for the first time advanced privacy and security services.
Herbert Leitold

Herbert Leitold, Secretary General, A-SIT, Austria

Herbert is Secretary-General of A-SIT, Secure Information Technology Center, Austria, and board member of the non-profit foundation Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies (SIC). He holds a master of telecommunications and informatics. Read more

Herbert contributed to the EI eID Large Scale Pilot "STORK" where he served as Member State Council co-chair, was pilot leader of the integration with the European Commission Authentication Services (ECAS), as well as leader of the new technologies work package. In the successor projects STORK 2.0 and eSEMS Herbert coordinated the Austrian contribution as chairman of the national consortia management teams. He is member of the eIDAS Coordination Network, eIDAS Expert Group and technical subgroup.

Herbert is also Austria's alternate member of the ENISA Management Board.Further involvement in EU projects are Cloud for Europe where he led the pre-commercial procurement technical specification development. In the H2020 SUNFISH project on public administration's private cloud federation Herbert was WP leader of the requirement analysis. In the H2020 project FutureTrust he works on evaluation criteria for trust service providers, and contributes to the CEF projects eID4U on eIDAS attributes for Universities and SEMPER on representation and mandates in eIDAS.

Steve Pannifer

Steve Pannifer, COO & Digital Identity Lead, Consult Hyperion, UK

Steve is COO and digital identity lead at Consult Hyperion, a leading independent payments and identity consulting firm. He advises banks, governments and others around the world on digital identity strategy and implementation.  Read more
He is currently supporting the Scottish Government Digital Identity programme and is a member of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group for the UK Government. Steve has a technical background including security, cryptography and communications
David Pollington

David Pollington, Senior Director, GSMA, UK

David Pollington is a Senior Director at the GSMA, providing technical & strategic steer on identity across a number of GSMA's programmes including Mobile Connect (a worldwide x-MNO authentication & identity initiative), IoT and RCS (business messaging) as well as emerging concepts such as open Decentralised Identity frameworks based on  Read more

Distributed Ledger Technologies.

Prior to joining the GSMA, David played a key role in the Vodafone R&D leadership, instrumental in driving many of the key technology transitions across the industry as mobile devices evolved from pure telephony devices to the smartphones of today and generating new revenue opportunities for Vodafone.
David graduated from Imperial College, London with a Masters degree (MEng) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and has more than 24 years' experience in the mobile industry.
Tim Reiniger

Tim Reiniger, Director, Reiniger LLC

Tim specializes in information governance (information security, digital identity, information privacy and digital evidence.) He is a principal author of the 2015 Virginia Digital Identity Law (CH 483)  Read more

and the Virginia Online Remove Electronic Notary Law (2011), both of which are the first of their kind in the US and have already inspired efforts of study and replication by the Uniform Law Commission as well as UNCITRAL. An internationally recognized expert on online and e-notarization, e-signature law, identity law, the notary office and data privacy, he has testified on these topics before the U.S. Congress (the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act or "IRON Act" 2010), a dozen states, including California and Florida, and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Currently, he serves as an appointed ABA Section Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission's Drafting Committee to Amend Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) to authorize online remote notarization. On the international level, he has the honor of serving on the Advisory Board of the European Commission LIGHTest Project.

George Sharkov

Dr George Sharkov, National Cybersecurity Coordinator & Advisor to the Prime Minister Office;

Director ESI CEE & Head Cybersecurity Lab, National Cybersecurity Coordinator [Security Council @ Bulgarian Government] Adviser on Cyber Defense, Ministry of Defense
Managing Director, European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe (ESI CEE)

Dr. George Sharkov graduated Mathematics/Computer Science at Sofia University, obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence, with specialization in applied informatics, biophysics, thermography and  Read more

genetics, enterprise intelligent systems. Since 1994 he is leading international software projects and companies for banking and financial systems, e-business, online markets and innovative e-trading solutions.

Since 2003 he is managing ESI – Center Eastern Europe (www.esicenter.bg), the regional excellence center of the European Software Institute (ESI), covering 12 countries in Eastern Europe and Caucasus region. He is a trainer and coach in SPI (Software Process Improvement), software engineering quality management (CMMI – CMMI Institute, Carnegie Mellon), IT Mark (ESI) appraiser. Leading the CyResLab (Cyber Resilience Lab) at ESI CEE, and a research network in cybersecurity and resilience (www.cryptobg.org). Lead appraiser (apprentice) with CERT-RMM (Resilience Management Model, CERT/SEI).
George is a lecturer in Sofia University, Plovdiv University, NBU. He is leading a Program for modernization of Software Engineering education (SEMP) in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and 6 Bulgarian universities. Steering Committee member of the EC CEN Workshop in ICT-skills and e-competences. Among the founders and first Chairman of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies), board member of Bulgarian ICT Cluster. Pioneer in new digital ecosystems development, mentor and supporter of startup and accelerator programs.


Miha Stopar

Miha Stopar, Senior Software Developer & Team Leader, XLAB. Slovenia

Miha Stopar received his Diploma in 2007 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana. He is currently a senior software developer and team leader at XLAB, Ljubljana, Slovenia. He leads the development of cryptographic libraries that offer privacy-enhancing functions via easy-to-use API, in particular libraries  Read more

for functional encryption schemes (https://github.com/fentec-project) and library for zero-knowledge proofs (https://github.com/xlab-si/emmy). His research interests include applied cryptography, privacy-enhanced machine learning, and cloud computing.
Daniele Tumietto

Daniele Tumietto, Advisor, CSQA, Italy

Adjunct professor at Link Campus University in Rome.

Registered as Chartered Accountants in Milan, Consultant in the area of digital processes and documents management for companies, public administrations and professionals.  Read more

Expert in national, European and international Standards and qualified member of the following technical committees/working groups at:
• UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, for the writing of a White Paper on Blockchain and international trade,
• UN/CEFACT with the aim of preparing useful standards for the management and development of international trade by presenting different use cases,
• ITU - International Telecommunication Union, specialized agency of the United Nations, Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology (FG DLT),
• CEN - European Committee for Normalization:
- Focus Group on Blockchain e DLT, with the aim of preparing an overview, for the stakeholder community, of standards already available or in preparation, as well as presenting use cases, suitable to meet specific European needs in Blockchain and DLT,
- Working Group on Fintech,
- CEN TC434 for the development and implementation of the European Standards for e-invoicing,
- CEN TC440 for the development of the European Standards for public eProcurement.

Harry Weber-Brown

Harry Weber-Brown, Digital Innovation Director, TISA, UK

Harry Weber-Brown is the Digital Innovation Director for TISA which includes managing a Digital Identity project for consumers of financial services products. He has worked on a number of digital identity pilots including an OIX led project, funded by the European Commission, focusing on opening bank accounts across European borders using Digital Identity delivered through the eIDAS framework