Spotlight on Face Recognition Technology LiveCast Webinar
Spotlight on Face Recognition Technology LiveCast Webinar

A Special LiveCast on Face Recognition Technology

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Why are we focusing on Face Recognition

The interest in Face Recognition Technology (FRT) as a biometric for identity systems has grown significantly in recent times. A new class of algorithms has emerged through the application of deep learning and artificial intelligence, and is considerably more robust and scalable than prior generations. This new generation, which is available from many sources on the marketplace,  is ideal  for 1:Many (identification and deduplication) as well as  1:1 (authentication) deployments. Furthermore, the increased interest in touchless biometrics as a result of COVID-19 related concerns, has pushed the demand for  FRT to an all-time high.   

While this biometric is mature, affordable and performant, it comes with some lingering  concerns related to privacy, potential bias and abuse. FR can be done from a distance and without participation or knowledge of the subjects. It is also the only biometric  capable of linking the offline to the online personas of people (abundantly available through social media), which could represent a major threat to free will and privacy. 

In this spotlight Face Recognition LiveCast:

* We will hear a keynote presentation from NIST about where FRT is today, what limitations it still has (e.g. potential bias related to gender and race) and what technological roadmap can be reasonably expected by extrapolating recent progress. 

* Followed by four case studies that highlight how FRT has been deployed in identity systems in the service of development. 

* And finally, a special “In Conversation” segment with Teki A. Falconer of Africa Digital Rights’ Hub, Ghana & Pam Dixon of World Privacy Forum to examine what type of legal and data governance frameworks are needed to protect against abuse.

Attendees will have ample opportunities to engage through chat, Q&A and by participating in our Community Voices segment to share added perspectives on Face Recognition.

The Moderator


Dr. Joseph Atick

Executive Chairman 

Dr. Joseph Atick is a recognized world renowned advocate and expert on identity matters. Having been one of the founders of the identity industry nearly 30 years ago, he led several companies in that domain and developed some of the foundational algorithms underlying secure digital identity today, including the first commercially viable face recognition algorithm. He retired from the industry in 2010 to focus on promoting identity for social and economic development around the world. In that mission he partnered with the World Bank and other UN agencies, and was heavily involved in the development and field testing of the methodology and analytic tools that would guide the subsequent activities in that space, and would lead to the launch of the ID4D initiative at the World Bank. In 2014, he co-founded ID4Africa as a pan-African Movement to promote responsible digital transformations through digital identity in Africa. He is a staunch defender of privacy, data protection and human rights and continues to provide counsel to governments and international organization on the use of identity for public good. Dr. Atick holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Stanford University.

Keynote Speaker

Patrick GROTHER is the keynote speaker for face recognition

Patrick Grother

Head of Biometric Evaluation Program, NIST


CS1 - Digital ID

Dr. Susanne Kränkl

Product Manager, Innovations

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Dr. Susanne Kränkl is a Product Manager at Veridos, in the Innovations department. Veridos is a world-leading provider of integrated identity solutions. Dr. Kränkl led the development of the VeriGO® TrueID solution, a secure and user-friendly smartphone application for the renewal of official documents. She is a member of the German standardization body on Biometrics (DIN-NIA37)and holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Siegen, Germany.

CS2 - Travel

Jihad Boueri

Vice President, Airports & Airlines Sector
Middle East, India & Africa, SITA

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In this role, Jihad he is responsible for the management of SITA’s airport and airline portfolio across the region, from solution design, pricing and bid management and delivery. Jihad brings to the role vast experience from across the Middle East including solution architecture, master system integration and project management. Since joining SITA in 1986, he has worked closely with most airlines and airports in MEIA, developing a strong understanding of the industry and their unique operating environment.  

A Lebanese national, he holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from St. Joseph University, Beirut, (ESIB) and an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School (SGBS), Scotland. Besides, he holds an ACI-ICAO AMPAP Associate Diploma and an ACI Airport Operation Diploma. Jihad is based in Beirut, Lebanon.

CS3 - National ID

Rahul Parthe

Rahul Parthe

CTO, Founder & Chairman

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Chairman of TECH5 SA, Rahul Parthe oversees TECH5 product and technology strategy. Rahul was the key system biometric service provider architect of UIDAI program which has enrolled more than 1.3B identities till date. He is also the lead architect for Indonesia National ID that now holds 193 million tri-modal enrollments. Other key organizations include, Identix, L1 Identity Solutions, Securimetrics, Morpho and InterBio.

CS4 - Elections

Matus Kapusta

Head, Government Solutions

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As Head of Government Solutions at Innovatrics, Matus Kapusta currently manages a team of project managers, delivery and support engineers. Some of the notable accomplishments under his belt are the delivery of more than 30 large-scale ABIS projects for elections, national registries, border control, or law-enforcement agencies. Among the largest ongoing projects are ABIS for INAFIS Indonesia with more than 180 million people enrolled, combining civil and criminal records, and AFIS for nation-wide border control in the Middle East with traffic of more than 100 thousand daily passengers involving more than 60 million enrollees.

It has been more than 10 years since Matus joined Innovarics, then a young biometrics company of a dozen people, focused on fingerprint recognition. Matus’ responsibility was to lead the design and development of Innovatrics ABIS – the flagship product of Innovatrics. Since then, the company has grown from startup to a global company of more than one hundred professionals, having a wide portfolio of products and technologies focused on fast fingerprint, face and iris recognition.

In Conversation with...


Pam Dixon

Executive Director 
World Privacy Forum

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Teki Falconer


Founder & Executive Director 
Africa Digital Rights’ Hub, Ghana

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Teki Akuetteh FALCONER is the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Digital Rights Hub (a not-for-profit think tank that promotes digital rights across Africa), which is the facilitator of the Data Protection Africa Summit, and is also developing a Data Protection Code of Practice for Digital ID and addressing for Africa. She facilitated the development of more than 11 legislations for the ICT sector in Ghana between 2008 and 2012, and was the first Executive Director of Ghana’s Data Protection Commission.   

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Date & Time: September 3rd, 14:30-16:30 CET (Paris Time)

[Language: English-French]

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