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A Positive Dialogue to Combat Negative Outcomes

Digital identity systems are generally accepted as positive tools for social good. Nevertheless, they can pose several dangers and cause significant concerns.

In this 3-Part LiveCast series, ID4Africa aims to give voice to the broadest spectrum of opinions on the risks and harms of ID systems and to start a positive dialogue on how to best guardrail these systems so that they are rendered responsible and resistant to exploitation and abuse from potential nefarious actors.

On Dec 15th we conclude this season’s most talked about Trilogy series with an exploration of strategies, best practices, and promising innovations that will enable responsible ID systems by design.

  • An Expository Documentary on “When ID Systems Raise Concerns.”
  • Rights & risks assessment case study of 10 Africa ID systems.
  • A presentation on the impact of race and gender on biometric performance.
  • Multipanel discussions on root causes of exclusion & how to overcome it.
  • Interview excerpts from Sir Mark Lowcock, Former UN Under-Secretary-General.
  • In-depth presentations on the trustworthiness, cybersecurity & derived digital identity (DDI)  of data systems.
  • Discussions on data risks, identity in fragile contexts & national security exemptions.
  • Debate on facts & myths of ID systems.

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.

Dr. Atick 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.

Responsible Design Practices in ID Systems

Sanjay Jain

Founding Chairman,
Technology Board

Sanjay Jain is the founding chair of the Technology Board, for the Modular Open Source Identity Platform – MOSIP – that helps user organizations such as Governments implement a digital, foundational ID in a cost effective way, while embracing the best practices of scalability, security and privacy harnessing the power of open source. 

Sanjay is also a partner at the Bharat Innovation Fund, which invests in early stage, IP driven companies. The Bharat Innovation Fund is associated with the Center for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM Ahmedabad. He leads the efforts at the Bharat Inclusion Initiative to bring more people into the formal economy, and workforce in India. 

A Glimpse at Digital ID in Europe
Philippe Jung

Philippe Jung

Director, Digital Identity Business Line
IN Groupe

As Director of the Digital Identity Business Line at IN Groupe, Philippe is in charge of the various product lines offering solutions to automatically verify the identity of a person from a physical identity document as well as digital identity solutions and associated services.

Philippe has more than 17 years of international experience in technological fields. After working at Oberthur technologies, he joined IN Groupe 7 years ago to support the group’s growth in the identity market. Philippe holds an engineering degree from INSA and a master’s degree from EM Lyon. 

Policy and design considerations for data for development

James Eaton-Lee

Director, Privacy, Responsible Data & Risks

James is Director of Privacy, Responsible Data, and Risk at Simprints, a non-profit aiming to radically increase the effectiveness of global development using technology, and which builds biometric technology for last mile contexts. Prior to Simprints, James ran the Information Security and Privacy teams at Oxfam’s GB affiliate and International Secretariat for four and a half years. He has over fifteen years of experience in cybersecurity and privacy, working for almost a decade as a cybersecurity consultant across a range of countries and sectors. 

Jennifer Walker

Product Manager

Jennifer is a Product Manager at Simprints. She ensures that work delivered is aligned to business objectives and rallies the engineering team to translate that vision into reality. Prior to Simprints, she consulted to a number of small CSO/NGOs in Cape Town, helping them design and implement data collection programmes in a responsible and ethical manner, as well as unlock potential from data being collected. Jennifer is deeply interested in the role technology can play in driving social good and reducing inequality in the world, yet understands that technology is a tool and not the solution. 

Responsible data practices as drivers of digital economy in Africa

Gbenga Odegbami

Youverify Inc.

Gbenga has more than 12 Years working experience building and running technology-led businesses. Some of the companies he worked for include, Siemens, Dimension Data, Acuative, Weco Systems and CWG. He was responsible for several successful business and technology initiatives, some most notable engagements involved MTN, Access Bank, NLNG, NNPC, CBN, FIRS, Ecobank, NUC, BrassLNG among others.

Gbenga has a DBA from Paris School of Business, Paris, MBA from Warwick Business School, UK and BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Lagos. Gbenga research focus is innovation and organisational change in Africa.


Protecting the biometric template


Frances Zelazny

Co-Founder & CEO

Frances is a seasoned marketing strategist and business development professional with over 25 years of experience with start-up and scale-up companies, primarily focused on biometrics and digital identity, fintech, data and analytics and cybersecurity. 

Frances has led marketing and strategy teams at L-1 Identity Solutions, MyCheck, BioCatch and most recently, Signals Analytics, and has run her own business consultancy where she provided expertise in biometrics and identification systems to growth companies. She has worked extensively with C-level executives on the development of business plans, conducted independent market research and competitive assessments and directed public policy and public affairs programs. Frances has also served government and multilateral organizations in promoting biometrics best practices for social and economic development and has been an outspoken advocate for consumer privacy and the responsible use of biometrics. She is currently leading a new venture called Anonybit, which provides a ground-breaking infrastructure for decentralizing biometric technology. 

Frances has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from New York University. 


Dr. Norman Poh

Chief Scientific Officer
Trust Stamp

Dr. Norman Poh is CSO at Trust Stamp. He currently provides technical leadership to accelerate Trust Stamp’s growth around privacy-preserving biometrics, improving its products and services which focus on identity management addressing KYC/AML issues. Previously, he held two data science roles in two distinctive sectors, namely, financial forecasting within an oil and gas industry, and the healthcare sector. He received his PhD in multimodal biometric fusion and machine learning in 2006 from EPFL, Switzerland and is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Malta. 

Special thanks to our Development Partners

This LiveCast is brought to you with the proud support of our development partners – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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