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A Mega Livecast on Topics You Just Can’t Miss !

Our Season 4 LiveCast is back in full force to bring you another exciting round of exceptional topics that remain at the heart of Africa’s (and the world’s) Identity development agenda.  

In this Premier episode we kick off with a discussion and debate on the major takeaways which our esteemed host, Dr. Joseph Atick, and his panel of community experts determined should not be missed from The Dark Side of Identity Trilogy. Join us for bite-sized insights extracted from 2021’s most talked about LiveCast series.  

Our second segment will be our season debut on the popular i-On-Africa series which will spotlight identity development in Uganda. Find out about the National Identification and Registration Authority’s (NIRA) progress towards digital identity inclusion, the challenges and breakthroughs, current projects and roadmap for development. This is a one-of-a-kind session not to be missed!  

Our final segment will be a deep dive into a futuristic topic on “Deconflicting the Many Notions of Digital Identity”. This is a CAN’T MISS debate where Dr. Atick will converse with movers and shakers in Identity to explore several different and often conflicting notions of what digital identity should mean or how it should be deployed and used. The list of contested notions is extensive, and different conceptions have varied implications to many aspects of identity management, not the least of which is how identity and its associated data are acquired, controlled and managed. Our expert panel will address policy and technical issues related to uniqueness, data centralization and decentralization, federation of digital ID systems, data governance, deduplication, identity in the metaverse and SO MUCH MORE! 

Come join us LIVE for a unique opportunity to engage with each of our panelists on matters that sit at the heart of today’s ID4D agenda! 

You’ll not find this opportunity anywhere else. So don’t miss it! 


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.

Key takeaways from The Dark Side of Identity

Pam Dixon

Founder & Executive Director
World Privacy Forum

Pam is the Founder and Executive Director of the World Privacy Forum. An author and researcher, she has written respected and influential studies in the area of privacy, identity, biometrics, AI, data brokers, health privacy, and other topics. Pam conducted substantive biometrics research in India, which formed the basis of a scholarly article analyzing India’s Aadhaar, biometrics, and EU-US data protection policy. Pam has written 8 books and is an expert advisor to OECD on AI.

Alan Gelb

Dr. Alan Gelb

Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development

Dr. Alan Gelb is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. His recent research includes the applications of biometric ID technology for development purposes particularly in low and middle-income countries, the special challenges of resource-rich countries, and instruments to link aid flows to results.

He also works on competitiveness and industrial development, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was previously director of development policy at the World Bank, and before that chief economist for the Bank’s Africa region and staff director for the 1996 World Development Report “From Plan to Market.”. He has published widely in these areas, including in refereed journals.

Tumelo Raboletsi

Principal Secretary

Tumelo Raboletsi is the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Lesotho. He has been instrumental in the establishment, design and current operations of the Department of National Identity and Civil Registry. He is also responsible for conducting consultations with relevant authorities to ensure appropriate staffing. Prior to his current role, he served as Director and was Acting Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs where he was responsible for the departments of Immigration and Passport Services and was Project Manager for the integrated ePassport and Border Management system and the National Identity and Civil Registry system.

Stephen Hofstetter

Managing Partner & Senior Consultant
SECOIA Executive Consultants Ltd

Stephan Hofstetter has been serving the identity community for 25 years, consulting governments and UN-organizations in setting up innovative, custom-tailored Identity Management-schemes and workflows. Also, he assists governments in reviewing their current implementations as well as assessing procurement efforts. These services are provided through his company SECOIA Executive Consultants. He is the editor for the CEN TC224/WG19 Breeder Document Policy Task Force, and contributor to various international working groups in the field. He is co-author of a newly published guide on Free-Movement-Zones.

Examining Uganda’s ID Ecosystem and it’s progress towards Identity-for-All

Rosemary Kisembo

Executive Director

Rosemary Kisembo is the recently appointed Executive Director of Uganda’s National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), since May 15, 2021. She is an experienced software engineer and prior to her present role was Head of ICT at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), a role she served in between 2016 and 2021.

At UNRA she also served as Manager for the Software Engineering department for 5 years. Before joining UNRA, Rosemary worked at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) for over 20 years, serving in the Corporate Services department.


Grace Nanyanzi


Grace Nanyanzi is Information Systems Manager at the Uganda’s National Identification and Registration Authority. She is a multi-skilled ICT professional with well rounded supervisory and technical expertise. She has extensive practical knowledge in building complex systems, hardware and software specifications, testing and implementation, network support, technical support and computer repairs. Grace has a wealth of experience in ICT policy development, strategic planning, infrastructure design, project evaluation, national identification and registration systems, biometrics systems, and system integration. She was part of the National ID project implementation team that achieved 14 million adults registered within 4 months. In the past, she was also a member of the system specification and testing team and was IT lead overseeing 24/7 operations for a period of one year. She is currently focusing on system integration to ensure various institutions are able to verify identities and share information online.

Niall McCANN

Niall McCann

Policy Advisor, Programme Manager, Legal Identity

Niall McCann is Policy Advisor and Project Manager for Legal Identity at the UNDP. He previously served as Lead Electoral Advisor at the UNDP for 6 years where he provided programming and advisory support to UNDP Country Offices engaged in providing electoral assistance (approximately 60 per year), and contributing to the development of the UN’s electoral assistance policy, as issued by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Since 2005, he has worked for a number of both UN and EU field missions, providing frontline electoral assistance to the national electoral authorities in Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Liberia, Zambia, Yemen and Afghanistan. In election observation, he observed at Deputy Chief Observer/Deputy Head of Mission level for the European Union and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Sudan and Croatia, and he also served in numerous other Core Teams for OSCE/ODIHR in Romania, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. From 1996-1999, he was Elections Officer/Senior Elections Officer with the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Adam Cooper

Independent Identity Expert

Adam is an identity standards expert, policy lead, and enterprise architect with over 30 years of experience in innovation and service transformation.

Having played a leading role in the development of digital identity with the UK Government working closely with the European Commission, US Government, and UN experts, Adam is now an independent consultant with the World Bank, the UK National Health Service, and multiple private sector organisations.

Adam acts in an advisory capacity for various international organisations and initiatives such as the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the MOSIP Modular Open Source Identity platform, and the Alan Turing Institute. Adam is also an active contributor to international standards through ISO, the OpenID Foundation, and the W3C.

Dr. Saurabh Garg

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

Dr. Saurabh Garg is the CEO of the UIDAI since April 2021. He is an IAS officer of Odisha Cadre and has worked as Joint Secretary in the Departments of Expenditure and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; as Secretary in the Departments of Agriculture, Industries and Urban Development at the Government of Odisha; apart from working at the district level in Kalahandi, Keonjhar and Sambalpur in Odisha. He was on a secondment as Adviser at the World Bank, Washington DC. Prior to joining the IAS, he was with the Tata Administrative Service.

Dr. Garg has worked on areas like digitalizing agriculture, direct income transfer scheme for farmers, formation of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF); improving the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policies; preparing the framework for digital payments; revamping of the gold sector policies and has led negotiations for the Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). He holds a Ph.D in International Economics and Development from the Johns Hopkins University, USA; an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and a B. Tech from IIT Delhi. He was a Chevening Gurukul scholar at the LSE, London

Kate Wilson

Digital Impact Alliance

Kate believes that digital technology, new technology policies and updated business model practices are required to make transformative change in the lives of the under-served and decrease the growing digital divide. Kate joined DIAL in February 2016 as its CEO to fulfill this vision. She has committed the past 26 years to bringing diverse stakeholders together to find common ground in business, technology, and policy, holding leadership roles in both the corporate and non-profit sector in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Dele Atanda

Founder & CEO.
metaMe and The Internet Foundation

Dele Atanda is a serial entrepreneur and acclaimed digital visionary. He is CEO of metaMe, the world’s first Self-Sovereign AI and Universal Smart Data Marketplace, and founder of The Internet. Foundation, an NGO dedicated to advancing the ethical use of data in commerce while establishing digital rights as an extension of human rights. He is a celebrated innovator having led digital innovations for FTSE10 and Fortune 100 companies that have become the gold standard for digital engagement within their sectors.  

Prior to metaMe, Dele led IBM’s Automotive, Aerospace and Defense sector as Chief Digital Innovation Officer. He has been a pioneering voice on the emergence of web 3.0 technologies, notably with his critically acclaimed book The Digitterian Tsunami: Web 3.0 and the Rise of the N.E.O Citizen published in 2013. Dele is an avid advocate of the potential of decentralized technologies to advance humanity while positively and dramatically transforming society. 

Additionally, Dele is founder and Chief Imagineer of Metaiye Media, a blockchain media company introducing the award winning metaKnyts, the world’s first NFT comic franchise. metaKnyts is reimaging storytelling, gaming and the metaverse while leading the call for diversity and inclusion in technology via S.T.E.A.M education in marginalized communities.  

Maxine Most

Founding Principal
Acuity Market Intelligence

Strategic innovator, market visionary, and forecasting guru, Maxine Most, brings decades of practical expertise in the unpredictable and volatile world of emerging technology to the rapidly evolving biometrics and digital identity marketplace.    

With a stellar reputation for accurately anticipating market twists, turns, and trend, Maxine offers deep, knowledge-based market intelligence, crafts innovative and disruptive strategies, and creates digital and traditional marketing experiences that delight customers, capturing their attention and imagination.  

Most founded Acuity Market Intelligence in 2001 to help technology innovators thrive with bold, reliable Intelligence, Strategy and Marketing services.   

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